Pretty good overview, but he doesn’t even consider Manila (though he might after the comments he’s getting.) Even better than the article is the post by Dan Mitchell of DeAnza College (linked here in Best Practices). An excerpt:
This particular class (a GE music course) make extensive use of collaborative learning methods, primarily by putting students into small work groups to complete projects which then became the basis of assignments completed by the entire classs.
Each group had its own Manila site which they used for discussing and preparing group assignments. They also used set up threads and stories to help coordinate their schedules for completing assignments.
When the groups finished their individual work one member from each group posted their assignment on another central class Manila site that was accessible to all students in the class. This posting consisted of a number of questions on topics that the individual groups had focused on. The class then used the same discussion threads to answer the questions. Then the original groups returned to comment on the answers posted by the class and, finally, I posted some wrap-up commentary on each thread.
This is going to help me clarify my own ideas for using Manila with my journalists. (Via Kairos.)