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Deciding on chapter topics

Deciding on chapter topics

by Sylvia Currie -
Number of replies: 17
An obvious first step in this project will be to decide on the chapter topics. We can then see if categories emerge as a way to structure the book.

I'm pulling out one topic I received from Silvana by email --  adding it here before it gets lost in my bulging inbox :-)

Topic: The use of blogs as a tool for online collaborative project work
Lead writer: Silvana

So let's get the list started. Go ahead and suggest topics even if you don't plan to take the lead in writing the chapter.

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by Francesc Balagué -
Hello everybody,
I will propouse a new topic. First of all excuse for my english, I will appreciate any kind of correction

Topic:Weblogs as a practice period students' journal

For example in the student teacher period, students have to write the day a day experience, presenting a hundred pages' document at the end of the year to the tutor. Tutor has to evaluate the period trough this document and the evaluation done by centre-of-practice's tutor.

Using a weblog, tutor can give feedback regularly. If students post each week, about their experiences, lived situations, etc. tutor can give a contextualized feedback, helping students, showing how to solve difficulties, etc.
Moreover, students can comment to others what they think about told experience and learning by what others are doing.

Now we have an exploratory study in this field, and we will get data before june'07. In our study, centred in Social Education Teacher studies, we have a group of 15 students with one tutor. We spend one session training students to use the blog (at wordpress.com) and some more with the tutor to discuss the entire context (evaluation, followings, comments, privacy, etc.).

So I think it should be interesting to develop a chapter explaining this use, but more over giving some tips to professors, for example how to evaluate students' posts, students' comments, etc.

Some points could be:

- Evaluation
- Privacy
- Students Interaction
- Tutor feedback
- etc.


Any idea? Previous experiences in this area? Suggestions?


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by parker owens -

accessibility

I'll be happy to write it.

also privacy, protecting our students, plaigerism

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by Emma Duke-Williams -
Would you like some assistance in this area - I'm particularly interested in the way that dyslexic / international students can access blogs. I think that this provides a big dilemma, as often what would suit many of these users may well be inaccessible to other users.
I suspect, as I said in the main discussion, that in part, this will be governed by a number of factors, (such as the purpose of the blogs, whether we are encouraging all students to use the same host, or to find one from a range etc)
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by Sylvia Currie -
Our topic list is growing!  approve As new topics are suggested here I'm organizing our book project space, adding the chapter title, lead writer, and leaving a space for other contributers. We can then add forums, and links to other communication tools and work spaces (wikis?) as those decisions are made. Anything we add in here can change.
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by Barbara Dieu -
Silvia,
Could we open a wiki to plan the structure of the book?
I find it easier to see all on one page than to chase the info on the forum.
What is the deadline ?

I have lots of things ready so just need to rehash but I am quite busy until the end of April.

My area is K12 blogging (high school -  foreign language learning)
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Structure of the book

by Sylvia Currie -
From a couple of the posts today it occurred to me that you may not have checked the main view of the book project area. If you back out of the forum view (I use the breadcrumb navigation at the top left) you'll see an overview of topics proposed so far, writers, and a only a start on the the dates. I'm just pulling out the details from the forum posts as we go along. Nothing etched in stone or anything!  http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/course/view.php?id=36

Does that work for now? My thinking is that we'll add communication tools -- a separate forum, chat, elluminate room or whatever other tools each subgroup would like to use to each topic section. We can also discuss and decide on a collaborative writing tools we may want to use.

Good question about deadlines Barbara. Maybe I should start up a new thread to discuss milestones.
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by Jeffrey Keefer -
Sylvia, you are making a good point. What is the difference between here (where my RSS feedreader finds the new posts) and the link above (which does not appear to have RSS feeds)? What should be posted where?
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by Barbara Dieu -
Silvia,
Could we open a wiki to plan the structure of the book?
I find it easier to see all on one page than to chase the info on the forum.
What is the deadline ?

I have lots of things ready so just need to rehash but I am quite busy until the end of April.

My area is K12 blogging (high school -  foreign language learning)
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by Robin Yap -
As I've mentioned in another thread, I'd be interested in exploring (and writing) the corporate training arena.
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by Corinne Brooks -

I see a lot here about the tertiary curriculum. There should be chapters for secondary curriculum, introducing students to blogging etc.. (Not sure about primary sector?? Any specialists out there?)

Also what about SEN? Any other SEN tutors who would collaborate on a chapter for SEN students - MLD, visually impaired etc..

Suggestions for chapters:
Why Blog? - Introduction to blogging
Introducing Blogging to your students
Blogging In the Secondary Curriculum
Blogging in the Tertiary Sector
Blogging for Special needs students
Appendix: Blog Programs

Each of these sections could then be further broken down into other articles/chapters depending on people's experience/curriculum area. I would particularly like to see a section on using blogging in maths curriculum (I know there is at least one other maths teacher around).
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by Emma Duke-Williams -
From Re: Deciding on chapter topics by Corinne- on 05 March 2007 05:32:00:
I see a lot here about the tertiary curriculum. There should be chapters for secondary curriculum, introducing students to blogging etc.. (Not sure about primary sector?? Any specialists out there?)

There are quite a few people who are blogging with Primary Children, Miles Berry (http://elgg.net/mberry/profile/) springs to mind, but he's not the only one. I'm not sure if you saw the Edublog Awards in December, but the convenors award was the "Duck Dairies", which is mostly grade 2 children, though unfortunately it hasn't been updated since they won the award. Perhaps it will start again in the spring!

Also what about SEN? Any other SEN tutors who would collaborate on a chapter for SEN students - MLD, visually impaired etc..

The suggestion has already been made for accessibility & blogging, which I think should include all ... so that would include those with cognitive, as well as sensory disabilities, though I'm not sure how Parker, who suggested the chapter would see it. I'd be interested to work with you on this, though, as I used to work in SEN before I started working in HE.

Emma
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by Emma Duke-Williams -

I'm not sure how many of you are following the current discussion about online facilitation, but EA posted in Re: Tips, Tricks and Advice and for Facilitators  a useful link to the Open University's site about Inclusive teaching. One of the pages, had the most recent statistics from HESA (the body that collects statistical information about UK Higher Education) for students declaring a disability on entry to an Undergraduate (Year 1) course. The stats that they had are very much inline with my own experience of teaching in a school of computing, in terms of the proportion of dsylexic students to those with visual difficulties - or even higher, as in the years I have been here we have only had 1 student who required magnification software (or to use a 21" monitor), and none that have required screen reading technology for visual impairment. We have a great many students who have dyslexia.

Of course, many of the students that Corinne is working with won't figure in the stats, as they are much less likely to go to University.


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by Sylvia Currie -
For now I hid the separate sections I created earlier in our Book Project space for sharing and discussing chapter drafts. I went down that path before we agreed on using wikispaces for our writing. If you see a need to have separate forums for each chapter I can set that up. It may be handy for chapters with more than one author, and also during the editing phase. We could invite feedback on drafts from all SCoPE members and that would be an easy way to accomplish that.

Let me know if you have no idea what I'm talking about! Sometimes I keep too much information in my head and I think everyone else knows what's in there!
big grin
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by Emma Duke-Williams -
Personally, I'd keep them hidden. The wiki lets you have discussion tied to particular pages, which would make the commenting easier - fewer places to have to go to.

Maybe have a single area in here (an extenstion of this one maybe!) for people to discuss "Should ... go in chapter x or are the chapter y folks covering it?"
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by Barbara Dieu -
How about?  (letting my imagination fly)

A Tag cloud with the main topics for the cover of the book :-)
  • Intro page with names of authors, photos and URLs  to personal blogs + creative common license
  • Index
  • Definition and History
  • What makes blogs different from other platforms
  • Main Platforms (software applications - comparison chart)
  • RSS and Aggregators
  • Webpublishing tools (thinking of other social tools which can also be used with a blog, like Flickr, the 43trio, videoblogging, moblogging)
  • Pedagogy or advice of best practice
  • Student interaction and teacher feedback
  • Evaluation
  • Issues (privacy, plagiarism, copyright, etc)
  • Case studies or example of activities in:
    • K-12
    • Chidren with disabilities
    • Adult
    • Social Justice
    • Corporate
    • Non-Profits
    • Government
    • Other
  • Literature and Resources
  • References
  • List with links to edubloggers and blogging projects
I have found David Warlick's site an easy tool to standardize the citations
http://citationmachine.net/

The book could be published online in pdf format but also available for print for those who want it at http://lulu.com

A wiki would be the best place to write (each one of us with a page) because we can see what each other is doing and eventually give suggestions or collaborate.
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by Derek Chirnside -
One interest for me is in the practical side of introducing blogging to classes/groups: what makes blogging different to (say) journals or forums, and how to help grow the right sort of confidence and understanding.

My terminology is a little in flux.  Blogs as tols, learning structure, a medium for learning?
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by Michael Griffith -
Hi all- I think I may have posted this in another thread, but I propose a chapter on the use of Blogging in literature in higher education. This would of course be drawing on my direct, current experience where I am trialling strategies as we speak. In fact I have a colleague who is currently doing his research PhD on the question of how (and whether) this tool is working for me in literature classes. The chapter could be a case-book scenario which could of course have application to other disciplines.
Cheers
Michael