Friday, December 7, 2007

Plodding on ...

Feeling a little overwhelmed with all the emerging technology. Even the next FET8611 online class discussion was said to be held in 'Wimba". Where or what the *#@! is Wimba? I haven't even got used to Elluminate yet. I wish people (course instructors especially) wouldn't just throw around jargon like that when most of the students probably have no idea what it means. This aspect of the course I find really alienating - many of us don't know the software or the terms and so end up feeling stupid and 'out of the loop'.
Oh yeah, we can Google everything, or open kG and search around but it's tiring having to always do that. I did go to the kG class session sign up Wiki page but under the heading of 'Familiarity with Wimba' was just a blank. It took me a long while to work out that there is a section on the FET8611 course page for the group sessions. There are just so many different cyber places in this course it is very disorientating and confusing.
It would be so easy if the instructor just said, "by the way we will use a new online conferencing system this time. It is called Wimba, and instructions and information about it is here (LINK).It's really easy to use and very similar to Elluminate. We are using Wimba because I want you to have a chance to try out some different software."
Is that too much to ask?

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