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Northwest Missouri State University

CITE News Fall 2008

Aug. 25, 2008

Web 2.0 tools provide collaborative environments for students

During the fall CITE Workshops, we will be showcasing a new Wiki and Blog tool for faculty to use in their eCompanion and eCourse sites. In addition to these tools, we will also be discussing how to incorporate podcasting, vodcasting, and screencasting into your course sites.

These new tools provide students and faculty with a collaborative environment. Within a wiki, students will be able to share documents and collaborate on projects for classes. Using the blog tool, faculty and students will be able to archive information regarding course content and concepts for class use and collaboration.

Podcasting, vodcasting, and screencasting provide faculty and students with the capability to use audio and video venues to communicate and collaborate. These applications can easily be added to an eCompanion/eCourse site.

With any of these formats, students can then load the file onto an iPod or MP3 player and listen to the lectures at their leisure. This type of technology allows for a more mobile, convenient method for students to listen to content lectures giving them the freedom to take content with them and learn when and where it works best for them.


They can also be "pushed" out to the users through an RSS feed. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndications or Real-time Simple Syndications. The RSS selection provides a technology that allows the distribution of new content to students, without the students having to revisit the course site. It pushes the content out to the student as it is created. Students must be subscribed to an RSS feed or reader service to receive the content. This technology also provides a more convenient, 21st Century learner approach to delivering content. It saves the student time by not requiring them to log into the course site and pull out the content.


Today's students are 21st Century learners and many are using the iPod technologies in their social lives. Integrating this technology into the learning environment provides them with a way to interact with content and concepts that is familiar. Technology has become so imbedded in most all areas of their lives that their learning styles are influenced by technology. Using this type of technology is one way to respond to these new learning styles. Effective campuses and instructors will be those who are able to adjust to the teaching and learning needs of the 21 st century student-be it these Net-gen students, or even adult learners who are likewise influenced by technology.

Watch and listen to a screencast from the CITE Office about beginning of the year information:

Watch the Upcoming Events section of our web page for a workshop session dealing with these technologies. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the CITE Office at or at x-1532.