Facilitate student-instructor and student-student interactions using collaborative social media technologies.
One popular web application is called Voice Thread. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). All of the comments about the slide appear around the slide, so people can easily see and hear each others’ comments. Here are some samples: http://voicethread.com/?#q
Facebook groups are another way for students to document their experiences and have discussions. English and Duncan-Howell (2008) explore how students used Facebook to share their teaching practicum experiences with peers: http://jolt.merlot.org/vol4no4/english_1208.htm
Link to example artifact(s)
- Instructor: UCF’s Dr. Carolyn Walker Hopp
- Course Title: EDF6635 – Teacher Leadership for Educational Equity and Social Justice
In addition to my Webcourse, I am using Wiggio, a website for organizing, meeting, giving feedback, etc. (http://wiggio.com/). A MAJOR element of the course is collaboration and feedback, which we do on the Wiggio. Based on the feedback and discussion on the Wiggio, if needed, I revise course content. Everything is dynamic – it changes if needed, so I do not design modules to be “etched in stone.”
Evaluation also changes. Before students post assignments to the webcourse, they are able to post drafts to the Wiggio as an option. I find that the work students produce is much more thoughtful when they know they have the opportunity make it better with peer and professor feedback. I also assess their discussions in terms of the content AND feedback they give to each other. I find that this also strengthens their written work.
Link to scholarly reference(s)
Churches, A. (2011). Bloom’s digital taxonomy. Educational Origami. Retrieved from http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Bloom%27s+Digital+Taxonomy
English, R., & Duncan-Howell, J. (2008). Facebook© goes to college: Using social networking tools to support students undertaking teaching practicum. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 4(4). http://jolt.merlot.org/vol4no4/english_1208.htm
CitationDeNoyelles, A. and Chen, B. (2015). Provide peer and professor feedback through social media. In Chen, B., deNoyelles, A., & Thompson, K. (Eds.), Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository. Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida Center for Distributed Learning. Retrieved December 11, 2017 from https://topr.online.ucf.edu/provide-peer-and-professor-feedback-through-social-media/.
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