Oftentimes in academic advising, a student comes in who is not doing well in a major. Sometimes this is due to parental expectations. A student will choose a major not because they love it, but because their parents want them to for different reasons. Job and financial security are two main reasons. I found a podcast, “What on earth are you going to do with a major in (---)??!!” that could be used to help students have that discussion with their parents about changing their major to something that is more suited for them. This podcast could be posted on an advising website which would allow any student to see and listen and in hopes, use to model a conversation all their own.
TakingITGlobal and Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering Education were two websites that I checked out that allows global collaboration between students. The first site, TakingITGlobal was refreshing to explore. This site is a devoted social networking site for global issues such as technology and innovation, human rights and equity, as well as learning and education. It allows students to educate themselves on important global issues and interact and voice their opinions on these issues. As a graduate assistant in the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC), this website would be a great tool for the Diversity Advocates class that the center teaches which primarily focuses on promoting diversity and social justice. TakingITGlobal has two specific developments on their site labeled human rights and equity as well as culture and identity that would work great with the Diversity Advocates. Not only are there lists of books that are great resources for these topics but students in the class can interact by signing petitions, writing and replying to blogs, and/or joining different groups that support these causes.
The second site, Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering Education is great for undergraduate students who are taking courses in mathematics, science, educational technology, and/or language. What I liked most and found interesting was The Real World Learning Objects (RWLO) Resource Library. This library gives students the options to work out real world problems using the internet. For example, under the mathematics tab, the site gives plenty of real world situations that involve using math such as figuring out how much a house would cost through a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, with interest included, after 30 years.
Voxopop (formerly Chinswing) is a site that allows users to leave voice messages on discussion boards that deal with a variety of topics in which users all over the world have started. Not only is the ability for users to start their own topic great but this allows feedback and discussion from users across the globe! Referring back to the Diversity Advocates class, students can start their own discussion board on Voxopop during the beginning of the semester and then present on the discourse of the board at the end of the semester.