I’ve added some new resources to MP.com both on the Resources page and as links in the sidebar. These are courses that I’m writing on how to use Web 2.0 technologies in your teaching.
I’ve written the ‘blog’ courses in the WordPress blogging interface. As you do the course, you have the opportunity to blog your ideas, thoughts and observations on the course blog. Cool, hey? 8)
The ‘wiki’ courses are written as WetPaint wikis. For these courses, you can record your ideas and observations in the discussion threads at the end of each page.
The idea is that if you’re in the wiki or blog environment as you’re doing the course, then you’ll learn about that environment much more quickly. Also, the courses are designed to show how you, yourself, can set this type of thing up for your class, and they’re built in a pedagogically sound fashion, with scaffolding and stuff. You can do the modules at your own pace and in whatever order you want. I’ll embed more media and links as I find them — again, to show how powerful these things can be as teaching and learning tools.
I’ve used these courses successfully in class, too — not just as ‘distance ed’-type things. They allow individual members of the group to work at their own pace, and at the same time it frees me up to move around the room to check to see how people are going and whether or not I can help.
What fantastic Learning Mangement Systems! Better than BlackBoard or MyClasses, at any rate, cos they’re easy to set up and use, they look great, they’re free, and they ain’t trying to rort education and then use our money to fund legal actions against smaller enterprises, thus creating educational monopolies
So, it’s all good! Let me know what you think — or at least have fun!
Meg’s Learning Futures Web 2.0 and the Net Generation
Meg’s Blogagogy Using blogs in education
Meg’s EduPedia Using wikis in education
Meg’s PressGO! How to set up a WordPress blog
Meg’s BrushUP! How to set up a WetPaint wiki
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