JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching Introduction Traditional course management systems such as Blackboard, Moodle, or WebCT provide integrated solutions for faculty to post course content, assignments, and student grades. They are often document-centered, allowing instructors to post PowerPoint slides, Word and PDF files, and other course content for students to access. In addition, many course management systems allow students to log in to check grades, submit assignments, or take exams electronically. The responsibility lies with the instructor to create the course content for students to download or access. This paper describes best practices for using a collaborative web application known as a wiki to augment a traditional course management system.
One-to-one computing programs only as effective as their teachers » Print Experts say 1-to-1 computing research needs to focus more on classroom practices—and less on equipment By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor Read more by Meris Stansbury February 16th, 2010 Studies show that 1:1 success depends more on teachers than on the equipment itself. A compilation of four new studies of one-to-one computing projects in K-12 schools identifies several factors that are key to the projects’ success, including adequate planning, stakeholder buy-in, and strong school or district leadership. Not surprisingly, the researchers say the most important factor of all is the teaching practices of instructors—suggesting school laptop programs are only as effective as the teachers who apply them.
What is a learning ecology? The concept of learning ecology helps us to go beyond a simplistic, gadget-oriented view of technology. We need to understand technologies as embedded within the habitual lived experience of learners and their communities, looking beyond the hype and the showcased innovation experiment. John Seeley Brown, introduced the idea in his influential article from 2000 on "Growing Up Digital: How the Web Changes Work, Education, and the Ways People Learn" 1. Seeley used it to show how new technologies encourage new niches and habitats, requiring new collective and individual behaviours. But it is also a broader concept, appplying equally well to a world without digital technology, or to one with an unevenly distributed access to innovation (for other interesting precedents, see Gregory Bateson's Steps to an Ecology of Mind2, Felix Guattari's The Three Ecologies3, and Eleanor Gibson's An Ecological Approach to Perceptual Learning and Development4).
How Twitter in the Classroom is Boosting Student Engagement Professors who wish to engage students during large lectures face an uphill battle. Not only is it a logistical impossibility for 200+ students to actively participate in a 90 minute lecture, but the downward sloping cone-shape of a lecture hall induces a one-to-many conversation. This problem is compounded by the recent budget cuts that have squeezed ever more students into each room. Fortunately, educators (including myself) have found that Twitter is an effective way to broaden participation in lecture. Additionally, the ubiquity of laptops and smartphones have made the integration of Twitter a virtually bureaucracy-free endeavor. This post describes the two main benefits professors find when using Twitter in lecture.
UTS: Preparing students for group work - Institute for Interactive Media and Learning In this unit This unit includes suggestions for preparing students for group work. It will cover issues such as: providing students with a written rationale for group work reinforcing the rationale verbally helping students become familiar with others in their class prior to group formation helping students to help themselves learn about group work How important is preparing students for group work?
3 Ways Educators Are Embracing Social Technology The modern American school faces rough challenges. Budget cuts have caused ballooning class sizes, many teachers struggle with poorly motivated students, and in many schools a war is being waged on distracting technologies. In response, innovative educators are embracing social media to fight back against the onslaught of problems. Technologies such as Twitter and Skype offer ideal solutions as inexpensive tools of team-based education. Pockets of experimentation are emerging all around the world, and I hope to inspire my fellow teachers with some stories of success. From cell phones to social media, below are three schools that have chosen to go with the flow of popular technology to turn the tide for education. Group Work Extract from UTS Coursework Assessment Policy and Procedures Manual 4.1 Group Work and Assessment (Collaborative Assessment) Group work and collaborative assessment should be used in assessment only in such instances where there is a strong link between the need for collaborative learning, to learn about group processes, and the subject objectives. In the design of group assessment, it is recommended that the assessment task allows for the recognition of individual contribution (such as log books or learning journals) and clearly indicates the responsibilities of the individual member with the group task.
Edmodo:The Total Classroom Solution In a digital world where we can easily "find an app for that" to help solve many problems, rarely do teachers have a one stop shopping place for all their classroom digital needs. There are many individual tools that can aid a teacher in retrieving student's digital work, polling/quizzing students or assigning work, but each of these tools usually requires a separate account. However, there is one, free, Web 2.0 app that brings everything together that you need for your classroom, including a social learning environment. The app that does all of this is called Edmodo.
Learning in teams At last, straight forward advice for students learning in teams! Increasingly students are being expected to undertake project work and coursework assignments in small teams instead of individually, and are encouraged to cooperate in their learning. However they are seldom adequately trained to undertake team work effectively and can find teamwork difficult and unsatisfactory.