Changing the way we look at course content

Imagine for a moment that you’re at the optician. There your eyesight gets tested by comparing vision through different lenses; “how does this look? now this?”. So let’s take a quick look at the way that courses can be presented. So, quickly now, what is this course about?

Screenshot of course display in blog format

Screenshot of course display in blog format

and now this one?

Screenshot of course display in Moodle

Screenshot of course display in Moodle

They are both about the same thing. In fact, the Blog site has merely sucked in the open content from the Moodle course.  The interesting aspect to this is that the content of the courses is exactly the same. It’s just that the presentation and peripheral stuff is different. Which is the more effective site in delivering this course content? Personally, I’m not sure. More to the point, which is the more effective site for eliciting voluntary student responses? I think it has to be the blog site. I will return to this theme in a later posting but suffice it to say that it’s all fuel for an articulation of why teaching faculty should think about using a course blog in addition to Moodle.

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