[squelearning] Re: Google Classroom Anyone?

  • From: Ken Masters <itmeded@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: squelearning@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2018 13:56:00 +0400

Hi All

Point taken, Debra.

Two things, though:

1.  I think the choice should lie with those who are teaching the courses,
rather than those who are appointed to support those who are teaching the
course.

2.  Some of us are teaching technology-related courses, and, as our
students are far more likely to encounter Google-based (or Google-like)
environments rather than Moodle-based environments, we would be adding to
the students' education.


Regards

Ken

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Asst. Professor: Medical Informatics
Medical Education & Informatics Unit
College of Medicine & Health Sciences
SQU, Sultanate of Oman
Involved in medical education?  See MedEdWorld at:
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AMEE Guide to the e-patient
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On 4 January 2018 at 11:07, Debra Enzenbacher <debra@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Dear Ken,

Sorry, no.  I have avoided Google products in the university setting
insofar as I have been able to do so, though that is not saying much given
their dominant position in global IT.  Good luck.

One point to add that may be worth considering relates to equity in
requiring only some students to learn another learning platform (in this
case your students who would be learning whatever new system you
introduce).  I would agree that in current times it serves students well to
be as IT literate as possible.  On the other hand, some of them are
struggling with even the most basic virtual learning environments.  Is it
fair to require only some students to work on a given, more generic,
platform?  Well, being an academic I am trained to see both sides of an
issue so these comments are offered for your consideration.  Thanks and
have a Happy New Year.

Kind regards,
Debra

Dr. Debra Enzenbacher
Associate Professor

Sultan Qaboos University
College of Arts and Social Sciences
Department of Tourism
P.O. Box 42  Al Khoud
Muscat, PC 123
Sultanate of Oman

On campus ext. 3284
Tel. +(968) 2414 3284
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*Subject:* [squelearning] Google Classroom Anyone?

Hi

Does anyone on the list know of, or use, Google Classroom?  It's a
Google-Based LMS.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Classroom
https://classroom.google.com/

I want to experiment with it, but, in order to create a class, the
institution must have signed up for the G-Suite for Education
https://edu.google.com/intl/en-US/products/productivity-tools/#how-to
and I'm not sure if SQU has done so.

(And, yes, I am concerned about students' privacy, but, let's face it,
with all the cookies and gmail accounts and tracking of Google searches,
etc, that horse has been out in the pasture for a long time already :-)


Regards

Ken

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Dr. Ken Masters
Asst. Professor: Medical Informatics
Medical Education & Informatics Unit
College of Medicine & Health Sciences
SQU, Sultanate of Oman
Involved in medical education?  See MedEdWorld at:
http://www.mededworld.org/Home.aspx
AMEE Guide to the e-patient http://www.tandfonline.com/
doi/full/10.1080/0142159X.2017.1324142
<http://www.amazon.com/Origins-Before-Bang-Ken-Masters/dp/1312753269>
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