We just hosted the remarkable Gardner Campbell on campus for a faculty workshop in web2.0. Gardner's keynote speech posited the concept of "cognitive fingerprints" or "cognition prints" -visible ways in which we can seek evidence of cognition, or cognitive presence if you prefer.
When we say "critical thinking" and "LMS" in the same sentence, the next phrase that inevitably follows is "discussion board". Why? In the context of the repurposed groupware that is a commercial LMS (Michael Feldstein's definition), we have a somewhat limited toolset of instructional Legos that we cobble together in the form of a course.
Gardner offered a fabulous "well, duh" compare/contrast moment between a board in Bb and an open-source bulletin board he uses. The most glaringly obvious differences:
- the ability to associate an avatar of choice with your identity
- the ability to have the poster's profile only one click away, every time they post
we had the near ubiquitous Web2.0 content sharing toolbar as well?