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November L&T Seminar: Up close and personal – social media in the wired classroom. While you’re waiting, please take our survey:. http:// tinyurl.com / VUWteach. And follow on twitter # VUWteach. Seminar Wiki:.

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November L&T Seminar:

Up close and personal – social media in the wired classroom

While you’re waiting, please take our survey:

http://tinyurl.com/VUWteach

And follow on twitter #VUWteach

Seminar Wiki:

http://hub.vicinnovate.ac.nz/incubator_wiki/index.php/Learning_Teaching_Seminar_Series


Social Media within Blackboard: Blogs & Wikis (and Q&A Boards)

  • Blog: extended engagement with delivered content.

  • Learning/ Teaching context

  • Wiki: collaborative research environment.

  • Blog:

  • Success?

  • publication + discussion = engagement.

  • Wiki: Nope.

  • real-time feedback.

  • Blog: experiment with ways of managing feedback and feedbackexpectations.

  • What now?

  • Wiki: design ‘collaboration’ into CLOs, learning activities, and assessment.

M i c h a e l D u d di n g / S c h o o l o f A r c h i t e c t u r e


Lorena Gibson

Cultural Anthropology

Moving anthropology beyond the classroom with Twitter

“Twitter is just for old people” like me: lessons learned

Future directions: using Twitter to co-construct lectures?

[email protected]

Twitter: @lorenagibson


Rebecca priestley science in context scps

Twitter assignment: Twitter activity (3%) and blog (7%)1. A new research tool: Twitter as a way of finding and sharing online information about energy issues #Scie2012. Some students fully engaged throughout, others only at the last minute, some scared to start3.Rhian Salmon is developing this idea for SCIE 211: refined assignment will be more structured, clearer and with reflective component

Rebecca Priestley,

Science in Context, SCPS


Xavier marquez blogging in pols209 dictatorships and revolutions
Xavier Marquez: Blogging in POLS209, Dictatorships and Revolutions

What teaching/learning context is the tool designed to address?

Alternatives to the tyranny of the essay: article reviews, informal reflection, quick responses

Participation in a wider conversation and creation of a learning community

What works/doesn’t work?

Use needs to be sufficiently incentivized and structured, but if students blog throughout the term most really enjoy it

Problems with different software products; need to moderate comments

Future directions?

More integration with role playing/simulations; experiments with different structures for student blogposts


Notable ( Revolutionshttps://www.notable.ac/) is an interactive note taking application.

Drawbacks: glitches with internet explorer; students can’t download notes; it is difficult to modify notes once posted

Future Directions: recording application (coordinated with slides) and transcription service.


  • Rationale ( Revolutionshttp://rationale.austhink.com/)is an argument diagramming tool designed to help students reason in a critical and structured way. It is also an essay planning tool.

  • Drawbacks: the programme can’t represent all possible argument patterns.

  • Future Directions (early 2014): dedicated ipad version; real time collaboration.


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