Ning as aLearning Environment for Self-Directed Learners<br />Sharon ScinicarielloUniversity of RichmondCALICO 2010<br />
The SDLAP<br />LCTLs<br />Language requirement already completed<br />Experienced language learners<br />Some assessment i...
Goals of the SDLAP<br />Proficiency in language and culture (limited)<br />Learner autonomy<br />Collaboration<br />Lifelo...
Autonomy as a Goal<br />David Little:  learner autonomy is 'essentially a matter of the learner's psychological relation t...
Collaboration as a Goal<br />Communication is collaboration<br />Sharing resources is important<br />Sift through the weal...
Goals of Technology Use<br />Find, evaluate, and use technology-based resources<br />Foster collaboration<br />Build a PLE...
Which technology?<br />Easy to use<br />Support non-Roman character sets<br />Support multimedia<br />Support integration ...
Which technology?<br />Continuing access after course and after graduation<br />Blackboard<br />Moodle<br />Maintain learn...
The SDLAP Ning<br />Personal space and public space<br />Personal space = electronic portfolio<br />Public space for colla...
The Learning Journal<br />
The Electronic Portfolio<br />
Foster Collaboration<br />
Student Reaction<br />Like having everything in one place<br />First year:  combination of Blackboard and Ning<br />Second...
Issues<br />Technical support<br />Introduction to nings, social bookmarking<br />Support for uploading and embedding file...
Assessment of Technology Use<br />Students have few negative reactions<br />Students are beginning to collaborate without ...
More Ning-Based Activities<br />Personalize home pages in target language<br />Comment on each other’s pages<br />Separate...
Life after Ning?<br />In July, Nings will no longer be free<br />Pay for the SDLAP ning for at least one more year<br />Co...
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This presentation, given at CALICO 2010, shows how ning is used for course management and e-portfolio creation in a self-directed language acquisition program. One goal of ning use is to foster both learner autonomy and collaboration.

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  • Provide resourcesInstructional‘Authentic’ materialsFoster habits of autonomous learningSet goalsDevelop learning activitiesReflect on learningFoster collaborationSharing and collaborative learning in the absence of class meetings
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    1. 1. Ning as aLearning Environment for Self-Directed Learners<br />Sharon ScinicarielloUniversity of RichmondCALICO 2010<br />
    2. 2. The SDLAP<br />LCTLs<br />Language requirement already completed<br />Experienced language learners<br />Some assessment issues avoided<br />Self-Directed not Self-Instructional<br />Skills for lifelong learning<br />‘Real world’ goals<br />½ unit of skill-building; 1 – 4 units of language<br />Emphasis on reflection and self-evaluation<br />
    3. 3. Goals of the SDLAP<br />Proficiency in language and culture (limited)<br />Learner autonomy<br />Collaboration<br />Lifelong learning<br />Competence in using technology to accomplish these goals<br />
    4. 4. Autonomy as a Goal<br />David Little: learner autonomy is 'essentially a matter of the learner's psychological relation to the process and content of learning--a capacity for detachment, critical reflection, decision-making, and independent action’<br />Dam and Holec: an autonomous learner independently chooses aims and purposes and sets goals; chooses materials, methods and tasks; exercises choice and purpose in organizing and carrying out the chosen tasks; and chooses criteria for evaluation.<br />
    5. 5. Collaboration as a Goal<br />Communication is collaboration<br />Sharing resources is important<br />Sift through the wealth of material available<br />Look critically at resources<br />Reflect upon the value of the resources<br />Sharing strategies is important<br />Mutual motivation and support<br />
    6. 6. Goals of Technology Use<br />Find, evaluate, and use technology-based resources<br />Foster collaboration<br />Build a PLE / PLN<br />Foster habits of autonomous learning<br />Space for critical reflection on goals and activities<br />Document learning<br />
    7. 7. Which technology?<br />Easy to use<br />Support non-Roman character sets<br />Support multimedia<br />Support integration of other tools<br />Social bookmarking<br />Wikis<br />‘Real world’ platform<br />
    8. 8. Which technology?<br />Continuing access after course and after graduation<br />Blackboard<br />Moodle<br />Maintain learner privacy<br />Limit access to student work to members of group<br />Foster broader collaboration<br />Outside participants can be admitted<br />
    9. 9. The SDLAP Ning<br />Personal space and public space<br />Personal space = electronic portfolio<br />Public space for collaboration<br />Platform for other tools<br />RSS feeds from other resources<br />Tabs for course and language center wiki<br />‘Real world’ tool<br />Ads as spurs for discussion<br />Easy to use and support<br />
    10. 10. The Learning Journal<br />
    11. 11.
    12. 12. The Electronic Portfolio<br />
    13. 13. Foster Collaboration<br />
    14. 14. Student Reaction<br />Like having everything in one place<br />First year: combination of Blackboard and Ning<br />Second year: Ning + linked wikis<br />Confusion between blogs, discussion boards, and Diigo comments<br />Cultural differences among students affect use and perception<br />Spring 2009 student testimonial<br />I’ve continued to use what I learned as I work on Turkish and Greek<br />
    15. 15. Issues<br />Technical support<br />Introduction to nings, social bookmarking<br />Support for uploading and embedding files<br />Privacy<br />Copyright<br />Pedagogical support<br />Other instructor, language partners, evaluators<br />Foster effective use<br />Model reflective learning<br />
    16. 16. Assessment of Technology Use<br />Students have few negative reactions<br />Students are beginning to collaborate without face-to-face meetings<br />Important as students proceed through program<br />Use as electronic portfolio works well for assessment at a distance<br />So far no collaboration after course<br />
    17. 17. More Ning-Based Activities<br />Personalize home pages in target language<br />Comment on each other’s pages<br />Separate ‘cultural posts’ from learning journals using discussion boards<br />More insight if students read and comment on each other’s posts<br />New functions<br />Video chat as students graduate<br />
    18. 18. Life after Ning?<br />In July, Nings will no longer be free<br />Pay for the SDLAP ning for at least one more year<br />Cost written into program budget<br />Funding not assured<br />Explore other possibilities<br />WordpressMU + Buddypress<br />Elgg<br />Mahara<br />

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