Saturday, April 08, 2006

Impact of new tools on teaching (HigherEdBlogCon)

The first week (April 3-7, 2006) of the online conference, HigherEdBlogCon, has now been completed and presentation screencasts and podcasts on the theme of "Impact of new tools on teaching" can be accessed. The blog provides opportunities for discussion. You can subscribe to feeds to easily keep track of any of the conversations.
Examples from week one include: Podcasting and Screencasting; Blogging; Teaching Information Literacy (role of social software - students learn in the classroom and outside it) ; New Approaches to the Learner; Blogs as Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) by James Farmer and a collaborative approach to curriculum development using a wiki (The Science of Spectroscopy).
James' idea for a future model of a PLE "based upon blogs, aggregation and associated technologies" is especially interesting. Stewart Mader's "Using Wiki in Education"is a valuable resource.
I expect the numbers of collaboratively developed online curriculum resources to increase in the future as more educators get acquainted with web2.0 tools.
I'm also looking forward to next week's theme of "Library and Information Resources".

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