• brainstorm of 2009 course design
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For Winter 2010 (used to be Fall 09)

  • some "homework" before first day of class
    • maybe look at Michael Wesch's U Manitoba lecture, with its four main categories. get them to think about each of the categories...
    • also, the video about "establishing a community" - Stian sent...
    • short paper by scardamalia and bereiter
    • maybe filling in a survey about their knowledge communities, media, etc
      • fill in a set of tags about their interests. Pre-populate a database with student semantic metadata. (maybe could be connected to the idea garden.)
  • some "day 1 activity"
    • surveying previous themes, project design ideas
    • forming groups,
  • some day 1 homework
    • Jan van Alst paper (knowledge transmission)
  • somehow introduce the notion of "tagging themes or design ideas"
    • this could help us determine collectively the design ideas or
  • building an ongoing visualization of the space

Idea garden - visualization.

  • seeds are planted (ideas)
  • allow community to sprinkle energy or attention on them, grow them, mature, differentiate, combine, etc
  • allows community "voice" to emerge.
  • Chrome and Safari can show quick view of web sites you've visited.
  • combine with "wordal"
  • can set up a growth of ideas, participants
  • need to be able to look back, to look forward

important priorities

  • make sure we "digest" the previous implementations' pedagogical content
  • more time to plan your group's enactment (more than a week)
  • design: about right level of depth.
  • 2 weeks is good
  • keep eye on the breaking wave - what is new, where are things going? Maybe each group, or the class as a whole, could track certain blogs. Or keep a blog.
  • keeping informed about national policies, programs, etc.
  • advancing the technology into a deeper level of semantic indexing, association of ideas, even time line
  • making sure we have enough time for design. (instead of always running out of time). or - more than giving it more time, how do we get it into a prototype or more experiential format. maybe even picking up on previous years' designs.
  • University of Regina Prof used Twitter with his class, and opened it up to a wider community

possible approaches

  • keep RSS feed. Maybe require people to submit things to a stream (with tags).
  • each week, spend some time at beginning of session. Maybe could "tune" it to the theme.
  • Web master - maybe needed to clean things up, tag things, etc.
  • Add an "FI" or "IS" element to each theme. document
  • citeulike or del.ic.ious.
  • how can online platform inform the onsite work. Maybe some kind of structure or voting mechanism. Presenters could "craft" a question - like a litmus test, where the answer space is initially blank, but then subsequent people either vote for the answer, or suggest an alternative answer
  • using voting, idea completion, building on ideas, etc - actively - maybe in each class session. Would be nice to have a tool that enabled that.
  • use twitter, etc.



  • print flyers
  • e-flyer
  • put them up + post them.
  • twitter (broadcast somehow?)
  • facebook page?
  • inside of SMT,
  • inside CSTD
  • inside CTL
  • GSA
  • info session (online)
  • promote to the calendars for the various collaborating units.
  • hpme (health policy management evaluation)



  • move to drupal?
  • what about wiki?

overarching design ideas

  • maybe focus it on education and learning
    • resources, blogs, etc
    • online learning
    • smart classrooms
    • ?
  • need more formalized assessment and feedback. peer review.
  • maybe some ongoing blog reading and reporting. (each person has to submit one blog reading per week - or create a blog for the class that runs only during the class.
  • maybe get a citesyoulike site for the class. Use only that for all papers.

random ideas:

  • some ongoing blog task, and maybe
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