Hello, and welcome to my first online journal post since Xanga in the late 90s and early 00s! I wanted to start this adventure by digging deeper on a topic presented by Professor Dennen on the Week 1 Discussion. I hope to take a deeper look idea of information or instruction on Web 2.0 and social media.
Professor Dennen asked us if Web 2.0 and social media is about both the configuration and distribution of information, or about instruction when viewing it from educational context. Since we are examining this from an educational context I see the goal as guiding our students towards the acquisition of knowledge and skills. While this goal might immediately highlight the distribution of information and instruction, I believe it includes the need to configure information as well. When looking at instructional best practices it has been demonstrated that educators must determine objectives, select and organize content, determine the most appropriate teaching method(s), foster student engagement, develop student assessments, and self-evaluate to provide meaningful instruction. It is because of this that I believe hat in an educational context, Web 2.0 and social media is about both the configuration and distribution of information, and about instruction.
In the process of researching this subject I compiled a table to help in my visualization of this concept. I the figure below I have highlighted common planning activities I found in guides in a face-to-face classroom, and classrooms which use (or are housed in) Web 2.0 tools and social media.
Web 2.0 and social media
|Determine teaching method|
I used the following guides to collect information on common planning activities:
Teaching and Learning Online Communication, Community, and Assessment – University of Massachusetts
Preparing Instructors for Quality Online Instruction – Yi Yang, Ph.D. Candidate & Linda F. Cornelious, Ph.D, Mississippi State University
Enhancing Learning and Teaching – University of Technology Sydney
The Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAP) – FEAPs Advisory Work Group