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Engaging Students with Engaging Tools

Educause Quarterly Volume 32, Number 4, ISSN 1528-5324


This article discusses the author's experiences in teaching a new course at Dickinson College, a four-year liberal arts college in Pennsylvania serving around 2,300 undergraduates. The course emphasized newer and emerging media and technologies such as satellite television, the Internet, and mobile telephony. To better understand the read-write web and social media, students were required to write blogs as well as follow blogs using an aggregator. The course was delivered via a wiki rather than a learning management system, to offer a more open learning environment. The author also encouraged students to use Diigo for social bookmarking. In a class of 21, there was naturally a range of responses to the different technologies used, from enthusiastic embrace through indifference to active resistance. But student feedback, formal and informal, was overall more positive than negative, and in some cases strongly supportive. Several students have continued to use tools introduced in the course. The author expects to apply the lessons learned in future iterations of this course and in others, including how to better serve students who do not readily embrace all the techniques and technologies used. (Contains 3 figures and 4 endnotes.)


, W. (2009). Engaging Students with Engaging Tools. Educause Quarterly, 32(4),. Retrieved April 21, 2019 from .

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