Online Tools and Learning

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Presentation on Online Technology and Learning. Prepared for a Ph.D. Seminar in Unitersity Teaching at Concordia University's Centre for Teaching and Learning Services.

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Online Tools and Learning

  1. 1. Online Tools and Learning Alexandre Enkerli Department of Sociology and Anthropology Concordia University http://enkerli.wordpress.com/ http://www.slideshare.net/Enkerli
  2. 2. 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>
  3. 3. Teaching Experience <ul><li>Informal and formal teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Face-to-Face+Online </li></ul><ul><li>Anthropology TA at UdeM (1996) </li></ul><ul><li>Folklore AI at IU (1998-2000) </li></ul><ul><li>Anthropology at UdeM, UNB, IUSB, BSC, Tufts, ConU (2002-2007) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Teaching Approach <ul><li>Constructivist influence </li></ul><ul><li>Relativism, holism, particularism </li></ul><ul><li>Bridges between life and teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Laid back </li></ul>
  5. 5. Controversial Stance <ul><li>“ Content is cheap” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge over Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Access </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Learning happens despite teaching” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enculturation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Socialisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Learning by osmosis” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposure to diversity </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Technology Approach <ul><li>Tech enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Play around with tools (low stakes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about possibilities (“sales pitch”) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tech and human life </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-deterministic </li></ul><ul><li>Tools meant to be used </li></ul>
  7. 7. Online Tools for Learning <ul><li>Learning Management Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Learning Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Course Management Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WebCT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oncourse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sakai </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Enjoying Moodle <ul><li>Platform (modules, applications) </li></ul><ul><li>Open development </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle community </li></ul><ul><li>Constructivist model </li></ul><ul><li>Approach to complexity /flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher-student connection </li></ul><ul><li>Resources and Activities </li></ul>
  9. 9. Moodle Tools <ul><li>Course outline </li></ul><ul><li>“ Content” (slides, references, media) </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Grades </li></ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast </li></ul>
  10. 10. Moodle Attempts <ul><li>RSS Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Glossaries </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul>
  11. 11. Moodle Issues <ul><li>Training/documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Versions </li></ul><ul><li>Some confusing tools </li></ul><ul><li>Outside authentication (ConU) </li></ul><ul><li>Toward social networking </li></ul>

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