From more authentic assignments to more effective writing, there are a lot of great arguments for taking your teaching out of closed systems like Moodle and on to the open web. In this session, we will look at an introductory overview of three tools for teaching on the open web — WordPress, Wikipedia, and Twine — and talk about the rewards (and risks!) of doing our learning and teaching in public. By the end of this session, you’ll have had hands-on time with these tools and be able to decide if this kind of teaching is right for you.
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Try It Yourself!
In this screencast, you can check out what gameplay looks like for a Twine activity. This is a now-famous Twine game called Queers in Love at the End of the World, and has been seen as a transformative example of what Twine can do. It is also often used as an example of Twine for social justice education and empathy building. Once you’ve watched the screencast, try it out yourself and read a poem / article that suggests the power of this particular Twine activity.
Please note that Queers in Love at the End of the World is intended for adult learners and contains difficult situations and language that some users may find offensive.
You can think of a Twine game as akin to a branching scenario or decision tree. How might this tool work for your teaching? Could students work through — or even design themselves — a relevant case study from your discipline, for example?
- The teaching and learning folks at Vanderbilt University have built a nice guide for how and why you should encourage your students to blog.
- And if you’re thinking about blogging for your own work, Times Higher Education has an article about why you should.
- Wiki Education wants to encourage you to teach with Wikipedia, and they will act as a bridge to help you build your assignments.
- Wikipedia also keeps a list of school and university projects, which can provide great inspiration for your own teaching.
- The Digital Writing and Research Lab at the University of Texas provides a lesson plan for using Twine in a writing class.
- University of Illinois provides a thoughtful review of Twine.
- Keegan Long-Wheeler offers three things he wished he knew before taking the plunge with Twine.