That`s some mouthful of a headline, isn`t it? But does it mean anything?
Yes. It means that here at Nesna University College we have decided to experiment a bit with the course ICT and Learning. What`s being done varies among the different lecturers and you will find one example here at the Norway Opening Universities if you read my colleague Tom Erik Holtengs blog.
For my part I have invited Dr. Beata Dziedzic from the Department of Media and Information Technologies at the University of Zielona Góra, Poland, to be my co-teacher at “ICT in society and working life” (IT103). She gives the students lectures in basic Communication Theory, using Power Point presentations. All her lectures’ are naturally in English, as are some of mine. The basic goal is to make teachers and teacher education students used to the idea of English as a lecture language. The next experiment is to engage these distance students in research. And at IT103 we are going to send them out into Chat rooms, together with Polish students, to study and document how possible abusers communicate with possible victims. The work of the Norwegian students, and hopefully some of the Polish students as well, will be printed in the internal Nesna University College booklet series.
Research in this experiment is only in the simplest terms, but it gives our students a touch of what research is all about.
Both Dr. Dziedzic and me, and the students, are using Moodle to lecture, communicate and store our work, and next time I`ll write some comments on how an LMS like Moodle might be used as a tool for different ways of delivering a lecture.