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Teaching in the Cloud: Replacing Monolithic Course Management with Web 2.0



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Katie Gibson
John Millard,

University Libraries
Miami University

Course management software (CMS) used in higher education is often multi-layered, poorly organized, and difficult for students to navigate. At Miami University, six librarians teaching different sections of a course in the Interactive Media Studies department bypassed institution-supported course management software in favor of Ning.com. This breakout session will present lessons learned from this experiment, discuss pros and cons of abandoning institutionally supported systems, and explain how the adoption of this new technology affected teaching.



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  • SAN -       - 101R (Info Retrieval)      - 101H (www publishing)      - 101I (Using the Internet)      - Proposed in 1996 IMS      - Founded in 1996      - 
  • SAN -       - 101R (Info Retrieval)      - 101H (www publishing)      - 101I (Using the Internet)      - Proposed in 1996 IMS      - Founded in 1996      - 
  • SAN -       - 101R (Info Retrieval)      - 101H (www publishing)      - 101I (Using the Internet)      - Proposed in 1996 IMS      - Founded in 1996      - 
  • - Pics of classroom - Located in Library - Dual boot / Windows Macosx - down the hall from the cafe (great for the evening sections)
  • Blackboard   -Support by IT Services - Integrated with Student portal -
  • Migrating to either: - Blackboard 9 or an open source alternative
  • - How Katie used twitter - How John used Twitter      - Attendance / minute response etc. - Slide on EtherPad (JM)
  • - Trends from survey - Survey - what was asked - Katie - Add screenshots
  • Edmodo offers: Seure and trusted envirnment, social learning for the classroom, idea, files and assigment sharing, mobile access.

Teaching in the Cloud: Replacing Monolithic Course Management with Web 2.0 Teaching in the Cloud: Replacing Monolithic Course Management with Web 2.0 Presentation Transcript

  • Teaching in the Cloud Replacing monolithic course management systems with Web 2.0 platforms John Millard and Katie Gibson Miami University Libraries
  • Overview and History     
      • Systems Analysis 101 Course
        • H – Web Publishing
        • I – Using the Internet
        • R – Information Retrieval
  • Overview and History Interactive Media Studies     
      • Interdisciplinary program that examines how digital media is disrupting traditional disciplines
      • Begun in 1996 with a $1 million seed grant from Proctor & Gamble.
      • One course in 1996, 30 in 2010
      • Major, two minors (Interactive media & game studies) and a thematic sequence
      • Faculty from every division on campus and Librarians.
  • Overview and History IMS 201 Information Studies in the Digital Age Explores what it means to be information literate in today’s digital world. Students will not only learn about the latest technological advances but will also reflect on ethical and legal issues created by the information age. Intended for students wishing to become competent in the fields of Information Literacy and Information Technology. Course includes all aspects of the research process from definition of the research problem to the acquisition and critical analysis of information, to the adaptation of that information for a digital environment.
  • Overview and History 2009-2010     
      • Fall 2009: Individual investigation
      • Spring 2010: Cohort of IMS 201 Librarians
      • All sections used ning.com and other social media sites to varying degrees
      • Student Survey
  • Infrastructure at Miami
  • Infrastructure at Miami
  • Blackboard
  •    Ning.com
  • Platforms used 
    • Blogs
  • Platforms used
    • Blogs
  • Platforms used
    • Discussion boards
  • Platforms used
    • Discussion boards
  • Platforms used
    • Group pages
  • Platforms used
    • Photo sharing
  • Platforms used
    • Twitter
  • Platforms used
    • Twitter
  • Pros
      • Flexibility & customization
      • Appropriate for course content
      • Tools available following graduation
  • Cons
      • Retention of student projects
      • Business model stability
      • Less Control / no IT support
      • Students more familiar with centrally supported platform
      • Technology for technology's sake?
      • What if the cloud fails (We’re using PPT instead of Google Present)
  • Ning Survey
      • In addition to Course Evaluations
      • Optional
      • Focused on ning.com
  • Preliminary Results Overall Impressions I really enjoyed the use and all that it had to offer, from posting links, blogs, photos, audio and of course being able to communicate and somewhat get to know the students in the course through reading their responses and posts. I didn't use Ning that much during the course other than to post assignments and find information. I would have rather used Blackboard/email since information for my other classes is already there. Frustrating that I had to go to another site other than blackboard, but it was easy to use and made sense Sucked.
  • Preliminary Results …Compared to BlackBoard? It was probably easier to figure out. It was straightforward and it was very clear where everything was located. Sometimes blackboard is comfusing because different profs put things under different places. Ning was better then Blackboard I use blackboard more and like having all my classes located on blackboard, rather than two separate places. I think Ning is much easier to use than Blackboard, and it doesn't seem like it will go down like Blackboard often does. Sucked
  • Conclusions, next steps
      • Students are goal oriented – Needs a gradebook
      • Social Media sites work better for courses covering Social Media
        • (Think a Journalism class required to read the daily NYT)
      • Social Media facilitates new models of classroom communication – Less push and more pull
      • LMS vendors need to make their offerings more social (Discussion boards aren’t enough)
  • Conclusions, next steps
      • Investigate alternative platforms?
        • Edmodo
        • BuddyPress
        • Ning
        • An institutional offering
        • One member of the cohort is teaching in Fall 2010.
  • Questions / Comments? There’s no way we’ve already answered all of them