Leveraging Web 2.0 Tools to Engage Students


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November 13, 2008 Presentation at IST Peer Group Meeting in Abingdon, VA

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  • Leveraging Web 2.0 Tools to Engage Students

    1. 1. E XTENDED L EARNING I NSTITUTE Kim Monti Instructional Designer Nantana Wongtanasirikul Instructional Designer
    2. 2. <ul><li>Who we are, what we do </li></ul><ul><li>Why collaboration? </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 tools we use to promote collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons learned and next phase with tool </li></ul><ul><li>What’s next with ELI, Web 2.0, and collaboration </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Extended Learning Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Offered distance education for over 30 years </li></ul><ul><li>Fastest growing area in NOVA </li></ul><ul><li>Moving from print-based to online courses </li></ul><ul><li>Moving from self-paced to collaborative work </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>“ Collaboration promotes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Development of critical thinking skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-creation of knowledge and meaning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transformative learning” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pallof, R.M. & Pratt, K. (2005). Collaborating online: Learning together in community . San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Collaboration helps build community </li></ul><ul><li>Learners become engaged with their online community </li></ul><ul><li>Increased engagement = </li></ul><ul><ul><li>motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>student success </li></ul></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>Encourages learner-centered environment </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes interaction & networking </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses different learning styles </li></ul>
    7. 8. <ul><li>Simple interaction – discussion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion forums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instant Messenger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VOIP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Complex interaction – group projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Apps </li></ul></ul>
    8. 10. Tip: Have students post their username on their profile; Create GROUP in Skype to sort students by course.
    9. 11. <ul><li>Not many students interested in using chat with their instructors </li></ul><ul><li>Create special group projects, exam review </li></ul><ul><li>Give extra credit for participating </li></ul>
    10. 12. Tip: Encourage students to invite their friends and family to their blogs
    11. 13. <ul><li>Difficult to keep track of each student’s contribution </li></ul><ul><li>Have students leave comments on Blogs </li></ul>
    12. 14. Tip: Keep it short and sweet
    13. 15. <ul><li>You cannot control the content </li></ul><ul><li>Using Viddler ( http://www.viddler.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Optional tool for students to use for presentations, class assignments </li></ul>
    14. 17. Tip: Create a username and password where entire class posts.
    15. 18. <ul><li>Some students found posting their videos difficult </li></ul><ul><li>Give students additional options to share videos beyond YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Provide clear guidelines and examples </li></ul><ul><li>Additional materials required (webcam) </li></ul>
    16. 19. <ul><ul><li>Tip: Collaborate together towards an end goal such as a project, paper, or presentation </li></ul></ul>
    17. 21. <ul><li>Use for brainstorming, not for final drafts </li></ul><ul><li>Group evaluation/Peer critique </li></ul>
    18. 22. Tip: Consider to turn on/off the notification email
    19. 23. <ul><li>Students delete each others work </li></ul><ul><li>Set up wiki space for students </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate synchronous communication </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines for interaction in tool </li></ul><ul><li>Enable notification in tools </li></ul><ul><li>Group evaluation </li></ul>
    20. 24. So many tools, so little time. Please don’t overwhelm me
    21. 25. <ul><li>Set the Stage </li></ul><ul><li>Create the Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Model the Process </li></ul><ul><li>Guide the Process </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate the Process </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pallof, R.M. & Pratt, K. (2005). Collaborating online: Learning together in community . San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    22. 26. <ul><li>View the video case study </li></ul><ul><li>Working in team </li></ul><ul><li>Elect one person as the moderator </li></ul><ul><li>Guide the process </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate </li></ul>
    23. 32. <ul><li>For links to all of the tools mentioned today (and more!): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://del.icio.us/eliid/ist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you have any questions, please contact: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nantana: [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kim: [email_address] </li></ul></ul>