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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Coming Event: 5-17 webcast

Please join me for an interactive webcast:
Writing Content and ICT Literacy Objectives

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The event is offered at two times:
1:00 PM-2:00 PM and
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM GMT-05:00 Eastern (EST) DST

How can we articulate course goals and objectives to describe desired learning in both content and ICT literacy?

When it comes time to explain to others the purpose and process for teaching content knowledge together with technology, what can we say? How can we frame measurable and specific goals and objectives that encompass complex knowledge and skills?

In this webcast, we will work through and discuss practical examples. We will look at tools such as Bloom’s Taxonomy and subsequent revisions, and ICT literacy models that define tasks in various domains.

Bring your course goals and let’s transform them!

Friday, April 22, 2005

Asynchronous Tools for Communication, Learning and Collaboration

Asynchronous is the term used to describe ways of interacting any time. This means the instructor and learners do not need to be online at the same time.

No scheduling
Discussion organized by topic
Messages can be any length
Attachments possible
Responses are visible to all

Lacks spontaneity
“Low touch”

Use in online learning and collaboration: a few examples

> Post readings and discussion questions; ask participants to post responses and comments to each other;

> Post alternative points of view an ask participants to make a case for or against and support their claims with research or examples; or

> Conduct team or small group writing projects using blogs, wikis or other group access sites.

Free tools:

Nicenet (online classrooms)
World Crossing

Social Bookmarking (Share lists of favorites with your participants)
Read “A General Review:

Concept Maps and Shared Concept maps
Cmap /
ClaiMaker ( /) is specifically
designed to construct and map arguments and debates.

Blogger (from Google):
DigitalDivide network: (If your topic is relevant you can blog free. Read: "How to Create Your Own Blog," by Andy Carvin:
TypePad: (Inexpensive options with no ads)

Collaborative web sites and other services:
Web Collaborator

Wikispaces: @ wiki:
Seedwiki: (free and paid options)

Synchronous Tools for Communicating, Learning & Collaborating

Synchronous is the term used to describe ways of communicating at the same time. This means the instructor and students are online together.

Immediate response
Instructor, guests or experts can make presentations or answer questions.

All must be online at the same time.
May require broadband, mics or other hardware.

Use in online learning and collaboration: a few examples
> Invite a guest speaker for a presentation ;
> Have a Q and A session to clarify ideas or assignments;
> Form teams and discuss expectations for projects; share reports from teams at conclusion of project.

Since free synchronous conferencing or webcast tools are typically harder to find and scheduling can be an issue, these live events can work well to launch or follow up on asynchronous discussions. For example, you could have a real-time session to get acquainted, introduce key concepts and answer questions. Use asynchronous tools for ongoing discussions or large or small group work. Or start with asynchronous team projects and use the synchronous meeting for reporting.

Chat tools are freely available and can be easily used to organize or plan team assignments, or for small group discussions.

Free tools:
World Crossing
Yahoo IM:

Web conferencing:
A MUST READ! Robin Good's Official Guide to Web Conferencing and Live Presentation Tools

Monday, April 04, 2005

Coming event: 4-18 to 4-22

Online Learning & Collaboration: A Free Discussion Series on

Please join me and Dan Bassill of the Tutor/Mentor Connection, Frances Long and Carole Cotton from Knowplace for an asynchronous discussion at the TechSoup community.

Themes for discussion include:

Day 1 (4-18) What does it mean to collaborate and learn online?

Day 2 (4-19) What are some free or inexpensive tools for teaching, training and building learning community?

Day 3 (4-20) How can we build learning community through meetings and conferences? We'll look at some best practice examples from the Tutor/Mentor Connection and KnowPlace.

Day 4 (4-21) Going from f2f to online learning...what does it take? We'll explore some factors to consider when teaching or training online.

Day 5 (4-22) Summary and resource sharing.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Let's conference online!

I will be presenting at two online conferences, both scheduled for February. Come join me and lots of other interesting educators and practitioners to exchange ideas and learn from each other...without having to deal with airport security!

One is knowTIPS, Theory into Practice (TIPs. It is hosted by Knowplace (, which is part of Capilano College in British Columbia. My session will be: "Let's Collaborate about Collaborative E-Learning!" Since this conference format includes a series of sessions with each presenter, I will present the Taxonomy for Collaborative E-Learning as a conceptual framework then invite participants to share and discuss ways they plan and facilitate team, peer or group learning activities in their online classes.

The second is the Illinois Online Conference for Teaching and Learning ( My session will be: "ICT <-> ICT: Information and Communications Technology Literacy through Interactive, Collaborative Team Learning." We will explore questions such as:
How are ICT literacy and collaborative e-learning related? Beyond individual proficiency at using computers, software and Internet connections, what competencies are needed to function in a globally connected society and economy? As online educators, how can we foster development of skills that will enable our learners to contribute to, participate in and benefit from the knowledge society?

My sessions at both conferences will include both synchronous and asynchronous discussions.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Continuing the Discussion Asynchronously

One of the webcast discussions, "Let's Discuss Collaborative E-Learning!" is now available for viewing on the ICT Literacy Community., under the Program Materials tab. Post your comments or questions in the Discussions area. You can access and join the ICT Community by going to:

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Let's Discuss Collaborative E-Learning on the ICT Literacy Community

Let's Discuss Collaborative E-Learning for Development of ICT Literacy Competencies

with Janet Salmons

Meeting in the Janet Salmons' Virtual Office in the Member Offices area of the ICT Literacy Community to log in or join the ICT Community

December 14, at 10-11 AM Pacific Time

December 16, at 5-6 PM Pacific Time

Are you looking for ways to engage post-secondary learners in online group or team projects? Are you teaching communication and problem-solving skills through collaborative e-learning activities? Whether you are experienced or curious, come participate in this interactive webcast about collaborative e-learning.

We'll use the Taxonomy for Collaborative E-Learning as a conceptual framework for our discussion of ways collaborative e-learning activities can develop higher order ICT skills. ( We'll share ideas, examples and questions in the webcast, and continue the dialogue in the ICT Literacy Discussion Forum.