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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.

By Jaime Oyarzo Espinosa

Jaime Oyarzo Espinosa -
Honorary Professor of Research University of Alcalá, Spain
Cátedra UNESCO de Educación Científica para América Latina y El Caribe EDUCALYC
Professor, Master in Experimental Sciences and Technology, National University of Córdoba, Argentina
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Awards for educational innovation, member of research groups and scientific councils of conferences and scientific journals.
Instructional design experience, advisor in virtual universities, curricular redesign and university online strategy.
European Union and European Universities projects for Ethiopia and Latin America. Coordination of workshops and courses in instructional design and digital teacher competencies.
I am passionate about the integration of technology and the contribution to a paradigm shift in education.
I maintain a network of contacts with specialists in different areas and countries. I consider education as a key factor for the economic development of developing countries and regions.

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

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.

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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