Teaching Projects Matrix

From the teaching projects that you found I have created a matrix which incorporates the areas that the unit dealt with: Internet research, Internet presentation and Internet communication.

Have a look at the resulting web page.

New Semester Starts

I’m not writing as much as I would like to write in this blog. This is mainly because of the work I do at the University of Marburg and the courses I teach there. So here is a post about exactly that: the courses that I teach in summer semester, New Media in Foreign Language Education and Presenting Content.

The first one is supported by a blog I keep especially for the course and an online course at the VCT. The second is also a blended learning course with its online component at the VCT. Both are starting next week and therefore I will be off in a moment to go on preparing them 😉

Happy New Year

Hi everyone,

to start off the new year, let me say that I wish you all the best for 2009.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Also, to get back to work, here is an interesting article for you to read:

Faz.net: Wer lehrt die Kinder googeln?

See you next week.

How to Create a Bulletproof Knock-Off

Good, now this is classified information. You want to submit a termpaper and you don’t have the time to write it yourself, what with all the parties and stuff? You know that your teacher isn’t that stupid to not figure that you took a termpaper from Hausarbeiten.de and submitted it without changing a single letter (or mistake for that matter)? And you want to know about the secrets how to avoid exposure and still being able to show off infront of your fellow students?

Well, you won’t find that here. 😉 Not directly, anyway…

Jaana Stolp wrote in her Internet Research post that she missed something in the virtual session.

If I have to correct papers that my students have written at home, how do I find out if they only used copy and paste?

As always, this question is not quite that easy to answer. What I can do is to give some links you can have a look at. A very good way to start is Prof. Dr. Debora Weber-Wulff’s web site „Fremde Federn Finden“ which gives an insight into what plagiarism is, how to find proof, and she even tested applications which should enable teachers to find plagiarism (most of them weren’t worth the money, actually).

Another source you might want to check is Stefan Weber’s book „Das Google-Copy-Paste-Syndrom“ which deals with plagriarism aspects in the university. I could go on arguing about the style of his book (which I don’t like) or his view of students (which I mostly disagree with, because I think that they are not just lazy), but he has some good arguments in it.

If you have some more suggestion, please feel free to add them as comments or save them in the class‘ delicious bookmarks.

Featured „Internet Research“ Post

Yes, and here it is. The winner for this week: Erwin Gavrilas and his post on Internet Research. From a very personal point of view he considers the Internet as a „mere“ starting point for scientific research, by saying that

I still believe that the Internet is the best starting point when doing research. As I said before, for me personally, the advantages outbalance the disadvanteges. Not least because the Internet is our gateway into the future.

As for the part on methodology, I think we all agree that Internet research will play a more important role in every school in the future. Students, I’m sure, are using the internet to do their homework and to conduct research today and they will do so even more tomorrow. So, our task as prospective teachers, will be to know how to do Internet research and to know about all these possibilities you have in order to obtain information as well as to guide our ‘future students’ and show them how to use the Internet more efficiently with regard to the evaluation of online sources. That of course implies that we learn about these things up to the point where we can teach them.

Bildungstalk: E-Learning in der Hochschullehre

Ein Gespräch mit Prof. Dr. Stefan Aufenanger über E-Learning in der Hochschullehre findet sich im Frankfurter Bildungstalk.

Die Zusammenhänge, die er anspricht, sind durchaus auch interessant für unser Seminar und dem Einsatz von Neuen Medien im Schulbereich, auch wenn sich nicht alles eins-zu-eins übernehmen lässt. Dennoch sind vor allem die Widerstände in beiden Bereichen durchaus ähnlich.

This weeks recommended additional material.

Winter semester courses are online

The courses I will teach in winter semester 2008/2009 are now online and ready to be signed up for (if you have registered for them already via the online Vorlesungsverzeichnis of the uni). I will teach the following courses (class pages in the Virtual Center for Teacher Training):

Additionally, I will be part of a group of three to teach the course „Techniques of Scientific Work“, which will be an online course with four in class session throughout the semester.

The New Media in FLE course is also accompanied by another blog I will keep for this course only, which is hosted at WordPress.com.

If you’re one of my students: See you in the first session the week after the next one.