For me this week has been really exciting, and I have been more than a little nervous to see how folks would adapt to the making a blog.” How will they take to commenting and our Diigo group and all the new stuff that is different than Blackboard courses? I am also a little nervous about how the commenting will work. Will students know to check their comments? Will they comment on other students blogs? So far we are goo. I think.
The best part was meeting some of the class face to face and I look forward to seeing them again in Skype or G+ Hangout conversations next week. And we will meet once or twice in the next seven weeks for question and answer sessions and just to share what is happening in a face to face way.
The first week of the class is about “cheating as learning” and has created some interesting conversations and links. One in particular caught my eye as it was all about what we are doing here in this class. The title to the post is “Using a Blog-Based Environment to Support a Community of Learners“
As I read it reminded me of some of the experiences I have had in online courses and how they were managed in WordPress environments. As it turn out the author has been in some classes I have loosely touched and references some of the ones I have been in. (Funny, how do you “loosely touch” a class?)
The author also hails from a place I love and a college I very nearly went to in Arcata, California. For a long time I figured I’d be a forest ranger and live in some remote mountain lookout. I wanted to be a cross between Jerimiah Johnson and Ed Abbey. I sort of still do sometimes.
Anyway, the author works at Humboldt State and I love the redwoods and that little corner of the world. I was super lucky to be able to take students there for a few years and wander along the beach and read and write. The two images here on this post are both pictures I took of students in pretty awesome places.
The author, Geoff Cain, also created a space for the Early Childhood courses at Humboldt: http://humboldt.edu/cdblog/
What you see in the link above is a WordPress site that allows users to create courses that are in themselves a blog. It is sort of lots of blogs within one larger site. Here are two other examples from the CUNY schools in NY (http://commons.gc.cuny.edu/ )and the University of Mary Washington in Virginia (http://umwblogs.org/ ).
In this class we have you all creating blogs out there on you own and we have them fed into the teacherslearningtogether site. The University of Mary Washington is a year and a half into providing all of their students with their own websites. You can see more about that here: http://umwdomains.com/
Much of what we are doing in this class is being done in various ways at other institutions.
I am running my first marathon this weekend so it is hard to think. Period.