Community-Building Online – Open Resources from @OneHEGlobal & @Unboundeq

We are proud to announce that Equity Unbound has teamed up with OneHE (whose mission is to build a global community of educators focused on better teaching) to develop some open educational resources for online community-building. We have developed activities for teachers to use in their classes (for HigherEd mainly, but many can work for K-12 as well).

Each of these resources includes a video either demonstrating or describing the activity or exercise for community-building. We also include descriptive text, slides you can reuse/adapt where relevant, and links to additional resources. We also show you how much time, what kind of resources you need, and different variations on the activity to help you adapt it for your purposes.

Important: Any technique can block some people out, make them feel unwelcomed, or be used in a way that privileges some and makes it harder on others. All of these techniques should be used in conjunction with pedagogies of care and what we call Intentionally Equitable Hospitality

As you watch/read any of these, please:

  1. If you find that the activity is not hospitable to a certain group, please let us know in the comments (videos are hosted on Virtually Connecting’s YouTube channel and new videos will be added to a playlist)
  2. If you try an adaptation of this activity, or try it as is and have interesting results to share, please contribute your adaptation/reflection in the comments.
  3. Coming soon: there will be room to discuss these activities in private discussion forums on OneHE’s site.

Are you ready? We are launching these gradually, and today, we are launching the following activities (click on each one to visit the resource):

Welcome and how to use this resource:

  1. Spiral Journal
  2. Surrealist Drawing Introductions
  3. Story of Your Name
  4. Four Ideas for Checking In
  5. Third places for ongoing community building

More soon, including Mad Tea which is an energizing warmup activity for any class or workshop or meeting!

Added August 20, 2020

Mad Tea (currently considering renaming because someone made us realize that “mad” is an ableist term potentially offensive to people with mental health challenges)

Authentic Open Letter/Video for Students

Video considerations

Added August 21, 2020

Safety Considerations for Community Building by Kate Bowles

Added August 24, 2020

Asynchronous & Synchronous Introductions

While We Wait

Annotate the Syllabus

Added August 25, 2020

Tour of Where You Are

Pass the Ball/How Do You Make Rice

Added August 27, 2020

Daily Creates

Collaborative Storytelling

Collaborative Literature Review Matrix

How is Your Heart – Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

Added August 31, 2020

Troika Consulting

Structured Dialogues

Human Scavenger Hunt

Purpose to Practice for co-developing community guidelines

Studio visits

Added September 2nd, 2020

Conversation Cafe (discussion topic: what makes for a good video call)

TRIZ for creative problem-solving (discussion-topic anti-goal: how to create the worst possible online learning experience)

Added later in September, 2020

Room 101 encourage students to think critically about things they would like to “remove” from the world or the course.

What Kind of Animal Are You? introductory activity

Share an object from home… warm-up activity


Critical Uncertainties

Teaching (engineering) ethics with Theater of the Oppressed & Liberating Structures

Feel free to contribute adaptations or new ones. Follow @Unboundeq @OneHEglobal on Twitter for updates and Virtually Connecting YouTube channel and subscribe to OneHE Mailing list

Header image: Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

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