Our friend Steve Gilbert posed an interesting question today:

How are educational institutions approaching the academic support challenges (and opportunities) that come with teaching and learning in Web 2.0 territory?

This is just the kind of valuable, wide-open question he poses weekly at the TLT Group’s free-wheeling (and free) FridayLive! sessions. For this Friday’s session, he’s asked me and my Hamline University colleague Kate Conners to take a whack at the academic support question by developing an audio "online poster."

As Kate and I pushed at the question’s edges, our instinct was to approach it anecdotally, from the perspective of individuals rather than institutions. Who can really speak for a whole institution, anyway? The stories and voices of individuals are more likely to offer meaningful insights into institutional patterns than the other way around. We thought we’d sneak through the back door by asking two questions of our own:

  1. How did you begin using Web 2.0 in your teaching and learning?
  2. What kinds of support have been—and will be—most valuable?

We’d love to hear your responses to these two questions and incorporate them into our piece. It may seem like we’re desperately grasping at straws, running out of time, calling in the virtual cavalry, etc. (well, that’s all partly true). But isn’t this also a perfect opportunity to demonstrate the connective, collaborative power of Web 2.0?

You’re invited to share your story in one of two ways: by leaving a comment on this post, or by recording a message on a GabCast channel I’ve created for this project. Either way, I’ll assume by your willing and cheerful participation that you grant permission to reproduce your voice/words for our presentation. The only gentle imperative here is to respond as soon as you reasonably can—do not wash the dog, do not watch the Tour de France (it doesn’t get really interesting until they hit the Alps, anyway, right?), dp not collect $200.  We hope to get this chitty-chitty-bang-bang operation off the ground sometime Thursday afternoon.

To record a message on GabCast:

  1. Dial 1.800.749.0632 in the US. For access numbers outside the US, please visit the GabCast site.
  2. Enter the channel number 11711 followed by #.
  3. Enter the channel password 20 followed by #.
  4. Press 1 to record a new episode.
  5. Record your message. When you’re finished, press #.
  6. When you’re satisfied with your recording, press 2 to publish. This will create an mp3 file which I’ll later edit to include in our presentation.

And it goes without saying that you’re invited to attend the session (Friday, July 13, 2:00-3:00pm EDT). Advance registration is requested by 4:00pm EDT so the TLT Group folks can set up logins for everyone.