Week 1 – my reflexions
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First let me introduce myself: My name is Jaime Oyarzo. I am an Associated Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences in Alcala University, Madrid-Spain and e-learning consultant at a Swedish university.
I enjoy learning new things, particularly related with the innovation in the teaching and learning process with help of TICs and the Web.
I have some experience in blended teaching, which both face-to-face sessions and online periods, aimed at teachers of Latin American universities in virtual pedagogy, instructional design and open educational resources. The aim of these courses is the acquisition of pedagogical and technical skills, which combined with the academic experience, help teachers to develop active learning environments.
I have used different LMS (Blackboard, Moodle, Claroline, etc.). I will probably continue using Moodle in my blended and online courses. Moodle is more flexible than others LMS, but, like all LMS, it creates a somewhat static environment. The combination and connexion of social media tools introduce more flexibility to the virtual learning environment and allow the creation of a more active and participatory context.
I like blogs, because it provides a good place for a personal reflexion and opens the opportunity for students to argue and develop a more elaborate response or reflection than a simple multiple option questionnaire.
My participation in this PortCert course gives me a unique chance to combine different tools. I admire the elegant way Lisa and her team solve the connection between the central POT Blog with participants blogs. It’s interesting the way WordPress is integrated with plugins like “FeedWordPress” (an Atom/RSS aggregator which syndicates extern chosen content from feeds into a WordPress blog) and the “Add Link” plugin which enables POT participants to add links to the POT blog.
Even though I have some experience in blended teaching, I need to reinforce my skills and learn from this experience to apply it to my own “constructions”.