Wednesday, August 31, 2011
When building the content of your presentation, you should always put yourself in the shoes of the audience and ask, "so what?"
Same goes for essays, stories, or any form of writing. I'm fond of this Stephen King quote: "Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open."
In step 1, be concerned with what you want to say. Block out everything else. Ignore convention. Ignore the rules. Ignore trends and styles and advice. The best writing is driven by self-interested exploration.
However, in step 2, it's time to consider the audience. Who are they? How will your message be received? How can it be shaped for maximum effect? How can you make your ideas appealing without sacrificing your core content?
A good way to start: look yourself in the mirror and ask, "so what?"
1) a place to certify students for the job market, essentially sorting them out for potential employers. If you can jump through the hoop, then employers will assume you can jump through their hoops, too, and will accept you as worthy.
2) a place of higher learning where members of society are enlightened, refined, introduced to higher forms of knowledge, and made to be more engaged citizens who will, in turn, improve society.
Theory 1 depends on tough standards, reliable testing, and on the college degree having economic value (all of which, according to the article, are on the decline).
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
But that difference vanished among students who watched the podcast but did not take notes.Students who listened to the podcast one or more times and took notes had an average score of 77, McKinney says.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
- In this article from Campus Technology, W. Gardner Campbell of Virginia Tech shares a framework for the effective use of blogs.
Narrate. Blogs tell the story of your learning. By telling that story, you're actually reinforcing your learning. Research shows that when people "think aloud" about what they're doing as they're doing it, they remember the information longer and attain mastery faster.
Curate. Just as a good museum curator arranges exhibits to draw the visitor in and heighten his or her experience, the good blog curator thinks about how to shape his or her blog and its contents to add value and interest to the reader's experience, and to the entire learning community. The result is a more comprehensive awareness of yourself as a learner and creator.Share. In Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson takes Pasteur's maxim that "chance favors the prepared mind" and revises it for the 21st century: "chance favors the connected mind." Sharing means finding and creating connections. It means creating a "serendipity field" that brings new opportunities for learning and creativity. Don't just wait for the world to come to you.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Mobile computing, by which we mean use of the network-capable devices students are already carrying, is already established on many campuses, although before we see widespread use, concerns about privacy, classroom management, and access will need to be addressed. At the same time, the opportunity is great; virtually all higher education students carry some form of mobile device, and the cellular network that supports their connectivity continues to grow. An increasing number of faculty and instructional technology staff are experimenting with the possibilities for collaboration and communication offered by mobile computing. Devices from smart phones to netbooks are portable tools for productivity, learning, and communication, offering an increasing range of activities fully supported by applications designed especially for mobiles.
Open content, also expected to reach mainstream use in the next twelve months, is the current form of a movement that began nearly a decade ago, when schools like MIT began to make their course content freely available. Today, there is a tremendous variety of open content, and in many parts of the world, open content represents a profound shift in the way students study and learn. Far more than a collection of free online course materials, the open content movement is a response to the rising costs of education, the desire for access to learning in areas where such access is difficult, and an expression of student choice about when and how to learn.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
During the semester you will maintain a blog. I will ask you to reflect on a range of subjects related to writing, assigned readings, and topics of your choosing.
You will post 2-3 entries per week, sometimes more or less, as assigned, until you reach 30 entries some time in the last two weeks of the course. Blogging will count as three hundred points out of 1000 for the semester. You score will be based on completing 30 entries and on being active in the comment section of your classmates' blogs.
Think of these blogs as writing practice. I will not be grading them based on their grammatical correctness or their polish, just scoring them based on your rate of completion. Basically, I want you to do them. In so doing, you will be generating text and ideas for the essays, practicing your writing, and hopefully expanding your capacity for reflection and critical thinking.
1) Post an entry based on course material, either in response to an article or a discussion topic.
2) Comment on other students’ blogs.
3) Respond to comments left on your blog.
Here are some guidelines to help you earn maximum points for your blog score at the end of the semester:
1) Write a minimum of 250 words per entry. (Writing more is welcome and may actually put you at an advantage when searching for material for the essays.)
2) Reference one or more of the following in each entry: a topic from class, an article on the Web, another student’s blog, another student’s blog comments, or anything else you have read (please include the hyperlink when appropriate or possible).
3) Write comments in response to the blog entries of your group members. Comments need not adhere to the criteria for posts established in #’s 1-3 immediately above. Try to post 2-3 comments on the blogs of other students per assigned topic.