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Many teaching resources provide definitions and examples of learning activities, such as online discussions, web searches, blog posts and wiki activities. This resource, however, has been designed as an extensive bank of activities (learning designs, if you will) providing instructions that you can adapt to your own discipline and context.

This resource has been designed to be searchable by field category, as well as tags. Activities are assigned fields according to the type of interaction in the activity, structure, discipline, learning taxonomy, activity type and creative commons license.  Each comes with a brief description, as well as the full text of the activity.

You are invited to search the resource and use whatever you find most useful. I also encourage you to contribute your own successful learning activities and comment on those you reuse, adapt or explore. If you use adapt a resource, please reshare your version. I hope you will find this a useful resource for your teaching and/or design practice.

 

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Write an email to different receivers

Write an email asking for a meeting on Wednesday at 3PM. Your email should be directed to one of the following people:
1. your boss
2. a colleague
3. a distant relative
4. a friend
Consider all the parts of an email that could give information about you and your relationship to the receiver: email address, subject line, salutation, body, key information, closing, signature.

Post your email on the discussion forum. Respond to at least one other post: can you guess who your classmates are writing to? In each response, let them know what you think are the giveaways.

Create a viral media object

In your group, construct a media object that could be spread virally and is inspired by the spreadable media framework outlined by Jenkins et al. Your media should spread the message about: (insert topic here - student-life focused)
Answer the following questions to create your media:
1. What, in your opinion, makes media go viral? Which of the attributes identified by Jenkins et al. contribute most strongly to the spreadability of media?
2. What message do you want to spread, and to whom?
3. Where do you want your media to go viral? What channel is best suited to your message, and why? Is it a Tweet, a reddit starter pack, a video, a meme, etc.
4. How will channel influence the form of your viral media?
5. Why will audiences spread your media?

Reflect in the online discussion forum:
1. Of the class's projects, what was the most effective viral media object, and why?
2. How do we judge effectiveness of viral media?

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