Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Blogging Out.....

This was truly a great experience. I learned things that I didn't expect to learn. Facebook became a collaborative tool that helped students learn not only from the fresh contact that was added to the page, but they also learned from each other by collaborating between short posts from one student to another. For those who say that using technology is time consuming and more work in course planning, I would have to disagree (in the case of using Facebook anyway). Using Facebook actually saved time! First, adding materials to the page is just plain simple! Much faster than having to queue up a DVD or videotape to show a newsclip, or store a youtube link to retrieve and load later, or uploading articles to Blackboard. Secondly, students recorded their presentations rather than using class time to deliver presentations. This, quite frankly, was a major concern at the beginning of the semester as I didn't think I would have enough class time to finish up the course content and have students give presentations. With a focus on oral presentations for business students (a Carnegie project we're working on in business) students recording and uploading their speeches in Facebook can expect feedback from their peers as well as provide feedback to others. This will be a great learning tool for future students. The only issues I did experience were the privacy concerns expressed by a few students. Most students, however, were already on Facebook.


cover of Cream's last album

I asked my class about blogs on the last day of class. They liked that the blogs were paperless. A lot of them said they tend to lose papers, so they liked having something that kept up with papers for them. But other than that, they seemed pretty blase. They didn't dislike the blogs but they didn't love them. They seemed to just find blogs convenient.

I asked them how it compared to Blackboard and they said they much preferred blogs, since BB required a password and is slow. I asked about WordPress also requiring a password, but somehow that was different.

I'm pretty excited for the fall, though. I feel like I picked up a lot of tips this semester. And knowing what I know now, I feel better equipped to sell this to students.


It was a great experiment. In the words of some other Austrians:

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night

I hate to go and leave this pretty lab

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu

Adieu, adieu, to blog, ning and you tube

My blog out

I had a great semester - while not everything went exactly as planned, I enjoyed reading the work of the students who got into the work. I was much more able to respond to low stakes writing and to multiple drafts - I have them in my google reader and I look forward to seeing more posts rather than dreading a tall stack of papers.

A little taste:

While I won't be in the seminar next year I look forward to connecting with this work in the semesters to come.

Closing Thoughts

Thanks for a good experience!

I wish the tags had worked better to find content between courses. (Ironic that locating matching content isn't easy. This will take some planning in future versions of the seminar.)

Students really did write some smart written on their blogs, but the transition to the (higher-stakes) research paper in LIB 200 was tougher for some students. I think we should re-evaluate the research paper (and make it shorter). I also need to do more scaffolding, etc. Well, that's another conversation....

Have a great summer, everyone!!


Even though I've just had my toe in the water of this fascinating endeavor, it's been great. Looking forward to figure out ways we can team up DFL 2.0 seminar with you guys...inter-blogging for faculty learning, anyone? We will definitely be calling on you for sharing your experiences with us. It's great you are doing this. Thanks!

Loved It!

This was a great seminar and I am so excited about next year!

KG and CA Say Goodbye

This is a collaborative post from Chris and Kristen, since Kristen fell down the steps this morning and can't type.

We had a good time. We learned a lot. Kristen had never used Blogger before, and neither had most of her students. Blogging was new to most of my students as well. Neither of us had ever used blogs to connect our classes with other classes. Even though we aren't in the seminar next year, we're interested in continuing this practice.

Survey Suggestions

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Meeting Agenda 06/09 3-5pm E255

Meeting Agenda
  1. Welcome
  2. Report-out and Technology Suggestions (labs etc.)
  3. Student Survey Report-out: Results
  4. Suggestions for Student Survey for 2010-2011: Student Survey
  5. Suggestions for Blog Redesign & Labels
  6. Suggestions for connecting in 2010-2011 (look at the spreadsheet for Fall 2010 ): Spreadsheet
  7. Faculty Survey & Suggestions for Faculty Survey
  8. Final Blog-out