Thursday, April 4, 2013

Plans for Learning Activity

How will you connect two communities of students in a learning activity through the use of a web 2.0 platform?

My plans for a learning activity using a web 2.0 platform are centered around having students from my Profiles and Prospects: Businesses in NYC (Urban Study) course and students from Hector Fernandez's Introduction to Business Law course work together to examine the works and life of Robert Moses through the following perspectives:

- the man (political beliefs, character, ethics)
- the money (monetary costs of projects, revenue generated)
- the legend (short- and long-term effects of projects on NYC stakeholders, legal battles)

Students will share resources, research and questions via a shared course ePortfolio. The ePortfolio will connect students from two different courses, at two different times of day (evening and day students) by providing an interactive "hub" where students can communicate and help one another with their research and understanding/interpreting their findings.  Faculty and student efforts connected with the project will also be documented using the eP.

We hope to use the research and findings to create a free, informational App on Robert Moses, solely authored by LaGuardia students. We are awaiting a response from faculty from the Photography department, as we plan to expand the community of this project by having select photography students provide original photos for the App.

Right now, we are in the preliminary stages of creating the framework of the shared course ePortfolio (determining the layout, how to group information, how to best elicit student participation using this tool, facilitating use, coordinating a support system in case tech issues arise).

This is the first time that I am embarking on a project like this. Although I have used eP before, and I have developed a sense of community within a single class, I have never ventured out to connect two class sections- particularly two different courses- to work on a project. Needless to say, I am very, very nervous about it.


  1. Very exciting! I like the idea of a collaborating on large-scale project that combines various media, and which will truly "go out" into the world at the end of the process. App development is a hugely creative and fertile space right now, and this sounds like a wonderful way to get a taste. I hope you make an Android version--I'd download it!

  2. I'm glad that you are not playing it "safe" in your endeavors to connect two different courses in order to promote interdisciplinary perspectives on a rather controversial figure, Robert Moses. Is there a particular reason why you decided to use ePortfolio rather than a blog or a Wiki? I also think that the students will respond well to the idea of creating an app that will reflect the culmination of the semester's work. Moreover, they will be able to see their efforts realized in something tangible! Bravo!

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  4. I love the idea and think it's very ambitious. The idea of developing an App is something that students will find very interesting. It's a good way to keep them motivated; they will not only be doing this for a grade but as thomas said "they will be able to see their efforts realized in something tangible!"

  5. I too think it's a wonderful idea! And ambitious. I love that you are not only connecting your class with one from a different orientation in business--PLUS photography students. I'm interested to know how you'll be using ePortfolio (which feature(s)) to get students to interact and share their information. And the App idea is wonderful! I'd love to know how to do that!