Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wikis: The Power of Collaborative Learning

Tech Tips for Educators from UW-Stout

Why Wiki (PDF File)

Educator Louise Maine provides an excellent chart highlighting how wikis enhance 21st century learning.

The Power of Wikis in Higher Ed
Writing in Campus Technology, Linda L Briggs describes the benefits of using wikis in higher education.

Wiki Woman: How a Web Tool Saved My Career
Grace Rubinstein offers quick tips for successful use of wikis in the classroom and describes how a high school teacher transformed her teaching with the use of wikis.

The Wiki Revolution: A Challenge To Traditional Education
Rita Zeinstejer lists effective uses of wikis to enhance instruction and professional development.

Examples of Educational Wikis
The PBWiki Educators section provides links to examples of quality educational wikis.

GoApes Wiki
Here’s a terrific example of an effective professional development Web site that was nominated for
Edublogs’ Best Educational Wiki of 2007. The audience is environmental educators, but the model is useful for all teaching areas.

Tech Tips: Internet Explorer 7 Printing Shortcuts
Tip #1: When you only want to print part of a Web page such as a paragraph or an image, you can copy and paste into a word processor and print from there; however, here is a quicker way:

Highlight the desired text or image with the mouse, go to the File menu and select Print, and then click the Selection button. Now only the selected part will print.

Tip #2: If a desired Web page includes links to other must-print Web pages, you can easily print both the original Web page and the linked pages all at once.

Go to File- Print, select the Option tab, check the Print all Linked Documents box, and then click OK.

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Republished with permission: originally
posted by Karen Franker, Editor @ 8/27/2008 09:03:00 PM

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Essential Role of Information Fluency in E-Learning and Online Teaching

I've been researching and writing about Information Fluency since the turn of the century. My work is published on the 21st Century Information Fluency Portal: http://21cif.imsa.edu You'll find modular online learning content including games, micromodules and assessments on the portal. (Free for all educators.)

I include information fluency training in all of my online classes. I introduce power searching and website investigation to the graduate students studying in the E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate Program at UW-Stout ( http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/elearningcertificate.html ) because I believe that Information Fluency is a foundation skill for all online teachers and learners.

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What continually surprises me is that most educators (including those with advanced degrees) lack formal training in this field. Unless I'm working with a Library Media Specialist, most have little experience in searching, evaluating, and ethical use of digital materials.

Curiously, most educators think they are competent searchers and evaluators, when they are really just beginners. Their disposition is to ask for help rather than search for answers. With simple instruction many radically improve their ability to search, and evaluate. This is empowering and greatly increases learner satisfaction. Instruction in copyright and fair use is also part of the program.

At the same time I push the idea that it is everyone's duty to teach website evaluation and ethical use as part of any online curriculum. Too often educators assume someone else should have done the job by the time their students walk through the door. The application of information fluency to all curriculum areas is profound. Students given even rudimentary instruction in Information Fluency immediately benefit.

As online teachers and learners we work in a computer where information is just a few keystrokes away. I hope we can promote the disposition in all online teachers and learners that skilled use of Internet resources is the essential learning skill of our times.

Dennis O'Connor
Program Advisor
E-Learning & Online Teaching
School of Education
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Wisconsin's Polytechnic University
530-318-1145 (Cell)
Skype: wiredinstructor2