Some ideas I am including in my syllabus for today about how to manage technology:
Digital Copies and Classroom participation. The reality is we live in a mixed technology environment of digital formats for materials and concrete classrooms of boards, overheads, and each other. I am figuring out how to balance the two. These policies are a work in progress.
1) Expect you to be ready to discus and share the materials. You will have to figure out what this means for you.
2) You may bring a laptop. I reserve the right to ask you to put it away for certain activities. I reserve the right to call you out for letting it distract you in class.
3) I expect you to be good citizens of the information world. Pay for protected copyright. Respect other content’s creators by citing them, ALWAYS. Any image, presentations, link or whatever should be somehow noted or cited depending on the context of the usage. SO, on a power point lisde, pu a little note at the bottom. On a blog post, hyperlink. On a paper use normal citations, and so on.
My wife, Virginia Zimmerman, starts her own blog about Children’s Literature, Victorian literature, writing, and teaching. She launches with a nice post explaining a quotation from CS Lewis.
Write this email to Bryan Alexander over at NITLE to see if his input could help me make a quick dicision about “to wiki or not to wiki?”
I am thinking of trying to use a wiki for two projects.
1) Organize the ever more cluttered and bushy set of resources i would like to draw on in my teaching. I have been a pack rat for awhile with both print and electronic resources. When it comes time to dip into this pool to build syllabi, I tend to ignore it as it is hard to access. I was imagining that a wiki could help me combine tags or a folksonomy with links and some brief commentary.
2) As a collaborative tool in a class I am about to teach on organization theory. The plan is to have students and myself educate ourselves on the financial crisis and work together to find out “what went on.” I though a wiki could be used to build knowledge and resources.
My university has Blackboard and there is a wiki tool there.
I was wondering if you have any thoughts about wiki tools or platforms. Is there one good one for academics? Is there an “industry leader” out there?
Classes have begun. Blogging goes down. I’ll have to see what happeened to the statistics.
I am teaching a Foudnation seminar called “Six Degrees of Separation” and an upper level Management course called Management 335 “Changing Organizations.”