April 7


diigo for etap687. I believe there is something very powerful  in this tool. I am in the process evaluating it for instructional and professional development purposes.

So far these are my thoughts:

  1. I think I can easily mark up online student work with this tool.
  2. I think online students can mark up each other’s online work with this tool. and discuss. One of the course activities is to use a rubric to evaluate an online course that the students will each be building as the main project for the course. The course review, I think, can be done using diigo. I think… not sure yet.
  3. Online students can easily create annotated bibliographies of web resource in directed learning activities AND share and discuss them with others in the class.
  4. This resource can grow and be available for the online course from term to term.
  5. In addition, for webenhanced courses, this is an awesome, easy, slick, cool way to incorporate some very cool online enhancements to a f2f course that completely bypasses all the extra unnecessary flotsam you get with a full on CMS/LMS. you get a lot of functional features bang for the “buck” in this tool. It is a slick tool with a lot of functionality to suport interaction/collaboration, etc.
  6. When i have my university administrator’s hat on i also see great potential as a tool to facilitate and enhance community and for professional development. I have an extended staff of 50-100 online instructional designers that i could use this tool with to aggregate links and info and resources and networking. We have over 3,000 online faculty that we could use this with to support them with info and resources and networking – differenciating between the needs of new online faculty and experienced online faculty… there is potential for discipline specific resources and info for online faculty… and it goes on.

As i said, i am exploring this tool for its potential, and i think there is something here.

I have several questions:

  1. Can a group be open for viewing by the public, but closed to participation unless you are a member of the group. I think so.
  2. Also, can you export stuff out… to archive it, keep it safe, take it to another tool?
March 16

breaking the ice

thinking about icebreaking activities for the course. want to use voicethreads for introductions for the audio and video features… community building. have to have them create their blogs in edublogs for the reflecting pool activity… have to have them get into their moodle course shells, have to get them into diigo. – still trying to figure out how i will use diigo.

February 27

thinking about objectives…

…and expectations, and evaluation. Logistics of what students will do in the course. They need to create and maintain a blog, and a moodle course. How will they get access to the Moodle course shells…? Also, thinking about icebreaking activities: Voicethread introductions, create student blogs and collect and post links. Access their moodle shells. Where will students go for technical assistance in the course? Will the UAlbany HD help them with moodle issues?  I have lots of questions.

January 17

a little bling for my course?

I am exploring new tools and trying to figure out how/if i can improve aspects of this course with them. The newsflash for example or the introductions and ice-breaking activities. Establishing presence, community, and an engaging interactive learning environment that acknowledges the social aspects learning, is effective at achieving the instructional objectives and does not kill me (in terms of work load) in the process… I am exploring twitter, voicethreads, ustream, and meebome. I have also started cleaning up my tag clouds. I love blink and del.icio.us. I am looking for a collaborative photo collage tool… and there is always Second Life to consider…