Opened – Week 13

Really enjoyed Wiley’s close:

… embrace the trib culture sooner than later. Higher education doesn’t have to remain stuck in its traditional R/O ways … I would beg those early pioneer to open their eyes to what was happening all around them (on YouTube, on Flickr, on Wikipedia, and the other pioneers of the trib’ing movement) and to evolve with the times rather than be left behind by them.

Just at the end of the first blogging experiment in the computer literacy course I told you in a previous post. Basically, students were told:

If you create a blog and play with it, as I’ll tell you during the course, by using Web 2.o tools, then you will build up your grade without doing the final test, or doing just a small part of it. If you need some basics, just browse the courseware available for you in the platform and use it as you need it. I’m here for questions but, please, post them always to the whole community.

At the end, when asked what they thought about this course, they were enthusiastic. Almost 70 comments have been written so far. A swedish student was allowed to write in english. The main message of her post I’m picking up here, is shared by the totality of the other ones:

Caro Prof,
How much more you learn and how much easier it is to learn through doing and not just trying to repeat endless definitions without the chance to reflect or think about their meaning. This course has not only allowed me to do, to think and to reflect but it has also allowed me to choose when to do it. Something that in many other courses is impossible and which make learning even more difficult especially when you try to combine studies with work. This course has really offered an unique way of learning. If a similar method could be applied to other courses it would be great. I am convinced that if not a whole course, certain parts of several of our courses could benefit. In some cases maybe not limiting the approach to the use of computers but by following your example introducing more student-based learning and active participation …

This girl was already quite familiar with computer technology. The leitmotiv of many with bad or no computer experience was of the kind

… previously, I hated the computer and I did not know what to do with it, now, when I’m back home I run to see if others have written something or a comment to may last post; now I understand how computers and Internet could by useful in my life and my future job.

And they have been introduced to very few things: open a blog, use it, manage RSS feeds, con(trib)ute things in a wiki page, manage social bookmarks. Nonetheless, they are all confident to be able to face new issues, just feeling familiar with this new device.

So, dear friends, going back to the last sentences that Wiley put in 2012, I would say that

students are ready to trib now whereas schools are light-years behind

5 thoughts on “Opened – Week 13

  1. Bryan Ollendyke says:

    “students are ready to trib now whereas schools are light-years behind …”

    I hear ya on that one loooud and clear! It may be a bit conspiracy theory of me to think it but a lot of times I think educators are genuinely affraid of the internet and open materials / technologies that allow this to happen. Until the dawn of the internet and Web 2.0 user sharing, educators were the gate keepers of information in the educational process. They had done the research or read the books or worked with and interviewed the person who first learned the information. So it was passed onto them, so it shall now be passed onto you students: WRONG! The internet and intelligent blogging have flooded the market place with information, thoughts and opinions.

    there’s now a million 2nd opinions about anything floating out there on the internet and the lecturer has been dethroned from their former position of power. I only hope that the next generation of teachers (gen y) will be able to teach the gen n+1 and beyond information while using a technological format that speaks directly to them and their culture!

  2. Elisa - ITALY says:

    Great job, a positive experience that I will try to adapt to my secondary high-school situation. The use of ICT as an incentive to my students on a test can be a very good idea. I’ll exploit it, thank you for telling us it. 🙂

  3. Anto says:

    Andreas, your course was an example of “open” course, in the sense that you shared every step of your work, by publishing in your blog, instead of keeping all closed in an LMS. It is a valuable and important point, since I find that “openness” is very rare in the current academic community… So, above the enthusiastic results (I read your students’ comment…), I want to compliment you for having done it, this way.

  4. emanuela zibordi says:

    dear Andreas,
    I really want to compliment about your experience with your students. I read most of your (italian) posts and I saw a very refined strategy. In particular you have facilitated your students to address to ICT and Web tools with incentives on their examinations. So I can appreciate that their motivation starts from a concrete benefit wich has allowed to take them to satisfactory goals.
    I’m just learning too much from your work.
    Thank you.

  5. robmba says:

    Sounds like your students like the Web 2.0 experience in your class. I teach a computer literacy class, too, and I’ve been wanting to add something like that to my class. I’m planning on hopefully trying some of those same things.

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