This course provided a very wide overview of many of the underpinnings of what is beyond the tools of web 2.0 and where the direction the Internet is going. Next up, focus on one of the specific areas we covered and develop a deeper understanding.


Part A: (400 & 500 Level)

Choose ONE of the following:

Prepare Your Digital Reputation

  1. Watch this video on personal branding
  2. Create an account with Klout so you can track your Klout score.
  3. Develop a 150 word bio about yourself.
  4. Take or find a photo to accompany your bio. Usually a headshot is best.
  5. Set up an account.  Populate it with your biographical information
  6. Set up an account.  Populate it with your biographical information
  7. Create a Gravatar and fully fill it out with a bio and photo
  8. Develop or upgrade your LinkedIn account
  9. In 300 words or more, discuss your views on maintaining a digital reputation.  Suggested topics:
    1. How does this relate to our students?  Does age make a difference?
    2. Just how important will a digital reputation be in the near and far future?
    3. How do data brokers and rating systems impact how we are seen on the Internet?
    4. Any other brilliant ideas you have to discuss.

Are We Becoming Addicted?

  1. Read through these articles about social media.
  2. In 500 words or more, reflect on the state of social media and how it impacts our ability to communicate and its addictive qualities.

Map out a Digital Badge Program For Your Classroom

  1. Expand on what you learned in this lesson and map out what a digital badging program would look like in your classroom.
  2. Complete this lesson found in the digital badges course.  Great way to get started with badges and see if it is something for you in the long term.

Other Topic with Instructor Permission

Part B: (500 Level only)

Choose ONE of the following

Learning Analytics

In this lesson we learned about the potential learning analytics gives us to customize and differentiate how we teach each student.

  1. In 750 words or more, discuss and develop a plan for how educators can use individual student data to change and improve how they teach.
  2. Suggested ideas:
    1. What areas should be focused on first?
    2. What sort of technologies are needed to make it happen?
    3. Would it really work?
    4. How must a classroom change to be more learning analytics focused?
    5. What sort of resistance might be encountered?
    6. Other great ideas you have.

The Communication Resolution

When the Industrial Revolution hit the world, massive reforms in education took place.  Public funding of education greatly increased and a factory model was introduced into the classroom.  You still see much of the same model today in education.The communication revolution (not yet official enough to be given a capitalized spelling) appears to be the next wave taking place in society, but are schools changing in the same way the did for the Industrial Revolution?

  1. Read this article from the Atlantic Magazine How to Break Free of Our 19th-Century Factory-Model Education System
  2. In 500 words or more, reflect and speculate on how/if education should change to meet the needs of the communication revolution.  Suggested topics:
    1. What is the communication revolution?
    2. What will it create in the future?
    3. How will our students be impacted by it?
    4. Does our current model of education prepare them?
    5. Can education change to meet their needs?
    6. Is there anyway to track progress to see if a change would work?
    7. What sort of resistance will education face to this sort of change?
    8. Other great ideas you have.

Faculty Presentation

Create a presentation to be given to educators regarding a “few” of the important things you have learned in this course.  Be sure to include:

  1. A 300 word or more description of the presentation and the message you are trying to communicate
  2. A Keynote or Powerpoint.  Feel free to upload it to Slideshare.

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heritageIf you registered for this course via the THI website, please submit your assignments via the THI portal here.  Questions?  Email Michael right away.

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