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 used Wiggio, a website for organizing, meeting, giving feedback, etc. A MAJOR element of the course is collaboration and feedback, which we did on the Wiggio. Based on the feedback and discussion on the Wiggio, if needed, I revised 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.
Unfortunately, Wiggio is no longer available. However, another alternative to Wiggio is Samepage.
Link to scholarly reference(s)
Churches, A. (2011). Bloom’s digital taxonomy. Educational Origami. 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