Navigating the Course

The main purpose of this course web site is to provide you with a structured pathway through the course content and to provide you with all the administrative and logistical information you need to complete the course. We will also highlight key issues and introduce some of our thoughts on these issues.  In addition, we have integrated a number of RSS feeds that will allow for new content and resources to be added dynamically. These feeds are in the right-hand menu and they provide links to new online resources.

The course Web site contains a number of components. You can access these from the Navigation bar on the top of each page and on the right-hand side of each page. At the top of the page you will find the tabs, Home, Introduction, and Unit 1-6 and Assignments. When you click on one of these tabs in the top navigation bar you’ll see a list of the pages in that section. The page you are on should be highlighted.

The Home page is a blog page which I will update periodically with new postings on relevant topics.

In the right-hand navigation frame you will find links to various Course Resources, a list of links to various Internet Resources and an RSS feed of bookmarks that have been tagged with “Planning_Ed_Tech”.  To go to one of these, just click on it and the relevant page will appear. Note that some of these will take you outside the Word Press site to the Blackboard Connect website or to other websites.

Course Content

The course content is contained in six units. You access this by clicking on the Unit link in the top navigation bar which will display drop down menu of the pages in the Unit. Each unit contains some direct teaching information, learning activities, and directions to other resources.

Reading Off Line

You can download all the material on the Word Press site for offline reading simply by clicking on the printer icon in the right hand frame. This will generate a printer friendly version of the page you are on which you can either print out or save to your desktop.

Resources

When you go to the Resources & Support page (click the Resources & Support link under Course Resources on the right-hand side of the page), you will find information and links to a number of different resources:

  • Technical Support
  • MET library services
  • Using quotations appropriately

You can see that you should have plenty of resources at your disposal for this course. Your main challenge will be to focus your searches on the most useful sources for the particular activities and assignments you are set, and to collect and organize that information in a clear and easy to use manner.

Social Bookmarking

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We strongly recommend that you use a social bookmarking tool to save online resources of interest. There used to be several of these available but the only one that I’m aware of now is  Diigo. This  allows you to bookmark and share resources and see what  other people who are interested in the same topics are bookmarking. It provides you with easy access to additional resources of interest (see for example the resources tagged ‘elearning’) as well as an idea of their popularity and thus possibly importance/ usefulness.

What you will need to do:

  1. Go to Diigo.
  2. Create an account for yourself if you don’t already have one. Remember, this can be something you can take away and use long after the course is over.  You may want to include other URLs of interest to you, or you may already have an account you can use.
  3. Tag all items of interest to this course with Planning_Ed_Tech so that others may easily retrieve the resources and share their own.

You can read more about social bookmarking in the following article:
Social Bookmarking

I have been tagging resources for this course since I started teaching it in 2003 and I have added an RSS feed for these resources in the right-hand column with items tagged with Planning_Ed_Tech. I will update this during the course as I come across items that I think are relevant and interesting.