There was some flooding and evacuations in Wilkes-Barre, PA last week and that also resulted in a disruption for our online classes. However, for Kathy Schrock’s EDIM 510, Web 2.0: Impacting Learning Environments‘ students, it seems to have provided a good example of anytime/anywhere learning. Coincidentally, Kathy will be hosting a “Literacy in the Digital Age” webinar on Monday, September 19th at 7 p.m. Eastern. You can register here: http://kathyschrock.egenioonline.com/
On the flooding disruption Kathy writes, “The thing that I learned from my class this week is the resilience and fortitude of online learners. Because the course I am teaching right now is a Web 2.0 course, the students had already submitted their Google account email addresses to me as soon as the course started. We were using those addresses for invites to Google+.
With the power outage at Wilkes, my students were still able to keep in contact with me. I cut-and-pasted the information and assignments for the first week into an email, and sent it out to their Google account addresses. I also posted it in Google+. The students told me they were grateful to have access to the information they needed. I think they felt as lost as I did! I have the same thing all set for week two in case we have to keep working this way. The assignments in this Web 2.0 class all involve tools that are outside of Moodle for the most part, so my students can still keep working.
So, what did I learn? First, because I had to install a back-up Moodle zip file from last semester to a local Moodle server to get the assignments, I learned that I should always create a back-up of the current course the day before it begins, just in case I need the information and the server is down.
Kudos to both sections of EDIM 510 for their patience and persistence!”