Teaching Learners to Take Charge of Their Education: Small Pieces, Loosely Joined

Session Details

Tuesday, January 23, 2007
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
International Ballroom F

Session Type: Concurrent Session


  • Martha Burtis, Special Projects Coordinator, University of Mary Washington
  • Steven A. Greenlaw, Professor of Economics, University of Mary Washington
  • Jerry Slezak, Director, IT Support Services, University of Mary Washington
  • Session convener: W. Gardner Campbell, Associate Prof. of English & Special Assistant to the Provost, Virginia Commonwealth University


This presentation explores the design of a first-year seminar that used Web 2.0 tools to create a learning culture where students are self-motivated and engaged. Blogs, wikis, RSS aggregators, and photo and bookmark sharing applications were joined to create a toolkit students used for this course and beyond.