In Women, Girls, and the Media, learners create their own Blogs (Web Logs) and share the blog’s location on the web (its URL, or web address) with the class. Each week, everyone regularly post topics on their blogs about issues in the media and comment on each others’ posts. A custom feature, or widget, built into the course automates the collection of the most recent posts and they can all be viewed in on location. This way, staying current and commenting on each others work daily is quick and convenient. Below features a similar RSS collecting widget that allows for instant updating of posted materials which is similar to the one in the course :
1&au=y&utf=y&html=y”>View RSS feed
The open nature of the blog opens the students’ posts to the public. Their observations and discussions become an open discussion for the web community at-large. This also allows learners to connect with other blogs and participate in related discussions with bloggers all over the world. This reciprocity inherently increases the number of the members active in the course discussions occuring on the learners blogs. It also empowers the learner by indirectly teaching current web technology and trends.
Fashion in US History explores the interrelation between fashion and historical events from approximately 1850 to the present. The interactive timeline (shown below) plots various moments in history as well as developments and trends in fashion, allowing students to interpret historical information and incorporate it into their discussions and course activities. The use of web links, video clips, images, and content pages encourages students to revisit the timeline as part of their course work.
Click on the boxes to expand and explore the links.
African History and Culture capitalizes on several web 2.0 tools to present different inquiry-based learning opportunities. The course allows students to view current – and constantly updated – web content using RSS feeds.
The RSS feeds offer students the opportunity to access several content-specific resources at once, and choose what information to explore within them in order to improve discussion posts, assignments or other coursework.
Using RSS feed technology, African artists’ current work is streamed into the course and these real-time exhibits are automatically updated. This dynamic presentation of current African art helps encourage exploration of the subject matter.
Below is an example of a streamed exhibit from African artist Sane.