Above is a 4 minute video on Social Syllabus, an online teaching and learning platform in development by John Kuiphoff that promotes the democratization of course content through the use of social media. In what ways does John’s platform address the limitations of current course management systems as described by Jon Mott and David Wiley in Open for Learning: The CMS and the Open Learning Network?
Our discussions thus far have touched on communities of practice that facilitate our formal and informal learning experiences and the significance of Web 2.0 as an easy-to-use platform for users to connect, create and collaborate. This week we’ll have the opportunity to explore trends that have and will have an impact on teaching and learning in the near future, and see if we can make better sense of these trends through our understanding of and engagement in communities of practice. We’ll also start to expand on our communities of practice by posting our own and responding to our colleagues’ reflections here on our blog.
Some questions to jumpstart our discussion on this week’s materials if you wish:
- As more secondary and post-secondary institutions adopt and engage in more open and collaborative learning exchanges, how could this impact our programs, our research and our students?
- What are some of the barriers to learning that impact you and your students? Based on what we’ve explored thus far, does this shared, networked platform offer potential solutions? Any challenges?