We gave it a try now our students love Sakai!

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We gave it a try now our students love Sakai!


John Harper,
Charles Sturt University

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We gave it a try now our students love Sakai!

  1. 1. We gave it a try now our students love Sakai! John Harper & Geoff Burrows School of Agricultural & Wine Sciences Charles Sturt University 1
  2. 2. Summary <ul><li>Botany </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First Year subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approx 50 students on campus & 100 DE students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Announcements – Active engagement with students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs - Introductions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis –collaboration – dictionary ; mnemonics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Test Centre – Formative assessment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chat room – chat with each other & lecturer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forum & subforums – questions; organisation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resources – Lectures; quizzes; past exams; links….. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts – headsup! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>2
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  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Interact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Announcements – Active engagement with students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hints on study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fun learning community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Reach out and Touch somebody!” </li></ul></ul>4
  5. 5. <ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs – Introductions…… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1% carrot </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I got to know the students better and they learned about each others aspirations and backgrounds and fears! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some study groups formed </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>5
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  7. 7. <ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis –collaboration – dictionary ; mnemonics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dictionary in our own words: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Micropyle: Point where pollen tube enters ovary. Also, later becomes the opening where water taken into seed for germination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A small hemeroid? </li></ul></ul>7
  8. 8. A joint project between Team Botany and students Unit 1 Very Small Dogs Sniff Feet – Vascular tissue, Sporophyte Dominant, Seed, Fruit Evolutionary leaps from mosses to angiosperms. Mnemonic- thanks to my mum ’ s dog Benji Kids Playing Chicken On Freeways Get Squashed : Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species All Good Pterodactyls Like Broccoli :       Angiosperms, Gymnosperms, Pteridophytes, Lycophytes, Bryophytes Botany Mnemonics 8
  9. 9. <ul><ul><ul><li>Test Centre – Formative assessment </li></ul></ul></ul>9
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  11. 11. <ul><ul><ul><li>Chat room – chat with each other & lecturer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forum & subforums – questions; organisation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Needed to remind students that I wasn’t ‘waiting’ in the room for their questions! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organised times for chatting via chat room organiser – subforum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requests for chats with me or others </li></ul></ul>11
  12. 12. <ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts – headsup! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resources – Lectures; quizzes; past exams; links….. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Verbal Directions Pod casts of past exam answers
  14. 16. Double Fertilisation Tutorial
  15. 17. Double Fertilisation
  16. 18. 1. Label the diagram in the next slide 2. List and explain the key steps involved in double fertilization and its outcomes. Starting point is the 2 nuclei (1 & 2 in the diagram on the next slide) approaching a structure that contains 8 nuclei. Note the two nuclei in 1 & 2 are different from those at the top of the diagram Double Fertilisation exam Question
  17. 19. Double Fertilsation explained Animation <ul><li>http://www.emunix.emich.edu/~ghannan/systbot/NewFiles/animation%203801.swf </li></ul>After viewing the animation Try the exam question
  18. 20. Supermarket Botany! See: http://www.csu.edu.au/research/grahamcentre/education/
  19. 21. “ Just a pinch of this underground stem in your curry……”
  20. 23. <ul><li>What the students say…………. </li></ul><ul><li>“ I felt part of a learning community” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I knew that my questions would be answered quickly” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I love the exam answer keys” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I put the verbal directions on my mobile..” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’ve discovered that learning can be fun!” </li></ul>
  21. 24. <ul><li>In summary </li></ul><ul><li>OK so Interact may be a bit clunky but it is lightyears ahead of the forum for enabling a learning community </li></ul><ul><li>I’m looking forward to Sakai 3 ! </li></ul><ul><li>John </li></ul>

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