Saturday, September 22, 2007
and How to add a tag cloud to your blog
Also if you do a search in Youtube - there are lots of videos explaining how to set up and use delicious.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
The course facilitators will be pretty quiet over the next two weeks as we will be on leave as well.
If you wish to catch up a little, probably the most important things to do are to:
- make sure you have listened to some of the 10 minute lectures and made some notes about them in your blog
- look at the activities around online cultures and social presence on Blackboard
- read this article about social presence in asynchronous environments
- do some work on your discipline-specific wiki page in the projects area in Facilitating Online on WikiEducator - check out the tutorials first which can be found via the help area.
When we return on Monday 8 October, David McQuillan is going to facilitate an Elluminate session at 730 pm to brainstorm some strategies for dealing with technology when it breaks down.
On 15 October at 730 pm we will have another 10 minute lecture on Elluminate: - Derek Chirnside speaking about Adding a community flavour to our courses.
Monday, September 17, 2007
At the end of the session the small group of us who were left had a eureka moment and decided to start a new page called: online communities. On this page we have listed some examples of online communities and will investigate answers to the following questions:
- What are the strategies employed by different online learning communities?
- What motivates people to join these communities and participate in them?
I apologise but I couldn't seem to be able to retrieve the recording - might be something to do with the fact I closed Elluminate and then went back in - it was still recording but has not come up in recordings area.
- Elluminate recording - no login
- MP3 recording of presentation
- MP3 recording of discussion
- Slides in Slideshare
Friday, September 14, 2007
I saw some really interesting stuff happening and a community forming. It is almost as if we have to have ripples and bumps to get traction in a community.
- The email group changed from being asynchronous to synchronous.
- People were downloading skype and setting themselves up on it.
- Jokes were being passed around.
- Discussions were starting.
Now I am really pleased Elluminate failed. Now we actually have a community thing happening and people supporting each other. So that, people, is what you do when the technology fails, you find alternatives. And to be able to do this you need to make sure there is a sense of community happening in your class so that people will pull together when the walls fall down. Do you agree?
Now I can pack my bags and put them at the door...well almost...but I am getting ready because several of you have already climbed the cliff face and reached level 5 in Gilly Salmon's pyramid for online facilitation. If you don't know what that is you better go look.......:P And people are starting to form themselves into groups using Skype so they can support each other. This is fantastic! And Sean has kindly said he will come back in October and this time facilitate a session actually in Second Life - the 3D virtual world. We will have a practice run beforehand...now there's a challenge for you all and for me as I have lost my avatar.
There is more on this subject on my blog....stuff about skeptic, cynics, extrinsically motivated learners, technology failing in f2f classrooms etc. I look forward to your comments.
There will be more barn building on Monday night at 730 pm til whenever. This time I will notify IT in the morning about the meeting and be on there an hour before...just to make sure.
OP people you can login to http://elluminate.tekotago.ac.nz with your network login and you will have staff member status. The rest of you I am afraid will still need to click on the link I send out. I hope you can join us and raise some more planks. There also is another speaker on Tuesday 18 sept at 12 midday George Siemens....more on this soon.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Sean Fitzgerald will now speak on Thursday 13 September at 7pm (NZ time). There will be questions and discussion until 8pm then - barn raising on the wiki for the class until 9pm or as long as people can stay.
To access the Elluminate session - click on this link.
Link open from: 18:00 NZST
closes : 21:00 NZST
No password required.
If this is the first time you will be using Elluminate, you may be prompted to download some software which may take anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes depending upon your Internet connection speed (allow an hour or more for dial up - not slow once you are connected). You can pre-configure your system with the required software by going to the support page located at: http://elluminate.tekotago.ac.nz:80/support.help
Please make sure your computer has a microphone and speakers to be able to talk and hear while you are in the Elluminate meeting.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
It was agreed that the class would start with some existing content on WikiEducator called Facilitating Online and work on changing it to suit the group's needs and preferences.
Also each of you will create your own wiki page which has information on it relevant to your discipline and the culture of your students. This will all count towards assessment two:
In this assessment you will collaborate as part of a wiki community in a "barn building" activity. You will set up information relevant for facilitation in your discipline and also help develop content for this course. This assessment is due in Week 17, and is worth 25% of your total course marks. The emphasis in this assessment is on how actively you contribute to the wiki and participate in the wiki community..
Information about all the assessments is on Blackboard. Please remind yourself about what you need to do for each.
- Look at this short video clip on Wikis in plain english
- Set up an account on WikiEducator
- Do the basic wikiEducator tutorials
- Make a start - contribute to the Facilitating Online information and add your own discipline specific pages.
Ten Minute lecture this week
Remember the 10 minute lecture on Monday night 10 September at 7 pm is: Sean FitzGerald - Learning Communities in Virtual Worlds.
Go to Elluminate meeting.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Exert from Dave's handy post:
...Blogging, like ‘academic writing’ is a vague label that really doesn’t do justice to the complexities of the subject it is meant to cover. Blogging is appropriate any time that people need to be kept ‘up to date’ with a topic, a person, images, videos… It should not be seen as a yes/no decision, but as a tool which, like everything else, works better when used appropriately.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
We were lucky to have Sheryl join us with a 10 minute lecture and then discussion on Tuesday 4 September 12:00 Noon Auckland time, or for Sheryl, that's Monday, 3 September 2007 at 8:00 p.m New York time.
Here are the recordings:
Original files and other formats from Archive.org
MP3 recording of Sheryl's talk - 5.2meg / 29 minutes
MP3 recording of discussion - 5.5meg / 30 minutes
Elluminate recording - 1 hour / no password needed
Slides on Slideshare Sheryl?