Before the workshop

These are activities that we would encourage people to participate in before the workshop (as soon as NOW). Inputs to this section can continue forever (or until someone says this site needs to be shut down). Please get involved and share the links with others that you think might be interested.

We believe learning communities and conversations can take many forms and involve many people passing through activities at different times often never interacting directly with one another or ever knowing the impact they have had on the lives and the learning of another. Connections we never see can be of great value!

Annotation Activity: Manifesto for online teaching and learning

This activity was suggested by Maha Bali. It uses the tool to annotate the Manifesto for Online Teaching and Learning. The information gathered will be used to guide a discussion about the Manifesto during the workshop.

To do:

  1. Go to the Manifesto page.
  2. Read and review ideas, thoughts, reactions and questions using the annotation tool.
  3. Add your ideas, thoughts, reactions and questions. You can either respond to the comments of others or add completely new ideas.
  4. Links to other sites, blogs and tweets are strongly encouraged. Taking RISKS is even MORE strongly encouraged 🙂
  5. If you have any problems or issues please contact me via email at, via Twitter at @eliasto5, or via Mastodon at
  6. Get creative! I’ve also included a video made based on the Manifesto. Have a creative reaction to the Manifesto? Try adding it as a comment to the site. If that doesn’t work (and there is a good chance it won’t), contact me using one of the methods above and I’ll share it for you. (Note: I might get more ambitious and add a submission form to gather these, but working on baby steps this week.)


Sound Gallery Activity: Upload a sound that defines your surroundings

This activity is the result of a brainstorming session between Laura Ritchie and Tanya Dorey-Elias. The goal is gather short sounds from different places that then can be used for an art activity before, during and after the workshop.

To do:

  1. Listen. What do you hear? Think about what sounds define your surroundings.
  2. Record a short samplings of those sounds. They can be music, noise or other sounds ( but no words, focus on only on the sound).
  3. Upload your recording using the form at the bottom of the Sound Gallery page. If you provide an email, we will let you know when your sounds have been uploaded.
  4. Visit Sound Gallery page and listen to the sounds uploaded by others.
  5. If you have any problems or issues please contact me via email at, via Twitter at @eliasto5, or via Mastodon at