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Published on October 21, 2007

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Examples of how I used blogs, wikis, and podcasts in an online class that I taught in Spring 2007 at Northern Arizona University. --- Note that this version of the Powerpoint presentation is slightly different from the audio file. There are a couple of slides at the start and at the end that were not in the presentation when the audio was recorded, and there is one slide at the end that I mention (very briefly) that is not in the slidecast. --- Long story....

Using Social Software (e.g. Blogs, Podcasts & Wikis) to Create Interactive and Collaborative Online & Hybrid Courses Alan A. Lew Northern Arizona University

Geography for Travelers Podcast Today's podcast is a presentation that I gave at the NAU eLearning Institute in May, 2007. I gave a 1 hour presentation on how I used social media, especially blogs, podcasts and wikis, to teach an online class in Spring 2007. The class was titled quot;Planning for Sustainable Tourism.quot; Total Length: 54m 48sec Here are some links related to this presentation Course Outline posted on blog My Twitter –

Outline Social Software Turnitin Blogs Podcasts Wikis Web Sites Conclusions

Social Software “…lets people rendezvous, connect or collaborate by use of a computer network” “software that supports group interaction” ( Social Citations Instant Messaging references for academics Internet Relay Chat chat rooms Peer-to-peer Social Networks Internet Forums file sharing – photos, games bulletin boards Social Network Services Virtual Presence MySpaces meeting in online worlds Social Guides Second Life recommend real world places / Virtual Worlds & Massively services - TripAdvisor Multiplayer Online Games Social Bookmarking (MMOGs) MMOGs) publicly posted favorite lists VOIP – Internet Telephony, Google Notebook, Skype, GizmoProject Social Reputation Network Wikis eBay Weblogs Collaborative Writing/Editing Blogs, Podcasts, Vlogs/Videocasts Writely, JotSpot, Wikipedia Writely, JotSpot,

“ Web 2.0 ” Web 2.0 = new revolution in Internet growth Internet = invisible part of every day life New levels of access to information New Concepts, Applications, Websites, Channels eHub - ttp:// “…web applications, services, resources, blogs or sites with a focus on next generation web (web 2.0), social software, blogging, Ajax, Ruby on Rails, location mapping, open source, folksonomy, folksonomy, [tagging], design and digital media sharing” Democratizing the tools of production User Generated & Contributed Data / Info. “Ideas over Costs” Costs” Online business without venture capital “a Billion Niches” Niches” Custom Streams, not mass markets Enabled by High Speed Internet

Social Software in Education Web 2.0 Ideas for Educators: A Guide to RSS and More Free eBook from Theory and Practice of Online Learning Free eBook from Athabasca University MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching

Post-Tourist Market Trends Increased Market Differentiation 1. Niches markets More FIT - Self-Directed Travel 2. More Travel Savvy 3. Greater Eco, Cultural & Political Awareness Easier World to Travel in – Increasing Modernity 4. More Special Interest Travel 5. New Destinations & Experiences Return to Older Destinations Recapturing Youth & Heritage More Short Trips – Less free time 6. More Market Channels - Especially through the Internet 7.

Selling to the Post-Tourist Clientele 1. Build Client Trust Create Social Network/Community Sense of Ownership Pre-Answer as many questions as Pre- possible “Information Seeks to Be Free” Free” Facilitate information sharing 2. Exhibit a Clear Identity Through Consistence in Image, Messages, Policies, Post Tourists seek Efficiency, Predictability & Control 3. Use the Best Tools Easy Communication, Trust, & Community Open & Simple

PL 376 Planning for Sustainable Tourism

Listened to Music on your computer 8 100% Had heard of Blogs 8 100% Listened to Music on an mp3 player 7 87.5% Watched to Video programs on your computer 7 87.5% Had occasionally used Instant Messaging (IM) 7 87.5% Had joined a Social Media/Software Websites 6 75.0% Had actively participated in a Social Media/Software Website 6 75.0% Had created a website using an HTML editor 6 75.0% Had used a Wiki website, such as Wikipedia 5 62.5% Listened to Audio programs (news, talk, etc) on your computer 4 50.0% Had heard of Wikis 4 50.0% Had heard of the terms “Social Media” or “Social Software” 4 50.0% Had created a website using a Social Media/Software website 4 50.0% Had frequently used Instant Messaging (IM) on your computer 4 50.0% Listened to Audio programs (news, talk, etc) on an mp3 player 3 37.5% Watched to Video programs on an mp3 player (like an iPod) iPod) 3 37.5% Had created an Video program and made it available on the Internet Internet 3 37.5% Had created and contributed to your own Blog 3 37.5% Had heard of term “Web 2.0” 3 37.5% Had created an Audio program and made it available on the Internet Internet 2 25.0% Had contributed to or edited a Wiki website 2 25.0% Had created your own Wiki website 2 25.0%

Were any of the Social Media/Software tools that you have used prior to this semester part of a class that you took? No (N=6) It was never mandated to use any of the sites because for the majority of my classes, we could only used scholarly, peer reviewed journals or other writings. Wikis (or any other social media) were not allowed or deemed reliable. Mostly home-based stuff All of my experience with social media/software was purely for quot;socialquot; reasons to communicate with friends. Yes (N=2) In a class I took, History of American Music, we were given a cd of mp3 files to listen to (on our computer and on a mp3 player) and study for exams, then we gave the cd back at the end of the class. I’ve used Wikipedia to conduct research for multiple classes, but never really realized how it worked until Dr. Lew’s class. I took a FrontPage website development class two years ago.

Which of the Social Media/Software tools used this semester did you think were most effective for use in an online class? (N=8) Everything we used was really effective...I learned a lot! I thought that your Podcasts were a particularly effective way of delivering on-line on- content. I enjoyed the Podcasts. Podcasts. I also enjoyed the discussions with other students and peers through Wikispaces. through Wikispaces. Everything was really effective! The Blog and the Wikispaces presented us with a specific task and then we heard from peers and were able to view what we had done compared to others and make adjustments. Learning how to communicate and add comments was good. Designing the Webpage was fun. Listening to a Podcast made the class more interesting rather than just reading the material. Then having to put a comment (Innertoob) in made us pay attention. Innertoob) The Podcasts we listened to for assignments, whether they be Dr. Lew’s podcasts or someone elses about various issues, were very helpful in understanding topics.topics. Dr. Lew’s audio recordings (Elluminate audio only) where he reviewed the assignments (Elluminate only) were helpful as well, especially since this is an online course with little other teacher/student interaction. I was never able to get Elluminate working on my computer; I’m still not sure how to use it, but when audio-only files were uploaded onto vista, I always listened to those and audio- found them helpful (Elluminate audio only)!ba. (Elluminate only)!ba. I really liked the Blogs. I feel this is a great way to communicate during this class. Blogs. Innertoob was probably the most effective because one could potentially listen a lecture listen or observation from someone a great distance away. Blogging was most useful, as I enjoyed the interaction, although I feel the bulletin boards in VISTA are more convenient and work in much the same manner.

Do you have any other comments and suggestions on the use of Social Media/Software tools in this class? (N=5) I learned a great deal about social media, etc. but not as much as I would have liked 1. to learn about Sustainable Tourism. It just got really frustrating at times.... frustrating The Podcasts were particularly useful. I started to wonder about the educational educational 2. value of some of the other elements such as Wikis for this class. I think it was difficult to effectively work in this course at the beginning as I am not the 3. very computer savvy. The course definitely taught me a lot, and I feel much more comfortable using the comfortable 4. computer, social media software, etc. Making the podcast was an experience and probably the most difficult for most of us us 5. to do. Other than your self, I am not sure who else will listen [to my podcast] ! podcast] 6. I was never able to actually take part in an Elluminate session due to class conflicts 7. and also equipment on my computer. I did go and listen to the Elluminate podcasts (audio only) for a few of the 8. assignments I was not totally clear on. I enjoy online classes like this one where the instructors lays out the requirements 9. clearly. Downloading the software and producing a podcast is not nearly as easy as 10. presented, at least for older, less technologically-savvy students. The telephone technologically- podcast option was the easiest, and the only one I succeeded at, but even it even presented some challenges. Perhaps an Elluminate session would have helped. Speaking of which, Elluminate 11. sessions in the morning are virtually impossible for working students to participate in. students

Course Structure Bb-Vista Discussions Intro Assignment Turnitin Written Assignments Social Network Sites Module 1 Podcast Comments/Discussions Using Modules 1 + 2 Collaborative Blogs Module 2 Group Wikis Group Project Module 2 Webpage & Podcast Final Project (group optional) Module 3


Social Network Assignment

Social Networking

Originality Score


WEBLOGS “Weblog” = 1997 “Blog” = 1999 = Websites that contain a series of articles in chronological order = Niche Media Identity Blogs (diaries) News & Political Blogs Collaborative Blogs (many contributors) “Moblog” = Mobile phone photo blogging “Blogosphere” = 70 million Active Blogs (April 07) 120k new blogs a day, about 9% Spam Blogs 1.3 million posts each day = 15 posts each second

Travel Blogs

Blog Setup Instructions

Blog Assignment


Listening to Podcasts

Elluminate “Podcasts”

Elluminate Live!

Final Podcast Assignment

Podcast Instructions


Wiki Group Instructions

Wiki Rules

Community Wiki Instructions


Final Project

Web Page Instructions


Issues Legal and Security Issues Identity Issues Whatever you do can be seen forever Everyone knows your name need for security & control of personal information Legal Liability Issues of Student or Employee Blogging Copyright and Ownership Issues Defamation and Libel Security Laws (private companies) Sun Microsystems Legal Department Briefs all employees on legal issues, then lets them blog without Emerging Technologies Emerging Teaching, Business and Work Models Threats to & from traditional models Too Much Dependency on Technology Too Much Choice

Comments from One Student I probably struggled with the technology elements more than most of the class. Although I was vaguely aware of them, blogging, wikis and podcasts were new to me. blogging, It’s difficult to straddle the divide between young people who have not only embraced the age of technology, but made it their own. A challenge I and my peers in the “traditional” tourism industry face is finding ways to market to these younger travelers if we want to stay in business. I still have grave reservations about wikis and their potential for disseminating misinformation on a grand scale, for example Wikipedia-reported “death” of a major entertainer, Wikipedia- who was actually hale and hearty. Although this was a fairly harmless incident, imagine the problems posed for researchers relying on the Internet for data. On the professional level, I’m glad I’m more familiar with them, and I can always hire others to actually develop them as part of an outreach or marketing effort. Perhaps the most important part of learning, and reinforcing what you’ve learned, is sharing the knowledge. I see the tremendous potential of new methods of communication with travelers. After a conversation with the manager of a regional driving tour, they’ve developed a grant to create a website and podcast of the tour. Until now it was only available on CD in visitor centers and some businesses. I believe the website, which will be linked with Chamber’s, visitor center’s, tourism and other websites, will help market our region to a whole new audience. One example is the many bicyclists who travel through here and certainly can’t listen to a CD audio tour. But I’ve noticed that more and more of them travel with iPods or mp3s, making a podcast perfect for them.

A New Geography ? Kenichi Ohmae: The Invisible Continent (2001) Old Continents: Land Based, State Power The New Continent Borderless & Cyber-based Easy movement of information across all kinds of borders national & corporate Easy to enter – Open to All Must give up old thinking Governance & Infrastructure under development Carve your own territory Highly Individualistic Values No domination by social groups or elites Value not based on traditional profit models

Geography for Travelers Podcast Today's podcast is a presentation that I gave at the NAU eLearning Institute in May, 2007. I gave a 1 hour presentation on how I used social media, especially blogs, podcasts and wikis, to teach an online class in Spring 2007. The class was titled quot;Planning for Sustainable Tourism.quot; Total Length: 54m 48sec Here are some links related to this presentation Course Outline posted on blog My Twitter –

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