Wednesday, November 02, 2005
answers to your four questions
None. I used to teach students about PGP encryption and USENET and I don't anymore. I don't think this matters as long as the technologies are useful at the time. I never use slide projectors in my classes but they were an important educational technology once.
What, if any, experience do you have with blogs, wikis, or podcasting as a teacher or technical support staff that suggests these tools might successfully be incorporated into teaching, learning, or research activities.
Classes where I use blogs:
Play and Technology Seminar(undergrad)
Introduction to Communication Technology and Society(undergrad lecture)
Graduate Seminar on Advanced Topics in Communication Theory
Imagine that you are going to pilot the use of a blog, wiki, or podcast in a spring 2006 semseter course on this campus (either your own or for another teacher) what might you try? Describe the pilot and some discipline and/or course specific tasks or objectives that the pilot would hope to facilitate?
This isn't really relevant to me as I already use these technologies.
What would be more useful: Campus-wide support for these technologies adapted to classroom needs (e.g., centralized installation of Movable Type) the way that LAS ATLAS has provided centralized support for segue.
Also, improved integration between campus authentication systems (reduction in the many usernames and passwords) -- this is a major barrier to adopting new educational technologies and a constant headache in class. Finally, reinstate the functionality of campus gradebook and dump WebCT. Okay, I'll stop now.
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Christian - I looked at some of the blog posts and comments for the big class. I couldn't tell if the comments were written by others students or by TAs, but they had the feel of TAs trying to improve the work rather than of peers simply asking quesitons or chiming in. I also couldn't tell whether the students were posting only because of the required assignment or if there were some that were follow ups and to keep a theme going. Do you have a sense of how effective your approach has been for building community within the class and whether the software helps/hurts for doing that?Post a Comment
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