Discussion Forum Reflective Learning Tasks: According to Murphy et al (2009), the role of discussion in our learning is very important. As part of your asynchronous learning, you will be required to participate in group discussions via the Group Discussion Forum of My Learning Space. The groups are pre-selected by your instructor. Your participation in each Forum discussion is mandatory. This ensures that you participate not only for your own improved learning but also to help the learning of your colleagues. Nothing is worse than having a group discussion and having no one show up! Discussion topics are posted ahead of time (please see the Discussion Topics page in MyLS). Topics relate to the Topic Reading for that week. Therefore, it is a good idea to read the chapter readings and links before you may be required to comment on its content. It is also pertinent to make connections to the reading, course lecture material as well as personal experience and other information. The more you add and engage with, the better your discussions will be! I will also be able to add in comments and feedback to discussion forums when I have the opportunity. You have approximately two weeks to carry out the discussion with your group members. You may schedule a specific time to have the discussion in ‘real time’. The scheduled class time of 4:30- 5:50 pm (EST) on Thursdays has been reserved for you to carry out a discussion within the forum in ‘real time’. Or, agree to comment throughout the week giving feedback to your colleagues. But this requires you to check-in to the forum often! For each group discussion, there will be a Discussion Forum Moderator who will provide feedback to me through a feedback assignment. This way, you are accountable to me and your fellow colleagues. You must participate in ALL forum discussions. You need to complete FOUR reflective learning tasks. See the detailed assignment instructions in MyLS. Missing discussions especially those that you are required to moderate will impact your overall success in the course.
4a) We’ve been chatting about different forms of niche tourism such as slum tourism, volunteer tourism and dark tourism. What are your perspectives on slum tourism? https://www.women-on-the-road.com/slum-tourism.html Would you visit a slum; perhaps for motivations of curiosity, learning/education or to contribute to the local economy of marginalized residents? https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/slum-tourism/
As we’ve discussed in class, volunteer tourism has the potential to benefit marginalized communities through charitable work as well as contribute to environmental conservation practices. However, there is much debate on the true benefit of voluntourism especially regarding economic leakage and how it exacerbates neocolonialism and imperialism (the rich perpetuating the poor). https://medium.com/colandian/what-is-volunteer-tourism-and-when-can-it-actually-be-bad-fa111c329191 Discuss the critical aspects of volunteer tourism. Are there management strategies that could be implemented to ensure this form of niche tourism truly benefits local communities? https://theconversation.com/volunteer-tourism-whats-wrong-with-it-and-how-it-can-be-changed-86701
4b) On January 27, 2020, professional basketball player, Kobe Bryant perished in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. The Calabasas hillside where the tragedy occurred became a site attraction for fans and tourists. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-27/tourists-and-fans-invade-calabasas-hillside-where-kobe-bryants-helicopter-crashed Similarly, it didn’t take long for visitors to reach the site of 9/11 before the rescue and recovery mission finished; with some snagging a piece of debris for a keepsake. Of course, there is Auschwitz, the Killing Fields, Chernobyl, Hiroshima, plantation houses, Indigenous residential schools and unmarked graves, among thousands of others. What is your perspective on dark tourism? Are these important cultural heritage sites for learning or sites of macabre and horror? Whose stories should be preserved as a component of dark tourism. When is it too early or too soon to visit a site?