Engaging Students with Engaging Tools (EDUCAUSE Quarterly Key Takeaways A new course teaching media, mass communication, and political identities in the Middle East and North Africa explored the use of social media in pursuit of effective learning. Using a variety of social media and other tools encouraged student engagement in and out of the classroom. Student responses varied from discomfort with the technology to enthusiastic adoption and continued use after the course ended. This article records my experiences teaching a new course in early 2009 at Dickinson College, a four-year liberal arts college in Pennsylvania serving around 2,300 undergraduates.
30 Ways to use Social Media to Work Smarter The next free online social activity will take place 29 August - 7 October 2011 on Share&Learn Create an account and then join the Autumn Group We'll keep you updated with news about the programme there (Limited to 100 participants) The revolution that is social media means that now everyone can have access to the Social Web and a range of services and applications to support their own as well as their team's learning, performance and productivity - in order to work (and learn) smarter. The Autumn activity looks at 4 main areas in which social media can help you work (and learn) smarter.
Online social networks as formal learning environments: Learner experiences and activities George Veletsianos and Cesar C. Navarrete University of Texas at Austin, USA Abstract MOOCs and the stock university course #plenk2010 A first consideration of adapting MOOC techniques to the stock university situation. Have a look at these notes on Stephen Downes’s presentation. The more I’m immersed in the PLENK course and material, the more possibilities I see for driving MOOC teaching techniques and approaches into the stock university courses I teach. For instance, we have new a sophomore level Argument and Exposition course (A&E. Gotta like the double joke in that course title) for learning research practices. Downes’s example of how to find a niche and set up a PLE suggests that I can adapt MOOC practices into a course project.
Technology and Teaching Writing Is it a given that technology enhances the acts of writing, as it does the arts and sciences of film-making, design, engineering, data collection and analyses, and so forth? What about the teaching and learning of writing? In a flurry of recent exchanges (subject “Writing horse-shoe-of-horse-heading-east Technology”) on the Writing Program Administration (WPA) listserv, scholars in writing studies have argued these points in some theoretical and practical depth. Edublogs - teacher and student blogs Edublogs has grown from a single idea in 2005 into the largest and most trusted provider of educational blogging in the world. We believe in the power that blogging can have to transform the educational experience of students and have seen first hand how Edublogs have increased ownership of learning, engaged students, and become a source of pride in the classroom. Based in Australia, but with employees located all over the globe, the Edublogs team consists of some of the best technological and educational minds in the biz.
My Personal Learning Network is the most awesomest thing ever!! We wrapped up our open course on Personal Learning Environments and Networks a few weeks ago. I want to address a few aspects of the discussion about personal learning networks (PLN). Often, on Twitter, blogs, and Facebook, I’ll read some variant of “my PLN is the most wonderful thing evar!!!” “It meets all my knowledge and emotional needs” “It’s better than getting a university degree” “It makes my toast in the morning” “It cleans the oven and the toilet”..and so on. From reading these posts, a reader uninitiated in the land of PLNs would quickly conclude that the key failing in politics, currently in North and South Korea, is the failure of leaders to build their own PLN. Let’s tackle this in a bit more detail.
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Why Technology Is So Addictive, and How You Can Avoid Tech Burnout What a perfectly timed post for something I've been struggling (hard) with over the past couple years and finally am getting to a solution. Here's my problem: I realized that I'm spending probably 70% of my time on email, phone, or in-person interaction with 30 on my actual job. That number should be flipped.
Museums and the Web 2010: Papers: Liu, A., et al., Dulwich OnView: A Museum Blog Run by the Community for the Community 1. Introduction Dulwich OnView (DOV) is a unique example of a museum blog run by volunteers from its Friends and the local community, with posts about both. This combination increases exposure and interest in the museum (Dulwich Picture Gallery in southeast London, UK), attracting new audiences. It uses very little staff time and comes at no financial cost. As Dulwich Picture Gallery (DPG) is often perceived as traditional and conservative, Dulwich OnView has helped to counteract this image and set the Gallery in the context of a local community that loves and supports it.