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Social Software

  1. 1. Social Software for Education: Collaborative Learning & Research Practices Rollins College, January 10, 2008 Donnie Sendelbach, Lake Forest College Bryan Alexander, NITLE
  2. 2. Workshop Overview <ul><ul><li>0. Introductions and overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 and social software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Bookmarking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS and aggregation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Web 2.0 and Social Software <ul><li>What is Web 2.0? </li></ul><ul><li>What is social software? Why “social?” </li></ul><ul><li>What do students use and how do they use it? </li></ul><ul><li>Overview </li></ul>
  4. 4. How Can Social Software Help Students, Instructors & Researchers? <ul><li>If students already know how to use these tools, what are instructors bringing to the table? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the pedagogical goal in using technology? </li></ul><ul><li>How can these technologies help research? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Benefits of using social software <ul><li>Students actively engage in creating content by interacting with others. </li></ul><ul><li>How People Learn </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moving from novice to master involves interacting actively with subject matter. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It can extend or enhance the classroom experience. </li></ul>
  6. 6. More Benefits of Online Interaction <ul><li>Quiet students sometimes dominate online. </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor may perceive where student has misunderstood material. </li></ul><ul><li>Guest speakers can participate. </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor can have class online when off campus. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Benefits for Research <ul><li>Scholars able to interact more with each other. </li></ul><ul><li>They can share resources and knowledge. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Expectations <ul><li>Students are expecting more use of social software at colleges. </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty should plan realistic use of software in small steps. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Blog <ul><li>Interactive online journal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular postings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments from readers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing for an audience </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Brainstorming <ul><li>Would certain courses you teach benefit from a blog project? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you structure the assignment? </li></ul><ul><li>How could blogging help your research? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Break We will start again at 3:00 p.m.
  12. 12. Wikis <ul><li>Easy-to-edit web page </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple editors </li></ul><ul><li>Changes recorded </li></ul>
  13. 13. Brainstorming <ul><li>How could you use a wiki in one of your courses? </li></ul><ul><li>How could you use a wiki with professional contacts? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Social Bookmarking <ul><li>People share resources on a common topic. </li></ul><ul><li>One discovers others’ bookmarks and their contact’s bookmarks and so on. </li></ul>
  15. 15. RSS Feeds and Aggregation <ul><li>“ Really Simple Syndication” </li></ul><ul><li>Way to collect new information automatically on a given topic/from a given source </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregator to gather RSS feeds into one web site for easy reading </li></ul>
  16. 16. Wrap-Up <ul><li>Next steps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you want to use? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you want to use it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What help do you need? </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. NITLE on the Web <ul><li>NITLE </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Liberal Education Today </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>