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An excellent video by Wendy and Alex Drexler that explores the ideas of connectivism and how this relates to education. It gives some excellent concrete examples about the sorts of technologies that allow learners to connect to and manage information.

Proposal for e-pedagogy journal club

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I would like to propose an online e-pedagogy journal club here at good ole’ Manchester University. I thought I’d blog my thoughts on the subject and then throw it open for discussion.

So here goes.

Purpose – To allow contributors to both discuss and propose journals on the subject of integrating technology and teaching. With the aim of enhancing our understanding and application of e-pedagogy
Target Audience – E-learning Techies and interested Academics and anyone involved with designing and delivering programmes
Engagement/Committments – 1 journal article per month to be selected by either a) a rotating choice by the members or b) online vote
Tools – Journals to be submitted to the social citation website 2collab.com discussion can either take place face to face or online via synchronous or asychronous tools. I propose the use of a wiki to coordinate the club.

I don’t mind coordinating the techie bits (wiki etc).

So is the suggestion:
a) something you’re interested in
b) ok in it’s detail?

All comments greatly appreciated

EduMash – "Using Web2.0 for experience based learning"

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Just had to post this. Is is a taster session for www.vitae-project.eu. (by foxdenuk)
Web2 for experience based learning
Is is a great example of:
a) mashing up various online tools for educational purposes (I found the presentation on their Ning community, the presentation itself is on Slide Boom, Graham Atwell’s video about personal learning environments is on youtube)
b) active, online, experience based learning – that leaves the learner with control over the artifacts they produce as part of the learning.

Using student-owned technologies in educational ict

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This article by Scott Wilson of CETIS succintly analyses the concept of PLE’s in terms of ‘what they could be’ and ‘why they should be’.

In my role I think that it would be interesting to try and deliver elearning through various non institutional applications inlcuding social networking, blogs, instant messaging, RSS (inlcuding communal RSS such as affeda), VOIP, social bookmarking and other softwares.

I am however in no doubt as to the challenges that this would create not least in terms of managing users and their communication preferences.

What is wrong with the VLE?

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New technologies such as Blogging, RSS, social networks (and other systems generally thought of as Web2.0) have had a huge impact the way people manage and share information.

Developing/ Teaching Information Literacy

I think e learning technologists need to realise that the closed modular course, that is the usual fare on VLE’s such as WebCT and dare I say it Moodle, doesn’t fit with emerging use of computers. Bricolage –“the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things which happen to be available” (Wikipedia) I think best describes the processes that are emerging with things like Blogging and this is increasingly becoming a core skill in the workplace. This DIY approach to learning and information managemen, that web 2.0 seems to encourage, for me is the next frontier, and as educators we will need to find pedagogical ways to assimilate peoples bespoke systems for managing the information and networks that are important to them. Forcing students into corporately owned VLE’s like WebCT will increasingly jar with students’ experiences and expectations of social computing.

I think that new pedagogies should centre on encouraging loose networks between learners and a DIY approach to finding and creating/ publishing information. This would shift the role of teacher more towards that of facilitator or information aggorgator and learner to that of knowledge sharer rather than just knowledge consumer. I also very strongly believe that teachers should increasingly be engaging with learners through systems in which learners use currently, such as social network sites and blogs etc.

I think we need to be experimenting as much as possible with teaching through web 2.0 so that we can discover and harness the pedagogical opportunities that they create. Has anyone got any examples of using web2 techs as a pedagogical strategy?

‘Web2.0 for teaching learning and research’

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I am interested in creating an introductory course that is delivered using web 2.0 technologies , something along the lines of “Web2.0 for teaching learning and research”. This course would be aimed at a HE environment and ideally would would:
a) allow pedagogical experimentation in this area
b) look at how Web2.0 technologies can be harnessed in this way
c) introduce these technologies to people within the university (e.g. blogs, RSS, social bookmarks etc) so that perhaps the potential advantages of these technologies can be demonstrated.
d) investigate how the use of the technologies can facilitate a PLE like environment that is both durable after a course such as this and after a PHd/ a period of work at an institution.

I am interested to hear other people’s views on this type of course

Teaching with Technology

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This report describes justifications for preparing an online course and describes:

- the sort of tools to be used (pretty standard stuff).
- The changing roles of teachers and learners when moving from face to face to online delivery.
- how to use these tools.

The document discusses some of the advantages and disadvantages of online communication methods.

Limitations
- There is a lot of mention of Blackboard :(
- It doesn’t include a discussion on the use of blogs as an online communication and learning tool (which for me is the most promising tool for online training.)