Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Faculty Development - A digital perspective (Part 1)

Each Spring semester, the Center for Teaching and Learning at Vincennes University conducts the Teaching Transformation Academy. The Teaching Transformation Academy consists of a series of workshops designed to expose faculty to:
  • the latest in pedagogical strategies
  • sound instructional design processes
  • the effective use of technology in the teaching process
After conducting this faculty development workshop in the Spring of 2007 and 2008 (and the Summer of 2007), I was preparing for the Spring 2009 iteration. Having just moved to Microsoft Office 2007 I thought about making this a "digital" semester - no handouts, no paper - everything would be "handed" using digital means (i.e., Microsoft OneNote 2007, for example). I would prepare some materials, distribute it electronically. If faculty wanted to create or add to their "handouts" they could do so. This would allow them to personalize their handouts and add the information themselves.

Using this to model active learning strategies, student engagement methods, note-taking skills, critical thinking and listening skills AND technological skills has been interesting for me as the facilitator. I haven't duplicated materials. They have the latest versions (and by the way, I am using delicious to share links http://delicious.com/dpeter19, and even twitter for contact with the participants http://twitter.com/dpeter). This technological adventure has been different - requiring me to THINK digitally and DISTRIBUTE/SHARE/COLLABORATE digitally.

As the semester continues, I will reflect and share my thoughts on the paperless, learning-centered, technologically supported professional development.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Using and creating my personal web

The New Media Consortium's Horizon Report for 2009 (http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2009/) has given me a lot to think about. Indicating that the "personal web" is an emerging technology has given me somethings to reflect about ...

  • I've been using delicious to collect and tag/organize url's. (http://delicious.com/dpeter19). My network isn't that large, but I've been able to tag, use and re-use URLs. Using the tag-bundle feature, I can group URLs AND use the URLs in other tag-bundles. My taxonomy (tags) is working for me, but what can I do to STANDARDIZE my tag listing?
  • Webnotes allows me to "annotate" web pages, collect them in virtual folders, share them with others, publish the annotated pages. Being a web-based application, I am able to annotate pages from almost any device.
  • I've just started using DIIGO. Similar to Webnotes, Diigo also lets me annotate a web page. Diigo lets me SHARE bookmarks/annotations with others.
  • Twitter. Microblogging. Tagging or #hashmarks.
With all of the possibilities, it's becoming EASIER to use the personal web. Whether for personal research or collaboration, there are many applications available to use. These applications may duplicate functions.

Using delicious, Webnotes, twitter, Google notebooks, and blogger, I am able to find, collect, preserve, share and collaborate. My personal web is here, now.
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