Wikis

Teaching and Learning with ICTs

 Well, Monday starts a new semester.  As I reflect on how I might create opportunities for my students to be more engaged in the learning experience, both in and outside of class, my current inclination is to use ICTs but in a slightly different way.

This semester I'll be teaching Microteaching I (third semester), Academic Writing (seventh semester), and Applied Linguistics (seventh semester) to pre-service English language teachers (i.e., eight-semester bachelor's degree program in English language teaching).  The primary ICTs that I'll use for these blended classes will be wikis and Moodle.

Student-teachers (STs) taking Microteaching I meet four hours a week, teaching in 15-minute blocks with their classmates (i.e., "students").  At the time of this post, the wiki was still under development, but will be further developed in the coming days.  The wiki will home STs' reflective wiki pages that will remain open for all to see and will also be integrated (i.e., embeded) to Moodle.  Since this is my first time teaching this class, there will certainly be tweaks and turns as the class unfolds ultimately driving which ICTs to use and how they will be used to best engage students.

I've taught Academic Writing in the past using primarily Wikieducator, but this year I wanted to do something different.  This year I will be using(Doku) wiki along with Moodle as I plan to do with Microteaching I.  The main reason for using Dokuwiki over Wikieducator is that (a) Dokuwiki is more user-friendly and (b) it integrates well to my website hosting service (Fatcow).  The wiki/Moodle integration will look something like the following:

 Wikis are a great tool for academic writing as it makes the writing process more transparent.

 

 

 

The course in Applied Linguistics will also integrate a wiki with Moodle...are you seeing a pattern here? :) Students will apply their understanding of linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis to their own teaching practice through an action research project.

The objective this semester is to make the learning process of each course as open as possible so that students see the value in transparent learning.  As their facilitator, making course designs open will provide other educators with ideas as well as opportunities to collaborate and cooperate in areas of curriculum, assessment, and instruction.

How will you use ICTs this semester or year?

Learning4Content - The WikiEducator "Invite them and they will come" Online Workshop

I'm very happy to be co-facilitating the next Learning4Content - "Invite them and they will come" Online Wikieducator (WE) workshop!  If you are interested in learning WE skills, register today!  You'll quickly find that there is plenty of support throughout the WE family should you need it which includes contacting me directly.

See how others have used Wikieducator:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc9-CNlIqsY

We'll see you in the wiki!

Learning4Content - The WikiEducator "Invite them and they will come" Online Workshop

I'm very happy to be co-facilitating the next Learning4Content - "Invite them and they will come" Online Wikieducator (WE) workshop!  If you are interested in learning WE skills, register today!  You'll quickly find that there is plenty of support throughout the WE family should you need it which includes contacting me directly.

See how others have used Wikieducator:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc9-CNlIqsY

We'll see you in the wiki!

Wikis and Wikieducator

A big shout out to my friends at UVM-Aguascalientes!

There is an open (free) course starting next week (as if you had nothing else to do) that you might be interested in regarding wikis:


You are certainly encouraged to check out wikispaces as well (UVM Aguascalientes wiki started last year)


If anyone is interested in learning more about Wikieducator, reply to this post and will schedule a live session going over the basics in how to get started.  I tend to favor Wikieducator due to the opportunities to collaborate with others as well as to build open educational resources.  If you are already a member of Wikieducator, please sign my guest book located on my user page.

Calling all English language stakeholders!!

"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as
long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can." –
George Bernard Shaw

This quote by George Bernard Shaw, I think, sums up how most of those who participate in WE and their commitment to OERs. In an attempt to do something for the community, I’ve
created the beginnings of an open course in English language learning
with the intent of bringing together English-language speakers (of all levels and
ages) in a way that fosters interaction. Although it may appear a bit
structured, the idea (as I have it at the moment) is to bring those
along the “long tailinto the heart of a discussion that brings about various cross-
cultural perspectives. In other words, I´m interested in not only
bringing together English language educators and ELLs, but any English
speaker that has an interest in interacting with big ideas, understandings, etc. as well as guiding ELLs
through the language learning process.

Recognizing that I will never develop such a project as well alone as
I could with others, I invite you to the wiki in order to have an
idea as to what I´m proposing. If it is of any interest to you
(regardless of your education, experience, or English level), please
feel free to leave comments in the “discussion” tab or contact me
directly (I prefer the “discussion” tab over putting comments directly in the
page itself, please). If anyone would like to discuss this in real-
time, we can certainly do that as well. I´m actually more interested
in receiving comments that explain why a project of this type would
not work, or how in its current form the course would fall short in
achieving its objective (i.e., constructive criticism).

Thanking you for taking the time to read this post, I am.

Benjamin

All things Wiki

Lately it's been all things wiki - I'm just finishing up an online workshop on wikieducator (WE) in pursuit of becoming a wikimaster sometime down the road (smile). I'd highly recommend looking at WE for those who wish to collaborate with other educators and who are interested in contributing to open educational resources. My efforts are still a work in process but it's fun learning the code and figuring out how it all works.