Posted on 29 July 2008 by illyasoet
I’ve just started a new course called Facilitating online communities through wikieducator and so this blog will be mainly dedicated to reflecting on this course over the next couple of months.
I’ve been a part of an extremely nurturing online community, one filled with role models, many probably out of intuition rather than theory. So I do believe that some may have a certain talent for it, just as some have a talent for teaching, coaching etc.
But why did I choose this course? Well, while co-moderating one of the course at EVO 08, I realized that I felt a bit insecure in this role and at the same time intrigued by what happened in the group. I want to expand my background knowledge of how to do this as well as gain experience. In the future I can also imagine using online communities for my teaching setting and other settings, and to become more confident in this process.
Another reason for wanting to join is out of curiousity and the drive in me to go forward in an erea that I find fascinating.
Now I am looking forward to growing and seeing where this new journey will take me.
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Posted on 14 July 2008 by illyasoet
The website edtags.org is presented in the NECC 08 presentation from Tuesday at 11am called edtag.org: Academic Social Tagging to Aid Learning and Assessment.
The difference to delicious, blinklist and diigo is simply that this site was made by educators explicitly for educators, so it is more limited in this way, at the same time perhaps making it more accessible to some.
I’d be interested in your opinion, do you see this limitedness as an advantage or disadvantage, and why?
btw- this entry is being posted through diigo
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Posted on 4 July 2008 by illyasoet
I really don’t know how many people I motivated to join in the challenge, but not many contacted me. It was the first time for me to organize something like this, and I’m sure I stumbled into all the potholes. naja
Nevertheless, I feel a sense of success and happiness at what I saw happen with my private course.
After telling my class about the Matopo Primary School, they wrote a letter to give to the school head (who contacted me afterwards) and then went to each class in their school to tell the pupils about the school and that they are collecting school materials for this school and the children there.
Their enthusiasm was impressive and the result was over 10 school bags filled with pencil cases, rulers, erasers, etc etc.
In addition, they now know where Zimbabwe is (and Africa!), they have had the experience of presenting a project for a real purpose, and have gained an experience in ethics.
However, I also had to make a few corrections so as not to cement the stereotype of poor little African children. Not such an easy job considering the reality of many parts of Africa at the moment.
So in the end I do feel a bit of satisfaction. I have fulfilled a promise to myself, a friend and, most important of all, a little school in the heart of Zimbabwe.
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