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Augmenting Student Learning through the use of Web 2.0 Technologies, an introductory study. Mike John. Computer Based Teaching and Learning Research Unit Faculty of Advanced Technology University of Glamorgan Onahill.blogspot.com
QUESTIONS What? So what? What next?
Three Concepts. Digital Natives Transformation of the Web
Three Concepts. Digital Natives Transformation of the Web Importance of Reflection
Reflective Practice Kolb Schon Entwistle Moon Wenger + Lave Dearing (PDP?)
The Methodology Internet Application Development students(138) Weekly blog entry reflecting on lecture 10% of module mark. 138 students monitored via RSS, observations made recording when blog entries were written, posted, or edited. All work archived and assessed Interviews and questionnaires used to obtain information relating to student digital experience, use of social software and the blogging assignment.
Before we started ……………
Before we started …………… What if? You know what sort of students we have here ….
Before we started …………… What if? You know what sort of students we have here …. It will be on the web!
Students said positive things 70% thought it was a useful activity kept them engaged concentrate in lectures, made them think, revisit notes, make links
Students said positive things 60% thought it helped their learning had to go over lecture material, straighten out thoughts, think about my subject blogging was interesting made me think Note ……. ESL students
Students said negative things it seemed pointless just rewriting my notes spewing my thoughts on a blog no way helps my learning
Students said negative things it seemed pointless just rewriting my notes spewing my thoughts on a blog no way helps my learning This tells us more about some students understanding of the learning process than a response to Web 2.0 technology.
We thought that Blogging had positive outcomes
We thought that Blogging had positive outcomes for the student (s) for the lecturer (s) for the Faculty / University
Benefits for Students. Regular practice in writing, for an audience, for a purpose A medium for reflection A reason for note taking! A place to ask questions Revisit notes, order their thoughts, respond to lectures Medium of communication
Benefits for Lecturers Information about students collectively Information about individual students Feedback about lecture Channel of communication Information about the course Digital competencies Being connected (RSS)
Benefits for the Faculty Improved presence in search engines Student retention (?) Lecture attendance Improved communication Improved feeling of community Meeting pastoral responsibilities (?) Organisational stuff
Changes this year ….. Embedded the blogging activity Two terms / higher mark Scaffolding of the activity Deadlines / Linking / Commenting
The Bottom Line! The keeping of reflective, online learning journals has a positive influence upon the quality of teaching and learning resulting in desirable outcomes for :- The student The lecturer The faculty and the university
What Next? Production of pedagogical guidelines Enforced linking / reading of peer blogs Comments by lecturer Integrating blogs with PDP and development of ePortfolios Blogging of practical activities Collaborative blogs Live blogging of lectures / tutorials Hosting of blogs (?) cf Warick Integrating mobile learning technologies Work with students / staff from other faculties
Simba on Flash.
The tutorial was my chance to show off, what I spent the last 2 sleepless nights practicing. I was proud of my works, making words bounce around in the screen, making two sentences rotate in a uniform manner, I felt like a father seeing his first born son, going off to college, until I looked over my shoulder to see Will my arch-rival, making words flash around on the screen, popping up like flowers in spring time, kind of made my son look like a disappointment. BUT I still love my flash program...I will keep changing and advancing it day by day, until Will admits mine is better than his.