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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Three Platforms for Learning in Blended Classroom

 SCOOP.IT

I’d like to start out with a site that is not on the list SCOOP.IT but would be along the lines of Delicious and Diigo as a social bookmarking site.  I use it for all of my classes and have a link to the appropriate scoop in the appropriate class.  For example, this summer I am teaching Strategic HRM and you can see a scoop for that topic in the picture.  Click on the picture for a link to the site.
·         Describe the primary purposes or functions of the technology and how it is used. Students have to review practitioner posts as part of their blog assignment.  This is a great place to go to find good articles that I have reviewed and deemed appropriate.  They have another list of approved sites as well.  For example, in my HRM course students have to write a sample employee handbook.  As I review the articles posted, I may tag a new article related to the topic in the HRM scoop.
·         Identify strengths and/or benefits of using this technology in a blended course.  It can be used in any type of course but specifically for blended you can have students review before you meet in person to cover the main points of their findings in a particular scoop.
·         Identify weaknesses and/or liabilities of using this technology in a blended course. The weakness would be that you really can’t tell if the student went to the site and read an article. 
·         Is it no cost, commercial, subscription, shareware, or something else? Is it open source or proprietary? I would consider it an open source since its bookmarking articles from all types of sources.
·         Why is this technology significant? It’s a place I can store topics publically for students, clients, and peers for free.
·         What are people saying about it? Do some research, summarize what people are saying in your post, and Include the links to important comments about the technology. I think this is a good summary to start with: http://cursivecontent.com/what-the-heck-is-scoop-it/.  However, this is better where it compares scoop.it to several others.  Some I have heard of and use and some I don’t: https://www.brandwatch.com/2015/02/10-popular-social-bookmarking-websites-2015/.  Specifically, it caters to the type of professions related to the topics I teach like business, non-profits and corporations.

TWITTER

The second technology I have been using in blended and other courses since 2011 is twitter.  I have used this to build student/instructor relationships, share pertinent content, encourage pre-graduation networking with professionals in the field, and to follow related twitter chats and live blog talk radio streaming. Click picture to go to our class site.
·         Describe the primary purposes or functions of the technology and how it is used. See assignment in visual.
·         Identify strengths and/or benefits of using this technology in a blended course.  The strength is they can build relationships immediately with recruiters in the area they plan to work in advance of graduation.
·         Identify weaknesses and/or liabilities of using this technology in a blended course. Students don’t get the 140-character limit and all the abbreviations similar to texting.  The learning curve is much higher than a Scoop.it account for example. 
·         Is it no cost, commercial, subscription, shareware, or something else? Is it open source or proprietary? Free and open source.
·         Why is this technology significant? It’s a place I can store topics publically for students, clients, and peers for free.
·         What are people saying about it? Do some research, summarize what people are saying in your post, and Include the links to important comments about the technology. Since we study recruiting in HR this is a great chat to understand and participate in which is run by full-time recruiters every week at 9pm cst. https://twitter.com/jobhuntchat. Here is another weekly chat using hashtag #worktrends https://twitter.com/hashtag/worktrends that also coincides with a blog talk radio show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talentculture.  All related to the topic the student is working in learning from the practitioners in addition to the academic learning provided in the textbooks.

LINKEDIN

LinkedIn is also used in all of my classrooms regardless of type (blended, f2f, and online) to help students learn how the recruiting professionals use the site as well as to build a professional site for their own career advancement and begin networking with those in the field. For example, they can learn specifically how the recruiters screen potential candidates using the technology via http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-recruiters-screen-you-on-linkedin-2014-05-02.
o    Describe the primary purposes or functions of the technology and how it is used.  The students are assigned the following to accomplish this goal.  See visual of assignment.
o    Identify strengths and/or benefits of using this technology in a blended course. It gives students and upper hand on job seeking before graduation as well as understanding how the HR field uses the technology to get their job done.  Again, a practical approach to learning.
o    Identify weaknesses and/or liabilities of using this technology in a blended course. Like twitter students don’t always want to “be out there on the internet publically”.  I do give them an option to create a fake account and lock it down.
o    Is it no cost, commercial, subscription, shareware, or something else? Is it open source or proprietary? No cost and open source because people create their own accounts.
o    Why is this technology significant? One of the top 4 social accounts and the most professional site used now.
o    What are people saying about it? Do some research, summarize what people are saying in your post, and Include the links to important comments about the technology.  The following shows LinkedIn among other sites like Young Professionals: https://www.sitepoint.com/social-networking-sites-for-business/.  Also, see this gif showing linked in atop of all the best job board sites out there.




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