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Chris Brown

Wiki: Connectivism in a NLE - Wiki: Connectivism in a NLE - 3 views

    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question I: NLE Strategies Applied

      Please discuss three most important strategies of NLE in your unit. Please be sure to justify why they are effective NLE strategies and how you assess them. Remember NLE strategies are not just your contents or "technologies," such as wiki, Blog, Twitter etc. It is integrated soft technologies. Hint: Four components of technology integrations: Content; Technology; Instructional Strategies; Assessment.
    • Janet Coolman
       
      Three of the most important strategies of NLE in my unit included social interaction/collaboration in discussion areas, group projects that included collaboration and knowledge creation, and assessing that the learning was really occuring. There was a problem, a need. The need was addressed with content, technologies, instructional strategies, and assessments. Assessments provide the answer to whether or not the instruction was effective and efficient. Assessments also provide ways to build better instruction for the future. I believe these were three of the important strategies of my unit.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Could you explain why "social interaction/collaboration in discussion areas" is NLE strategy not online learning strategy?
    • Janet Coolman
       
      The social interaction/collaboration is intended as an NLE strategy to have teachers "network" with one another. I am hoping that the online discussion area with be a starting point for collaboration outside of the online workshop. I am also hoping that the teachers will bring information from their individual networks into the discussion area to share those ideas and networks with their groups. I see discussion areas as collaboration areas and do not see them as only online learning strategies.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question II: NLE

      Please justify why your unit integrating NLE, not just online learning environments (OLE). Be sure to distinguish NLE from OLE. Provide the examples from your unit to justify your responses.
    • Janet Coolman
       
      Connecting different networks provides ways of managing content, process and support to others in your community of practice. This can be used online or in the traditional classroom. Providing learners with content through building their own personal learning environments also provides them with ways of managing their learning and with ways to share and interact in a community of practice. The formation of groups and group projects provides learners with collaboration, and extends their communities of practice. Social bookmarking extends these communities globally. The creation of a wiki, while an online strategy also provides a tool to use in a traditional classroom as an enhancement for group work and to encourage discussions for building new knowledge and social interactions.
    • Steve Arizona
       
      I am not assigned to review your project, but it is really good. You have provided a great application but even more useful for me a great summary of essential items covered in our course. Thanks!
    • Janet Coolman
       
      Thanks, Steve.
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    • Chris Brown
       
      The content is certainly advanced enough to reach your collegiate audience. the content directly relates to organizational learning through network environments, as students not only are learning within such environments, but are actively developing their own.

      The unit is very constructivist oriented in that students have to design and create within a framework that doesn't detail everything for them. Students are asked to remix multiple content areas and sources to form their own works. Multiple tools are used such as wiki, Google Docs, social bookmarking, and various PLE creation tools.

      Feedback Comments:
      The focus of the tools used in this project are at the development of network learning environments.  The tools are used to remix content, and also interact within a network of learners.
      This unit uses projects like small papers and wiki design as its primary means of evaluation.  Evaluation is guided by the use of rubrics. the unit itself is also evaluated based on an end of unit survey. All the goals and objectives are measurable. They are measurable, however, to varying degrees as different instruments of assessment are employed. The instructional strategies use are evaluated based on the end of units survey.
      Overall this was a really strong unit.  You covered a large breath of information at incorporated network learning environment thinking. On occasion, I found myself thinking as a novice user and asking functional questions like, where is the discussion area, how do I post my work, and how do I join your site.
    • Janet Coolman
       
      Thanks, Chris. I find this a real work in progress...always refining and tweeking. I appreciate your comments.

      Jan
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    Content more then adequately supports the audience: teachers. Presented in an organized, easy to comprehend manner.
    NLE instructional strategies: Integrated in multiple ways supported by excellent and numerous resources.
    Discuss the effectiveness of projects with the class, not just with the instructor.
    Collaboration assignments used technology effectively and beneficially.
    Each activity had a rubric or measured.
    Wow! Jan, the amount of your Class Resources is amazing! I appreciated the organized nature, magnificent amount of rubrics, and the diversity in assignments. Excellent job.
Lauren Hendley

http://sites.google.com/site/etc647networklearningunit/ - 1 views

    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question I: NLE Strategies Applied

      Please discuss three most important strategies of NLE in your unit. Please be sure to justify why they are effective NLE strategies and how you assess them. Remember NLE strategies are not just your contents or "technologies," such as wiki, Blog, Twitter etc. It is integrated soft technologies. Hint: Four components of technology integrations: Content; Technology; Instructional Strategies; Assessment.
    • Marta Herrera
       
      The three most important strategies of NLE in my unit are social tagging, participatory web and social networking. Social tagging is important in my unit because it allows the participants to organize and manage the shared resources within the class. Tagging helps learners identify and/or categorize their sources. This can also be used as InfoViz because they can see the tag clouds and bundles for easy identification of their sources.

      Participatory Web is another important strategy because the groups created in my unit come together to contribute on a project on a wiki page. Each member shares his/her wealth of information that will be shared with the rest of the participants. Participants can review and comment on the group project which will allow the creators to really think about and reflect on the whole collaborative process.

      I used Social networking as an important NLE strategy because it allows participants to share and network with each other. In my unit, participants are encouraged to follow other blogs in the class as well as follow other teaching blogs for new and interesting ways to integrate technology into the classroom. Others may comment on the different blog posts. Reading the reviews and comments will allow the participants to reflect on what is important to them.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      "This can also be used as InfoViz because they can see the tag clouds and bundles for easy identification of their sources."

      Very interesting instructional strategies. Is it required? How does it actually support learning?
    • Marta Herrera
       
      I did not intend to use InfoVis as a focus strategy for my unit. I figured it could help learners organize, classify, and manage their resources since they are already tagging their resources in Delicious. The size of the tags can help learners look at the popularity of a topic and know, or get an idea, what the main concept/content of the articles will be about. It is not a requirement for my unit; however tags/tag clouds make searching for resources a lot easier.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question II: NLE

      Please justify why your unit integrating NLE, not just online learning environments (OLE). Be sure to distinguish NLE from OLE. Provide the examples from your unit to justify your responses.
    • Marta Herrera
       
      In some OLE, the learning may be a little flat. Instructors give information for students to learn, maybe a little online collaboration, and turn in the assignments. The goal for my NLE is to create a community that allows participants to actively participate, interact and collaborate with one another. My goal is to have learners learn and share valuable information with one another though social bookmarking for example. Learners will review the articles and let other's know if the information is worth reading.

      Collaboration and interaction is also very important in a NLE. In my unit groups come together to create a unit that incorporates technology. They do this by researching what web 2.0 tools are effective in the classroom and creating a lesson showing other teachers how to integrate the tool. Participants create the knowledge for each other rather than learning from the instructors.
    • Lauren Hendley
       
      Marta, I really enjoyed reviewing your unit! This unit would be a great way to introduce teachers to NLE. It is very easy to follow and includes important and necessary goals. Also, they way your unit was set-up and organized was superb! I had no problems navigating and understanding the directions. NLE instructional strategies were also nicely embedded throughout your unit. Way to demonstrate your learning of ETC 647! :) P.S. Do you prefer Google sites for building units such as these compared to other wiki sites?
    • Marta Herrera
       
      Lauren, thank you for the review! Honestly, I do like using Google sites over wiki sites. I think it is less cluttered than other wiki sites I have used, it is very user friendly, and I think it gives it a very professional look. With Google sites, you can allow others to collaborate and build content, just like in wikis. Give it a try :)
Chris Brown

Cyber Warriors - Cyber Warriors - 1 views

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    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question I: NLE Strategies Applied

      Please discuss three most important strategies of NLE in your unit. Please be sure to justify why they are effective NLE strategies and how you assess them. Remember NLE strategies are not just your contents or "technologies," such as wiki, Blog, Twitter etc. It is integrated soft technologies. Hint: Four components of technology integrations: Content; Technology; Instructional Strategies; Assessment.
    • Lisa Costello
       
      The three most important strategies of this NLE were PAR, INFOVIZ, and UGC. With respect to PAR, learners collaborated and created wiki pages. Peer feedback and responses to said feedback were required. This strategy engaged learners in the content area. The evaluation for this portion was covered via rubric and criteria. The INFOVIZ strategy incorporated Wordle and concept maps via Kidspiration. Visual representations of content were created. This allowed an enhancement of content, provided a mental/visual graphic organizer, and allowed each learner to organize concepts in a way which was meaningful to them. This portion was assessed via rubrics. Finally, UGC permitted teams to create and share content via a wiki page. Participants were then required to read through their peers' content and provide feedback. This was evaluated via criteria. This permitted learners to take ownership of their learning. Content effectively fit into a NLE environment. Web 2.0 technology was implemented. Instructional strategies included: learner-learner interaction, reflection, online collaboration, collaborative learning, peer evaluation, creative, etc. Assessments were based on criteria and rubrics.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question II: NLE

      Please justify why your unit integrating NLE, not just online learning environments (OLE). Be sure to distinguish NLE from OLE. Provide the examples from your unit to justify your responses.
    • Lisa Costello
       
      A networked learning environment is an environment which contains a system of interrelated components, connections, and people. This system supports and facilitates your own learning experiences, as well as those you are networked with. It is a collaborative model which the instructor streamlines to promote individual accountability in a group setting, as well as learning goals/objectives. This structure allows for more self-reflection and management of one's learning. Traditional online learning might give a schedule, required readings and assignments, scheduled exams, and have not interaction between other learners or the instructor. There is very little sense of community in this model, and definitely no sense of ownership in one's learning.

      I feel that this unit lends itself to an NLE. It incorporates NLE strategies and technology tools which foster a sense of ownership (e.g. wiki content pages, Web 2.0, etc.), collaboration (e.g. team and community items such as wiki page creation, peer feedback, interaction, etc.), and self-reflection (e.g. reflective paper and blogger).
    • Chris Brown
       
      Content centrally organized using a wiki structure. The language and design of the unit is targeted specifically to grade school students and as such is appropriate. Students have to structure their own knowledge by using tools like concept mapping, wiki, group blogs, and Gloster. Students use a web quest style to gather information about the content areas. The network focus is primarily on the tools and the contents resources.  Student communities and teams serve as an interpersonal network. The technologies are integrated efficiently and appropriately. The content delivery seems to be more of a traditional style web quest, but it is delivered within a network environment that relies on community and connections. Evaluation is based primarily on products that students create. Rubrics are used to assess these products to ascertain whether the goals and objectives are met. These objectives were measured and aligned to the content.  The unit appears to be somewhat weak in evaluating the instructional strategies of the network learning environment. I think that as a student I could've benefited from a stronger explanation of how to use the navigation and work through the site.  On one of the pages in the discussion board requirement should also been listed as an activity and not merely an objective.The site was very easy to follow, and I loved your topic choice.
    • Lisa Costello
       
      Thanks for your feedback Chris. I appreciate the depth of your comments:) Have a great evening!
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    Creative way to approach a current, important topic. Resources and links broaden your targeted audience 10-15? Outstanding job with terrific resources, use of NLE strategies, and variety of technological assignments, projects, and discussions. The unit was well presented in an organized and easy to follow manner on a crucial, current topic for school aged children.
Lauren Hendley

http://sites.google.com/site/etc647networklearningunit/home - 0 views

    • Lauren Hendley
       
      Marta, I really enjoyed reviewing your unit! This unit would be a great way to introduce teachers to NLE. It is very easy to follow and includes important and necessary goals. Also, they way your unit was set-up and organized was superb! I had no problems navigating and understanding the directions. NLE instructional strategies were also nicely embedded throughout your unit. Way to demonstrate your learning of ETC 647! :) P.S. Do you prefer Google sites for building units such as these compared to other wiki sites?
    • Marta Herrera
       
      Lauren, thank you for the review! Honestly, I do like using Google sites over wiki sites. I think it is less cluttered than other wiki sites I have used, it is very user friendly, and I think it gives it a very professional look. With Google sites, you can allow others to collaborate and build content, just like in wikis. Give it a try :)
Lauren Hendley

Integrating NLE's Into Education Home - Integrating NLE's Into Education - 0 views

    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question I: NLE Strategies Applied

      Please discuss three most important strategies of NLE in your unit. Please be sure to justify why they are effective NLE strategies and how you assess them. Remember NLE strategies are not just your contents or "technologies," such as wiki, Blog, Twitter etc. It is integrated soft technologies. Hint: Four components of technology integrations: Content; Technology; Instructional Strategies; Assessment.
    • Milissa Holder
       
      I integrated the use of Google Docs as a means for collaboration - which is supporting a constructivists environment. I also incorporated Delicious for student to share resources which supports a connectivists environment. And the class Ning site for discussions.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question II: NLE

      Please justify why your unit integrating NLE, not just online learning environments (OLE). Be sure to distinguish NLE from OLE. Provide the examples from your unit to justify your responses.
    • Milissa Holder
       
      Not sure I understand your question - my unit integrates NLE's such as wetpaint, Google docs, ning, delicious which are all part a network learning environment. I also utilize other software such as MS docs, research tools etc.
    • Lauren Hendley
       
      Milissa, what a great unit! I really think that this is a unit that could easily be used with teachers wanting to learn and utilize NLE technology with their teaching. Your NLE strategies and technologies complimented your topic perfectly. Besides your final project that I had a few questions about, I believe your unit was able to meet your objectives and goals nicely. The way you had your learners connecting their Web 2.0 technologies throughout the unit really proved that your unit was designed to demonstrate true NLE. Thank your for sharing! :) P.S. Do you plan on using this unit for your Capstone? If so, who is your intended audience? Just curious:)
    • Milissa Holder
       
      HI thank you for the comments - No this is not for my capstone - my intended audience is teachers at my school.
Chih-Hsiung Tu

haiku LMS : Connect 2.0 : Welcome - 4 views

    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      he targeted audience appears to be fourth graders. The content seems to detailed for that particular age group. Second language learners will have great difficulty going through this intended lesson.

      Network learning environment is clearly being utilized.
    • Suzy Belonga
       
      Yes, fourth grade is my level of students. The students that struggled and needed to be situated by medium/average technology and academic students were special needs. My ELL student actually did fair compared to a student getting ready to be tested for LDs. Their difficulties were very reflective for me though because I started adding more visuals, created the QuickWrite based on visuals, and kept altering (slightly, not too drastically) the Checklist and pages to try to meet as many needs as possible.
    • Kimya Mahzad
       
      Although the content can be addressed to younger learners, it is address for adult audiences. My goal is to address teachers on how to integrate an NLE into their classroom.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      This project seems very intensive for the age group targeted. Professional development of a targeted audience is never addressed. The unit of work is an example of grade 4 technology integration which holds value but does not address the objectives of this assignment. Using this a part of your project with clearier goals and your target audience would make the link more pronounced.
    • Suzy Belonga
       
      I completely agree! It was my one regret that I did not have the objectives listed for the students for each assignment and handed out to the professionals and adults related to the students and/or the ones that just saw my students spending their writing time in the computer lab. I think the overall acceptance and response to the project would have been better.
Steve Arizona

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    • Steve Arizona
       
      The targeted audience appears to be fourth graders. The content seems to detailed for that particular age group. Second language learners will have great difficulty going through this intended lesson.

      Network learning environment is clearly being utilized.
    • Kimya Mahzad
       
      I am in agreement with some of the directions for ESL students, the third lesson may be a little tricky. However, I believe the Lesson 2 using newly learned vocabulary to create a visual diagram (water cycle) for ESL is a great integration of Web 2.0 and visual information, a great NLE integration.
    • Steve Arizona
       
      This project seems very intensive for the age group targeted. Professional development of a targeted audience is never addressed. The unit of work is an example of grade 4 technology integration which holds value but does not address the objectives of this assignment. Using this a part of your project with clearier goals and your target audience would make the link more pronounced.
Nicholas Hagemann

misshendleysclass [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Class News Community - 0 views

    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question I: NLE Strategies Applied

      Please discuss three most important strategies of NLE in your unit. Please be sure to justify why they are effective NLE strategies and how you assess them. Remember NLE strategies are not just your contents or "technologies," such as wiki, Blog, Twitter etc. It is integrated soft technologies. Hint: Four components of technology integrations: Content; Technology; Instructional Strategies; Assessment.
    • Lauren Hendley
       
      The three most important NLE instructional strategies throughout my unit were UGC, PAR, and VIS. First, with UGC students had to create online class newsletters via wiki technology which was then shared online for the rest of the class to read and respond to as a requirement. Second, PAR (Participatory Web), allowed my learners to contribute to a wiki as well as collaborate during this process. Lastly, VIS (visualization) was an important part of this unit because it had the learners examine their learning through visual representation, ie: word clouds. As a whole, this unit also promoted a "community" of practice by connecting them in the process of sharing classroom news and events. These strategies were assessed through rubrics which measured how students learned the content of expository writing through NLE instruction. The goals of collaboration and community and its effects on writing motivation and engagement were measured through a survey that students would take before and after the unit, as well as blog reflections. This NLE unit would be assessed at the 4th grade level.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question II: NLE

      Please justify why your unit integrating NLE, not just online learning environments (OLE). Be sure to distinguish NLE from OLE. Provide the examples from your unit to justify your responses.
    • Lauren Hendley
       
      This unit is very much designed as a NLE unit vs. a OLE unit. First of all, OLEs are very much flat structured in nature. The information is presented to the learner and the process of learning is static as a whole. The framework for OLEs fall mainly in the expository and active dimensions with very little reaching the interactive dimension. NLEs are opposite in its framework, such as my unit. Heavy focus is spent on designing a unit that falls in the interactive dimension with much learner-learner interaction and online collaborative learner-learner interaction.

      My unit supports a NLE framework with interactive designs because Learner-Content interaction is high due to the fact students are creating and developing class news rather than instructors. Students are allowed to remix the online learning content. Learner-Instructor interaction is med-high because instructors integrate UGC and PAR instructions to scaffold learners. Learner-Learner interactions are high because team members communicate between wiki, blog, and chat technologies. Team members collaborate to complete writing and editing tasks. Classmates are also able to view all content created by teams. Learner-Interface interaction is high in this unit. Students are empowered to create, edit, and modify online content through wiki. Wiki content supports remix and mashup. Vis affects are applied to support class news through Wordle art. Online collaboration interaction is also very high in this unit, as it is a goal of NLEs. Students collaborate via wiki editing tasks. Students collaborate through blog reflections and comments. Students collaborate via class chat room.

      All in all, NLEs promote collaboration, community, and connections through learning. Various Web 2.0 tools allow this to happen in a NLE, such as my unit. I hope that this unit will allow 4th graders to have a positive first experience in a NLE!
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    To begin, I love the look and feel of the homepage. Lots of motion and a great progression of the components of the lesson.
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    This is a wonderful idea, Lauren. I think the content is appropriate and supports network learning. I never could have imagined a class newsletter being so collaborative, and the wiki is a great use of Web 2.0 technology.
    There is obvious integration of UGC strategy - students are creating the content with minimal instruction from teacher. Community interaction and visual learning (nice use of Wordle!) are also used. All writing and editing work is evaluated using rubrics. A culminating survey asks for detailed information on the learning of content and web tools.
    In addition to great content and use of technology, your site was visually appealing. :)
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    After reviewing your lesson and completing the evaluation, I am impressed with the work that you have put into this lesson. You have a great integration of the Web 2.0 apps and have built connections between each learning task. I think that I would love to participate in this lesson as a 4th grader. I will email you the evaluation that I have completed on vista.
    NIC
Lisa Costello

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    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question I: NLE Strategies Applied

      Please discuss three most important strategies of NLE in your unit. Please be sure to justify why they are effective NLE strategies and how you assess them. Remember NLE strategies are not just your contents or "technologies," such as wiki, Blog, Twitter etc. It is integrated soft technologies. Hint: Four components of technology integrations: Content; Technology; Instructional Strategies; Assessment.
    • Nicholas Hagemann
       
      Three most important strategies of NLE:
      * Integration of Text and Video- I placed a great amount of focus in my unit on the balancing of text with video. I used the text to prepare the user to watch the video and prompt the user to reflect after viewing the video.
      * Authentic Tasks- Each of the lessons involves a task that requires the user to interact with the actual Web 2.0 app. This provides experiences that are not contrived but based in the reality that users will face when they go to apply the lessons for other tasks.
      * Discovery learning- In this unit, focus has been placed allowing the user to discover the level of skill that they have with the technology and providing multiple entry points to match that skill level. Users drive the learning process as they make decisions about what is valuable.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question II: NLE

      Please justify why your unit integrating NLE, not just online learning environments (OLE). Be sure to distinguish NLE from OLE. Provide the examples from your unit to justify your responses.
    • Nicholas Hagemann
       
      This unit goes beyond OLE in the completion of authentic tasks and the more avanced level of interaction. In a OLE, users will read and reflect on the content that is to be learned. In this lesson, users are given the content in text and video and then are asked to complete authentic tasks. As they are completing these authentic tasks, they are interacting with other users (on the wiki) and nonusers through the technology.
    • Nicholas Hagemann
       
      I see what you are saying with the lack of artifacts for assessment. I was struggling to figure out how to evaluate lessons that can be accessed at any random time, are not manditory and will serve only the purpose of the individual learner rather than an institution. I also agree that 8 surveys may be too many (it certainly made the creation of the unit time intensive). The purpose was for me to gain data even if a user only participated in one or two individual lessons.

      Thanks for your feedback!
      NIC
    • Melanie Del Grosso
       
      Participants are learning about NLE AND they are learning to use NLE tools - wow! In terms of strategies, you had good linkage design. Also, the wiki piece allows for UGC, which is nice. I think I would have liked to see more community interaction - i.e. could the reflection have involved fellow participants?
      Your course outline was catchy and easy to remember - watch, reflect, work, reflect. Participants are also asked to take a survey at the end of each lesson, which asks about learning experiences and use of technology tools.
      It looks like you put a lot of time and effort into your unit. It could definitely be used as part of an orientation for the ETC program! Nice work.
Lauren Hendley

Story telling in the digital age_Huffman - Story telling in the digital age - 0 views

    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question I: NLE Strategies Applied

      Please discuss three most important strategies of NLE in your unit. Please be sure to justify why they are effective NLE strategies and how you assess them. Remember NLE strategies are not just your contents or "technologies," such as wiki, Blog, Twitter etc. It is integrated soft technologies. Hint: Four components of technology integrations: Content; Technology; Instructional Strategies; Assessment.
    • Shawn Huffman
       
      The three most important strategies of NLE are the soft technologies of how to present ideas in a digital age, how to evaluate aspects of a story using technology, and how to find information as a community. Soft technology is the technology that people understand, what they have inside. The community presentations of their artifacts in this unit and the necessity of attending them to evaluate are both critical elements of an NLE. It is not the technology itself that becomes important, but the idea of how to do it as a community that makes it an NLE.Learning how to contribute to a group building a knowledge base is an important NLE strategy. Using each other's innovation as well as providing your own expertise to create a community that is greater than any individual could come up with is the essence of this unit and that is what makes it an NLE and not just a unit with technology embedded in it.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Shawn,

      You stated: "The community presentations of their artifacts in this unit and the necessity of attending them to evaluate are both critical elements of an NLE."

      Could you be more specific why it is NLE not online learning?
    • Shawn Huffman
       
      Because all of their learning is done in a communal form. From my understanding, an online learning would simply send them on a webquest and have them post for evaluation. This unit is centered around them looking at, evaluating, and using each others' work. Because it is all created using a network that they all spread out from and return to it becomes more NLE and less online learning. They are forming a community of other learners and collaborating, even though they are writing different stories.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question II: NLE

      Please justify why your unit integrating NLE, not just online learning environments (OLE). Be sure to distinguish NLE from OLE. Provide the examples from your unit to justify your responses.
    • Shawn Huffman
       
      The unit is an NLE because all of the participants have access to all of the information at any time and are required to look at, evaluate, and participate in everyone's project. An OLE involves putting all of the work online, but does not necessarily involve the group feeling. For example, in an OLE, a student would be asked to blog about an experience, but in an NLE, the students would be required to respond and communicate with each other.
    • Lauren Hendley
       
      Shawn, it was very refreshing to peer review another unit that took NLE and applied it to your real learners (high school/college), instead of adults! :) I also like how you took a language arts class and turned it into an NLE. Not an easy task! I think that your goals/objectives were clear and easy to understand. I think that it would have been helpful to view your School Fusion site since a lot of your unit is focused there. Where did you learn of School Fusion? Would you use School Fusion over a wiki site for your students and why? Sorry so many questions! Also, your NLE strategies were very clear and easy to identify. One last recommendation would be to add come critical evaluation instruments for students to view to ensure objectives are being met. Your unit shows a great understanding of ETC 647. Thanks for sharing!
    • Shawn Huffman
       
      Thanks for the feedback! School Fusion is our district's cms, kind od like blackboard. It is very easy to use. I would use it over a wiki, simply because I have to, district policy and all that. It does have many features that I love, though. The students are all assigned pseudonyms, for blogging (the teacher can identify them, of course.) I can create an online dropbox for assignments, I can post my class podcasts, etc. It is a fairly comprehensive tool for us. You can check out our school site at http://susd.arcadia.schoolfusion.us/ Thanks again!
Lisa Costello

Accessibility in Your Design - Accessibility in Your Design - 0 views

    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question I: NLE Strategies Applied

      Please discuss three most important strategies of NLE in your unit. Please be sure to justify why they are effective NLE strategies and how you assess them. Remember NLE strategies are not just your contents or "technologies," such as wiki, Blog, Twitter etc. It is integrated soft technologies. Hint: Four components of technology integrations: Content; Technology; Instructional Strategies; Assessment.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question II: NLE

      Please justify why your unit integrating NLE, not just online learning environments (OLE). Be sure to distinguish NLE from OLE. Provide the examples from your unit to justify your responses.
    • Steve Arizona
       
      A very noble cause! The Youtube video is very engaging. I believe and evauation of your network plan should be included.
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    • Lisa Costello
       
      Content supports organizational learning network environment, and is appropriate for the targeted audiences of individuals already possessing an intensive web design background. Linkage design appropriate, UGC&PAR (group wiki pages/needed to require that participants read each other's pages and provide feedback), community-community interaction (Delicious tags), Mashup (course blog), etc. Section for creation of group wiki space was unclear. Did not state to use this space for creating content. Technologies presented: youtube, Delicious, Blogger, video blogging, google docs, podcasting, Wordle...although I was unclear on the Wordle portion. There were no instructions or annotations. Was this meant to be a student activity, or just general information? Evaluation methods: Rubrics and criteria lists. No peer or self-evaluation. Artifacts to be turned in: youtube video, wiki page, essay with accompanying Delicious information. No self-reflection or post-course survey. This was a very interesting unit you created. I, even without intensive web design experience, enjoyed going through it. The initial youtube video was extremely interesting :) Thank you for sharing:)
    • Melanie Del Grosso
       
      Great idea for a topic, Jason! I especially like that you are targeting the people that know how to design websites already. This unit is expanding their understanding of their job. In terms of the assessment piece, you have evaluation checklists, which are utilized for several activities. There is also a rubric for the accessibility paper. Goals are aligned to evaluation pieces.
      Delicious, Google Docs, and Blogger seem to be integrated effectively and appropriately. A possible suggestion to make Delicious look more like a "network" technology would be to provide instructions and expectations on the use of tags.
      Overall, I think this unit is a great idea. I don't know much about technology departments on college campuses, but I am sure they don't spend enough time focusing on accessibility. I think this unit brings to light an important issue in educational technology today. Nice work!
Lisa Costello

Digital Literacy Home - Digital Literacy for Immigrants - 2 views

    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question II: NLE

      Please justify why your unit integrating NLE, not just online learning environments (OLE). Be sure to distinguish NLE from OLE. Provide the examples from your unit to justify your responses.
    • Melanie Del Grosso
       
      My unit integrates NLE not just an OLE. Online Learning Environments simply allow users to use technology tools independently. Often, technology is not required in order to learn content, it is just an add-on. In a NLE, participants interact digitally and learn from their interactions. The technology used supports collaboration.
      My unit requires participants to collaborate via a wiki, discuss issues through asynchronous discussion boards and voice threads, and share resources via Delicious.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question I: NLE Strategies Applied

      Please discuss three most important strategies of NLE in your unit. Please be sure to justify why they are effective NLE strategies and how you assess them. Remember NLE strategies are not just your contents or "technologies," such as wiki, Blog, Twitter etc. It is integrated soft technologies. Hint: Four components of technology integrations: Content; Technology; Instructional Strategies; Assessment.
    • Melanie Del Grosso
       
      Three important strategies in my unit are UGC, community interaction, and social tagging. Participants are presented with the "what" of digital citizenship, but they are the ones that answer the how and why we need it in our school. They contribute UGC to the wiki, which is a very important strategy in this environment because it makes the parents feel as though their input is being valued. Participants interact as a community using discussions and voice threads, and share resources using social tagging on Delicious. These tasks are assessed by self and peer evaluation. Participants also take a post-unit survey to assess the effectiveness of the unit in terms of learning and technology use.
    • Steve Arizona
       
      Your goals are very timely for your school I am sure! An evaluatio piece on how effecive your endeavor should be included.
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    • Chris Brown
       
      The content is very appropriate for the parents of digital natives.  Directions are clear and the content is aptly delivered using a network learning environment.
      Feedback Comments:
      Participants in this course, communicate with each other and create products that demonstrate their learning and research.  Topics are discussed within the community of learners. The discussions and products used allow learners to create their knowledge and make connections to more knowledge and resources.  This focus gives the unit a strong emphasis on networked instructional strategies rather than mere distributed ones.
      All the network learning environment technologies are used effectively and appropriately. The tools used are wiki, voice thread, wordle, and delicious. all of these tools help introduce the learners to the new world of Web 2.0 learning.  Once again the focus is on the community of learners and not simply the tools used.

      This course is evaluated through the users, active engagement in discussions and product creation. Learners interact with each other through posts and other Web 2.0 tools. Evaluation is based on these posts and products. Additionally, an end of unit survey is employed to evaluate the effectiveness of the network learning environment employed. The emphasis of the evaluation is on the content and the learning. There is some evaluation of the strategies used to deliver the content as evidenced by the survey.

      I thought you presented a very clear and understandable unit.  I think this unit helps to fill a void in the understanding of our parent populations.  Well-written unit and excellent examples.  I also appreciated how you always added links for further explanation when expecting users to employ different technologies. 
    • Melanie Del Grosso
       
      Thank you for your comments.
    • Lisa Costello
       
      The content for this NLE is appropriate for your target audience of parents and/or teachers. This is a pertinent topic with respect to your learning community. Social content sharing, folksonomy (tagging=Delicious), Information visiualization (Wordle), etc. were all present. I feel that UGC and PAR could have been taken further by allowing participants to collaboratively present content to others and post feedback on said presentations, not just allow for discussion board interactions. Technologies presented: wiki, voice thread, Delicious, and Wordle. All technologies were integrated effectively and appropriately for this NLE and target audience. I enjoyed your implementation and use of the Voice Thread tool. Allows for self-reflection of activities and end-of-unit survey, but was unclear on how individual artifacts/activities would be measured. Overall, your content was relevant and vital to your community at Whittier Elementary. This unit fulfilled a need within your population, and your use of Web 2.0 tools (especially Voice Thread) was ideal:)
Steve Arizona

Lesson 3 Supporting Digital Citizenship - Digital Literacy for Immigrants - 0 views

    • Steve Arizona
       
      I like your voice thread reflecito. It reall gets your participants to learn form each other. Evaluation and perhaps a post survery would be helpful.
    • Melanie Del Grosso
       
      There is a post survey, you can find the link at the bottom of the Lesson 3 page. Or click this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/69MJ9NC
Chih-Hsiung Tu

Making Plagiarism History Home - Making Plagiarism History - 1 views

    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question I: NLE Strategies Applied

      Please discuss three most important strategies of NLE in your unit. Please be sure to justify why they are effective NLE strategies and how you assess them. Remember NLE strategies are not just your contents or "technologies," such as wiki, Blog, Twitter etc. It is integrated soft technologies. Hint: Four components of technology integrations: Content; Technology; Instructional Strategies; Assessment.
    • Steve Arizona
       
      I updated it below.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      ?? Be sure to respond to this question.
    • Steve Arizona
       
      My project is more than just using online resources as it uses multiple tools or resources from the network learning environment to encourage learner to learner collaboration to help participants be active in building their knowledge in a social environment. By developing a PLE, participants are taught how to manage various NLE resources being used. This is in tune with connectivism as students are learning from the teacher, each other and non human mediums.
      Specific strategies included:
      * Integrating connectivism into teaching practice by modeling it through team collaboration using Google docs after reviewing OLE resources presented in a Webquest. Specific NLE strategies includes learner to learner reflection about specific tools that may be useful which will be ultimately assessed by a reduction in plagiarism.
      * Participants will review other team reflections via Google docs and post individually on a discussion board. Addressing the following questions:
      o Based on your team's reflection created in Google Docs, present your reflection as a response to this post.
      o Be sure to comment individually on one other team post as to how your reflections were similar and or different.
      * This allows further self reflection and learner to learner contact which will ultimately be measured against the reduction of plagiarism.
      * By holding application training workshops and developing a train the trainer model this project will be sustainable. Having teachers develop and use a PLE with Google docs as common tool would be one measure of success. This would include teacher to learner and learner to learner interaction.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question II: NLE

      Please justify why your unit integrating NLE, not just online learning environments (OLE). Be sure to distinguish NLE from OLE. Provide the examples from your unit to justify your responses.
    • Steve Arizona
       
      I am using NLE because learners need to connect to each other using multiple resources to build their knowledge. Using OLE alone cannot accomplish this goal. For example, the blogging helps generate learning by reading about what other groups have discovered in which individuals then reflect via Google Docs. The networking of individuals clearly takes this project beyond single OLE without any connections.
Steve Arizona

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    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question I: NLE Strategies Applied

      Please discuss three most important strategies of NLE in your unit. Please be sure to justify why they are effective NLE strategies and how you assess them. Remember NLE strategies are not just your contents or "technologies," such as wiki, Blog, Twitter etc. It is integrated soft technologies. Hint: Four components of technology integrations: Content; Technology; Instructional Strategies; Assessment.
    • Chris Brown
       
      The primary network learning environment strategies that I used in this unit were ones that concerned communication.  Students were asked to interact in a variety of ways.  They were asked to interact on forums, in chat rooms, and to sharing joint wiki pages.  These communications for interactive, synchronous, and asynchronous.  They allow the learners to feel connected with each other as a community of learners and to benefit from the unique skill sets of individual group members.  Content was delivered textually and through audio and video.  These techniques were used for the more cut dry aspects of the unit.  Students however were expected to build on that content and create their own in sharing their thoughts and reflections upon the unit at its content.  Assessment was based on authentic mini projects that had to meet the specifications of the assignment.  As the specifications were clear, goals were measurable, while allowing the individual learner to tailor NLE were necessary for the unit.  Announcements were served via twitter and e-mail.  Assignments were organized using Google calendar.  Finally iGoogle was used as the one piece that tied all the NLE components together into a usable and understandable environment for the learners.  My aim was to create an environment that fosters learning beyond the tools.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      "They were asked to interact on forums, in chat rooms, and to sharing joint wiki pages. "

      sounds more like online learning strategy, not NLE strategies?!
    • Chris Brown
       
      To apply more networked learning environment specific terms, learners in this unit were required to engage in specific learning activities.  Learners were asked to create their own webpages and wet paint.  This amounts to user generated content.  This user generated content was then shared with classmates so they could gain insights into how the tool is used and how they can use it in their own practice.  This sharing of the user generated content also amounts to social content sharing for learners are engaged in sharing their resources and developed content.  In demonstrating how to embed videos and widgets in white paint, this unit encourages webpage creation in a mashup style where web development combines online content and resources from external sources.  The practice of sharing, editing privileges of individual wiki pages and engaging in dialogue through comments and forums helps to foster participatory web style learning as the users contribute to each other.  Finally, the sharing of access and editing privileges on wiki pages constitutes a form of cloud computing.  The resources are web applications that are accessed via an internet browser and stored on network servers.  This is the very essence of cloud computing.  These learning strategies combined with the elements previously posted are the core of the network learning environment generated by this unit.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question II: NLE

      Please justify why your unit integrating NLE, not just online learning environments (OLE). Be sure to distinguish NLE from OLE. Provide the examples from your unit to justify your responses.
    • Chris Brown
       
      Although my unit has aspects of online learning environments, it is intended to be a network learning environment.  An online learning environment is more static with the presentation of information as its main means of education.  The network learning environment employed in this unit was intended to chain users in a set of skills (much like an online learning environment), but also for the learners to interact with each other and the content in ways that grew and improved learning beyond the text on the webpage page.  Web 2.0 tools were woven together to create an environment that fosters learning and exploration within the aims of the course.  Students were asked to comment upon possible ways the technology could be employed, both for students and educators.  They were then asked to create products and share them with each other to gain the benefits of the cooperative group effort.  The specifics of individual assignments were left open so that teachers could explore the uses of the technology and see how their colleagues did the same.  They were then required to do the work of others and gain further insight through the process.  The environment used goes beyond a collection of Web 2.0 tools and should be thought of as a collection of tools and resources that assist a collaboration of minds working towards similar goal in creating their own content.  It is this distinction that makes my unit a network learning environment.
    • Steve Arizona
       
      A pre and post measure of effectiveness is not included. The post survey is good to gauge how the participants felt the training was in regard to their learning, but it is not measured against a measurable goal.
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    • Steve Arizona
       
      The content chosen involved learning how to use Wetpaint to work collaboratively and integrating it in a PLE environment assist in management.


      The content is appropriate for the targeted audience, but a pre-survey should be offered as target audience may have prior knowledge or expertise that should be taken into account
Steve Arizona

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    • Steve Arizona
       
      What a great feature, to be able to add captions. I see your application but this could also be helpful for language learners.

      Some sort of eveluation and post survey should be included. We only had to complete 3 lessons, but I think this was expected at least the evaluation part.
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    I didn't even thing about this for language learners.
Steve Arizona

Lesson 1 - Accessibility in Your Design - 1 views

    • Steve Arizona
       
      I like activity 3 but could you then get learner to learner reflection of some sort to really stress the social apsect of the Web 2.0 tool you are using?
  •  
    I really like the learner to learner idea reflection idea. Maybe I should have the other learners post comments on the blog.
Chih-Hsiung Tu

Home (ETC647NLE) - 1 views

    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question I: NLE Strategies Applied

      Please discuss three most important strategies of NLE in your unit. Please be sure to justify why they are effective NLE strategies and how you assess them. Remember NLE strategies are not just your contents or "technologies," such as wiki, Blog, Twitter etc. It is integrated soft technologies. Hint: Four components of technology integrations: Content; Technology; Instructional Strategies; Assessment.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question II: NLE

      Please justify why your unit integrating NLE, not just online learning environments (OLE). Be sure to distinguish NLE from OLE. Provide the examples from your unit to justify your responses.
  •  
    The website serves as a central portal to the unit. I loved this unit and I am sure the students do as well. I would not change anything about it. That being said, it seems to be more of a web based unit than a true NLE. I can't think of anything I would change about it, though. Great job.
Steve Arizona

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    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question I: NLE Strategies Applied

      Please discuss three most important strategies of NLE in your unit. Please be sure to justify why they are effective NLE strategies and how you assess them. Remember NLE strategies are not just your contents or "technologies," such as wiki, Blog, Twitter etc. It is integrated soft technologies. Hint: Four components of technology integrations: Content; Technology; Instructional Strategies; Assessment.
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Common Question II: NLE

      Please justify why your unit integrating NLE, not just online learning environments (OLE). Be sure to distinguish NLE from OLE. Provide the examples from your unit to justify your responses.
    • Steve Arizona
       
      NETS goals are clearly stated and directly relate to network learning environments. Content is appropriate for targeted audience which is clearly identified.
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    • Steve Arizona
       
      The project is completely appropriate for its intended goals but only briefly capitalizes on learner to learner interaction via the Voice Thread. Having the participants reflect on other participant reflections via Google Docs might foster greater connectivity.
Chih-Hsiung Tu

Interactive (ETC677) - 1 views

  • Activity: Via teleconference, students take turns asking questions of celebrity, listening to responses, and recording answers, writing an article about the celebrity
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Why is this asynchronous?
  • Technology: Webquest
  • Instructional strategies:
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  • Students determine who will be which characters and who will be the narrator. From there they determine the plot and outcome.
  • Instructional Strategies: Online collaboration, Learner-learner, (Chatroom, simultaneous question and answer among team members).
  • Instructional Strategies: Learner-content (Email interviews)
  • Instructional Strategies: Learner-Learner Interaction
  • Instructional Strategies: Learner-Learner Interaction
  •  Instructional Strategy: Learner-Learner interaction
  • Instructional Strategy: Learner-Learner and Learner-Instructor Interaction
  • Use Googledoc to post questions about the unit of study for the instructor or other students to answer..
  • Instructional Strategy: Real-time online interaction between learners, learner/instructor, learner/content,                         learner/interface
  • Activity: Online Collaboration
  • Instructional Strategy: online collaboration, learner/learner interaction, learner/content interaction,                                  learner/interface interaction
  • Evaluation:  Rubric
  • Instructional Strategy:  Online collaboration, Learner-interface interaction
  • Evaluation:  Presentation criteria
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      What will you evaluate in your criteria?
  • Instructional Strategy:  Online collaboration, Learner-Content, Learner-Learner
  • Instructional Strategy:  Online collaboration, Learner-Learner
  • Instructional Strategy:  Learner-Content
  • Activity:  Students (in groups) create review guide for various chapters of the text. 
  • Instructional Strategy:  Online collaboration, Learner-learner interaction, Learner-content interaction,
    Learner-interface interaction
  • Evaluation:  Rubric
  • Instructional Strategy: Learner-learner, learner-instructor
  • Instructional Strategy: Learner-content
    • Chih-Hsiung Tu
       
      Just learner-content interaction is not considered effective distributed learning instructional strategy.
  • Instructional Strategy: Learner-learner interaction
  • Instructional Strategy: Learner-learner interaction
  • Technology: Google Docs
  • They are then required to "teach" the other students online about the case, differential diagnoses, and care plans. 
  • Nursing student acting as discussion board "lead" for a week and presenting a patient case, leading students through the process of evaluating the case, treating the patient, and related issues such as cost of care, availability of diagnostics, cultural factors etc.
    • Evaluation: Lesson discussion criteria; Lesson moderation criteria.
  •  Students are to assume the roles of members of a health team s4nt to assist the people of an imaginary village discover what is afflicting the villagers. The affliction, its cause, preventative measures, and if possible, a cure, must be discovered. The villagers must also be educated in ways of preventing the affliction from reoccurring. All there is to go on so far is the symptoms of the affliction.
  • Using the website myinspiration.com learners will construct a concept map illustrating the steps to be taken in reviewing the symptoms given and researching
  • using the WWW to narrow down the affliction and determine the steps needed to prevent and/or cure, if possible, the affliction affecting the villagers. Learners will also put their WebQuest into a PowerPoint presentation for presentation of their completed work.
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