A very interesting collection of free tools
A very interesting collection of free tools
It isn’t easy to teach and learn online technical subjects such as programming. In my opinion, you need to change the learning paradigm by:
transferring the student the learning responsability for their own learning,
Giving help with with good web based tools and
leading and supporting students progress.
One of the things that I find particularly interesting is to collect ideas and inspiration from outstanding lecturers, teachers and writers.
From Ko & Rossen, Chapter 14: “Taking Advantage of New Opportunities”, I have found interesting proposals on activities that I would like to further develop in relation to online teaching:
Another example is Dean Shareski, in the video “Sharing: The Moral Imperative“, arise questions and reflections of value for the analysis about the personal culture of sharing:
A good and inspirational Video from Alec Couros, “Teaching and Learning in a Networked World (2010)“, which mention own and others ideas, as:
I started the creation of a personal site with iGoogle for some years ago, connecting my favourite news sites, my blog, additional interesting blogs, Web 2.0 tools and some useful personal bookmarks, both in English and Spanish.
The last time I have reflected a lot about the way I’m working with my personal learning, specially using technology to expand my learning network.
This picture reflects my preliminary conclusions.
Really interesting article Larry Sanger, Individual Knowledge in the Internet Age (2010), especially regarding the three common strands of current thought about education and the Internet:
Larry deepens around the strand of Unnecessary Memorization. Inevitably, if I say that I know something is because I remember. The bad reputation of memorization is associated with the mindless and not reflected repetition.
This article discusses other arguments worth mentioning:
I stopped a little longer in the article: George Siemens, Networks, Ecologies, and Curatorial Teaching (2007). Interesting reflexions on what he calls learning ecology around which I have built the attached presentation.
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.
So far, my perception that the LMS were showing their limitations as innovative Web tool, was intuitive. In my experiences in online and blended courses, the LMS did not cover my expectations or those of my students. The effort to manage and master the functions of the LMS did not translate into clear benefits. I summarize some of the factors that have led me this dissatisfaction:
But there is an unresolved problem in which the LMS have an important advantage: they provide a secure environment for the protection of personal data and the management of task and assessments.
This is an open problem to overcome for alternatives to the LMS. I have not found a secure and stable way to connect social networking and communications tools, task management and collaboration while protecting the privacy of personal information.
As part of this reflection, I received important contributions from reading the documents proposed for further research:
These documents have provided the theoretical framework needed. I summarize the most important topics mentioned in these documents:
The discussion is open
I have a shade of difference with the author in relation to the role of LMS (Learning management systems) and CMS (Content management systems) as the central node in the construction of an Online Classroom. Although LMS and CMS provide a centralized course management it goes the opposite way of the web 2.0 tools. In some way, the LMS is the online replica of the teacher role in the F2F environment.
LMSs have a dominant impact in the online teaching and learning in higher education for the last years. A Delta Initiative report shows that more than 90 per cent of colleges and universities have a standardized, institutional LMS implementation (‘)
We must pause a moment and think if we are not in the post-LMS era.
(*) Delta Initiative, “The State of Learning Management in Higher Education Systems,” report for the California State University System, 2009, see p. 5.
By taking the internet skill test, I found that I had most of the right answers but I couldn’t remember the URL to find an old version of a current website…
It is always useful to know basic html commands, especially to identify how a website is coded, but in practice, an instructional designer has limited use of writing html code due to the existence of rapid e-learning tools that require no html knowledge.
This title is written using the html code: “<h4>HTML or not?</h4>”
The description about how to embed a video to a WordPress.com blog was really good and useful!
I have included a video of Sir Ken Robinson, one of my favourite authors. He brings always bright and critic educational perspectives. But this time I did not include a video of one of his lectures, but an animation about changing education paradigms. In this video I included the code
An interesting guide to using Twitter in university research, and teaching, available to download as a PDF.
For a time I’ve been hosting one of my blog using WordPress.com http://jaimeoyarzo.wordpress.com/
Now I’m moving to a self-hosted blog using the WordPress.org software. You are looking to the new URL: http://alfavirtual.com/wp/virtualed/
Moving my blog from the WordPress over to my own hosted server was painless. One export and import did the job, and I was picking out a theme in no time. The longest process was installation of WordPress on the new server location — which really has nothing to do with WordPress.com.I tried to keep the same appearance so you don’t feel any difference. I will keep this blog for a time, but all new will be posted in the new location.
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