This post is part of this year’s goal to share more data and findings from my in-progress papers. My research assistant and I are working on a paper examining certain aspects of an online course. We came across an interesting quote and I thought that it might be of interest to others because this student is describing an experience that (some might say) is not frequent:
[I am] really liking that connection with our classmates… it’s interesting that in a traditional face-to-face course, I don’t always feel as connected to my classmates, even though I’m going to be sitting right next to them, engaged in face-to-face conversation.
Even though I am not at all interested in comparing face-to-face and online courses (other than to point out that online affords different opportunities), I think that the quote above indicates once again that online courses can be enjoyable and that face-to-face does not necessarily mean interactive or connected. To play with Sherry Turkle’s new book title, is this a case of “together alone?”
I love listening to people’s stories and learning from people’s experiences, especially when these experiences differ. The rise of video on the web as a communication medium has allowed many of us to share our stories and our experiences in a fun, first-person narrative format. This is increasingly recognized in educational/scholarly projects around the world in the form of crowdsourced video, in which project leaders request narrative videos from participants interested in the topic. Examples include the following,
- The first time I came across crowdsourced video was in 2008, when participants at the World Economic Forum at Davos where asked to respond to the Davos Question of the year. Since then, they’ve started crowdsourcing video online
- Alan Levine’s amazing stories of openness from Open Ed 2009 serves as another example
- … and the 2010 project on amazing stories of sharing
- Christina Costa sent me a link to the Open Source Cinema work, which features what it describes as the world’s first open source documentary
- The Earthducation project from the LT Media Lab, seeking answers on the question “What is education to you?” to study education and sustainability features a site where participants can record their video without the need to post on third-party sites. Incidentally, the Africa expedition was just launched – check it out and send them their video. I’ve worked with Charlie and Aaron in the past and their work is fantastic!
- Our YoTeach project asking participants to answer the question “What is the role of the teacher? where video contributions were used in a sociology course and function as resources for teacher educators wanting to explore teacher roles with their students
- The Narrating Lives Video project where individuals where asked “to record short video responses to questions about their experiences as readers, scholars, and teachers.” Videos available here
- Finally, Michael Wesch has posted a note last week asking for video contributions from students and professors demonstrating how students see their world and how they learn.
I would love to see more of these! Do you have any other examples that you can share?
Clayton Wright has once again provided us with his extensive list of educational technology conferences for the upcoming 6 months (Jan-Jun 2011). If you haven’t explored this list yet, here’s your chance to explore new conferences and lose yourself in places you might want to visit.
I am working on a paper that looks at online spaces and online participation with regards to online learning and part of this paper deals with understanding the sorts of entities that function within online environments that are open ended (networks, communities, groups, affinity spaces, etc). I have been trying to visually map these entities to make sense of them, and seeing Andy Coverdale‘s blog entry today (on mapping activity systems) encouraged me to post my mindmap of this work. Think of this is as a literature review skeleton. Enjoy!
This image is available at a larger scale on my Flickr account.
A new year always brings with it a reflection of the past, and what better way to do so by looking at some of the data behind this blog. In no particular order, during 2010, this blog was
- visited 8,475 times
- by 5,693 unique visitors
- who viewed 13,709 pages.
- The most popular page was the About me page that was viewed 1,175 times.
- The second most popular page was my publications page with 1,067 views, and the third most popular was the draft paper I posted on participatory scholars (916 views).
- The most popular date was September 7, with 204 visits. This was the result of posting my Introduction to Instructional Design syllabus online and sharing it on ITFORUM.
- Visitors from 127 countries came to this blog, with the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and India, being at the top of the list. Cyprus (my homeland) only sent 55 visitors during 2010 (where’s the love?!)
- The most frequent sources of traffic were from Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Athabasca University Press (a result of Emerging Technologies in Distance Education being published in August 2010).
- The most frequently search query used to reach this blog was my full name.
- My last name was spelled in 16 different ways when individuals searched for me (there’s pros and cons in having a unique last name I suppose!)
- During 2010, I posted 30 entries. My hope for 2011 is to post more entries, more frequently, and to post more entries related to my in-progress research.
Thanks for reading… I look forward to 2011!