Technology to FacilitateStudent Engagement andFormative AssessmentJeremy Anderson
OutcomesBy the end of today, you will be able to:• Describe three tools for engaging students• Explain the primary purpose...
Tools for Engagement• Discussion Boards• Blogs (Journals)• Wikis
DISCUSSION BOARDSCreate flowing discourse on a topic
Discussion Boards – Imagine this…
Discussion Board FormatClass DiscussionBoardBoardWaterCoolerForumStudent 1PostThreadStudent 2ReplyReplyStudent 5ReplyReply...
Discussion BoardsStrengths• Equal voices• Rich in views andideas• Allows explorationLimitations• Can lose focus• Lacks non...
5 Use Cases• Debate a course topic• Discuss a controversial reading• Explore a course question• Create a water cooler• Bra...
BLOGSFocus on author’s voice and message
Blogs – Imagine this…
Student types full blog post here.Student 3 Post• Student 2 commentStudent types full blog post here.Student 2 Post• Stude...
BlogsStrengths• Strong sense ofownership• Focused• Reflective• Media richLimitations• May become stale• Linear• Class blog...
5 Use Cases• Class or group notes• Virtual study group or literature circle• Peer review• Address course questions or prof...
WIKISCollaboratively create a product
Wikis – Imagine this…
Wiki FormatStudent 1 inserted a pictureStudent 2 typed this text. Student 2 typed this text. Student 2 typedthis text. Stu...
WikisStrengths• Flexible• Easy to edit• Highly collaborative• Track contributionsLimitations• May lose structure• Can dele...
5 Wiki Use Cases• Class glossary or bibliography• Class study guide• Group paper, website, presentation• Individual portfo...
LEARNING CHECK
What is it and what is itgood for?• Discussion Board• Blog• Wiki
LET’S APPLY IT!
BrainstormChoose an activity or assignment you currentlyuse and select the technology that would mostappropriately facilit...
Questions?Comments?
THANK YOU!
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Blog, Wiki, or Discussion Board? Best educational uses for each

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Blog, Wiki, or Discussion Board? Best educational uses for each

  1. 1. Technology to FacilitateStudent Engagement andFormative AssessmentJeremy Anderson
  2. 2. OutcomesBy the end of today, you will be able to:• Describe three tools for engaging students• Explain the primary purpose of each tool• Select the best tool to facilitate various typesof learning activities and content
  3. 3. Tools for Engagement• Discussion Boards• Blogs (Journals)• Wikis
  4. 4. DISCUSSION BOARDSCreate flowing discourse on a topic
  5. 5. Discussion Boards – Imagine this…
  6. 6. Discussion Board FormatClass DiscussionBoardBoardWaterCoolerForumStudent 1PostThreadStudent 2ReplyReplyStudent 5ReplyReplyStudent 10ReplyReplyStudent 2PostThreadCase Study1ForumCase Study2Forum
  7. 7. Discussion BoardsStrengths• Equal voices• Rich in views andideas• Allows explorationLimitations• Can lose focus• Lacks non-verbalcues• May overwhelm• Text heavy
  8. 8. 5 Use Cases• Debate a course topic• Discuss a controversial reading• Explore a course question• Create a water cooler• Brainstorm solutions
  9. 9. BLOGSFocus on author’s voice and message
  10. 10. Blogs – Imagine this…
  11. 11. Student types full blog post here.Student 3 Post• Student 2 commentStudent types full blog post here.Student 2 Post• Student 3 comment• Student 7 commentStudent types full blog post here.Student 1 post• Student 2 comment• Student 4 commentBlog Format
  12. 12. BlogsStrengths• Strong sense ofownership• Focused• Reflective• Media richLimitations• May become stale• Linear• Class blogs getcrowded
  13. 13. 5 Use Cases• Class or group notes• Virtual study group or literature circle• Peer review• Address course questions or proficiencies• Individual log of experiences
  14. 14. WIKISCollaboratively create a product
  15. 15. Wikis – Imagine this…
  16. 16. Wiki FormatStudent 1 inserted a pictureStudent 2 typed this text. Student 2 typed this text. Student 2 typedthis text. Student 2 typed this text. (Student 3 deleted this text)Student 2 typed this text. Student 2 typed this text. Student 2 typedthis text. Student 2 typed this text.Student 3 typed this text. Student3 typed this text. Student 3 typedthis text. Student 3 typed this text.Student 3 typed this text. Student1 added this text. Student 1 addedthis text.Student 2 inserted a video
  17. 17. WikisStrengths• Flexible• Easy to edit• Highly collaborative• Track contributionsLimitations• May lose structure• Can delete work(recoverable)• 1 editor at a time
  18. 18. 5 Wiki Use Cases• Class glossary or bibliography• Class study guide• Group paper, website, presentation• Individual portfolio• Sign-up sheet or calendar
  19. 19. LEARNING CHECK
  20. 20. What is it and what is itgood for?• Discussion Board• Blog• Wiki
  21. 21. LET’S APPLY IT!
  22. 22. BrainstormChoose an activity or assignment you currentlyuse and select the technology that would mostappropriately facilitate that activity.• What is the nature of the content?• What is the purpose (outcome) of the assignment?• What type of discourse do you want?• Whose voice should be heard?• What level of collaboration do you want?
  23. 23. Questions?Comments?
  24. 24. THANK YOU!

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