This is an
intriguing on article about online education using
Google+ Hangouts. The subject matter is cooking, and
students can sign up for private instruction or for a group class in
which the chef teaches up to nine students. The limit is set by the
number of people that can simultaneously participate in the video
conversation. The benefit of learning in this manner? Unlike cooking
shows or cookbooks, the instruction happens in real-time and students
can ask questions. Maybe I'll eventually have a shot at making a
decent pie crust!
per Google+ Hangout class is not the revenue model that makes sense
for most universities, the article also has some great suggestions
about how to use Google+ Hangouts for collaboration and live video
interaction - talk about a dynamic approach to virtual office
are tech-savvy and have plenty of gizmos, they may not be as
distracted by these technologies as some may think . . . Results
showed that students take a “less is more” approach when exam
pressure starts bearing down. Students use technology to help them
study and to communicate with others, the report found. And students
are using the library less for its traditional resources — books,
journals, etc. — and more as a place to get away from the hectic
world around them.
the researchers also found that "65 percent [of students
interviewed] said they used social media sites, like Facebook and
Twitter, to coordinate study sessions or group work."
isn't just a coordination tool for students, it can also be a study
tool: "nearly two-thirds of the respondents said they had used
social media for coursework. One student said he was having trouble
understanding concepts in his physics class, so he researched lessons
on YouTube, which helped him catch up with the coursework."
Have you noticed
students leveraging social media for learning purposes in your
hoping that - however the studying happened - this is a successful
exam week for all parties!
TCU eLearning: Google+ Hangouts & Students, Technology, and Crunch Time