Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Digital Strategies

There are a number of technologies and strategies that facilitate active learning and the building of a learning community. Some of these include:

  • Small group projects - online anytime/anywhere facilitates students working together
  • Case studies - engaging students in applying the knowledge they have constructed
  • Collaborations - linking students from different classes (even universities) together
  • Journals - facilitate reflected and deep learning
  • Blogs - sharing creative work with larger groups (even the Web) for comments
  • Wikis - collaboratively building reports
  • Podcasts and SlideShare/SlideCast - adding audio and video to projects
  • Virtual guest speakers - live or recorded and responding to discussion board comments

The applications are many, but the principles are few - engage the student, facilitate knowledge building, tap the collective wisdom of the Web, encourage diversity, and enable discovery.

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