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This slide show describes a collaborative project between students at Florida A&M University (a historically black university in Tallahassee, Fla.) and Midwestern State University (a predominantly ...

This slide show describes a collaborative project between students at Florida A&M University (a historically black university in Tallahassee, Fla.) and Midwestern State University (a predominantly white university in Wichita Falls, Texas) in fall 2008. Students used a wiki, blog, e-mail, social networking sites and a videoconference to create, promote and analyze the results of an online survey (using SurveyMonkey) of college student attitudes toward the 2008 presidential election. The presentation was given in August 2009 at the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication in Boston.

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Using Web 2.0 Technologies to Facilitate Learning Using Web 2.0 Technologies to Facilitate Learning Presentation Transcript

  • Using Web 2.0 Technologies to Facilitate Learning: A student collaboration project between Florida A&M University and Midwestern State University Ms. Mitzi Lewis Midwestern State University Dr. LaRae M. Donnellan, APR, CPRC Florida A&M University
  • Objectives
    • Investigate usefulness of Web 2.0 technologies to facilitate learning across distance
    • Use Internet survey to explore college student political beliefs
  • Net Generation
    • Social Technographics Profile
      • Measures technology use
      • NetGens: Creators, Critics, Collectors
    • Diffusion of Innovations
      • Perceived attributes
      • Type of innovation-decision
      • Communication channels
      • Nature of social system
      • Extent of change agent’s promotion efforts
  • 1. Identifying Research Area
      • “ College Student Election Survey”
  • Web 2.0 Tools
    • Teleconference
    • E-mail
    • Blog
    • Wiki
    • SurveyMonkey
  • College Student Election Survey
    • Created in summer 2008
    • 22 questions
      • Political leanings
      • Preferences
      • Issues
      • How learned about the survey
    • 900 responses
  • 2. Gathering Data
    • Tracking student participation on blog & wiki
    • Soliciting feedback via classroom discussions
    • Soliciting feedback via survey
    • Communicating regularly via e-mail & phone
  • Blog Use
    • Blogs – Confident in abilities to use
    • Blogs – Effective way to communicate w/ team
    Response % No. Strongly disagree 0.0% 0 Disagree 0.0% 0 Neutral 20.0% 4 Agree 60.0% 12 Strongly agree 20.0% 4 Response % No. Strongly disagree 20.0% 4 Disagree 20.0% 4 Neutral 40.0% 8 Agree 10.0% 2 Strongly agree 10.0% 2
  • Wiki Use
    • Wiki – Confident in abilities to use
    • Wiki – Effective way to communicate w/ team
    Response % No. Strongly disagree 0.0% 0 Disagree 0.0% 0 Neutral 15.0% 3 Agree 55.5% 11 Strongly agree 30.0% 6 Response % No. Strongly disagree 20.0% 4 Disagree 35.0% 7 Neutral 35.0% 7 Agree 15.0% 3 Strongly agree 5.0% 1
  • Would You Collaborate Again?
    • Interested in future collaborative projects with students at other universities
    Response % No. Strongly disagree 15.0% 3 Disagree 15.0% 3 Neutral 10.0% 2 Agree 35.0% 7 Strongly agree 25.0% 5
  • 3. Interpreting Data
    • Wiki more effective than blog
      • Ease of use
      • Comfort level
      • Understanding potential
    • Collaboration
      • Not “natural”
      • Didn’t work
  • 4. Acting on Evidence
    • Mid-project adjustments
    • More class structure
      • Scaffolding
  • 5. Evaluating Results
    • Creating effective teams is challenging – especially at a distance.
    • SM tools not seen as valuable.
    • More structured instruction?
      • Motivation
      • Consequences
  • 6. Conclusions
    • Design technology use around learning objectives.
    • Use “scaffolding” – Show students how to apply tools in other contexts.
  • Observations/Future Research
    • Role of competing SM activities going on at the same time: TubeTheVote e-zine.
  • Observations/Future Research
    • 2. Role of race & ethnicity in the adoption of Web 2.0 tools in educational setting.