CIL: Virtual Learning and Training: Teaching and Learning with Drupal
Meredith Farkas, Norwich University, Head of Instructional Initiatives
written lecture notes
can't just use irl stuff for online courses...”pretty frickin' boring!”...MF got her MLIS online about six years ago
web 2.0 ideas for the classroom
it's the age of participation
wisdom of crowds...love it!
Social constructivism ...teacher is a facilitator, not a “sage on the stage” (use that for my Manib Lib Conf talk!!!!)...and get peeps talking...will there be enough people/twitters for a session hash tag?...hmmm....could suvey and do if so...
about the experience
MF now teaches @ SanJose State Univ...online...
didn't want to use their course management system...focussed on instructor, not student interaction...was allowed to do her own thing
used drupal (drupal.org)...OS content management system...used for a huge variety of things
why use blogs?
Familiar medium for two-way com
faculty communication with students
one place to look...eg “housekeeping” tag...keeps stuff together
builds sense of ownership over the medium for students
reflective learning...thinking about what you're learning
writing in public
everyone is a teacher and learner
promote critical and reflective thinking
enable collaboration and knowledge-sharing
create an informal environment for student discussion and communtiy building
encourage dialogue and debate
encourage students to teach as well as learn and co-costruct their learning experience
Joan Peti...(substitute...) Using “prezi”...blogging at the american university in Cairo..wow...
instruction and ref librarian
accredited US univesrity
mostly Egyptian students
required info lit class
moved course from Blackboard to a simple wiki
http://lalt.wetpaint.com – check it out
shifted emphasis from passing to learning the skills
strict attendance + in class assignments
issue with lack of freedome of speech in Egypt...bloggers are regularly jailed...repressive
wanted students to appreciate and understand the tools, even in this environement
used word-press...but was overwhealming for tech-newbies
for last blog...asked students how they liked blogging – and they loved it!!!
shocked lib staff!...students had historically hated the class...but deal was sealed with the blogging experience
take advantage of key moments
own your disasters
sometimes crisis = opportunity
ill-considered ideas hastily implemented can be a great success!!!
I thought this session, from description in flyer, would be more about creating tutorials etc...oh well, still some fab points
you have to find the right tech for your students