Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Seminar Agenda: 10 June 2011 (New & Returning Participants)

The printable version is HERE.

Community 2.0 Seminar Agenda
10 June, 2011
E141: 10:00-01:00
  • Reviewing a Course Description Model on the Community 2.0 Wiki
  • Creating your own Course or Project Description(s) on the Community 2.0 Wiki
    • Accept the invitation to the Wiki on your e-mail
    • Log in (see instructions on the Home page)
    • Create a page for the course/project you plan to include in the Community 2.0 networks.
    • For each page, please write the following categories (to be filled out later, as you plan the course[s.]). Or you may cut and paste them from HERE.
      • URL/Web Address:
      • Teacher/Project Leader:
      • Quick Description:
      • Fall Schedule:
      • Tools/Platforms I plan to use:
      • Course/ Project Objectives:
      • Theme Tags:
      • Others I plan/wish to connect to:
      • Main Texts:
      • Feedback and Evaluation:
11:15-11:30 Break

Think about the learning objectives for your students in a particular course or for a specific module or activity. What type of Web 2.0 tool seems the most useful to fulfill these objectives? Why? Or would you need another type of tool? What kind? Why?

Work for Next Seminar
  1. On Wiki: Complete your Course or Project Description(s) following Ximena’s Brave New World example by Friday, September 2, 2011.
    1. Submit a Syllabus and Tentative Schedule as attachments to your wiki page.
    2. Consider incorporating privacy and netiquette issues in your syllabi (see “Internet Privacy and Responsibility” for ideas).
    3. Decide on the best way how to grade your online component (see “Evaluation Styles for Online Interactions” for ideas).
  2. On Wiki: by the end of Tuesday, September 6, 2011, read the Course/Project Descriptions of other seminar participants, and make comments on their wiki pages.
  3. On Blog: Update Google Docs with your requests for computer labs.


  1. I am a dedicated ning person and will continue with that for my two fall courses (World Lit in English and Humanism, Science and Technology). But I am most interested in adding a WIKI to my courses, primarily to facilitate group research projects. Last semester I fell in love with Corbett Treece's wiki project (see it under courses on left column of participants from this Spring). I am hoping this will help students see research as an ongoing and FUN activity that they can develop as the semester progresses. Corbett's wiki project is multi media, includes imported artwork, examples (written, oral, visual) from classical lit and pop culture. Basically I have high hopes that I can INSPIRE students to love their research projects through WIKI--am considering either WETPAINT or GOOGLE SITES that Priscilla just showed me.

  2. I think the "hub and spoke" blog approach will work best for what I have in mind. In the fall I will have one section of Environmental Ethics and one section of Medical Ethics. What these classes have in common is the theme of how technology affects societal values and our concept of health. I want to develop a couple of essay assignments that allows them to write on a common theme, but from the perspective of the class that the student is enrolled. I also want them to give feedback to each other by way of commenting on each others essays which will be posted on their blogs.

  3. I'm teaching intro to linguistics in the fall, but with a cluster of political science and Eng 101/103. The theme is language and human rights so it's a new terrain for me. I'm thinking that a wiki will be good for the collaborative work they will do in finding information around indigenous languages that are vulnerable to become extinct. They will get into groups around a particular ethnic group, country, or language and research issues around that -- connecting it to the linguistics principles we've covered.

    It may be also good as we work on those linguistics concepts (phonology, morphology, semantics, etc.). I'd like a tool that would allow us to draw tree diagrams, insert International Phonetic Alphabet type, and charts that can demonstrate word relations. And I'd love to be able to integrate these different platforms to create--I dunno--a kind of web site that could contain that. I'll think over the summer of the verbs that will relate to the course objectives.

  4. Prof.Meangru and I(Ingrid C. De Leon) aim to establish a blog as a venue whereby students can vent and vocabilize their remedial math frustrations at any time, not just during office hours or a 9-5pm schedule. After students post their issues and concerns, Prof. Meangru and I will direct students to utilize tutoring services on campus/online (youtube tutorials) and to begin study groups, and most importantly, to follow up with their individual professor regarding the material they do not understand. Prof. Meangru and I will post weekly advice to keep students motivated despite the many hurdles MAT096 can present throughout each session.
    We hope students with less Math apathy can support their peers through postings that can empower them to ask for help, i.e. go to tutoring.

    We will use Tumblr to host our main blog and to repost on a FaceBook Page.

    Tumblr is user friendly and Facebook has a high student traffic. Both tools are very popular and will help us create this meaninful connections.

  5. Since I am already a little familiar with blogger, I will definitely use that as a tool for my classes. but I would try to expand on what I have done with it so far. I like this tool because communicate, critique, and evaluate each other;
    IN addition, and perhaps for a different purpose, I will use a facebook group. Since students from previous semesters can interact with current students, I hope it will provide a way for students to support and excite each other.
    Mostly, I would like to learn about new tools and new ways of using tools with which I am already familiar. Mostly, I am excited to go beyond the classroom walls.

  6. There are a number of familiar tools and new tools that I learned about today. I'm quite sure that I plan to continue using Blogger and Twitter, but today's presentations have also persuaded me to begin using Ning, Facebook groups, and possibly some other sites. I also found that I really enjoy using Symbaloo and Netvibes for my own research, which should come in handy for preps.

    On another note, I would echo Phyllis' distaste of "ads" on certain tools - something that she uses Ning to avoid. I would extend the logic of that distaste, however, and say that today's presentation has not alleviated some of my critical concerns about the role that corporations now play in making our classrooms transparent to each other and to our students. I am particularly ambivalent about my own use of Yahoo, Facebook, and Google for this reason. These corporations have colluded with US intelligence agencies and foreign authoritarian governments to spy on democracy activists, religious groups, and labor organizations. Facebook has recently begun negotiations with the Chinese communist regime about how Facebook will censor, block, and interfere with journalists, citizens, artists, etc. I really have general ethical concerns about the way these companies do business, and with who, and I sometimes have a difficult time imagining the trade-offs involved "here" in our student's education for compromises "there" (and here, too!).

  7. I think at the moment I will explore Blogging tools in more depth. I have used already but want to use it more.
    Also I am kind of caught up on the Pixton so will explore that one more this afternoon to find out how it works.
    I still will use aspects of Blackboard because I have been using some of the very advanced technology on it and am comfortable with how easy it makes grading assignments.

  8. In ENG 102, students learn how to read, analyze and interpret literary texts from a variety of genres. They are then expected to write coherent essays in which they share their interpretations. I have found Facebook to be especially useful in helping students "discuss" various elements of the texts we read (such as plot,setting, characterization, and theme), allowing them to ask questions, make tentative assertions, and see what fellow students think. Doing this sort of work outside of class helps encourage in-class discussion, offers a forum for shy students who may be reluctant to speak in class,and ensures that more students do the assigned readings. It also creates a sense of community. Looking at the many other web tools available, I am anxious to create a Jeopardy-like game for basic knowledge-sharing. For example, I give my students a syllabus quiz(to encourage them to actually read the syllabus) and a plagiarism quiz(to make sure they understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it)and these could be made much more fun and interactive if implemented as a game. I also want to add a grade-sharing element (something that FB doesn't do) so that students can access their grades at any time.

  9. Today's seminar has been a great preliminary exploration of web tools. I imagine that I will utilize Blogger or a similar blogging tool for students to post writing responses. I also want to find ways to use Facebook as a less-formal community hub for students to interact and share with each other. Pixton seems really cool, and I can imagine assigning my Intro to Art students to use it for a studio project.

  10. My goal is to create a site that will serve several purposes. I want to integrate occupational information and the eCareer Plan tool to one (or more) of the courses taught by professors in this seminar. I would also like to create a site that faculty advisors can access to find tools and materials they would find useful when working with students. I can also envision a site that academic advising staff can use to post information they think would be useful. Today was very productive for me. Looking forward to the rest of the seminar. Have a great summer.

  11. The two tools that I feel will be applicable and benificial to my mathematics class are Blogger and Quizlet. I would like my students to be engaged in the learning process by having them critique each other solutions to mathematical problems and proposed alternative or better approaches.Also I want my mathematics students from the various levels to collaborate on activities and help each other out in solving probelms.I think that this type of activity can be accomplished through Blogger.

  12. I am a creature of habit, so I will continue with blogger. It is by no means a complete platform (discussions over blogger are too much of a pain) but for writing classes it creates an immediate and real audience for students and it gives them a low-risk environment which for practice while at the same time holding them accountable for the space they create and ideas they express. Plus, I like that it is all (if one chooses such settings) public--I would like to think that community 2.0 is part of a next stage in education where the learning experience becomes truly democratic, not determined by tuition, test scores and what not.

  13. to JR--thanks Justin for the political info about Google et al!