Summer Retreat 2011 Numan Sheikh firstname.lastname@example.org Asher Imtiaz email@example.com Dept. of Computer Science FC College (A Chartered University) www.fccollege.edu.pk Course Management The Web 2.0 Way
Active Learning Paradigm Based on social constructionist pedagogy Active learning in a social context taking place in a learning environment with smart and interactive tools Graphic from: http://eduspaces.net/terry/weblog/archive/2006/02/ (Terry Wassall)
Constructivism vs. Constructionism From a constructivist point of view, people actively construct new knowledge as they interact with their environment. Constructionism asserts that learning is particularly effective when constructing something for others to experience. This can be anything from a spoken sentence or an internet posting, to more complex artifacts like a painting, a house or a software package.
Constructionism For example you might read this page several times and still forget it by tomorrow but if you were to try and explain these ideas to someone else in your own words, or produce a slideshow that explained these concepts, then it's very likely you'd have a better understanding that is more integrated into your own ideas. This is why people take notes during lectures (even if they never read the notes again).
Social Constructivism … extends constructivism into social settings, wherein groups construct knowledge for one another, collaboratively creating a small culture of shared artifacts with shared meanings. When one is immersed within a culture like this, one is learning all the time about how to be a part of that culture, on many levels.
Moodle Moodle is a web based Course Management System that allows the classroom to extend onto the web. Free and open source software Designed using sound pedagogical principles to help educators create effective online learning communities. Already used widely in the schools and universities around the world. (Available in over 70 languages)
Philosophy Focus on the experiences that would be best for learning from the learner's point of view Helps you realize how each participant in a course can be a teacher as well as a learner. Your job as a 'teacher' can change from being 'the source of knowledge' to being an influencer and role model of class culture. Moodle doesn't FORCE this style of behavior, but this is what the designers believe that it is best at supporting.
Resources & Activities Resources are things to see, read, view, explore… Activities are things to do (and there are a lot!) All the ways these are used in a Moodle course are up to your imagination!
Resources Links to other websites Internal Moodle WebPages Documents (Word, Excel, Power-Points, pdf…) Copyright violation rules do not apply, like course material on library reserve. Pictures and Videos Online File Directories RSS Feeds The resources you post and the way you use them are limited only by your imagination.
Activities Instrument Scores and Grading Surveys Bulk email Discussions – live and forum PodCasts Wiki Document sharing Web page creator/editor Assignment submission Shared, community-created glossaries Embed multimedia Online classrooms Quizzes Create a shared calendar Blogs
Course Management Features Assignments Assignments enable teachers to grade and give comments on uploaded files and assignments created on and off line.
Course Management Features Quizzes Create all the familiar forms of assessment true-false multiple choice short answer matching question random questions numerical questions embedded answer questions with descriptive text and graphics. Shuffle questions and choices
Course Management Features Quiz/Exam - Item Error Analysis source CSCS 100: Spring 2011
Course Management Features Forums Threaded discussion boards for asynchronous group exchange on shared subject matter.
Participation in forums can be an integral part of the learning experience, helping students define and evolve their understanding of subject matter.
College ProfessorsSocial Media Source: www.schools.comMay 2011
Popular Social Networks among Teachers Source: www.schools.comMay 2011
Social Network Usage on Campuses Source: www.schools.comMay 2011
SMS as an Information Dissemination Tool Services like Chopal are available where we can register students so that the instructor can send a short message to all the students at the same time.
So … If you do not use Moodle: Use Social Media If you do not use Moodle and do not use Social Media Use sites builders like Wordpress, Wiki, Google Sites, etc… Examples If you do not use Moodle and do not use Social Media and do not use site-builders Use EMAIL at least Other wise …