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Paul Beaufait

Designing for Learning: Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online: Quick Guide for New Onl... - 21 views

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    On this page, Boettcher explains, "ten best practices for anyone just getting started in the online environment. Research and experience suggest that these practices contribute to an effective, efficient and satisfying teaching and learning experience for both faculty and students" (para. 2, retrieved 2012.02.03 ["Minor revisions May 2011"]).
Paul Beaufait

The Ning Thing - 5 views

  • it would be folly for educators having suffered inconvenience at best, data loss at worst, to commit their content yet again to a potentially unreliable cloud provider. Alec Couros sees this kind of thing happening more and more in the crystal ball future and suggests that schools and educators would be better off investing in self-hosting using FOSS, free and open source software (Couros, 2010).
  • As suggested above, the only reliable alternative to Ning is to host your community yourself, or at a trusted institution, where you do your own regular backups, and your content is safe behind a firewall, with a UPS power source in case of power outages, and perhaps some sort of RAID system to keep you running through system crashes.
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    Vance Stevens recaps recent Ning corporate decisions influencing virtual educational community developers, and outlines alternatives
Paul Beaufait

Online Communities of Practice [for ELT] - 0 views

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    This thought-provoking slide show defines communities of practice (CoPs), compares F2F and online CoPs, includes a quotation that seems to misconstrue cooperation as collaboration (slide 12), and provides illustrations of online CoPs in various venues.
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    Thanks to Gladys for sharing this via the learningwithcomputers07 wiki: http://learningwithcomputers07.pbworks.com/Communities-of-Practice
Paul Beaufait

Konrad Glogowski :: Blog :: Towards Reflective BlogTalk - 0 views

  • The point here is that when we talk about blogging, most of us focus on writing. We tend to ignore the fact that a class blogging community provides teachers with a very valuable opportunity to use informal instructional conversations to engage our students as thinkers and writers. These conversations can help our students immerse themselves in the rich tapestries of voices that characterize blogging communities.
Paul Beaufait

On Communities & Virtual Learning Communities « - 0 views

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    Recent definition of communities linking to Stephen Downs video about groups and networks:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4126240905912531540
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    Thanks to Joao for pointing this out!
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Vance Stevens Portal Page - 0 views

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    Vance Steven's homepage. (In case you don't know - Vance started the avalanche by creating webheads).
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efiwebheads : EFI: Writing for Webheads - 0 views

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    EFI - Webheads students - a list of students and teachers. There sublist for chat, & contact using webcams. It's part of Vance's creation and well worth investigating.
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iEARN - International Education and Resource Network - 0 views

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    A site that offers online collaborative projects within a large community of teachers and students around the world.
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GROU.PS - 0 views

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    Rec. Andreas. Claiams to be an advance on Yahoogroups.
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