Leveraging Web 2.0 Tools to Engage Students

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November 13, 2008 Presentation at IST Peer Group Meeting in Abingdon, VA


1. E XTENDED L EARNING I NSTITUTE Kim Monti Instructional Designer Nantana Wongtanasirikul Instructional Designer 2. Who we are, what we do Why collaboration? Web 2.0 tools we use to promote collaboration Lessons learned and next phase with tool Whats next with ELI, Web 2.0, and collaboration 3. Extended Learning Institute Offered distance education for over 30 years Fastest growing area in NOVA Moving from print-based to online courses Moving from self-paced to collaborative work 4. Collaboration promotes: Development of critical thinking skills Co-creation of knowledge and meaning Reflection Transformative learning Pallof, R.M. & Pratt, K. (2005). Collaborating online: Learning together in community . San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 5. Collaboration helps build community Learners become engaged with their online community Increased engagement = motivation student success 6. 7. Encourages learner-centered environment Promotes interaction & networking Encourages creativity Addresses different learning styles 8. Simple interaction discussion Discussion forums Instant Messenger VOIP Blogs Complex interaction group projects YouTube Wikis Google Apps 9. 10. Tip: Have students post their username on their profile; Create GROUP in Skype to sort students by course. 11. Not many students interested in using chat with their instructors Create special group projects, exam review Give extra credit for participating 12. Tip: Encourage students to invite their friends and family to their blogs 13. Difficult to keep track of each students contribution Have students leave comments on Blogs 14. Tip: Keep it short and sweet 15. You cannot control the content Using Viddler ( http://www.viddler.com ) Optional tool for students to use for presentations, class assignments 16. 17. Tip: Create a username and password where entire class posts. 18. Some students found posting their videos difficult Give students additional options to share videos beyond YouTube Provide clear guidelines and examples Additional materials required (webcam) 19. Tip: Collaborate together towards an end goal such as a project, paper, or presentation 20. 21. Use for brainstorming, not for final drafts Group evaluation/Peer critique 22. Tip: Consider to turn on/off the notification email 23. Students delete each others work Set up wiki space for students Incorporate synchronous communication Guidelines for interaction in tool Enable notification in tools Group evaluation 24. So many tools, so little time. Please dont overwhelm me 25. Set the Stage Create the Environment Model the Process Guide the Process Evaluate the Process Pallof, R.M. & Pratt, K. (2005). Collaborating online: Learning together in community . San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 26. View the video case study Working in team Elect one person as the moderator Guide the process Evaluate 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. For links to all of the tools mentioned today (and more!): http://del.icio.us/eliid/ist If you have any questions, please contact: Nantana: [email_address] Kim: [email_address]