Beyond Blackboard

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Presentation to the Learning Communities group, July 18, 2007 at Cleveland State University.

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Beyond Blackboard

  1. 1. Beyond Blackboard Betzi Bateman – July 18, 2007
  2. 2. Blogs <ul><li>Definition: posts made by an author(s) in reverse chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: reflection or sharing of information with comment from others </li></ul>
  3. 3. Blog Examples <ul><li>CSU Organizational Leadership Cohort Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Master’s program for future educational administrators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional problem: How do we promote communication and community among a cohort of students that extends beyond the classroom? How do we do this with students who are busy adults and geographically dispersed? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://csuorgleadership.wordpress.com </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Blog Examples <ul><li>Photocritic – BGSU blog for student photo critiques </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional problem: students do not seem comfortable critiquing other students’ photographs; students do not know HOW to critique other students’ photographs. Can a blog help? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.pseudobook.com/photocritic </li></ul>
  5. 5. Wikis <ul><li>Definition: an easy-to-update collaborative website (“wiki” is quick in Hawaiian) </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: collaborative product/authoring </li></ul><ul><li>“ Wikis in plain English” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dnL00TdmLY </li></ul>
  6. 6. Wiki Examples <ul><li>“ The Romantic Audience” project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bowdoin College Romantic poetry course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional problem/goal: how do I get students to dig deep into the meaning of a poem? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ssad.bowdoin.edu:9780/snipsnap/eng242-s05/space/ </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Wiki Examples <ul><li>WSU – Student Created Study Guide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CE211 – tips posted by students for students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional goal/problem: student created? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://wiki.wsu.edu/wsuwiki/CE211_Study_Skills </li></ul>
  8. 8. Social Networks <ul><li>Definition: a place where people connect online through sharing a personal profile and through various communication tools </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: Community </li></ul>
  9. 9. Social Networking Example <ul><li>College 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A social network created using the “Ning” application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal: bring together folks interested in elearning and the future of education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://college2.ning.com </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Why does this matter? <ul><li>“ Education often preaches instead of teaches. Instead of learning solutions to yesterday’s problems, people need to learn how to deal with the unknown. In the real world, the issues we face are ones that no one knows the answers to. Can we afford not to learn how to learn and find more and better ways to learn everything we will need to do in the days and years to come?” </li></ul><ul><li>- Marcia Conner, former education director at Microsoft and PeopleSoft, quoted in the book Informal Learning by Jay Cross </li></ul>
  11. 11. Thank You! <ul><li>Betzi Bateman [email_address] RT 944 ext. 9207 http://academic.csuohio.edu/bateman_b </li></ul>

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