Teresa Coffman’s ITEC 521 course is doing some exciting things with the small pieces loosely joined approach to instructional technologies. The class has been exploring Twitter, playing with wikis at wikispaces, collaborating on a Wikibook, and using Google Pages as eportfolios just to name a few of the ways they have been using the open web to share, collaborate, and present the work they have been doing.
But the larger, more exciting push in this course is really captured by Professor Coffman’s explanation of the logic behind the class wikibook (a draft of which can be found here):
The goal is to provide a resource for teachers to learn about information literacy topics, ideas, and skills. It is important that teachers meet the needs of their students and to enhance their classrooms by incorporating these ideas into their curriculum. Our hope, this book will help with this process.
Now this is life’s work! And such a sentiment captures the reason why all these tools are really about sharing resources and forming online communities that create a pool of resources and support for teachers and students alike to fully engage the changing landscape of literacy in the 21st century.