January 2008 Archives

I am teaching a course this semester about Disruptive Technology in Teaching and Learning with Cole Camplese.  Having a bunch of smart people in a room talking about technology and education is a real treat for me.  This past week we were talking about RSS and Blogs as content management systems.  As part of this conversation we took a look at Christopher Long's page as an example of what faculty can do with the blog as a content management system. 

Here at PSU in Science Education we have been talking a lot about our graduate program, and in particular about how to give graduate students feedback on their progress through the program.  We have been talking about a portfolio that would include a research statement, a teaching statements, and papers that represent their work in courses and outside.  We were then planning annual meetings to talk with individual students and give them feedback.  Of course this all makes a lot more sense (to me) as an online eportfolio in the form of a blog with some connected static pages.  Students teaching and research statements would be static pages (though the content would change over time).  All their other work for courses and outside of course would be included in the personal content management system.  By using tags they could mark things they wanted feedback on or things they felt represented their best work.  Faculty could check in at any time with progress and students could have a (public) record of faculty comments on their work.  I realize it would be a big leap of faith, but I wonder how many faculty / departments are doing something like this out there.  Clearly Chris Long is, but I would love to know if there are more people out there researching in the open.

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