Bearing in mind the Annotated Bibliography…
Regarding this Annotated Bibliography I decided to review Hugo Domingos’ work. I have accompanied the work of this colleague and I find it significant, interesting and very pertinent.
Hugo Domingos’ Annotated Bibliography consists of:
1. An animated video made by José Carlos and Paulo Simões on Transparency in Cooperative Education;
2. A document written by Sónia Valente and Telma Jesus on Transparency in Online Education;
3. An article made by Christian Dalsgaard on E-learning Beyond Learning Management Systems;
4. A slideshow made by Professor Morten Flate Paulsen on Visualizing Student Profiles Through NKI’s Online Catalogue.
Taking into consideration the first one…
1. Figueiredo, José Carlos e Simões, Paulo. Transparency in Cooperative Online Education. Flv. Go! Animate, 2010. http://goanimate.com/movie/0t WqQCZr6m8.
This interesting and animated presentation in excellent for it shows in a very lighthearted and accessible way what transparency is and the importance that feedback has for transparency and online education whether it is from colleagues or other web users.
This video illustrates and compares the two methods of teaching – the traditional one of a classroom and the online one – and it presents the advantages of the last one. The final message is that with online education and with transparency we gain “openness in sharing” pertinent “self made resources” that provide feedback which leads to a huge improvement in terms of “quality and cooperative learning between students.”
Im my opinion this reading was excellent!
Having in mind the idea of transparency, Hugo Domingos prepares us for his second choice…
2. Valente, Sónia e Telma Jesus. Transparency in Online Education. Janeiro, 2010. Issuu.
This extraordinary choice is also a very successful one taking into consideration the importance of transparency in online education presented by its authors, which Hugo synthesizes with the following statement:
“Individuals (students and teachers) sharing knowledge and feedback in an open learning environment.”
And regarding the statement of the authors…
“Transparency brings the opportunity to improve knowledge quality with less effort, because exist many people to work and sharing for the same goal: learn more, learn better, in less time!”
I share Hugo’s perspective regarding the disagreement of the statement “in less time” as he well points out “when you spend more time connecting with others, you have more efficiency in producing new knowledge.” That is, while I am working in “Networking” I have learnt done so many things that I had never dreamed of…and in this sense, as Hugo well mentions: “Networking gives you more information, more critical analysis, more quality, more efficiency and more motivation in the overall learning experience.”
A good point of view! Very well stated! Well done if I may say!
This article leads us leads us to Hugo’s third choice of readings.
3. Dalsgaard, Christian. Social Software: E-Learning Beyond Learning Manaement Systems. Institute of Information and Media Studies – University of Aarhus.
In this very well written and relevant article the author guides the reader in a journey where it is suggested the integration of a social software, namely weblogs, wikis and others, within an LMS. This innovative perspective brings significant changes to the field of modern education, because with it students “not only learn a specific topic, but they are equipped with tools to navigate and make active use of the web to solve future problems”…once the course ends, networking prevails with fresh, and in some cases, re-adapted and challenging resources to which a huge variety of net users has access and is able to contribute making the learning process always alive.
In my opinion this theory is innovative and it was good to find it so well dealt!
Bearing in mind this theory, Hugo Domingos puts it into practice by presenting us his fourth and last reading…
4. Paulsen, Morten Flate. Visualizing Student Profiles Through NKI’ s Online Catalogue and Student Networks. Cambridge International Conference on Open Distance Learning, September 23, 2009.
This last and amazing slideshow provides us a real context where the previous suggestion id implemented – the NKI Model for Online Education. Also a very good choice because this presentation allows us to see the importance that a “public profile” has in terms of transparency in an online educational environment.
“By allowing students to develop a public profile and decide their privacy levels, students can involve with each other by connecting as learning partners.” (slide 15)
Thanks to the use of this strategy, where transparency plays a significant role, individual flexibility and cooperative learning at different levels are allowed and students become able to make decisions regarding their work, their learning-partners if they have and even about their future…
I found this reading extraordinary, useful and very pertinent for it provides us an overall perspective of the impact that transparency has in online cooperative learning.
Hugo Domingos also suggests “other related bibliographies” which I also consider important regarding the Annotated Bibliographies of unit 1 – Theory of Cooperative Freedom for Online Education – and unit 2 – Online Teaching Techniques.
Finally, I feel Hugo Domingos’ choice of readings regarding content and pertinence was a very skillful one and the way in which he organized his work was also excellent. I just have one thing to point out…while doing quotations a different style could be used, perhaps italic.
So, regarding his work I suggest the following equation:
Excellent choices + Good approaches = An excellent work!
Bearing in mind the LO…
I decided to comment Margarida Marmeleira’s work because I consider it concise, straightforward and objective. Regarding the content and the language used I found it very easy to read and an excellent example for it clearly defines what transparency is, what it implies and its enormous contribute in terms of quality to online education.
As the colleague well points in emphasis in the introduction to her work:
“Transparency is very important in online education, because it promotes cooperation and quality.”
Margarida Marmeleira also brings light to the question of the level of transparency, which I feel is very important. Yet, in my opinion, she could have developed it a little more, but in general she did an excellent work! Well done!