Exploring Online Tools for Teaching (Draft)

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Draft version of presentation file for Alexandre Enkerli's workshop on Online Tools for Teaching at Concordia University, November 12, 2007.

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Exploring Online Tools for Teaching (Draft)

  1. 1. Exploring Online Tools For Teaching Alexandre Enkerli Department of Sociology and Anthropology Concordia University http://enkerli.wordpress.com/ http://www.slideshare.net/Enkerli
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Overwhelmed? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet use by students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet use by colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accompany teaching changes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What can be done? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other tools </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Workshop <ul><li>Exploration of tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inside classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outside classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Presentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiences, learning contexts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Round-table discussion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some issues with educational technology </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Plan <ul><li>Self-introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation on tools </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss other tools </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion on issues </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Am I Here? <ul><li>Nobody special (PTF at Soc. and Anthro.) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Free, Open, Flexible: Rethinking Learning Materials Online ” (Spirit of Inquiry) </li></ul><ul><li>Tech/Teach backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>Use of Online Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Ph.D. seminar </li></ul>
  6. 6. Computer Technology <ul><li>“ Wannabe geek” (online since 1993) </li></ul><ul><li>Hang out with “geeks” </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger since 2005 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Teaching <ul><li>Ghost of Piaget </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse teaching experience (Qc, NB, IN, MA) </li></ul><ul><li>Informal and formal teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Bridges between life and teaching </li></ul><ul><li>“ Born to teach ” Facebook group </li></ul>
  8. 8. Controversial Stance? <ul><li>“ Learning happens despite teaching” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tools meant to be used” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about possibilities (“sales pitch”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anti-deterministic </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Participant Introductions
  10. 10. Presenting Tools
  11. 11. Tools to Cover <ul><li>Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>RefWorks </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Moodle A Free, Open Source Course Management System for Online Learning
  13. 13. Moodle <ul><li>Learning/Course Management System </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Learning Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Also: Sakai, Oncourse, Blackboard , WebCT </li></ul><ul><li>“ Interactive course website.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do activities </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Moodle Use <ul><li>Platform (modules, applications) </li></ul><ul><li>Resources (content) or Activities (interaction) </li></ul><ul><li>Constructivist model </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher-student connection </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle community </li></ul>
  15. 15. Moodle Issues <ul><li>Outside authentication (ConU) </li></ul><ul><li>Training/documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Versions </li></ul><ul><li>Some confusing tools </li></ul><ul><li>Toward social networking </li></ul>
  16. 16. Facebook A social utility that connects you with the people around you
  17. 17. Facebook <ul><li>800 lbs. gorilla </li></ul><ul><li>Social phenomenon </li></ul><ul><li>“ Where students are” </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking system </li></ul><ul><li>Platform with applications </li></ul>
  18. 18. Facebook and Learning <ul><li>Socialisation </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-learning </li></ul><ul><li>Informal learning </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Use as CMS </li></ul>
  19. 19. Facebook Issues <ul><li>Black hole? (“Addictive”) </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial site (advertising) </li></ul><ul><li>Scarcity of dedicated learning tools </li></ul><ul><li>Lack clear roles </li></ul><ul><li>“ Where students are” </li></ul>
  20. 20. RefWorks Your online research management, writing and collaboration tool
  21. 21. RefWorks Use <ul><li>Online citation manager </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Web-enabled EndNote” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Concordia availability </li></ul><ul><li>Library catalogues (CLUES, MUSE...) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar integration </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop integration (Microsoft Word) </li></ul><ul><li>RefShare </li></ul>
  22. 22. RefWorks Issues <ul><li>Few students really use </li></ul><ul><li>Cumbersome login (ConU) </li></ul><ul><li>Few databases (PubMed, OCLC Trial) </li></ul><ul><li>Missing some Endnote features? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attachment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formatted list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handheld/PDA </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. SlideShare YouTube for PowerPoint
  24. 24. SlideShare Use <ul><li>Upload before class </li></ul><ul><li>Edit during class </li></ul><ul><li>Embed after class </li></ul><ul><li>Slidecast (with sound) </li></ul>
  25. 25. Slideshare Issues <ul><li>PowerPoint/PDF/OpenDocument </li></ul><ul><li>Changed fonts </li></ul><ul><li>Posting delays </li></ul><ul><li>Indirect editing </li></ul><ul><li>Cumbersome audio synchronisation </li></ul>
  26. 26. Blogging
  27. 27. Blogging Use <ul><li>Self-publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging as low-stakes writing </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging as sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Bridge with life, examples </li></ul>
  28. 28. Blogging Issues <ul><li>Author-based </li></ul><ul><li>Less than thoughtful comments </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping up? </li></ul><ul><li>Writing style? </li></ul>
  29. 29. YouTube Broadcast Yourself
  30. 30. YouTube Use <ul><li>In-class examples </li></ul><ul><li>UC Berkeley lectures </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Publicly accessible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing, comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer-teaching </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. YouTube Issues <ul><li>Image quality </li></ul><ul><li>Streaming problems </li></ul><ul><li>Pulled-off content </li></ul><ul><li>Haters </li></ul>
  32. 32. Other Tools
  33. 33. Discuss Issues
  34. 34. Discuss Issues (examples) <ul><li>Comfort </li></ul><ul><li>Luddites and fear of technology </li></ul><ul><li>Shelters or windmills </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher control </li></ul><ul><li>Online/offline learning </li></ul><ul><li>Informal/formal learning </li></ul><ul><li>Resources (time, money) </li></ul>

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