Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Chapter 2  is adapted from “New Learners? New Educators? New Skills? ” in the Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning by George Siemens and Peter Tittenberger and is about Blended Interactions .

I especially liked the section on The Role of Educators in a Networked World.  Four educator were included:

  • John Seely Brown’s notion of studio or atelier learning
  • Clarence Fischer’s notion of educator as network administrator
  • Curtis Bonk’s notion of educator as concierge
  • George Siemens’ notion of educator as curator

It’s best to read the linked chapter on Blended Interactions to read about these in depth.  What I found to be important was that in every case

the established expertise of the educator plays an active role in guiding, directing, and evaluating the activities of learners.

The second part of the chapter introduced me to Techno Expression by Kevin Kelly and Ruth Cox.

Their main advice is to keep interaction in the front of your mind.  The instructor should not  be concerned only with uploading materials.  Even though I have been teaching online and blended courses for many years, I got a few new ideas from here.  One is asking students to review the syllabus, which is always done. But, then, ask each student to write one or two things from the syllabus which address their goals.    Or, they could be given the opportunity to discuss the  overall course outline, particular components of the course which interest them, etc.   This assures they are familiar with the syllabus and that they relate it to themselves. I intend to do this the next time I teach my blended course (in January, 2013).

Other ideas about online interaction are more familiar to me and I use them regularly and usually recommend to faculty I am working with as an instructional designer.  Students should  share information about  themselves, often in some kind of introduction discussion forum or in an ice breaker activity.  Students may work in online groups to solve problems.  And, of course, students will take part in substantive discussion forums about the subject of the course.  In all cases, instructor feedback is essential.  I believe it is essential for student learning and it is essential for retention. Students need to feel connected. Instructors need to do more than read what’s going on in the online sections of a  course.  They also need to post, offering suggestions, help, direction, and more.


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I have signed up for the Blended Learning Toolkit, a course (MOOC) from University of Central Florida Center for Distributed Learning.

Part of the course includes posting responses to a blog.  So, I am able to “kill two birds with one stone,” so to speak.  I can participate in the course and I can get back to posting on my blog. Stay tuned for my reflections…

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An interesting article by Phil Mershon from Social Media Examiner.

Here are the 7 Reasons:

  1. Bloggers are young, educated and experienced.
  2. Bloggers help brands.
  3. A growing number of consumers trust blogs.
  4. Bloggers depend increasingly on social media.
  5. Bloggers use multimedia.
  6. Bloggers are earning money through their blogs
  7. Bloggers are increasing their activities

Read the article to see the research.

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I recently attended CIT2011 at SUNY Oneonta and presented a poster called:

Using a Claims Analysis Blog
to Facilitate Team Work and Critical Thinking

Team work is often problematic, both in face-to-face and online classes. First, students often do not understand how to work in teams; second, grading everyone fairly is often an issue. Over the past year an instructional designer and a faculty member devised a solution using a blog. Details of this assignment and its successes and failures will be presented.

This Claims Analysis Blog assignment was developed by Andy Smith, an online science instructor at Granite State College(GSC), and Linda Kenney, an instructional designer at GSC. Andy uses this assignment in an online Physical Geography class, which he teaches in the summer term. Linda teaches face-to-face courses at the University of New Hampshire-Manchester and has used this team blog assignment for two semesters. Andy and Linda have tweaked this assignment every term. conference abstract

I put all information about the presentation on the following website:


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