“The Commons”: The Importance of Talking Out of Turn

(This post is part of a series called “The Connected Class Community”).  One essential part of human communities has always been a central meeting place– a location where the community comes to engage in conversations that are bigger than one-on-one interactions can offer. I call this space The Commons and …

“The Library”: Surrounding Students with a Wealth of Information

(This post is part of a series on online learning communities called “The Connected Class Community”). The purpose of these posts is to explore the vital components of an online learning community using abstract, timeless qualities.  For most of human history, information was stored in books, copied by hand, guarded …

The Connected Class Community [C3]: An Approach to Online Course Design

  Our university is evaluating Learning Management Systems right now, and comparing the features of Blackboard 9.1, MoodleRooms Joule, and Instructure‘s Canvas LMS has forced me to think about basic tools in online learning. Which tools do we need and which are just niceties? [Or worse– impediments to high quality …

DS 106- Digital Storytelling

Image by Mr_Stein via Flickr I”m excited to be joining the DS106 Digital Storytelling course with Jim Groom at http://www.ds106.us. You can follow my posts by subscribing to the RSS feed for the tag DS106. Related articles Ds 106 #1 (ideasandthoughts.org) I’m With Jim (#ds106 as open course) (cogdogblog.com) Getting …

Brilliant Talk by BYU’s Jon Mott about the Future of eLearning

I watched this talk today and it was a great synthesis of the reasons to move beyond tradition Learning Management Systems into a more flexible paradigm that supports various open technologies for learning. Related articles by Zemanta Investing in Education In India (klp.org.in) JoomlaLMS and Atriculate intergation (edugeek.net)

“Free” Points for Free Work? Incentivizing Students Giving and Receiving Help in an Online FAQ

Image via Wikipedia Did you know you can save time and effort by starting a Frequently Asked Questions Discussion Board in your course? Do you get tired of answering the same student questions over and over? Save time and effort by starting a Frequent Asked Questions forum in your course! …

Just an Idea: Google Human– Google Earth for the Human Body

Update! What began as a pie-in-the-sky idea was actually put into production as Google Body Browser, a 3D WebGL powered app that showed the major features of the anatomy in a browser. As Google has focused their energy around their core products they have discontinued Body Browser and open sourced …

Podcast an Audiobook to Reach Struggling Readers

Image via Wikipedia Even in the upper grades, students are struggling to make the transition from “learning-to-read” to “reading-to-learn”. Give a struggling reader a context-reduced novel written in old, antiquated language and you will realize that students need as much life-like context as we can provide. One way to help …