Instructional Intentions and the Realities of Practice: Faculty Perspectives of Learning on the Web EDUCAUSE LEARNING INITIATIVE 2010 Teresa J. Carter R. Martin Reardon Joan A. Rhodes Frances G. Smith Virginia Commonwealth University Learning Technology Research Group Center for Teaching Excellence This work is the intellectual property of the authors. Permission is granted for this material to be shared for non-commercial, educational purposes, provided that this copyright statement appears on the reproduced materials and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the authors. To disseminate otherwise or to republish requires written permission of the authors.
Ning Ning Closed network Transferred learning from other SNS when participating in blogs, discussion board, chat, and photos Facilitates communication between students and instructor and student to student Will community be maintained and/or expanded?
T/TAC @ VCU AT Blog
Began in summer of 2006 to reach practitioners/educators in southern regions of Virginia
Grew quickly to a recognized national blog on AT best practices
Viewed by many in the AT field as a #1 AT resource
Reached our 1000 th post 11/20/09
Supported by 5 colleagues who post weekly to this blog – supporting a post each day
Offers information on best practices in the field
“ Technology Tuesdays” wiki
Supports Technology Tuesdays training series
A collaborative space to chronicle resources, presentation materials, participant comments
A place to link from another organization webspace or link to other resources
An ongoing and collaborative digital repository of tools, resources and best practices
Graduate Course: Universal Design for Learning (GWU)
Course blog used as a container for daily reflective blog post assignments
Student blogs offer personal digital space to offer reflections on course discussions/questions
Course wiki offered as collaborative area to share
Step-by-step instructions provided to scaffold student learning on “how-to” use a blog/wiki
Blogging as Reflective Practice
Designed an instructor blog to model the process
Experimented with requirements
Reflection on specific assignments
Groups of blog buddies
Without requirements to do so, students did not engage by reading others’ blogs, nor did they make comments
Most effective was required blog buddy system of exchanging comments
Collaborative learning in a class wiki in lieu of LMS - posted assignments - team projects Students reluctant to use features enabling collaborative authoring
How are the implied practices that are built into Web 2.0 technologies reshaping ideas about teaching and learning?
What Web 2.0 practices do faculty members identify as having the greatest potential for enhancing learning?
How are learners adapting to classroom environments that require them to collaborate, create, and share in new ways? (barriers, challenges, enhancers)
What are the realities of practice for faculty as they begin to use Web 2.0 technologies in creating collaborative learning environments?
How are you assisting learners to adapt to Web 2.0 technologies?
How do use of Web 2.0 technologies add value to the student experience? How can we best facilitate and add value with these digital media tools?
Summarizing Our Thoughts
What do we see as the challenges?
What is the consensus perspective?
Is it truly a community if you are required to participate in it?