top artist blogs for 2010
http://www.artsmediacontacts.co.uk/local/docs/topblogs2010.html And twitter
This give you a very quick idea of who has made comments and posted entries, but will also tell you who haven’t made an entries or comments.
Blackboard has created some very easy tools to quickly create a group. A group can have a wiki, blog and learning journal added to their group. This means with only a few click many multiple group wikis or blogs can be created.
Group setting in the new tool
It’s very easy to give grades and feedback using the tools. A penal, when open, sits next to the content ready for feedback and marks.
The new tools have separated the group blog tool from a private blog tool, now called a ‘learning journal’. The learning journal provides a space for students to privately reflect on their learning. But it also provides the staff member with a single place to view all students’ reflections.
The old way of creating a ‘private journal’.
The new ‘learning journal’
Staff can choose to allow anonymous comments on any of the new blog tool. This could be used when trying to collect information that the students might feel reluctant to offer in normal circumstances. If you have decided to make this available the student is asked to select anonymous when creating an entry.
How the new tool looks
Sometimes you may have a number of wikis or blogs in a module. The new tool offers a single menu for each tool, to view activity, control access. This will help you see which blogs or wikis are active or inactive. It will also help you turn off access if you want to mark certain blogs or wikis. Single point to control all tools across a module
The instruction box allows full text and content embedding.
In the old tools you could allow wikis or blogs to send out an RSS feed. This could then be picked up by external services. This will not be available in the new tools.
How the setting looked in the old version
In the old version you could subscribe to a blog or wiki and receive an email every 24 hours to tell you of any changes. This will be replaces by a new system within blackboard that allows you to receive confirmation of updates on all the tools in blackboard.
How the old tool used to look
The new tools still record a history of changes made to a page, but it can’t revert to a previous version of that page.
The revert button in the old tool
The old tool allowed you to control students’ use of the comments function in 3 different ways.
The old tool
The new Blogs and Learning Journals allow you to choose to allow students to delete their own comments
In the wiki comments are always on, and students can only delete their own comments. Tutors can delete their own and students’ comments.
You can create a wiki that is closed to students making any edit. They can only make comments. This was available in both blogs and wikis
This function allowed the tutor to set a date when all editing would stop on a blog or wiki. The content would still be viewable, but not changeable. This was helpful to staff who were marking the content at one stage and didn’t want students to change the content.
The old tool
The new tool can be set to disallow access for a period and then be made available late after marking.
You can no longer download the content from a wiki or blog into an HTML formatted site.
How this looked in the old interface
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All the guides to this technology are here http://blackboard.ljmu.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_52216_1&content_id=_873895_1&mode=reset
Powerpoint presentation clicker and how useful these are in allowing you to leave the podium and move more freely
Radio mics these are essential if using large lecture theatres and you want to move even more freely
Definition “|Teacher immediacy is the term used to describe communication behaviors that reduce the perceived distance between teacher and students. By definition, immediacy behaviors convey teacher warmth, communicate positive relational affect, signal approach and availability for communication, and create increased physiological arousal in receivers. Introduced in research based on her dissertation, J. Andersen (1979) identified teacher immediacy as a nonverbal construct and sought ways to measure the impact of teacher immediacy on instructional outcomes. Now, with the accumulation of nearly three decades of research on teacher immediacy, the substantial influences of teacher immediacy in creating positive instructional outcomes are well understood ( Witt et al. 2004 ).” From Teacher Immediacy Janis Andersen and Peter Andersen
Visualisers how the activity of drawing and writing using one of these tool allows students to see the connections that a linear powerpoint has difficulty in doing. And the use of both tools simultaneously can further improve understanding by increasing the ways in which concepts are described and presented.
Pre and Post activities and information helping to bring together a holistic understanding of the interconnection between the ideas over the series of lecturers. I demoed screenr.com which captures a quick video with a voice over, very fast but highly engaging
Please email me if you want to explore any of these ideas further.
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