Well, Monday starts a new semester. As I reflect on how I might create opportunities for my students to be more engaged in the learning experience, both in and outside of class, my current inclination is to use ICTs but in a slightly different way.
This semester I'll be teaching Microteaching I (third semester), Academic Writing (seventh semester), and Applied Linguistics (seventh semester) to pre-service English language teachers (i.e., eight-semester bachelor's degree program in English language teaching). The primary ICTs that I'll use for these blended classes will be wikis and Moodle.
Student-teachers (STs) taking Microteaching I meet four hours a week, teaching in 15-minute blocks with their classmates (i.e., "students"). At the time of this post, the wiki was still under development, but will be further developed in the coming days. The wiki will home STs' reflective wiki pages that will remain open for all to see and will also be integrated (i.e., embeded) to Moodle. Since this is my first time teaching this class, there will certainly be tweaks and turns as the class unfolds ultimately driving which ICTs to use and how they will be used to best engage students.
I've taught Academic Writing in the past using primarily Wikieducator, but this year I wanted to do something different. This year I will be using(Doku) wiki along with Moodle as I plan to do with Microteaching I. The main reason for using Dokuwiki over Wikieducator is that (a) Dokuwiki is more user-friendly and (b) it integrates well to my website hosting service (Fatcow). The wiki/Moodle integration will look something like the following:
Wikis are a great tool for academic writing as it makes the writing process more transparent.
The course in Applied Linguistics will also integrate a wiki with Moodle...are you seeing a pattern here? :) Students will apply their understanding of linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis to their own teaching practice through an action research project.
The objective this semester is to make the learning process of each course as open as possible so that students see the value in transparent learning. As their facilitator, making course designs open will provide other educators with ideas as well as opportunities to collaborate and cooperate in areas of curriculum, assessment, and instruction.
How will you use ICTs this semester or year?