Discussion platform launched for the FIRST Community of Practice

FIRST Community Discussion Platform

The anywhere, anytime discussion

Issue:  How can we grow our FIRST Community of Practice when everyone is so busy teaching and working with students?  How do we include adjunct faculty in our community?  Technology could help but who wants to learn yet another system? 

One option:  These are all good questions!  Perhaps we could use a social media model.  Facebook may have the answer in their Workplace product.  Workplace by Facebook is advertised as running on completely different systems than their main social media platform. It is offered free to education under their Workplace for Good program - the price is right!  Here is a screenshot of the initial setup for the MATS Group in the UVA Wise Workplace account:


The test drive: This year we will do a trial run of Workplace to support the sharing of innovative teaching ideas, what we are working on, collaborating with colleagues on effective pedagogy for technology in teaching, hybrid classes, fully online classes, etc.  If you would like to take part in this trial, just email the MATS team (mats@uvawise.edu) to get added to the discussion.  Even if you only teach face to face, you are welcome to be part of the discussion as we work to increase access and explore new options for teaching and learning.