field project podcast

Here is the podcast that gives an overview of my field project including what I have done so far.

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what exactly a student does these days?

This is a fascinating video from Introduction to Cultural Anthropology class at Kansas State University, Spring 2007. It shows what exactly students do these days and how some student experiences are changing.

There are some socking findings from this study which was compiled using a Google Doc with 367 edits by 200 collaborators. Here are some of the stats from 133 students surveyed:

  • “My average class size is 115.”
  • “18% of my teachers know my name.”
  • I complete 49% of the readings assigned to me. Only 26% … relative to my life
  • I will read 8 books this year.” “2300 web pages” “and 1281 facebook profiles”
  • “I will write 42 pages for class this semester.” “And over 500 pages of email

Records of activities for the week (Sep 24-Oct 1)

I am not sure what happened to my original post on this weeks activities . I think I have overwritten the post and I am no longer able to see it in my blog. Also this was the post I tried to test the “trackbacks” feature. I am sure I was able to post it and send track backs to class blog but I am not sure what happened after that.  Here is what I think I did during this week.

I emailed Dr. Bishop requesting details of possible projects that I can work on. As usual she immediately replied with all the details and suggestions for me. I decided to work on producing tutorials on how to use the new e-portfolio system. These tutorials will be used by teacher ed students in Dr. Waddel’s class.

Records of activities for the week (Oct 2- Oct 14 )

I forced myself to start working on the project because I need to submit  initial draft of project documentation. I am not very sure if all what I do at this point can be of use in future. I am still doubtful of the new custom made e-portfolio system. If its not ready in another two weeks time, I may have to work with Lifang to create tutorials , for Dr. Waddel’s  teacher ed students, on creating student portfolio’s using available resources at Lehigh( designing Websites using HTML editor and uploading to Lehigh server space).

As of new e-portfolio system , at this moment , I am unable to log-in with my Lehigh user name since the system only allows user names with four characters only.   I am expecting to get a temporary log-in name and password from IT-team, so that I can test the system.

Also last week, Dr. Hammond emailed both of us( me and Lifang ) with  detailed information on how he expect things to happen. He also gave us some important documents to get a sense of existing level of instructional materials and students capabilities.

ePortfolio project

The University of Denver eportfolio implementation at Lehigh is another major project that is currently in the testing stage. I believe this will be very useful for college of education as well the college of business and at other colleges. As a student instructional technology program, I have seen some of my classmates struggling to design and upload their personal portfolio Websites. The eportfolio has tools and features that makes the task of creating a portfolio Website easier and simpler. It focuses on the content rather than on the technology. This means creating a portfolio is very easy as it does not require knowledge of HTML or web development packages.

This eportfolio system is also used at Florida International University (FIU) and I had the opportunity to listen to one of the team member from FIU. From the discussion and conference call with Lauren Wass of FIU, I found that they faced several challenges during their implementation and there are some issues still to be solved. These are similar to issues related to implementation of an open-source software as there may not be too much support available. The eportfolio project is taking hours and days to troubleshoot and customize according to the needs. This is one of the major drawbacks of such a project.

One particular question I had in mind was on the future of this product, if University of Denver stops their development. I had a long conversation with Jason from College of Business on these issues. He told me that this was discussed and the legal issues has been sorted and put on fine print to ensure Lehigh will be able to use the product even if University of Denver stops their development.

Good News..lu-eportfolio.JPG

George from IT Team told everyone during the team meeting on last Thursday that he was able to setup and use the system with few problems. The issue of authenticating users using the banner and customizing all the other features will be the next major challenges.


Records of Activities for the week (17-24 Sept.)

This past week I got a reply to my email to Dan, the history teacher and I talked to Tim and Demet about placement possibilities for one of the schools in BASD. They both promised me they will try and let me know if they find a teacher who is willing. One problem at this point is that Tim may only be able to get someone from elementary or middle school and Demet is still waiting for a reply to her email to one of the Math teachers from Liberty High School.

Dan McDowel replied my email last week. Unfortunately he is busy with other projects and “on a tight time schedule and don’t really have some “open” time until March/April. Good news is that he like the idea of using xtimeline tool and he can help me find a teacher by posting something on his blog. I guess I will try to find a teacher from a school around here rather than trying to look from far.

Record of activities for the week (10-17 Sept.)

I’ve been thinking of this project for about two weeks now, and I’m worried because I am not sure how long this process of finding a classroom teacher to work with will take. I hope I can find someone to work with as soon as possible so that I will be able to make some progress.

So far I’ve not been able to find any teacher to work with or decide on a subject or grade for the project.

Last week I have emailed the history teacher,Dan McDowell, from San Diego. I also asked for Tim’s help to find me a teacher to work with in BASD. I am hoping to get things going and start working on the project from next week .

Update:

Dan McDowel replied my email last week. Unfortunately he is busy with other projects and “on a tight time schedule and don’t really have some “open” time until March/April. Good news is that he like the idea of using xtimeline tool and he can help me find a teacher by posting something on his blog. I guess I will try to find a teacher from a school around here rather than trying to look from far.

Access to a K12 classroom:

I don’t have access and need help getting matched up with a teacher. I am interested working with a high school teacher. Also I am not very sure what I may be able to do for a project at this point in time since I am not very familiar with the curriculum and schools.

Brainstorming for a project

I am interested in a project using a wiki for a collabrative learning experience. I found great tool named xtimeline . This tool allows creation of a timeline on a subject, and let others to contribute to it as well. This works much like Wikipedia where multiple users can add information to an ongoing project.