I made a start with this course slowly by making a number of entries into my blog after setting it up. I consider myself a non-creative person so looking at what others do is the best way I learn about new tools. As this course has progressed, I keep having to remind myself to add links to Diigo rather than creating pdf of the pages! I also think Diigo would be a useful activity for out IT students to create as part of the IT Orientation week.
I found this a very useful exercise about RSS as I didn’t know what it was. I am hoping we can use this tool as part of our orientation week activities for IT students next year as I think it would be great for them to use it themselves.
Week 3: Pedagogy and Course Design
An interesting week in looking at what my pedagogy is and has allowed me to reflect on the way in which I teach. I am always trying to make it more student centred.
Ahhh the Prezi tool. My initial experimentation wasn’t very good and I wondered how I could use it. But, as I said in week 1’s comment above, I need to be introduced to an idea first. After letting the ideas percolate for a while, I did come up with a useful Prezi presentation for my students and I even took the opportunity to discuss its use with the students present on the day I used it. A very interesting conversation and, I think, a new tool for my toolkit.
Week 5: The Online Syllabus
I haven’t found this week’s concept as useful as other weeks mainly because I’m not teaching an online course. However, I do see some implications for my f2f classes and I will keep working on this for these courses.
Jing, that useful tool but the frustrations of getting it into WordPress. I’m not sure if I will carry on using this tool because of the 5 minute limitation for recording (but maybe that is the reason why I should use it!) and the difficulty of uploading to WordPress. I think I will carry on using BBFlashback Express because it doesn’t have the previous limitations. I am teaching Office 2010 next year and I think video presentations will be useful for that.
Week 7: The Online Classroom
This wasn’t a very successful week for me. I did set up a conversation point on Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy which was useful for me as well, and I did comment on a few of the other’s blogs but I found it hard to remember to go in and check and also to find the others blogs which would be useful to comment on.
Feeling like I wasn’t really contributing in these 2 weeks, and liking the Symbaloo of the participants prepared by Norm (I think it was) I decided to put together one on the Teaching Tools. The other reason I put it together was after talking to my workmate, Clare who said she didn’t have time to play with everything – so I decided to put it together in one place.
I was proud in being able to join the synchronous session this week. It happened to be at a good time and while I was on holiday. I can see the importance of recording making these sessions available at later times so all students can feel part of the course.
Week 9: Student Activities
I took the opportunity to join 2 others in Second Life. I have been involved with Second Life before but hadn’t used the voice system so that was good. I had a look at the MERLOT resources for IT items but want to come back to this again later (I see that week 12 covers this area further).
Now is a good time to reflect on Blogs. I can see there use in courses and in fact I have had a conversation with some of my students on the use of blogs for progress reports which I have required from one of my courses this year. By trying new things in a student mode, I am prompted to think about the student side of the activities and I feel it is important to ask students there thoughts as well.
This course has also encouraged me to finally set up a website for the tutorials I have put together over the years. With the move to Office 2010 next year, I can see I will be putting together more tutorials. By including them on an external webpage, I can easily maintain the resources while still providing access through the formal Moodle system.
Copyright has international implications but each country deals with it differently. I focussed on the NZ copyright issues.
Week 12: Resources Online / Mid-year Self-Assessment Check
I was unwell for this week and also had to manage marking as it is the end of the semester and academic year in NZ. I fully intend on doing this section before the course restarts in February
I see from reviewing my posts that a lot of them are related to reflections of my own teaching practices. I have tried to add other links at times and make more use of the Blog by adding some thoughts on my use of my new iPad.
I have tried to read the textbook each week and most weeks I have been successful – or else I read it the following week. I have read and listened to the various links and have made a few notes as I have gone where I have felt the need to. I have been enjoying this course and the opportunity to find new resources.
I will be back in February!!