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Monday, May 02, 2005

Class, online, ordering of information (folksonomy)

Starting first to think about the homepage rather than the contents should not be the way to plan a university course, but that's what I've ended doing, with the pretext of seeing how the services of Blogsome work compared to Blogger, and whether it'd be a useful idea to have the course homepage in the form of a blog. Before using one's time to build a homepage for a course, one should of course have a plan of what to do with the online stuff, and whether that would add anything useful for both the content of the classes and the form of teaching. The page for my last year's class contained pretty much the same information that I gave to the students as handouts, plus some of my lecturing notes and links to Korean studies pages. The truth is that I could have done perfectly without it, and I doubt it was worth all the time I invested for it, except for the HTML practice.
Yes, the page for the course next autumn is still very much on the level of further html and Wordpress practice.

The class in the next autumn term will be about "main issues in Korean modern history", not so much my specialty but a class that I anyway have the confidence to teach and for which the attendance will be bearable as well. But the online dimension of the class - we'll see, if I can come up with good enough ideas (which would guarantee that the attending students would use the ) of my own and find others to borrow from.

Kerim Friedman of Keywords has an entry in which he links to his article about "folksonomy" in the latest Anthropology News. It looks exactly like something which will be useful should I want to use online resources for the course.

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