Week 10: open platforms for online courses

I found some very good recommendations related to weekly blogs responses, which should answer at least 3 questions:

  • What did you learn this week?
  • How do you connect what you learned with your experienced or with what you already know?
  • How could you apply your new knowledge?

One particularly interesting in this chapter is related to the evaluation of online activities using rubrics. One good tip from Jim Julius in Facebook: BlogsProfHacker article “A Rubric for Evaluating Student Blogs” by Mark Sample-

Engrade was a positive surprise for me. Engrade creates own grading scale, post student grades, send private messages to students and parents, show tasks, events, reminders, and lessons online, create online tests, organize debates, build wikis, create flash cards, all for free. I have experimented with social media to build a flexible learning environment without the need for an LMS. But LMS still maintain an advantage: tasks delivery and distribution of grades. I think Engrade can fill that gap.

Related with the creation of web sites, I had experimented with Google sites and I agree with that can be a good tool to build the start site of a course, but is also a valuable aid for each student to build their own site.

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Jaime Oyarzo

Jaime Oyarzo Espinosa - jaime.oyarzo@uah.es Profesor Asociado, departamento de Ciencias de la Computación e Inteligencia Artificial, Escuela Politécnica, Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, España. Dirección de proyectos, e-Learning Consultant, Lund University Education, Sweden-jaime.oyarzo@education.lu.se Dirección de proyectos e-Learning (América Latina, Africa) Me interesan los proyectos que vinculan innovación y aprendizaje con ayuda de la tecnología. Especialmente si tienen como objetivo una transformación personal, organizativa y de desarrollo económico para la región involucrada. Blog (Spanish): http://jaimeoyarzo.blogspot.com/ Blog (English): http://alfavirtual.com/wp/virtualed/

3 thoughts on “Week 10: open platforms for online courses”

  1. I haven’t used it yet as a stand-alone thing, only as a gradebook for an on-site class, but I also keep thinking it might be a good LMS replacement.

  2. Thanks for your comments Lisa!
    Connect each of the tools (Social Networks, Web 2.0 Tools, Engrade, etc.) Involves a lot of work, because we lack a central environment to connect all functions and tools.
    Why we do it?
    – Because we know the limitations of the LMS but still do not have a unified technical solution alternative.
    – Because it is entertaining and motivating to seek solutions.
    When I talk to my colleagues at the university, I understand that many will continue working with the LMS (Blackboard or Moodle), because it provides a single point of administration.

  3. Thank you so much for this post! The reference leading us back to Jim Julius Facebook post of BlogsProfHacker article “A Rubric for Evaluating Student Blogs” by Mark Sample is exactly what I missed and needed. I will be assigning my students to post after most of their reading assignments to help them stay current in their reading assignments. Having ideas/rubric to guide them in their Blog Posting is essential.

    I appreciate your comments on Engrade and look forward to investigating it more.

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