Monday, August 24, 2009

Sorting out definitions and roles

Just a quick post to apologise for the poor recording of our session led by Chris last Monday, on how to set up a Pageflakes page - I don't know what happened - there may have been a break down in the technology when my own computer crashed.

Suffice to say, there's no need to panic :) If you want to know more about Pageflakes or iGoogle, have a look at their 'help' pages which will give you information on how to use the platforms. The other way to learn about online resources such as these is to check out Youtube.

In the meantime, don't get distracted with 'bells and whistles' - get stuck into the serious contemplation about the difference between teaching, facilitation and moderating.

Look forward to hearing about your thoughts on Friday at 12pm, New Zealand time.


Stephen Blyth said...

Regardless of the actual technology being used, a sense of dislocation early on seems to be fairly common.

Quite by chance I found this article: "Weaving together online and face-to-face learning: a design from a communities of practice perspective" by John D Smith and Beverley Trainer.

The straight forward table makes so much intuitive sense as experience the relative dominance of technology in the early phases of a new online community, then move through to mastery. Implications for what worked are drawn out.

Recommended reading.


Leigh Blackall said...

You're right Stephen, a good paper with logical advice. We should fit this in as an extra resource..

Would be good if we could summarise and simplify the reading further even. Perhaps you could facilitate a session, inviting the writers to talk briefly about their paper, at the course mini conference?

Stephen Blyth said...

Summarising is a good idea - I reached for the dictionary straight away when I came across heuristic!

John D Smith is co-author of Digital Habitats with Etienne Wegner and Nancy White (my copy in the mail), and teaches at CPSquared. He'd definitely be a good person to talk with.

Will think about inviting him to participate in mini conference.

Sarah Stewart said...

Thanks for that, Stephen....look forward to reading it