There’s lots of reading, but why are comments difficult to come by?

I haven’t been doing this long – writing a blog. One thing I’ve noticed is that there are distinct similarities between this platform and our own VLE – Moodle. There’s lots of reading going on, but not much interaction.

With all the functionality that our VLE (Moodle) offers, we have very limited conversations taking place. There’s plenty in the classroom. There’s plenty outside the classroom. When you get online, however – all those times in between classroom sessions and time spent with peers – ‘conversation’ does not flourish. Instead, brief snippets of information or news are ‘communicated’ with only occasional questioning, challenge or feedback. I’m sure questions are asked, and in some cases content is challenged, but otherwise, it isn’t really happening online. I long to see a change in the usage of our VLE in this respect, but perhaps we are not alone in our VLE being a ‘resource’ rather than a ‘community’?

3 Responses

  1. Geoff Rebbeck November 24, 2010 / 20:22

    Interesting point Chris. I suspect this is a function of human behaviour rather than anything to do with the technology. It is the same here at Thanet.
    Have we caused this problem by selling to people the idea of technology offering ‘efficiency’ and, in order to make the most of this we make efficient use of it, which means economy of words and actions.
    Is this the Twitterfication of all learning technology – everything in a few words only and communicate not in sound bites but rather thought bites?
    We are still adapting our behaviour which is slower to change than the rate of technology. Maybe it will come but maybe technology will have moved on again by the time we ‘arrive’. Cheers!

  2. Sheila Chinn November 25, 2010 / 08:06

    My problem is one of time … Progress Reviews today so no lessons to prepare for and all marking done. Sometimes I add a comment, then delete it, mainly because (as you well know) my language isn’t as technical as yours šŸ™‚ I just say it as it is and that’s not always a good thing to put in writing. Now I’m going to post this before I delete it again.

    • chri5grant November 25, 2010 / 08:45

      I think what I’m edging towards, Sheila, is the continuation of dialogue beyond the campus. Does the learning need to stop when everyone leaves campus? No – it continues thanks to the resources we provide through the VLE. Does the discussion stop when everyone leaves campus? At the moment, yes (with a few exceptions). But I don’t believe it needs to (or should) if we use the tools available to us a little differently.

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