Showing posts from May, 2008

Gobbets Podcast

Sometime last year I came across a form of assessment I'd never encountered before and wanted to explore further at some point: the wonderfully titled 'gobbets'. Well, with the excellent guidance of Dr George Lukowski, this is it.

According to Wikipedia, a gobbet is " extract of text, or image, provided as a context for analysis, translation or discussion in an examination." The podcast interview with Dr Lukowski explores some of the background and purpose of gobbets as an assessment tool, specifically in Modern History, including suggestions for the best ways for students to approach them (and that's apart from 'with great caution'):

The Wikipedia link above also presents two references where you can find further guidance and here are a couple of examples of gobbets (and good gobbets at that, it is claimed) exploring the subject of "Stalinism and the War":
example gobbet 1example gobbet 2

Getting Social with Bookmarking and Tags

What does Social Bookmarking do? Simply put, it's a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet. Okay, so, why should you use a social bookmarking site (like, for example) when you can save your Bookmarks (or Favourites) in your browser? Well:it's computer-independent, so whether your're at work or at home or in another country, you've always got access to your bookmarksyou don't have to think about a hierarchical ordering system, rather you can just tag your bookmarks you can collaborate with others to create a shared resource - always much more powerful than what we can do aloneyou can search for other people's bookmarked resourcesIn a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, but can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain netw…

Web 2.0 for Collaboration and Learning

Web 2.0 for Collaboration and Learning is a new course which has been set up in order to encourage participants to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the way we use information on the Internet today.

The objectives are to:
encourage exploration of Web 2.0 and new technologiesprovide colleagues with new tools (that are freely available on the Internet) to better support the work of the College and the University
The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity to:
learn about collaborative learning - by participating in collaborative learning;learn about WebCT - (you got it!) by using WebCT;explore new technologies (that'll be Web 2.0, then) to find novel approaches to personal productivity, communication and learning.The course lasts for six weeks and is tutor-supported. Upon completion, particpants will:
be able to work collaborativelyunderstand WebCT from a student's perspective andhave developed a strategy for incorporating Web…