Online Learning Update

February 17, 2012

An online learning class with training wheels

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

by Miranda Pederson, Bowling Green Daily News

Robert Paugh, the school’s technology specialist, estimates that about half the school uses Edmodo, an online social learning network. It looks a lot like Facebook, but instead of connecting with friends, students connect with their teachers about assignments, grades and other class-related information. “It’s kind of like a quasi-social feed,” Paugh said. On Edmodo, teachers can post assignments, grades and other materials students might need for class, Paugh said. Students can get feedback for assignments and send private messages to teachers with questions, as well as sign up for alerts any time new assignments or grades are posted. “The communication opens up in different ways than before,” Paugh said. “It’s a completely different world than I went to school in.” Paugh has been using Edmodo for more than two years in his classes at Western Kentucky University, he said. “The students really like the interaction,” he said. “It’s a lot friendlier than Blackboard.”

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