Welcome Back and Welcome to Week 6

Last week was Reading Week at the University of Saskatchewan so there was no new content covered in this class.

Here is the usual list of links that I include for your reference:

As I write this, there are 310 people registered in the open course and 82 people have listed their blogs and / or Twitter handles on the list. This includes some of the people in the blended cohort. If you blogging for this class, and haven’t already done so, please add your information to the list (http://words.usask.ca/learning-tech/participants-blogs-and-twitter-accounts/)

This afternoon I’m meeting with some people in the open course who are in Saskatoon (an invitation was sent out by email). I understand that there have been or are some gatherings planned elsewhere, which I mentioned in the last email. If you know about any of these, please let me know about it.

If you have any feedback about the course thus far, I would love to hear from you by email Twitter, Facebook or Google.

Your collaborative papers should be done by the end of this week. If you’re doing this in the open course you are not required to share them with me, but if you would like to contact me and I’ll explain how to do this.

What You Need to Do This Week

  1. Complete the readings and watch the videos in Week 6 – Podcasts and Screencasts
  2. Write and add your blog post for the week. This week is a “free” week (read more about what that means in Week 6 under Activities.
  3. Comment on the blogs of some of your classmates
  4. If you haven’t already done so, add your blog (and Twitter account if you have one) to the list of course blogs – http://words.usask.ca/learning-tech/participants-blogs-and-twitter-accounts/

If you have any problems with links, videos or tools, or have any comments or questions, please contact me by email or Twitter (@mctoonish).

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Week 4 and I Chat With John Boyer

Hello everyone and welcome to Week 4.

I had a great conversation with our first guest speaker, John Boyer, this morning via Google Hangouts. You can watch the recording of the session here:

Here is the usual list of links that I include for your reference:

Don’t forget to list your blog so that others can read what you have to say. You can add your blog to the list here – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gdFkXqZgNLpD-2YCNb-wrgkcbly8FUsfGUPVzJgvQD4/viewform

Ryan Banow created that great Google Hangouts video, but Google seems to have made changes to the service again. We will try to get another one made in the coming weeks.

There have been some face-to-face meetings happening or are planned to happen at various institutions for those in this course. If you are meeting up with others in this class in formal or informal ways, please let me know.

If you have any feedback about the course thus far, I would love to hear from you by email Twitter, Facebook or Google.

Next week is reading week at the University of Saskatchewan so there will be no new content covered for this course, not will I be sending out my weekly email on Monday. Have a great week off.

What You Need to Do This Week

  1. Complete the readings and watch the video in Week 4 – Skype and Google Hangouts
  2. Write and add your blog post reflecting on the conversation that I had with John Boyer
  3. Comment on the blogs of some of your classmates
  4. If you haven’t already done so, add your blog (and Twitter account if you have one) to the list of course blogs – http://words.usask.ca/learning-tech/participants-blogs-and-twitter-accounts/

If you have any problems with links, videos or tools, or have any comments or questions, please contact me by email or Twitter (@mctoonish).

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Week Three Brings Blogging

We’re starting Week 3 and I’m so happy to see the connections continue to grow on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

As promised, I’m including links to those things people requested.

I did hear from someone last week that notifications from Google+ about new posts have ended up in their spam folders. You should check your spam folder periodically to make sure that none of the emails related to this course are sitting in there.

Last week I confirmed with our first guest speaker, John Boyer, that we’ll be holding our live Google Hangout next Monday, February 10, at 11 AM Eastern. This will just be a conversation between John and me, but you can email me questions for him before then (by Thursday would be most appreciated) or Tweet your comments and questions before or during the chat. Be sure to use the course hashtag #ilt_usask to make sure that I see it. A link to watch live will be posted to the course site and Tweeted as the conversation gets under way (sorry that’s the way Hangouts work). If you can’t tune in at that time, a recording of the conversation between John and I will be posted to the course site soon after we finish chatting.

Anytime that you tweet about this course, please include the hashtag (again #ilt_usask).

What You Need to Do This Week

  1. Complete the readings and watch the videos in Week 3 – Blogs, Google Docs and Digital Citizenship
  2. Get your blog set up and create an About page telling people whose blog they are reading
  3. Write and add your first blog post. See Activities in Week 3 for information about what you should be writing for that post.
  4. If you haven’t already done so, add your blog (and Twitter account if you have one) to the list of course blogs – http://words.usask.ca/learning-tech/participants-blogs-and-twitter-accounts/
  5. Subscribe to and read the blogs of at least two of your classmates. Commenting on their posts would be a bonus.
  6. Read about John Boyer in the readings for Week 4 and send me any questions you may have for him before I speak with him on Monday.

If you have any problems with links, videos or tools, or have any comments or questions, please contact me by email or Twitter (@mctoonish).

Keep up the great work!

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Heading Into Week 2

We are off and running and heading into Week 2 of Introduction to Learning Technologies. While there have been a few minor technical issues, it seems that most things are going well. I’ve been happy to see so many people already connecting on Twitter and in the Facebook Group and Google Community.

Here are some important links to keep in mind:

Many of you have already told me that you are all set up using Feedly, but some people don’t like it. I agree that it’s not perfect. Google Reader was user friendly, did exactly what I needed it to do and was very popular with educators, but then Google closed it down. If you come across something that you think is better than Feedly, please let me know.

What You Need to Do This Week

  1. Complete the readings and watch the videos in Week 2 – Copyright, Creative Commons and Library Searches
  2. Make sure that you have signed up for a blog since next week will be all about setting your blog up and publishing your first post
  3. Think about what you’re going to say in your first blog post and on your About page (see Week 3 activities for more information)

The library search information is specific to the University of Saskatchewan.

If you have any problems with links, videos or tools, or have any comments or questions, please contact me by email or Twitter (@mctoonish).

If you are no longer interested in taking this class at this time, please let me know so that I can remove you from this mailing list.

Have fun!

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Here We Go!

Introduction to Learning Technologies starts officially today and I am so very excited that all of you are coming along on this journey. This is the first TOOC (truly open online course) from the University of Saskatchewan, and possibly the first course anywhere to carry this label.

At the top of the course page are several “tabs”. Each is a link to information related to the course, including:

  • the syllabus
  • the course modules (where all of the learning materials can be found)
  • the assignments (including rubrics, or evaluation guides, showing you how you would be marked if there were grades for this course)
  • information about guest speakers and other guests
  • U of S specific information
  • links to participants’ blogs and Twitter accounts (where you’ll list your own when you’re ready)
  • a version of this course using Open Courseware in Blackboard (a sample of what this course looks like in a virtual learning environment or VLE)
  • links to the Google Community and Facebook Group to connect with classmates (optional)
  • an explanation of what we see as the difference between a TOOC and a MOOC.

A number of people have already joined the course Google Community and / or the Facebook Group. These are two of the optional ways you can connect with your classmates. There is also a Twitter hashtag (you’ll learn about Twitter this week) that you can use to communicate with others in the course or ask me questions. The tag is #ilt_usask.

What You Need to Do This Week

1) Read through the syllabus (see that tab). If you have any questions about it, don’t hesitate to contact me.

2) Go to the Weekly Modules tab and select Week 1 – titled “RSS, PLNs, Twitter and an Introduction to Blogs”. In there you’ll find the following for review:

  • an introduction to the module
  • a list of the activities you’ll need to do this week
  • a list of the readings
  • links to resources discussed in this module
  • brief module notes
  • three short video tutorials

Ignore the note about the face-to-face session. That only applies to the very small on-campus cohort. If you received this email, you are not in that group.

Again, if at any point you have any questions, please contact me by email or Twitter (@mctoonish).

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