User:Mikebogle/Introduction to Educational Technology

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STAFF Educational Technology and Social Media Program

About the Course

This course will introduce staff to a variety of different web-based systems that can support online learning. These systems are largely found on the open web, rather than hosted by the university.

The course also presents some key themes for discussion and debate regarding the role that online learning plays in higher education, as well as the affect that different forms of media have on our relationships with others.

Importantly, this program does NOT cover either Blackboard or Moodle. These systems will be covered individually at other times during the semester.**

The course is designed so that modules can be taken either individually or as a whole, however interested staff are strongly encouraged to attend the first two modules.

Learning Journals

There will be no formal assessments, however staff will be encouraged to keep an online learning journal or blog in which to reflect, explore ideas, questions, and engage in discussions with others. These blogs will be aggregated into a centralised portal which provides easy access to all blogs in one place.

A discussion space will also be available for staff who wish to interact in a more central location.


Program will be developed on either Wikieducator or Wikiversity and hosted elsewhere. This will allow the content and curriculum to be reused by others.

OER wants to be free -- so my view is to replicate the resources on as many repositories as possible :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 00:17, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

Important Notes

  • This will have NOTHING to do with Learning Management Systems!!!
  • There should be plenty of reference materials online
  • This program needs to model the idea of "completing the online learning cycle"

Full Program Outline will be sent to explode list in January, featuring:

  • Session dates and times
  • Session itinerary
  • Program website details
  • Instructions to create their own blog (if desired), and URL to Google Docs Form to submit their name and blog link. This form should also be embedded in the course blog if possible.



Each module given it's own level one item, and organized as subpages to allow discussion. Updates and other information circulated as blog posts. This would allow for the demonstration of a blog as a CMS.

  • really want drop down menu option and preferably Twenty Ten theme


Could leave everything on the wiki itself and have discussions on the talk page. Probable best to host it elsewhere though. What about Wikispaces? This would also give us the opportunity to use the discussion area.

With smart modular design -- I think multiple delivery strategies could be used. (Wikispaces is non-free software :-(). We currently have an experimental feature running on WikiEducator which will send an email notification in HTML format of posts on the WE talk pages assuming the user has opted in to email notifications. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:31, 2 December 2010 (UTC)
Take a look at the Learning4Content workshop outline for ideas on structure and layout options -- see for example WE Gives back workshop and layout of the help tutorials. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:31, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

Moodle course

could house it in a Moodle course, though this would lock out non-UNSW people. Not preferred option.

With smart design - -you can utilise mutliple delivery technologies, interfacing the wiki with blogs and LMSs. See for example WE remix experiments -- using an iframe its possible to integrate content from WE in another website (eg Moodle) and WE will strip out the redundant wiki navigation on the target delivery site. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:33, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

Session recordings

I won't be able to upload to my personal YouTube account because the recordings will be too long. They'll need to be hosted on one of the following:

  • UNSWTV and pushed to UNSW YouTube channel
  • Vimeo
  • Blip.TV


NB: the ordering of these modules will need to be looked at. Will also need to decide which of the systems are covered, because doing them all would be far too much.

Module One: Perspectives of Online Learning

as drafted in blog post; this introduction needs to set the tone for how we look at the rest of the program.

Module Two: Media and Learning

this session focuses on Michael Wesch's quote and the implications it has for education and educational technology. (use FULT slides)

"Media is more than content; it's more than tools for communication. Media mediate human relationships. When media change, human relationships change."

Collaborative Tools and Document Sharing Sites

  • Google Docs/Zoho Suite
  • Wikieducator/Wikiversity and Wikibooks
  • Google Sites/Wikispaces
  • SlideShare
  • Flickr

Communication Tools

  • Google Groups
  • Twitter

Reading, Sharing and Syndicating Content

  • Google Reader (RSS)
  • Delicious
  • Diigo
  • Netvibes/ Pageflakes

Personal Publishing

Use not limited to reflective journals, but as course sites or other forms as well.

  • Blogger
  • Edublogs
  • Posterous
  • Tumblr
  • Weebly

Streaming Media (Audio, Video)

  • YouTube
  • Vimeo

Virtual Worlds

  • SecondLife
  • AccessGrid

Digital and Network Literacies

- this should occur at the end of the program, once we've had a chance to look at the various systems and the dynamics within them.