Online Teaching & Discord – An Update

If you haven’t read my initial Blog Post that pitches my project idea, please do so by clicking here. This blog post is to further contextualise the below Update Video on my ongoing project of managing an educational Discord Server.

Engagement with Subject Content

In reference to the lecture we received in Week 8 labelled “Cyberculture: Cyborgs”, we are reminded of a quote by Marshall McLuhan that explains how humans are already existing cyborgs. This is explained by the notion that ‘technology is an extension of human physical, social, psychological and intellectual functions’.

Extension

Relating this to my project of the educational Discord Server, I believe it is fair to say that Discord as a digital tool is an extension of various human processes. While it is mainly an extension of social interaction just like any other forms of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit), I would now also argue that it’s an extension of collaboration. Specifically in relating to education and learning.

Think tnak

I would also reference further back to Week Five, where the topic revolved around ‘Future Cultures – Operations Research and Think Tanks’. Discord as a digital tool that houses many forms of aggregation, especially of people, communication and content – it could be seen as an example of an evolved, constantly operational ‘think tank’ that further progress the speed at which humanity could evolve.

Remaining Goals

The remaining goals for the project are rather simple. I plan to gather quantitative data through simple surveys (Google Surveys) and short polls (Straw Polls), in an attempt to understand the general reaction to Discord as a remote learning tool. I believe this to be an important final step so that I can show the results to future employers or educators that are looking for ways to enhance their operations.

References

Official Discord Blog. 2020. How To Use Discord For Your Classroom. [online] Available at: <https://blog.discord.com/how-to-use-discord-for-your-classroom-8587bf78e6c4&gt; [Accessed 7 May 2020].

Sharoff, L., 2019. Creative and Innovative Online Teaching Strategies: Facilitation for Active Participation. The Journal of Educators Online, 16.

Dunlap, J. and Lowenthal, P., 2018. Online educators’ recommendations for teaching online: Crowdsourcing in action. Open Praxis, 10(1), p.79.

7 thoughts on “Online Teaching & Discord – An Update

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  1. Hello Mr East, long time no see, I hope you have been doing well!
    This is the first time I have seen this project, and I want to note that the student discord server has been a lifesaver and is a much better way of communicating formally between students and teachers.
    One thing I don’t understand is the need for the ‘Meme Advocates’. I have looked at all of your content and I can’t find a place where you have discussed the role for it. It could come across poorly for some students, It may seem like there are some students placed above others. I assume the role is more of a moderator type of position, so perhaps making that clearer could help!
    You have nailed the lecture material aspect of this DA, so I will focus on guiding you with the other aspects.
    You note that a goal of yours it to gain for data, well the town hall meeting on the 14th of May will be a fantastic resource for this DA. Having feedback directly from the students and discussion with the teachers will give you some fantastic data, so I recommend recording it and referencing it in the future.

    Straying away from your current DA, it would be interesting to see a video on your prediction of education, specifically focusing on discord, in the next 10-15 years. Creating a short 5-10 year plan would be a great resource for your successors to use. you could use government resources, such as this one, https://www.education.act.gov.au/our-priorities/future-of-education/resources/The-Future-of-Education-An-ACT-Education-Strategy-for-the-Next-Ten-Years.
    Here is a video that discusses how to craft a 5-year plan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCHgUp89qRM.
    Well done Harrison, This is a fantastic educational tool and a quality DA!

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  2. Hey Harrison,

    This is a phenomenal project you’ve created. You’ve enabled a smooth transition to remote learning and truly supported the short term future of the BCM Faculty. Regarding research, I think you could also take a look at Wendell Bell’s concept of a three-part thinking structure. I.e. what is are the probable, possible and preferable futures for this project? What will become of the discord server when we go back to F2F Learning? I found this paper especially useful because it breaks down the three-part thinking structure and speaks about how it works in the real world: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0002764298042003004. You can access this through the library database.

    You could also benefit from attending the BCM Town Meeting (today 1pm) where the Digital Media Society will be providing an opportunity for students and staff to collaborate in creating the Spring Semester. There is sure to be some qualitative data concerning the success of Discord found here.

    The project is truly amazing, so you deserve a huge pat on the back for that, and I can’t fault the outputs of what you’ve done. However, an area for improvement for you could be the link between the subject content and your project. This link is there, but I feel you could explain it better. It’s excellent that you’re looking at student-centred learning and you’ve got a great research foundation for this. You could benefit from further explaining how Discord makes us cyborgs and its role as a think tank.

    I am also interested in how you will be presenting your project. How will you be communicating your findings and what you’ve discovered?

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  3. Hey Harrison!

    Your idea displays its social utility without needing to say another word… Since learning remotely has been introduced, I have come to find that I incredibly dislike Discord. And that’s for two reasons.

    I don’t know how to use it properly
    The unnecessary *ding* sound that is made in a non-relevant text chat. (I’m sure you know what i’m talking about).

    And you aim to make it a more progressive, seamless avenue for education to take place which is amazing.

    Something to think about is how platforms like Discord will actually change education not only during this pandemic, but forever. Will Discord still be used once University and generalized schooling returns to “normal”? Will it ever return to normal? The following link is an article which explores these outcomes… https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisonmccauley/2020/04/09/how-covid-19-could-shift-the-college-business-model/#1d7e83af564f

    Although your digital artefact is catered more towards short term objectives and influence, delving further into the long term outcomes may be of benefit.

    Keep progressing, you’re doing an amazing job!

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