Of all the blogs we had to write so far this one was, for me, by far the easiest. It is so practical and so relevant and I can so easily see how it can be implemented in my work environment.

I am a lecturer in the discipline of accounting. As professionals (Chartered Accountants), we belong to a professional body – the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). We are teaching students towards becoming CA’s. One of the requirements of SAICA in teaching students, is that we have to teach pervasive skills (of which one of them specifically is “communicates effectively and efficiently”). This should also include being proficient in IT software tools.

I am very excited about the Five Stage Model by Gilly Salmon (below) and how to combine this with a course to address the pervasive skills mentioned above. 

So this is my plan… We were introduced to all these websites with “free” courses of which, as mentioned in one of my previous blogs, www.edx.org was my favorite. I want to select one of these courses that address one or more of the pervasive skills and use that course outline and material to design a course according to the Five Stage Model above, online. The ONL162 course is a great example of how I would structure my course. I have selected one of the courses to illustrate as an example:

Course that I selected: Communicating Strategically

Topics included in this course:

  • Review communications skills
  • Help experts assess the value of communication and gain confidence in their abilities
  • Help professionals bridge the communication gap


The duration of course on edx.org is 5 weeks. Estimated time is 4-6 hours per week. The course is for FREE and material can be reused. The course material includes webinars and other reading material.

So my plan to implement the Five Stage Model of Salmon and apply it as follows…

1st Step: Access and Motivation

Here the students will get set up. Like with ONL162 they will have to create a blog on WordPress, be divided into groups and use G+ to communicate. Group meetings will be held on Hangouts. There will be a week for both step one and two. The “community” that we focus on is generation Z and they are very proficient in the online environment.

2nd Step: Online Socialization

As mentioned above, this will also happen in the 1st week where the groups will get to know each other, have their 1st meeting on Hangouts to introduce themselves to one another, share their blogs with one another, and they will have to write a blog on their experience of the 1st and 2nd step. Each group will also have a facilitator which will steer the group until they “get the hand of things”.

3rd Step: Information exchange:

This is where there will be focused on the 3 topics in the course structure above. Each individual will have to listen to the webinars and work through the material themselves. The information is “exchanged” from the course content on edx.org to the student.

4th Step: Knowledge construction:

Here students will have to work in their groups and talk about their findings. They will share with each other what they have learned, their different views on the content they have studied and how this would impact their work environment one day. They will then have to present this to the other groups, as a group presentation.

5th Step: Developments:

This is where the student will have to write a blog after each topic, including further research on the topic and reference thereto. This will ensure the further development of the student.

So this is the plan… hope I get the opportunity to implement this. Soooo excited!!


Reference to Gilly Salmon’s Five Stage Model: http://www.gillysalmon.com/five-stage-model.html