Introduction Fall 2008—Course Management Systems


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Whether you are a teacher or a student, course management systems (e.g., Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai) figure prominently in your academic life. With this as our common framework of reference, we will start off our course exploring what others have said about CMS use in higher ed, discuss our own experiences, and then direct our attention to what is commonly referred to as Web 2.0 or the read/write web. We will spend the rest of the semester investigating various web-based social networking environments and their import for language acquisition and the development of intercultural competencies.

Hands on activities during our first class will include practicing the various aspects of posting to a blog, including tagging, linking, adding media, as well as the consideration of audience.

A very timely (and provocative) 25 minute keynote by Mark Pesce touches on the main themes we will explore in this course:

A little teacher/student survey created with PollDaddy.

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