Participation Guidelines

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Course Time Expectation

The creators of this course intend that each module take about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. You’ll find that each module includes active reading (where learners are encouraged to engage with the content of the course via annotation tools), as well as activities that help learners reflect and creatively build upon the ideas we’re discussing, often making use of some digital tools we suggest.

Maintaining Your Privacy for Discussion and Sharing

At several points during this course, you will be given the opportunity to share your reflections with our larger course community. This may be in the form of public commentary through written paragraphs, collaborative annotation of online publications, or sharing through social media platforms using directed hashtags. Some of these activities ask you to document personal information — geographical (through images [being aware of geotagging], personal mapping etc.) or otherwise (through conceptual mapping, written reflection etc.) — or to identify yourself in a public space. While we want to encourage participants to post activities/reflections publicly, at no point should you feel pressure to do so. It is not necessary for you to participate in this way in order to benefit from the course.

Platforms for Maintaining Your Privacy Discussion and Sharing

Below is a list of discussion and sharing options for (A) those who wish to identify themselves and share; (B) those who do not wish to identify themselves, but would like to share; and (C) those who do not wish to identify themselves or share.

  1. Identify and Share: post on personal webspace using assigned hashtags; post on social media platforms, like Twitter or Facebook, using assigned hashtags; post on a public Google document (here’s how).
  2. Share, not Identify: create an anonymous social media or document creation account to disseminate your reflection and materials. Need pseudonym inspiration? Use this funky name generator!
  3. Neither Identify nor Share: write in a private Google document or on your own machine; save online activities to your personal machine and consider creating a slideshow or scrapbook of the images.

Accessibility Known-Issue

Images in our course have alt text to allow screen readers to more easily access the content of our images. Many of our modules have complex images like word clouds, concept maps, or spatial maps. In these cases, long description tags have not been implemented as of the course launch. Additional pages are needed with tables or narrative descriptions of these maps to assist screen readers with parsing map content.

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