Web 2.0 Applications
RSS Feed: VIENNA Application for MAC
I had never downloaded an application to read RSS Feeds before, so this was an interesting experience. I had subscribed to various email groups and list servers, but having the option to select exactly which feeds I would like to monitor on a regular basis, without having to make my way through the cluttered email inbox was great.
I have a keen interest in all things NASA, so I decided to add that to my feed as the activity in this unit. It's been a great addition to my habitual reading lists, but I must say that it does require some self-control so as not to end up on the computer far longer than I am already.
One of the Wikis I find myself going to is WikiBooks .
I am a strong supporter of Open Resources and like the fact that authors and readers can contribute to this growing collection of books. In my opinion, for a Wiki to be useful, it needs to be organized and have a robust search feature.
Pinterest in another example of a Web 2.0 tool. In preparing this artifact I decided to search for Web 2.0 tools on Pinterest. This short video is a screen capture which illustrates just how many potential applications there are for Web 2.0 tools in education. This particular Pinterest collection is developed by educators, for educators.
Dr. George Siemens was our guest presenter and topic expert on MOOCS, and rightly so considering his pioneering work in this area. He was kind enough to share with us his experience as part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project on MOOCS and presented us with links to his research results.
Research Links: http://www.moocresearch.com/reports and http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/issue/view/64.
I was not able to attend the live session but found the recorded session very informative. In particular I was quite fascinated by his views on the role of confusion for learning. I've added this to my list of things I need to know more about.
The recorded session can be found here: https://connect.athabascau.ca/p32leukbkof/
I participated in my first MOOC at the same time our college offered its first MOOC. I enjoyed the experience and was taking the course to really promote it and support the work of Wendy Wilson who had designed and championed the course. I was impressed with the course design and thought she really was quite insightful about the learner's experience and it felt meaningful, practical and worthwhile.
The material on this page is linked to the learning objectives for Unit 8. You can see the entire list by clicking here: