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TEL CoP as the name indicates is a Community of Practice (CoP) on Technology-Enabled Learning (TEL) that aims to serve as a dynamic space for collaboration amongst partner institutions implementing TEL systematically with the assistance of COL. While using the TEL CoP platform, we recommend you to strictly adhere to the Community Guidelines.

Principles

  • The TEL CoP is a collaborative platform to encourage dialogue amongst COL’s partners institutions in the Commonwealth to collaborate and share best practices, learning experiences and educational resources.
  • It is committed to openness and knowledge sharing and uses Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License (CC BY-SA).
  • The goal is to encourage teachers to feel that they are part of a larger project and a global community working towards the same objective, and a space to access relevant resources and contacts to improve and progress their work.
  • We believe in equal opportunity and equity in practice. When everyone, women and men, get equal opportunities and we create environment of equity for people with disadvantages, we help promote a better community for us.
  • We recognise diversity is key to the success of a CoP. Members of this platform come from many different institutions, from different countries, having different levels of access to infrastructure and technologies. Thus, it is important for everyone on the platform to understand the context specific viewpoints expressed by members.
  • Our forums are designed so that the community plays a larger role in their moderation. We can’t, and don’t, review all posts on the forum. We don’t authorise any posts and we are not responsible for their content (including text, images, and any external links). Every community forum user is responsible for their own posts – please be mindful of your words please think carefully about what you post.

Guidelines

  1. Use the Forums to express yourself and learn from others about national, institutional and individual perspectives on different issues and developments. Learn about new developments, examples and cases that can be replicated in your institutions or country.
  2. Log in regularly to participate in the discussions. Lurking around is no good for discussion, express yourself.
  3. While participating in a discussion, do more than just agree or disagree. It is always better to give your justification in a persuasive way. Provide evidence – examples, facts, and reasoned opinions. If you disagree with something, say why. If you agree, say why.
  4. Keep your comment fairly brief. A short paragraph or two is plenty. If you want to share something lengthy, give links to a source. Use Google Drive or other such open places for detailed documents to be reviewed. 
  5. Always check your message for spelling and grammar before you hit the send button. 
  6. A good discussion is one where there is references to what others have already said. Building on the conversation is something that is expected to move towards better understanding.
  7. Share your experiences without hurting individual privacy and sentiments. 
  8. “Respect others” is the basic rule of communication in the group. Even if you disagree, please do not use abusive language. Do not yell at others electronically. Do not use upper case letter to express yourself. While the Forums are not moderated, use of abusive language would be seen as breach of acceptable behaviour and such individuals would be restrained to post further.
  9. Respect Diversity: We live in an ethnically rich, diverse and multi-cultural world. Use no language that is—or that could be construed to be—offensive toward others. Racist, sexist, and heterosexist comments and jokes are unacceptable, as are derogatory and/or sarcastic comments and jokes directed at religious beliefs, disabilities, and age.
  10. While using a source, cite the actual source. Provide attribution to the source, if something is not your own expression.
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