My Experience Using Rampages
I used Rampages this summer to teach in the Univ 200 cMooc Pilot, and I found the platform to be so much more flexible and fun than Blackboard. The Platform supports discovery and ingenuity – for both faculty and students.
A quick tour of my class homepage: sliders (CLICK on ALL) headings, twitter feed: we had a hashtag and it was set to feed all posts on that hashtag, newest posts unless you make a post “sticky” so it remains at top of feed, all student blogs aggregated: nice peer pressure, keeps a count of posts (you can tell it not to), but I liked it – easy for me to see nonworkers, etc.
What I liked, since I was teaching online, was that I could embed videos. Here is my course slider, and on the slider I included a video course trailer that I made. Click on it. I also made weekly videos about my observations of students work during each week and introduction to a new week’s work. SCROLL
Students also could embed videos into their blogs. Jessica’s student: Interviewed Eric Johnson, Head of Innovative Media at VCU:
http://rampages.us/elisey/page/2/ Vimeo Walk in the Woods (or alternate):
http://rampages.us/teamcreate/author/frisketmcbisket/ Jessica’s student pitched their inquiry projects through video
Not only supported embedding videos, but embedding tweets. We had a twitter assignment that asked students to use twitter for a week to make connections with others about their Inquiry Projects, and then curate the best or most helpful tweets during that week.
Rampages allows for linking out to all the other places on the internet. Many students created their final Inquiry Projects in rampages, but some used a website like Wix or Weebly. Even so, they could post a link to their website on their rampages blog so that students could easily access it.
Rampages: Organization: Allows for the same types of organization as Blackboard, but nicer. Show tabs at top. Could layer or nest assignments by categories, etc. MY site.
I found I could post things numerous places – which helps students. Inquiry Project final assignment can be found 3 places, plus in the daily assignments there are at least two links to it. Show site.
We could customize our own assignments, with links back to other assignments, or other explanations, or with images.
I also kept a blog – rampages platform, and sometimes I would link to my blog. The first assignment “How does it feel when I think” generated a range of amazing responses. Link to my response
Student commentary: students commented on one another’s blogs, so I wasn’t their only reader.
Students could link to other students’ blogs:
Elise links to Jeremy:
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They could even link back to their own writing:
Oh did I mention embedding Gifs? (from Justin’s blog – scroll)
Students can play around with themes and templates.
One that I really liked as a reader was this students: