Friday, January 23rd, 2009
I’m at this wonderful event. For more information see the wiki. My commentary is in brackets tagged – MM.
10:15 – Ruth on Facebook for induction, social cohesion
10: 22 – Perceived Benefits – meeting people before it started. Managing expectations.
“Talking to people makes it more real…”
10:25 – Know the students before they arrive, they’re not brand new. Additional level of contact.
10:26 – “I don’t like facebook”, not everybody wants to join. Not an academic space. How much intervention?
10:28 – Served a very specific purpose. Use stopped after induction. (Task focused? – MM)
10:29 – More next time. Multimedia competition. More detail, understanding student unfamiliarity.
10:30 – Charlotte Carey on Twitter and Delicious.
10:21 – The great migration.
10:32 – What are you doing? Had only met Jon via Twitter, now they’re writing a paper.
10:34 – Following small business network. Giving students access to role models. Getting them into social circles.
10:37 – Student to Alumni to Professional. Feeding in.
Chris Ringrose on blogging in children’s literature course.
10:45 – Blog space on Blackboard (not sterling interface design – MM). Students are talking about their reading and research.
10:48 – Using audio feedback. (Very interesting idea – MM)
10:49 – Prompts, exercises. (Seeding the conversation, very wise – MM)
10:50 – Assessed blogs. Engaging with material over course. Writing and feedback on how they write. Time consuming to mark. Needs assessment as stick to make students do it.
10:53 – Word limit? Blog overload? Not scholarly?
Matt Gee on Webcorp’s new annotation wiki.
Derek Littlewood on Using it.
10:59 – Used in Irish writing module. Annotating interesting language use, highlighting elements.
11:03 – Pink tags for questions. (Accessibility issue? Wonder what fallbacks? – MM)
11:05 – Linking to audio.
Sonya Andermahr – Blogging
11:10 – Prompts. Choose which they use. 6 tasks to get students writing. (Avoiding the tyranny of the blank page – MM)
11:13 – Design to develop a particular skill. (Very good, task-focused interaction design approach, work back from the aim to the tasks you create. – MM)
11:14 – Again, work intensive marking as a downside. 40 students x 6 blogs, can be work. editing tool not ideal (Again, institutional choices of VLE can be a big interaction problem – MM)
11:15 – Issues. Level of formality. Academic writing difficult in blogs? (Maybe move to Wiki and get others to edit posts with regard to academic style? – MM) . Word pasting problems. Missed deadlines.
11:17 – Source + Referencing improvements.
Ruby Renning- Second Life.
11:18 – MSc eLearning. Second life “It’s the one most people know about”.
11:20 – Virtual Campus. Bringing staff together.
11:22 – Avatars and chat. Savable. Authenticity.
11:26 – Chat room…
11:27 – Identity. Potential of Roleplay to address. (Should show them the Steal Away Jordan Storygame if they’re interested in this – MM)
11:30 – Interlopers. Being polite.