Thursday, 28 August 2008

Social Media makes this course stand out


Thanks to the great College20 community started by Eduardo Peirano, I could read a post by Alejandra Pickett that really blew my mind. The way she build her course is a great example of combining several relevant Social media to enhance a course.

If you are a member of the College20 community, feel free to immediately surf to her post. (btw the membership is free and the community runs on ning.com software). As a way to support her learners, she used Jing, which I covered in a previous post, extensively.

Here is an excerpt of her post:
"Here is a tour of my course in which i use several web tools external to the moodle, the course management system.

Some of the tools used in the course are :
http://twitter.com/etap687 - for course announcements
http://voicethread.com/share/38310/ - an audio/video/text ice breaking activity
http://groups.diigo.com/groups/ETAP687 - shared references and resources that persist beyond the end of the term for student access.
http://www.screencast.com/users/alexandrapickett/folders/Jing - instructions and audio feedback
http://etap687.edublogs.org - instructor and student metacognitive journaling activities and descriptive feedback.
http://tinyurl.com/5vd8hc - podcasted interviews with online exemplar courses and faculty."

Not only that, but it seems that Alejandra Pickett's expertise lies in Second Life, just stroll around her slideshare shows. Impressive!