Continental Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
As institutions of higher education migrate to Web-based course management software (CMS), the weaknesses of these first-generation tools become apparent. Most CMS's are often multi-layered, poorly organized and difficult for students to navigate. When students and professors become more tech-savvy, more is demanded from these Web-based tools. One alternative to the CMS is social networking site Ning. Librarians serving as adjunct faculty in the Armstrong Interactive Media Studies department discuss their use of Ning for course management. Offering multiple levels of Web 2.0 functionality, Ning allows users to actively engage and participate in course content. Informal feedback from students supports instructor assumptions regarding the ease of use, personalization, and collaborative nature of the tool. Instructors found Ning enhances communication with and among students and serves as a hub for all multimedia projects. This presentation will demonstrate how instructors engaged students utilizing tools such as Twitter, RSS feeds, API capability, blogs, and podcasts via Ning.
Arianne Hartsell-Gundy is a Humanities Librarian at Miami University and serves as adjunct faculty in the Interactive Media Studies department.
Amy Thornley is the Education Librarian at Miami University and serves as adjunct faculty in the Interactive Media Studies department.
Elizabeth Sullivan is the Psychology Librarian at Miami University and serves as adjunct faculty in the Interactive Media Studies department.