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What if learning were everywhere?

October 15, 2009

NOTE: This post in no way constitutes an endorsement of ConnectYard by the University of Notre Dame.  —  Editor

To answer the question, I suppose it already is, but even if you and I are in class together and we have an electronic course in a course management system (Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai), it doesn’t mean while I’m reading in the library and you’re in the dining hall, I can share my reading epiphany. It doesn’t mean we can collaborate on group projects anytime anywhere…

But what if…

What if although I use Facebook and you use Twitter, and our classmate has an old phone with only text messaging, we could all send our thoughts/posts/messages to a technological nexus which would then redeliver them to whatever interface or device (even old-fashioned email, let’s say) so that responses could be sent to all? And what if the record of such were recorded in that Blackboard/Moodle/Sakai thing in a discussion board, in case any of us ever wanted to traverse the timeline of who said what to whom (and who gets credit for that idea?)?

That would be big, wouldn’t it? The technological nexus is ConnectYard. Read about it in this posting of T.H.E. Journal

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2009 11:35 am

    What is interesting about this solution is that it’s NOT formal, it’s a class by class insertable widget… Controllable by the Instructor.

    More here: http://connectyard.com/info/widget.php

  2. November 5, 2009 11:19 am

    Laura,

    How much of this functionality is already embedded into our existing CMS and/or already used by students using Facebook. I am still struggling with how much students really want other ‘non friend’ students who are just taking a class with me following me around on Facebook and/or Twitter. It seems like tools already exist to form ad hoc groups using Google App Tools all ND students can access – not sure this feature needs to be formally embedded into CMS/LMS.

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