Archive for December, 2012


Creative Writing: Memoir Blending the Lines Between What Happened and Imagination

December 28th, 2012 Comments off

Creative Writing: Mèmoir, Blending the Lines Between What Happened and Imagination is a writing course designed to study the craft of creative non-fiction, otherwise known as mèmoir. It will delve into the blended lines between fiction and non-fiction as well as study how current memoir writers craft their work. Students taking this course are senior level high school students or undergraduate beginning writers. It is designed as an introduction to Mèmoir and the genre of creative non-fiction. For instructors and instuctional desingers, the planning documents are listed in the side bar. Each document and section is published on the web and in easily downloadable PDF documents as well.

Course Website 

Contains all of the planning documents in HTML format and has links to the Course Moodle LMS and The Facebook Group.

Facebook Group

This is the group where much of hte discussion and work-shopping of student work will take place and where students can make a connection with each other.

Creative Writing: Memoir Blending the Lines Between What Happened and Imagination Course Design Document in PDF format. 

This document is large and contains all of the WBID planning material.

Moodle Course

This is the LMS that students will interact with for instructional content, some discussion, and to turn in many assignments.

WBID Planning Documents (in PDF format)

The following documents are all contained in the final Course Design and Planning document linked above.


Evaluation Planning

Concurrent Design

Implementation (Specifically Addresses Standards 4.1 – Project Management and 4.2 – Resource Management)

Summative Evaluation Plan (Specifically Addresses Standard 5.1 – Formative and Summative Evaluation)

Course Content

The following links point to actual course content house within the Moodle Learning management System

You will need to use the username user and the password user to gain access to the course.

SyllabusModule 1Module 2Module 3Module 4Module 5, Facebook Group


 Standards Addressed

S2 – Development – Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to develop instructional materials and experiences using print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies.

  • 2.4 Integrated Technologies – Integrated technologies are ways to produce and deliver materials which encompass several forms of media under the control of a computer.

Standard 4 – Management – Candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise instructional technology by applying principles of project, resource, delivery system, and information management.

  • 4.1 Project Management – Project management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling instructional design and development projects.
  • 4.2 Resource Management – Resource management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling resource support systems and services.
  • 4.3 Delivery System Management – Delivery system management involves planning, monitoring and controlling ‘the method by which distribution of instructional materials is organized’ . . . [It is] a combination of medium and method of usage that is employed to present instructional information to a learner.

S5 – Evaluation – Candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to evaluate the adequacy of instruction and learning by applying principles of problem analysis, criterion-referenced measurement, formative and summative evaluation, and long-range planning.

  • 5.1 Problem Analysis – Problem analysis involves determining the nature and parameters of the problem by using information-gathering and decision-making strategies.


Social Network Learning Course Reflection

December 10th, 2012 Comments off

When I first enrolled in this course, I was very excited. I have been and am still very interested in bringing the power of social networking to education and the classroom. I had been looking at utilizing Facebook as a means of announcements, disseminating homework information, and as a student support network. Facebook and other social network sites have the power of being nearly universally known. Many current students already make use of these sites, so the overhead of teaching them how to use it is virtually non-existent.

I had a Twitter account coming into this class and a Diigo account.  I never used them though.  I thought them to be a waste of time.  And even most of the way through this course I didn’t feel that Diigo was much different than  I’ve learned a lot about the power of Twitter,, and Diigo.  These tools, with Facebook are something that I will incorporate into any online course that I conduct and even into a regular classroom should I ever teach in one again.

Twitter is perfect for announcements and other types of quick information sharing and idea sharing. I had scorned Twitter.  The only reason that I even had an account was because of EDTECH 501.  It required it.  I like Twitter so much now and so excited about its potential that I have the app on my phone’s home screen.  I check it multiple times daily.

Curation is a topic and practice that I had always done, but never realized that I did.  I curated such a variety of topics from information on video game story lines to technical information on PHP scripting.  I collected links and even whole articles and stored them in folders on my hard drives.  My collections soon became unmanageable.  However with the wealth of curation tools including Diigo and, I’m excited to begin using them to help organize my mass of information hoarding.  I’m excited to teach others to use these tools as well.  I didn’t understand their worth at first but see it now.  I’ve practically fallen in love with  Its only real drawback is its limitation on the number of topics you can have.

Now for the best part of this course and what I enjoyed the most – the MOOC.  I didn’t know that these existed.   I love this idea.  I’m a lifelong learner.  I learn to learn and I don’t care what it is as long as it interests me and stimulates my brain.  MOOCs are awesome and I can’t wait to delve more into this fascinating area and possible even conduct a few.  I’d really love to take part in the one that I designed and others that I saw my peers start and design. I may not make an entire course into a MOOC, but I definitely will add aspects of MOOCs into my courses.

This entire semester, I’ve enjoyed the various social networking tools that we’ve used and the information about digital footprints.  It’s been a great course and I’ve loved every minute of it.  Social media and networking have such powerful sharing and community building platforms already in place.  It’s silly that mainstream education has not fully harnessed their power yet, however I see improvement and the road heading that way.