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Creating a Firefox Extension

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Course organiser: Nils Peterson
About the Course Organiser: 

I have been involved with educational applications of technolgy, first as a developer, later in a managerial role since the mid-80s. I'm now Assistant Director at Washington State University's Office of Assessment and Innovation, where we have an interesting combination of software development shop, power users, and responsiblity for inventing and guiding the university's undergraduate programmatic assesment.  I blog at, and as a group we blog at Prior to becoming OAI this unit was WSU's Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, where we operated BlackBoard for the university, and more importantly, designed and experimented with online and blended learning. One of our explorations was around using wikis for learning, which I am now about to try implementing with school kids grades 4-6 in Wikipedia.

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Discover resources and collaborate to create a Firefox Sidebar-type extension


A group in the Office of Assessment and Innovation at Washington State University has been experimenting with an idea we called "Harvesting Gradebook" and how it could be use by classes to get feedback from authentic communities.

We've expanded the idea to "Peer Review the Web" a means for learners to solicit feedback on any webpage. We made a couple mockups for a competition (one uses Google Sidewiki), and are offering this course to co-learn about creating extensions and in particular our application.

This course will be structured as a collaborative exploration. How do you learn best? How do you get feedback to advance your learning? Understanding these questions can help you in your learning, it can also help you critique the application we are exploring -- and will be the basis for our learning strategy together.

Key thinker: John Seely Brown. Key reading (give you a flavor of our thinking and who we read) Beyond the University



Hi Nils - are you still

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Alison Jean Cole
Wed, 2011-01-12 05:54

Hi Nils - are you still planning on running this course? If so, use this:

any news about the course? I

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Alexis Tsonis
Sun, 2011-01-16 14:18

any news about the course?
I hope we'll start pretty soon!!

Hello, I am eager to learn

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Alex Mau
Sun, 2011-01-30 09:54

Hello, I am eager to learn but I have no programming skill. Will it be a problem?? Thank you.

I'd be interested if you

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Richard Pearson
Tue, 2011-02-01 15:13

I'd be interested if you decide to run this course. Thanks!

i am very much interested to

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Md. Eftakhairul I...
Tue, 2011-02-01 19:34

i am very much interested to join