“Best Reads of the Week” Roundup – Vol 1

04 Feb

Welcome to the inaugural post in the “Best Reads of the Week” category. These are in no particular order and under no particular categories except I found them useful and interesting. Enjoy!


Bloggers, because the calendar would introduce an element of consistency into their blogging, and would encourage them to think about the bigger picture. You don’t have to be locked into the calendar if a topical news item breaks, then you have a duty to cover it if it’s important to your readers.

Readers would also benefit, because posts would appear more regularly, and by using themes they know what type of content to expect on any given day.

We will focus on ways to overcome the inevitable obstacles you’ll face along the dissertation marathon including the twin devils of all dissertations: writer’s block and procrastination. We’ll have periodic interviews with highly productive scholars uncovering the tips and secrets they wish they’d known at the beginning of their own careers. And we’ll never forget the special challenges of the isolated, off-campus, working ABD. Our goal is to speed you on your way towards your doctorate and, in the process, to enhance the skills you’ll need for a lifetime of academic productivity.

By “learning” we mean formal teaching and learning, personal learning, group and organisational learning (in education and in the workplace).

Here we will be reviewing a number of ways to use Twitter, Facebook and other similar services for learning. See the left-hand navigation bar for those we have added so far and are in the process of adding.

Recent research has confirmed and identified benefits to the use of Web 2.0 technologies within the online classroom. Such benefits can be mapped to known best practices from the distance education literature to help enhance and optimize their potential positive effects within the online classroom. This article outlines the suspected and documented benefits of Web 2.0 technologies and links them to known best practices in distance education.

Various names have been given to this form of teaching, and there are some distinctions among these: cooperative learning, collaborative learning, collective learning, learning communities, peer teaching, peer learning, reciprocal learning, team learning, study circles, study groups, and work groups. But all in all, there are three general types of group work: informal learning groups, formal learning groups, and study teams.


Posted by on February 4, 2010 in Best Reads


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5 responses to ““Best Reads of the Week” Roundup – Vol 1

  1. Jennifer McCharen

    March 25, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Hi Lisa,
    I would recommend DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education. In fact your blog and project are mentioned in it as examples of how to take back the reins of higher education from the traditional, expensive models. Good work!
    Let me know if you’d like a copy to review.
    Assistant to the Publisher
    Chelsea Green Publishing

    • Lisa

      March 25, 2010 at 2:46 pm

      Jennifer,I had heard something to that effect. I would love to review a copy! You can reach me for details @chambo_online on Twitter with a DM.

    • Lisa

      May 11, 2010 at 11:19 am

      I will be posting a review of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education in the next couple of days. It is a very interesting read. Stay tuned!

      • Jennifer McCharen

        May 11, 2010 at 11:21 am

        Very cool! Glad you liked it. We’ll keep an eye on your blog.


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