Didaktics of Media
Welcome to the Web Technology focus of the Master's program in International Media and Computing! Since eLearning, edutainment, OERs and MOOCs (whatever they are) are such a large part of learning 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.
The class meets Mondays. Sessions will be 2 hours odd weeks in C 257, starting at 12.15 and running to 13.45, and 4 hours on even weeks in C 576 12.15 – 15.30. Please put these times and places in your calendar!
We will be using a collaboration room in Moodle for parts of this course. You can use your HTW account to log in, if you are registered for this course in LSF you should already be able to access the room.
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 (but in a lab) on February 13, 2017, 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 105 points. 95 are sufficient for a 1,0 in this course.
Taking eLearning units
I have a list of potential 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) and upload it to Moodle by the beginning of class, and present it to the class (approx. 8 minutes) during one of our long sessions. We will discuss the experiences that you had using the units. You are to choose at least three of the presentations and give your fellow student feedback on the presentation and report. You get one point for each feedback you give, the average of the grade 0-3 given to you by your peers, and 0-4 points assigned by me.
Personal Learning Environment
During the semester you will be developing your own personal learning environment. Please first describe the environment you use at the beginning of the semester. At the end of the semesterinclude a written description of the personal learning environment that you are now using, with an evaluation of the tools that you are using, and the reasoning given for the changes you made to your environment in your learning diary.
CommunicationI am generally only available by email (but tend to answer at all hours of the day or night). You can reach my at email@example.com – and do not hesitate to do so if you have a personal question.
There is a forum in Moodle called "Official news" – this is for announcements to the entire group and I force everyone to be subscribed to this. There is also a forum "Questions and Discussions" – 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 Pinboard, 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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