In my opinion, if teachers are going to replicate the traditional classroom
model of command and control online, they should do it in a private space
discussion forum or LMS, like Moodle
or Blackboard. If however, teachers
explore a more open, constructivist approach to online communication
learning, one that encourages self direction in the learner, then
Maybe I should keep persevering with Moodle for the international projects, spiced with an occasional wiki here and there to enchance student collaboration. The weblogs would probably be a good way to open up my English classes to the world, as they would give students an audience (hopefully?) and purpose for their writing. Normally, you see, our students’ writing is just geared towards the teacher, something they have to do for course credit, or for the other Finnish students in their group with whom conversing in English doesn’t often come naturally.
Great, this gives me a lot to think about and plan for the next school year.