Didaktics of Media
Welcome to the Web Technology focus of the Master's program in International Media and Computing! Since eLearning and edutainment are such a large part of media that are produced today, we will be looking at various aspects of web-based instruction.
This course is very different from courses you have taken in your Bachelor's program. I don't stand up and tell you what to think, we don't just read a book together and discuss it. Here we will be investigating various topics in the area of didaktics (I will explain my spelling the first week) and you will be called on to experience eLearning yourself, to look for information, and to discuss your results in class. I want to prepare you for your Master's Thesis, which will be much more of an individual research thesis than your Bachelor's thesis was.
There are two sections to the course, both meeting on Mondays 12.15-13.45.
One will be taught by Prof. Dr. Debora Weber-Wulff, in WH C 537 L.
The other will be taught by Tom Staubitz, M.Sc., in WH C 624 L. Tom is an IMI who took this course himself a few years ago and has done both his Bachelor's and his Master's thesis on eLearning topics, as well as teaching Processing to the Game Design people.
We will be using a collaboration room in Moodle for parts of this course. You can use your HTW account to log in. The secret password is "TeachLearn". We will all be in the same Moodle room, but we will set up groups so that Tom and I can each address our own groups. Grading will be the same for both groups.
The following activites will contribute to your grade
The exam will be taken in Moodle. As one of your tasks you will be required to design questions on the lecture material. I will include many of my own questions, and then Moodle will choose a selection of the questions submitted for the exam. Every student will have a different exam, so it will not help to sit next to each other and take the exam! The exam will be taken on-line on February 11, 2013, 12.15-13.45.
The number of points earned will result in a final grade according to the grading scale. You will note that the points listed above add up to 100 points. 95 are sufficient for a 1,0 in this course.
Taking eLearning units
I have a list of possible eLearning units available, you are encouraged to find additional units on any topics that interest you. This can include video-based, audio-based, or any sort of online instructional unit. The unit should represent approximately 90 minutes of learning.
You need to fill out a special form with your report (in addition to what you note in your learning diary, which will perhaps be more detailed) by the beginning of class, then we will discuss the experiences that you had using them.
Personal Learning Environment
During the semester you will be developing your own personal learning environment. I suggest you start with Netvibes, but work on from there. At the end of the semester I want to have a written description of the personal learning environment that you are now using, with an evaluation of the tools that you are using.
A new learning environment
I've enrolled in the Open Access Course that Paul Kim (Stanford University) is offering from Oct. 15: "Designing a new learning environment". Why not join me in taking the course?
CommunicationI am generally only available by email (but tend to answer at all hours of the day or night). You can reach my at firstname.lastname@example.org - and do not hesitate to do so if you have a personal question.
There is a forum in Moodle called "News" - this is for announcements to the entire group and I force everyone to be subscribed to this. There is also a forum "Questions" - please address questions (and answers!) about this course to this forum only, as we have people from different semesters taking the course.
My social bookmarking is done on delicious, there are various tags there that you may find useful. I tweet at WeWuWiWo, occasionally I post eLearning links there.
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Prof. Dr. Debora Weber-Wulff
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