Introduction and Resources
The University of Minnesota supports MyU as a portal platform. Once you’ve pointed your browser to MyU and logged on, you’ll notice in the top right corner both the Search and Help icons. Juse to the left of the Help? icon you’ll see a folder image followed by the wording “MyU Space” – this is where you can build a portal page. For the GRAD8101 / Teaching and Learning in Higher Education course, I have created a portal page for hosting course materials. You also know the Portal via what’s made available to you via the Graduate Student Portal.
You can learn a bit more about MyU Space via the general tutorial – MyU Space information begins with the 12th slide you’ll see in the Presenter tabs, and continue forward. As the portal capacities are being updated, you’ll also find information here. Best of all, you can consider how the RiverLife program here at the U has made great use of the MyU Portal capacities.
A cautionary note here – web platforms such as portals and websites and wikis take a bit more technical savvy for starting up than do the course management systems or blogging platforms set out in the first two Technology Sandbox quadrants. Some starting points:
- MyU Space – see the notes and links that open this section.
- Wikis – from Educause, 7 Things You Should Know about Wikis and about Ning (PBworks is another well-reviewed wiki platform).
- WebSites – building your own: DreamWeaver and Wix; the second of these is designed for people who know little or nothing about HTML coding, and so it’s the one I’ll include here. If you know website building, you’ll know where to explore to think about using a particular software for your teaching and learning concerns.
For this task, pick one platform to learn a bit about if it’s new to you, to learn a bit more about if you’ve experienced navigating or developing a web side as a student and now wonder about it as a teacher, or one you want to learn a bit more about because you’ve worked other software and want to compare that to other possibilities – knowing, perhaps, that you might need to try something different with a new teaching post.
Post Your 3-5 Ideas
In all, spend about 15 minutes getting a general sense of the web platform you have chosen to investigate, 30 minutes digging deeper to learn its features for learners and teachers, and another 15 minutes sharing 3-5 ideas as a reply to this post.
Questions to guide you as you’re doing the digging in – and that could launch the 3-5 ideas you share:
- As you explore, think as a teacher and as a learner, as much as possible:
- What does this tool do, in general?
- What are a couple of its strengths?
- What are some of its weaknesses?
- What are some red flags about use (privacy, support, logins)?
- What other interesting ideas / questions cross your mind while exploring?