April 21, 2008

Resources

In this entry you will find resources to help you explore the educational potential of technologies we discussed.

Digital Media Center

Investigate Educational Technologies Pages

Our Investigate Educational Technologies pages provide overviews of technologies that include definitions, educational uses, resources and research. Follow the links below to find pages on the technology listed.

UMWiki
UThink (blogs)
Podcasting

Exemplary Projects

The Digital Media Center writes faculty profiles and feature stories that focus on how instructors use educational technologies. Relevant articles include:

Blogs and Wikis: Welcome Disruptions in the Classroom, Tim Gustafson used blogs and wikis to support writing and collaboration in his class.

Both Students and Instructors Benefit from Educational Podcasting. Public speaking instructor Jill Trites discovered that podcasts helped her students become better speakers and helped her become a better teacher.

Croquelandia: The Next Best Thing to Being There Spanish instructor Julie Sykes developed an immersive language learning experience that is grounded in gaming theory.

Making the Most of a Mathematical Moment: “Möbius Transformations Revealed. Mathematics professors Douglas Arnold and Jonathan Rogness' YouTube video got over a million hits and showed people the beauty of mathematics.

Wikis and the Writing Intensive Classroom Assistant Professor Dennis Becker from the Department of Forest Resources introduced a wiki in his Natural Resource and Environmental Policy class, which is designated writing intensive, to support student writing.

Thoughts and Questions

What are the one or two most significant ideas you took away from this workshop? Do you have any questions? Please post your thoughts and questions here.

April 20, 2008

Blogging Exercise

UThink, "the largest academic blogging tool in North America," is maintained by the University Libraries and enables University instructors, students and staff to create, contribute to and view blogs. The purpose of this exercise is to discover some educational uses of blogs through an exploration of UThink.

Assignment

1. To go to UThink, follow this link (page will open up in another tab or window).

Two suggested ways to explore UThink blogs: 1) On the front page in the middle you'll see "Recent Entries on UThink." Click on any link to see the entry and its blog. For a preview of the entry, scroll over the entry title 2) Search UThink using the keyword of your choice (upper right corner)

2. Take a few minutes to peruse the blog. Take note of entries, comments, layout, blogrolls and categories.
3. Post a comment to this entry, including the URL of blog you read and a few words about what it is. (Click "comments" underneath this entry, in the lower right corner.)
4. Be prepared to discuss with the group any comments you have about educational uses of blogs based on your observations, or any questions you have about educational uses of blogs.

Wiki Learning Activity

The purpose of this activity is to learn a little bit about contributing to a wiki. For more information about the activity, please follow this link.

If you have any insights on educational uses of wikis, please leave a comment for this blog entry.

Welcome to the workshop!

During this workshop we will explore user-focused learning technologies. In this blog you will find learning activities and information about user-focused learning technologies such as blogs, podcasts, wikis and social networking.

We hope you will use this blog to contribute your ideas on how user-focused technologies might be used in education. After the workshop (and the conference) the blog will remain available for your reference.