Archive for September, 2010
Teaching a course without providing some online component makes as much sense as a business or campaign that lacks an online presence. It’s a necessary part of most work that we do at the university.
Our campus provides WebCT/Blackboard software for augmenting or teaching online. I’ve used it and while it works very well for certain tasks, it feels clunky, requires unreasonable maintenance of java, browsers and compatible software levels, and works against an ethos of public accountability on the part of faculty and students.
This semester I’m experimenting with a Ning site and a wiki for a freshman course of 75 students studying news literacy. So far (fourth week of the semester) they seem to be working well. Students post assignments and engage in discussions (even without earning credit) on the Ning site, and are keeping notes on course material and reading assignments on the wiki. We’ve started a project with NewsTrust this week, which requires them to sign up for that site as well.
I’ve tried WordPress blogs which work well for pushing material out, but haven’t been as interactive as I hoped. I’m curious what other journalism professors are doing in this area. What online software are you using with your courses and why?