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A startling but not really surprising discovery

Today I was in class and it hit me:  I have lost a lot by using WebCT this semester.  I have, for instance, some visiting scholars who sit in on my classes, and I always have to give the the URLs to the articles we are reading or I have to tell them to look on with someone else.  They have no university ID, so they can’t access WebCT.  I have also lost the opportunity for my students to showcase their work to their family and friends back in China.

As I said, this was a startling discovery in the moment when it hit me.  How had I missed that?  How could I not have known?  And then I realized that I wasn’t surprised.  I knew this would be the result when I started out.  But because I was new on campus and because no one could tell me what university policies, if any, existed to cover use of social media sites, I opted to put the course on WebCT.  And in the fact that it is the platform that the students will use throughout their academic careers here, I do not regret the decision.

But last weekend I began working on a wiki for my classes next semester.  I was debating having final versions of papers uploaded to WebCT or posted to a blog.  I have decided for sure now that they will go on a blog.  We already have a delicious account, and I can expand it as we ad more texts for the different course.  I am thinking about using Pageflakes to pull it all together, but I haven’t decided for sure yet.  The class blog could do the same.  Or the wiki.

And another startling but not very surprising discovery… I am really excited by the prospect of doing this again.

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