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February, 2009:

Gradshare Q&A Site

GradShare is a social networking website, developed by Proquest, for graduate students to help one another with the challenges of succeeding in their academic environment – ask questions, get answers, get expert advice, share experiences, and access school resources.

Link: http://www.gradshare.com/

3 Challenges (with Benefits) to Wiki Use in Instruction

3 Challenges to Wiki Use in Instruction
Ruth Reynard

How can the instructional uses of a wiki be maximized to ensure this higher level of engagement with students?

  1. Creating Meaningful Assignments: Motivation
    • The Assignments Is Moving and Not Closed (Dynamic, Not Static)
    • The Assignment Requires Participation
    • The Assignment Uses the Participation To Move Forward
  2. Grade Value for Constructed Input: Affirmation
    • Working with and Building on Existing Information
    • Inputting new information
    • Synthesis of Ideas and Relevant Use
  3. Collective Knowledge Use: Learning
    • Complex Problems
    • Non-Preset Solutions
    • Adequate Time Allowed for Process

Read more at the link below!

Link: http://campustechnology.com/Articles/2009/02/11/3-Challenges-to-Wiki-Use-in-Instruction.aspx

Horizon Report 2009

The annual Horizon Report is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). Each year, the report identifies and describes six areas of emerging technology likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression in higher education within three adoption horizons: a year or less, two to three years, and four to five years.

The areas of emerging technology cited for 2009 are:

  1. Mobiles (i.e., mobile devices)
  2. Cloud computing
  3. Geo-everything (i.e., geo-tagging)
  4. The personal web
  5. Semantic-aware applications
  6. Smart objects

Link: http://www.educause.edu/node/163616

Wikis as a Teaching Tool

Wiki as a Teaching Tool
Kevin R. Parker and Joseph T. Chao

Wikis are one of many Web 2.0 components that can be used to enhance the learning process. A wiki is a web communication and collaboration tool that can be used to engage students in learning with others within a collaborative environment. This paper explains wiki usage, investigates its contribution to various learning paradigms, examines the current literature on wiki use in education, and suggests additional uses in teaching software engineering.

Link: http://www.educause.edu/node/154604

Horizon Report 2008

The annual Horizon Report is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). Each year, the report identifies and describes six areas of emerging technology likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression in higher education within three adoption horizons: a year or less, two to three years, and four to five years.

The areas of emerging technology cited for 2008 are:

  1. Grassroots Video
  2. Collaboration Webs
  3. Mobile Broadband
  4. Data Mashups
  5. Collective Intelligence
  6. Social Operating Systems

Link: http://www.educause.edu/node/162471