Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Expanding Upon the Wongs' Chapter 24

December 5-8

As with previous on-line discussion board topics, post both a comment of your own and a reply to someone else's by the due date (see the course schedule). Please follow the instructions that follow.

For Your Comment
First, read what is assigned to you below:
  • students with last names beginning with A-H: read pp. 1-4 of this on cooperative learning and its structures
  • students with last names beginning with I-P: read pp. 7-11 of this on cooperative learning and procedures for implementing it
  • students with last names beginning with Q-Z: read pp. 3-7 of this on cooperative learning and handling dysfunctional teams

Then post your thoughts as triggered by the reading. Your comment should reflect your engagement both with the reading assigned to you (above) and with your reading of chapter 24 from the Wongs' book. (How does your assigned reading relate to something[s] addressed by the Wongs? How does your assigned reading support the Wongs, contradict them, or expand on something suggested by them?)

For Your Reply to Someone Else's Comment
Choose a classmate who read something that you did not and respond to his/her posted comment, reacting to or expanding upon his/her ideas and explaining connects or realizations that occur to you as a result. Your response should reflect your engagement with your classmate's ideas. (However, you do not have to read what he/she did in order to react to his/her comment . . . unless you want to, that is.)

See the right sidebar of this blog for instructions on posting your comments and replies. Pay special attention to how to make your name appear with your comments. To reply in response to someone else's comment or question, please specify that person in whatever comment you post in response (e.g., "Harold, I wonder if the Wongs would agree with you when you write ___").

NOTE: The commenting feature will be disabled at 12:00 P.M., Monday, December 8; you will not be able to post a comment after that time. In order both to post your own comment and to reply to someone else's comment, you will need to tend to this assignment in advance of this deadline.

On-line Course Management Tools (Section 2, Mon/Wed)

December 1-5

In light of this week's presentation on using course management tools to enhance your teaching of on-line, face-to-face, and hybrid courses, post here a comment in which you share your reactions. Refer specifically to information delivered by our presenter rather than to details that you just happen to know (i.e., having been present on that day will work in your favor!) Here are some options (you need not address all of these; perhaps choose just one):
  • What features of Blackboard/WebCT would be most useful for you and your students? Consider your teaching area and age of your students and suggest ways that you might make productive use of Blackboard/WebCT in your teaching.
  • Compare and contrast Tegrity and Wimba in terms of your future teaching. Which one seems a better fit for your teaching area and the age of your students? How would you make use of one or the other (or both)?
  • What uses do you see for Blackboard/WebCT, Tegrity, and/or Wimba other than helping you to teach? What other occasions might you find to make use of any of these tools (e.g., working as a coach or activity advisor, participating in professional development, interacting with parents, networking with other educators, etc.), and how would you use these tools?
  • Suggest limitations to the usefulness of any of these tools. What would you want to do with/for your students that you could not do using Blackboard/WebCT, Tegrity, or Wimba? How would you supplement your use of these tools in order to overcome those limitations?
  • Imagine a future teaching colleague who knows nothing about Blackboard/WebCT, Tegrity, or Wimba. How would you explain to him/her the differences and the pros and cons of each?

If somebody before you has already posted a comment on the topic that you were hoping to write about, you still may do so yourself--simply also mention that person's comment when writing your own, and expand upon it when writing your own comment (e.g., "I totally agree with Darcy's comment about ___, and I have another idea for how to ___").

See the right sidebar of this blog for instructions on posting your comments. Pay special attention to how to make your name appear with your comments; I can't give you credit if I don't know who you are when I read your comments!

NOTE: The commenting feature will be disabled 12:00 P.M., Friday, December 5; you will not be able to post a comment after that time.

On-line Course Management Tools (Section 1, Tue/Thu)

December 1-5

In light of this week's presentation on using course management tools to enhance your teaching of on-line, face-to-face, and hybrid courses, post here a comment in which you share your reactions. Refer specifically to information delivered by our presenter rather than to details that you just happen to know (i.e., having been present on that day will work in your favor!) Here are some options (you need not address all of these; perhaps choose just one):
  • What features of Blackboard/WebCT would be most useful for you and your students? Consider your teaching area and age of your students and suggest ways that you might make productive use of Blackboard/WebCT in your teaching.
  • Compare and contrast Tegrity and Wimba in terms of your future teaching. Which one seems a better fit for your teaching area and the age of your students? How would you make use of one or the other (or both)?
  • What uses do you see for Blackboard/WebCT, Tegrity, and/or Wimba other than helping you to teach? What other occasions might you find to make use of any of these tools (e.g., working as a coach or activity advisor, participating in professional development, interacting with parents, networking with other educators, etc.), and how would you use these tools?
  • Suggest limitations to the usefulness of any of these tools. What would you want to do with/for your students that you could not do using Blackboard/WebCT, Tegrity, or Wimba? How would you supplement your use of these tools in order to overcome those limitations?
  • Imagine a future teaching colleague who knows nothing about Blackboard/WebCT, Tegrity, or Wimba. How would you explain to him/her the differences and the pros and cons of each?

If somebody before you has already posted a comment on the topic that you were hoping to write about, you still may do so yourself--simply also mention that person's comment when writing your own, and expand upon it when writing your own comment (e.g., "I totally agree with Darcy's comment about ___, and I have another idea for how to ___").

See the right sidebar of this blog for instructions on posting your comments. Pay special attention to how to make your name appear with your comments; I can't give you credit if I don't know who you are when I read your comments!

NOTE: The commenting feature will be disabled 12:00 P.M., Friday, December 5; you will not be able to post a comment after that time.