== Te Hekenga – the Journey Home #DS4OER ===
This course is to help Maori and Pasifika Students create the links to find their own way home to Kainga or marae following
the migration paths, stories and whakapapa links of their ancestors relatives and whanau
=== What’s it About? ===
The way back home is found by students discovering who they are, where they have come from and why their ancestors left the places they resided in.
Its a research inquiry based on the oral and traditional histories of their iwi, whanau and hapu supplemented with historical documents and writings.
=== Learning Objectives ===
* Students will build the resources to show their way home
* Students will find the links to their home kainga and marae
* Students will connect with their whakapapa and relatives
* Students will blog, vlog and image their journeys home
=== What’s Involved? ===
Students will access the databases to discover who they are, talk to their relatives, cousins and family about their family history and whakapapa
Students will record their journeys of identity and community with their whanau, relatives and community
=== What Prerequisites Should I Have? ===
Students should be prepared to talk to their relatives, whanau and communities about who they are and where they come from.
Students need and open mind, resourcefulness and the willingness to work on the project with assistance for as long as it take to find their way home.
Process Notes for #DS4OER
I found the wiki writing process clunky and not intuitive – i couldn’t work out how to add a page, add links, add links to the page, add links within the page, add images, add video, add formatting or even how to embolden the text – all in all it was a bit of a disaster – it reminded me of working on blogs 7 – 8 years ago before they became helpful intuitive and easy to use. its like building a fence with battens and number 8 wire rather than bricks, or panels, or a 3D printer – it seemed good for geeks but clunky for real non coding people – i guess it gets easier the more you use it but it seemed very 2D on white paper rather than creative. Its nothing like the OER that i am attracted to in this course or the colours, fonts shapes and images you need to attract hold or be used by students.
Sorry to be negative but i found it clunky and frustrating – lots of try this didn’t work, try that, did not work – if its going to tell me i am using /nowiki> then it needs to either suggest what i should be doing or tell me a solution – it can see I am trying to do something – it needs to work out what i am trying to do and help me achieve it.
I compare this to POND from N4L which has 7523 users and 7879 Resources arranged in 544 Buckets (courses) with countless ripples (comments) KaPai (thumbs Up) and apps to assist the pinning of items into buckets, resources, catalogues, schools, courses and communities
Its very very easy to make online courses in the POND that will be viewed by any and all segments of any and all populations – the courses will link to NZ and Cambridge and worldwide qualification systems – the courses will be by teachers or students depending on who writes them in the future now its mainly teachers or providers the courses are made quickly easily and with no fuss.
Similarly: moodle, hapara, google classroom, google docs and even pinterest are easier to use, have apps built in for pinning and are more intuitive. I will give wikis another go tomorrow but at this stage they feel like yesterdays technology rather than tomorrows – i realize they are free but so are moodle, hapara, google classroom, google docs and even pinterest, education VPNs and MOE sites.