PPEL – Final Report (compilation and improving of ABs and LOs)

In our final Unit, we were asked:

Activity 1 – compiling, refining and expanding the three annotated bibliographies you have written so far as a comprehensive annotated biblography from your work in this course.You should also publish it somewhere and provide the address in the discussion forum.

Activity 2 – compiling, refining and expanding your learning objects into a learning module, publishing it somewhere and provide the address in the discussion forum.

I decided to compile everything in a site, here is the result:

Review of AB and LO on Transparency in Online Education

My review of an Annotated Bibliography will be on Hugo Domingues’s work, posted on his blog in http://hdelearning.blogspot.com/2010/05/transparency-in-online-education.html

Hugo presents a very useful bibliography, with four different references. Each of these references are presented with a sequence, as Hugo built his bibliography to ilustrate his reflexion on the subject.

The first reference is an LO created using GoAnimate! which provides an introduction on the theme. To know more about the concepts involved, Hugo refers another LO, which is more theoretical. To help understand how to put this into practice, Hugo gives us an article and a presentation with an example of a strategy to promote transparency in Online education.

I found very interesting this idea of creating a bibliography that suited his reflexions on the subject! Hugo gives a summary of each recourse and presents his thoughts and reflexions on them.

My only remark for improvement would be including the article from Dalsgaard & Paulsen, as it is mentioned on his comments about the 2nd resource.

Well done, Hugo!

The Learning Object I reviewed was a very funny but accurate animated movie created with Xtranormal which shows Larry King interviewing Sarah Palin… about transparency in Online Education. The author is Carla Elias:

In this LO, Carla gives complete information about what Transparency in Online Education is and how it promotes quality.

I thought Carla managed to give the important information on the subject, making us want to watch the sequel with the promised interview with Prof. Morten! This touch of humour was nice and integrated with the situation. As for improvement, during Sarah’s speech about the subject, I think Carla could have showed some of this sense of humour.

Overall, it is another excellent LO. Congrats Carla!

Learning Object – Transparency in Online Education

Here is my LO for Transparency in Online Education:

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Annotated Bibliography on Transparency in Online Learning

Paulsen, Morten et Dalsgaard, Christian, June, 2009,Transparency in Cooperative Online Education,  in  International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Volume 10, Number , available at  http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/671 , accessed in 2010-06-06

In this article, these two authors try to answer a main question. In their own words:

“The purpose of this article is to discuss the following question: What is the potential of social networking within cooperative online education?”

In order to answer this question, the authors start by studying the relationship between networking and cooperative education.
The authors argue that transparency is important to online education, as it enables students to work cooperatively, by being visible to each other. The use of the network social tools is presented as the tools of transparency and, therefore, the tools to create a truthful learning collaboration community. The authors also approach the issue of privacy rights and explain how these two notions are handled at NKI.

However, although we should respect student’s privacy, the transparency enabled by social networking is vital to a collaborative learning experience. “Social networking sites are not the new learning management systems. From the perspective of the theory of cooperative freedom, however, the special kind of communication and interaction afforded by social networking sites is interesting and has pedagogical potential. From this point of view, social networking should be considered as a supplement to other tools. The potential of social networking lies within transparency and the ability to create awareness among students.”

Siemens, George, April 28th, 2009, “Teaching as transparent learning” available at  http://www.connectivism.ca/?p=122 , accessed in 2010-06-06

On his blog “Connectivism – networked and social learning”, Siemens wrote an interesting article about becoming teachers with transparency. This aspect of being a transparent learner (becoming a teacher) is very interesting and I totally relate to it concerning my experience at UAb, since my colleagues work has contributed to my learning as much as the instructional course design.

As Siemens puts it: “Let me explain. When someone decides to share their thoughts and ideas in a transparent manner, they become a teacher to those who are observing. Social technology – such as Twitter, blogs, Facebook – opens the door to sharing the process of learning, not only the final product.”

UNSW, August 2009, “All of a Twitter”, available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXwkkiaMilo, accessed in 2010-06-06

This video from the University of New South Wales (Australia) is a look at how social web tools are being used in university classrooms.

This University started a networks’ literacy project to develop the use and understanding of social network tools and its consequences in learning. The researchers point out some of the benefits of making students work visible to the community and outside the community, to the world.

This project also gives attention to Student’s privacy, allowing students to choose when (or if) to post their work outside the UNSW community.

Review of AB and LO on Online Teaching Techniques

I´m going to review Fernando’s Faria AB, posted on his blog in http://mpelejadores.blogspot.com/2010/04/ppel-unit-2-task-1.html

I appreciated the references chosen by Fernando. I find the bibliography presented very complete and useful when studying the subject Online Teaching Techniques.  On his annotations, Fernando gives us a short synthesis of the article, sometimes using other information to complete the article’s theme.

As an improvement, the AB could be more diversified as for the type of Bibliography chosen, instead of only articles, although, in terms of content, the articles chosen are diverse.

As for the LO, my review will be on Juliana’s Learning Object, presented here: http://julianantunes.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/online-teaching-techniques-2/

This is a very interesting presentation, with a lot of information. Sometimes, it is refreshing to go “back to the basic” and watch a more simple (technology wise) LO, but witch gives us a synthesised but quite complete understanding of what Online Teaching Techniques are.

I think this presentation could be improved with the use of graphics and more images, maybe by dividing some of the information and showing it with appealing images. There are a lot of articles and videos published on the web about this subject, I particularly like this one: http://blog.slideshare.net/2009/02/03/4-multimedia-learning-principles-that-will-improve-your-slides/

Learning Object on Online Teaching Techniques

My LO on Online Teaching Techniques was created using GLOGSTER: www.glogster.com

Annotated Bibliography on Online Teaching Techniques

Online Teaching Techniques

Paulsen, Morten Flate –  “Online Teaching Techniques”, in Online Education and Learning Management Systems – Global E-learning in a Scandinavian Perspective, 2003 NKI Forlaget

“This article presents experiences with teaching techniques that were found in the literature and that were recommended by some of the 150 online teachers that were interviewed about their experiences with teaching techniques.”

In this article, Morten Paulsen begins by giving an overview of the teaching techniques discussed in CMC literature and presents a Framework for online teaching techniques, based on the type of interaction used (one – online; one to one; one to many; many to many). It is a very interesting article which congregates the mainly used teaching techniques in online learning environments, based on The Online Report on Pedagogical Techniques for Computer-Mediated Communication from 1995.

Although this particular article is not available online, we can order the e-book were it is integrated at http://www.studymentor.com/

Good practice – Integrating technology, available at http://www.queensu.ca/ctl/goodpractice/technology/index.html . Accessed on 2010-04-18

In this site we can find practical tips or Good Practices for teaching in online environments. It has from the base strategies for teaching in online environments; a Course Redesign Guide by Boettcher & Conrad (1999); an overview of Online Teaching Techniques for Computer-Mediated Communications; tips for building learning communities and other recourses:

Designing and implementing elearning, available at http://designing.flexiblelearning.net.au/index.htm Accessed on 2010-04-18

“This site provides some answers to two big questions:

Another practical site for e-teachers, with useful information on online techniques and activities. The Gallery of strategies section provides samples of online activities, grouped in two levels. We can access samples and view an explanation of each activity.