Beyond the Garden Wall: Using Wordpress to support teaching and learning.

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Presentation given at the Sharing Ideas: eLearning in professional contexts meeting in Dundee 14 May 2010.

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  • nice analogy and interesting the notion was referred to this morning on twitter.indeed, walled gardens were popular in their time and large rambling native gardens may be the ecological way to go:)
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Beyond the Garden Wall: Using Wordpress to support teaching and learning.

  1. 1. Beyond the Garden Wall Using Wordpress to support teaching & learning Natalie Lafferty
  2. 2. Changing landscape
  3. 6. University VLE
  4. 7. Medical School VLE
  5. 8. Walled garden
  6. 9. Changing Culture http://www.flickr.com/photos/psd/3925801816/
  7. 10. http://www.dontbeasalmon.net/med.html
  8. 11. http://www.microbiologybytes.com/blog/
  9. 12. http://biochemistryquestions.wordpress.com /
  10. 13. University Mary Washington Blogs
  11. 14. UMW - Digital Storytelling Course
  12. 16. “ Edupunk - an approach to teaching and learning practices that result from a do-it-yourself (DIY) attitude. Many instructional applications can be described as DIY education or Edupunk. It describes inventive teaching and inventive learning.”
  13. 17. Blogging Doctors http://www.flickr.com/photos/jreed/322057841/
  14. 19. Mashing up content
  15. 21. Student Response <ul><li>6,000 hits on DundeeChest by the end of the 4 week teaching block </li></ul><ul><li>78% would like other blocks to have a blog </li></ul><ul><li>Over 60% wanted to see additional posts over the coming months </li></ul>
  16. 24. Student Response <ul><li>Over 2,000 hits during 4 week block </li></ul><ul><li>Most popular features, case, x-ray and bones of the week </li></ul><ul><li>Students wanted more cases and ‘test yersel’ posts </li></ul><ul><li>Students visiting/reading via Blackboard, Dundeeblogs, Google, RSS, email, mobile devices </li></ul>
  17. 26. Future plans <ul><li>Self-hosting in the Medical School </li></ul><ul><li>More formal pilots and evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>Retain educational focus - more cases of the week and formative assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregate the content into a front page for each year group </li></ul>
  18. 27. Thank you <ul><li>Natalie Lafferty </li></ul><ul><li>Email - [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter - nlafferty </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs - http://dundeemeded.wordpress.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http://mededelearning.wordpress.com / </li></ul>

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