Invite Guests to Participate in the Course
Getting someone to come to your class to talk to your learners about their work or to share adventures, skills, and expertise can be difficult. Well, it is a lot easier to invite guests to participate in similar activities online. If the format isn't in real time (for example, a chat is in real time where the guest is taken from his work and needs to be at a computer at a specific time), the guest is usually happy to answer questions at his convenience. Here are a couple suggestions on how to structure this activity:
- Have students post questions for the guest using a forum: Enable everyone to rate the questions; then, take the top ten questions and e-mail them to the guest. When the guest e-mails back the answers, you can post the answers to the News forum or on a Web page on the course front page.
- Assign a VIP role to the guest: Create a VIP role and invite your guest to participate in the forum discussion. I cover roles in Chapter 13.
- Ask the guest to share his work: Invite a guest, such as an artist, author, or someone with artifacts, to post his work in the Moodle course. Or if that guest has a Web site, you can create a Web page and link to the work.