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udutu – Free, Easy, and Perhaps Unnecessary

August 28, 2008

udutu – The price is right, free if you don’t use their server.

udutu

udutu

It’s fairly straightforward to use –

udutu work screen

udutu work screen

You can put it up on Facebook and learners can access it there –

My course on Facebook

My "course" on Facebook

The teacher’s view above and the learners’ below –

Self Assessment

Self Assessment

I like udutu’s encouraging course creators to use the assessment tool for learners to self-assess, rather than scoring with it. It allows learners to repeat going through the materials as often as they want.

I like the ease of use with no coding, and only some figuring out needed. The small “course” I created took 2 to 3 hours and was based on a pre-existing PowerPoint, an udutu suggestion. That’s pretty quick for a first try.

I like the appearance, what the pages look like.

I have two provisos:

  1. For a highly factual content course, it might be a good fit, but for a course with a lot of student input, the kind I usually teach, it could be too prescribed.
  2. As the early WebCT did for me, udutu could provide a kind of scaffolding for teachers new to using the web in their teaching. However, having read Weinberger’s Small Pieces Loosely Joinedhttp://www.smallpieces.com/ – at an impressionable stage in my learning about the web,  I prefer to use separate applications linked to each other. For my fall course, students will be using a class wiki, which will be linked to a class community blog, which will be, of course, linked back to the wiki. Within the wiki and the blog, there will be other links
  • to web applications needed to complete the course
  • to tutorials and information about those web applications
  • to student-chosen links
  • to assignments

To me, this is the most efficient way to set up a class, and it matches the overall web culture, as I understand it. Students will be living, learning and working in that culture in their futures, so why put them in a tight framework in this part of their learning.

So udutu might work for some purposes, but not for my current ones.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2008 12:01 am

    You should see udutu modules as another of these resources that you can intersperse with more informal learning exercises, as a quick and easy way to publish structured, bite sized exercises, scenarios, simulations, processes, etc.

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