Enlighten Us, But Make It Quick– IGNITE

24 06 2014

What happens when over 36 Instructional Designers from around the university system gather in one location? It’s a creativity fest where all participants walk away with new friends and new ideas. Thank you Dave Dannenberg and the UAA group for hosting this event this year.

One of my favorite take-aways from the conference was shared by UAF campus, and it’s called Ignite. Ignite is a way to present information, clearly, concisely, effectively and briefly!  There are Ignite events all over the world. Each presenter is permitted 20 slides which are advanced automatically after 15 seconds. That gives each presenter exactly 5 minutes.

Think about it — a subject you are passionate about, 20 slides and only 15 seconds per slide to tell your story. Exciting! Here are some tips:

  • Do not create a script or use notes to practice — rather, focus on the key points of each slide
  • Choose four or five key points that you want to make, then create your 20 slides
  • Your slides should support what you are saying, and have images flexible enough for you to gain or lose some time during your talk (you can even put the same image in twice if you need more time!)
  • Practice giving your Ignite talk

Match ignitingAt iTeach Juneau and Sitka this summer we talked about presenting our course and/or course objectives in more interesting ways. Why not try Ignite to explain to students the big idea of the course they are about to take? After all, isn’t this a topic that you are passionate about? Shouldn’t you be able to describe to them why this topic is so interesting and important with 20, 15 second slides?

THE CHALLENGE: Create an Ignite that describes YOUR course to students. We’ll record it for you!! You can use it at the start of your semester, you can use it to advertise for your course or we can have a UAS Ignite Event!! Let’s do it.

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Games Can Teach!

25 03 2014

Nicole and I just returned from an excellent training/conference in Orlando. One speaker who really resonated with both of us was Karl Kapp and his presentation “Game Elements for Learning, Engagement and Fun” (we even purchased several copies of his books to share with faculty at iTeach). We’ll let you know when they arrive on campus and you can check one out. Gamification isn’t just the newest buzzword.

Now, don’t get me wrong, neither of us are particularly thrilled about mixing games and education. Neither of us were sitting between sessions playing Angry Birds on our phone. That said, Karl Kapp’s research really did make us believers in the sense that there are better ways to look at your course, to make it appealing, to incorporate some of the elements from addictive games and figure out how your students might engage with your content more effectively if we learn from these popular gaming activities.

Karl Kapp Article on GamingHere is an article that he wrote in 2013 that links some gaming elements to educational strategies. I think, if you take a look, you won’t find this too far off the mark.

Additionally, during his Orlando presentation he took a close look at learning objectives. He told us basically, “Games start with action. Instructional designers and online courses start with learning objectives.” Hmmnm, from our student’s perspective, that doesn’t sound nearly as interesting, does it?

Instead of listing learning objectives for a course bullet by bullet, point by point, ASK A QUESTION. That’s right. Ask an intriguing question. Grab the interest of your student right away by presenting a scenario or choice — do they know the answer? No? Enter the learning module and find out. Or, ask a series of questions letting the student know that if they continue, they will find the answers. You want the learner primed to learn, excited to move on.

His take home message in the article is pretty compelling: The debate should not be whether games teach; instead, the debate should be how we leverage the best elements of games to create the best instruction for learners.

What do you think?

 





Are You Mentally “Fried” by Friday?

31 01 2014

Image of overworked womanIt’s Friday, and we want to help alleviate your mental weariness! We’re starting something new and calling it our “Fried Friday” sessions where we’ll bring you tutorials, Q&A sessions, or just a little light hearted humor. You’ll be hearing more about these sessions in the following weeks so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, to kick off our first Fried Friday post, enjoy this bit of humor that Susie and Maureen shared with us. As online instructors, we’ve all participated in some pretty tedious audio-conferences. We think you’ll get a chuckle out of this Conference Call in Real Life . We hope this helps you to enjoy your Friday!

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Stay tuned for more interesting and fun posts from your Title III team and friends!

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eLearning 2013

6 08 2013

Are you back in the swing of school? Are there terms you are hearing (“gamification”, “mlearning” etc.) or other words you’ve been coming across that you aren’t sure you know? Check out Ms. Marshall’s post: 10 Terms You Should Know in eLearning and get familiar with the language of eLearning today!

We were lucky to hear some excellent speakers this year at some educational technology conferences.  One stand-out speaker was Sugata Mitra. He is the 2013 TED winner of $1,000,000 for his latest endeavor in education.  You probably heard of his “hole in the wall” computer project 13 years ago in India. His talk this year involves what he learned from that project, and also some newer projects where he is convinced that kids can teach themselves with the proper encouragement. It was a fascinating talk. You can listen to the lecture at this link: Highlights from Bb World — if you want to skip directly to his talk, move the player about 11 minutes into the video. You can also watch his TED talk Build a School in the Cloud. 

Additionally, be on the lookout for a post from Mary describing a ‘book club’ event we’ll be hosting this Fall. We found the keynote Tony Wagner to be so compelling that we’re looking at purchasing his book “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World” and hope to hold a discussion about some of his ideas to revamp education. Here is a recap on his talk, Closing the Skills Gap by Educating Innovators.

Stayed tuned for more information as we sift through all of our notes and find more valuable apps and links to share with you all!





Guest Post from KPC Faculty

22 04 2013
Susan Mircovich

Susan Mircovich, KPC

Susan Mircovich, Chemistry Faculty for KPC, recently attended the Sloan-C 6th Annual International Symposium for Emerging Technologies for Online Learning in Las Vegas. She shares the following resource links with us. Lots of good information here. Thank you Susan!

Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Whitepaper and presentation slides, Veronica Diaz Educause – http://tinyurl.com/worktech

Affordable Learning Solutions California State University – Find free textbooks and course materials; you can type the isbn of a text you are using or a topic to see if there is a related free book! http://als.csuprojects.org/

(Have not tried all of these yet – this is just a list of what other faculty presented, not an endorsement of these tools!)

Polleverywhere – Free polling, audience response system that uses mobile phones (texting), twitter, and the web. Responses are displayed in real-time on charts. Free for up to 40. http://www.polleverywhere.com/

Layar – Augmented reality creation tools. This is for print media. Interact with print media on your mobile device. Pricing to create pages. Free with ads and free if you are an educator and you apply. http://www.layar.com/

Parwinr Gamification Tools – Turn any video into an online game. Not sure about pricing. http://www.parwinr.com/company_pages

Piazza – For student discussion and communication online. (This looks really good – lots of features!) “Piazza is a free platform for instructors to efficiently manage class Q&A. Students can post questions and collaborate to edit responses to these questions. Instructors can also answer questions, endorse student answers, and edit or delete any posted content.”  Free for educators. https://piazza.com/

Photovoice – Assigning students to create a “participatory photo” from daily life relating to the topic. Examples at http://www.photovoice.org/

Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Pyramid Infographic – http://faculty.indstate.edu/spenney/bdt.htm

CrazyTalk Animator – Create scenarios. Not sure about education pricing (not free). http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/

Mobisitegalore – Make your own mobile website in minutes. Students can use for assignments with free 30 day trial. http://www.mobisitegalore.com/

Goose Chase – Mobile scavenger hunt games. Says it’s free for small games but I’m not sure what the means – have to sign up to find out! https://www.goosechase.com/

App-ucation – For iPad users this is great. Integrating Apps into Education (Check out Bloom’s taxonomy for iPad apps infographic)

Blooms Taxonomy

App for iPads





Summer Training Opportunities For Faculty

17 04 2013

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One of Title III’s most important goals is to contribute to the professional development of our distance faculty in a variety of ways. To support that goal, we have a number of out-of-town training opportunities listed below which you can apply for.

Basically, you qualify for travel on Title III funds if you’ve been involved in Title III activities over the last year or are willing to commit your involvement in one of our current projects (iTeach Sitka, Peer Review, or the Fall ED593 course). For more details on how to apply for travel funds visit our Apply For Travel Funds page.

Take a look at these conferences and see if any of these would be right for your needs!

May 31 – June 2:  The Teaching Professor Conference, New Orleans LA

The 10th annual Teaching Professor Conference provides an opportunity to learn effective pedagogical techniques and interact with colleagues committed to teaching and learning excellence. The plenary and conference sessions will renew and energize you.

July 7-11: BbWorld 2013, Las Vegas NV

Relevant sessions by expert speakers, hands-on training, all centered around the Blackboard CMS.

July 8-9: 10th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, Milwaukee WI

A conference devoted to the purposeful, strategic and comprehensive approach to blended teaching and learning.

July 29-August 1: Campus Technology, Boston MA

This conference leverages technology to improve performance in education. Aimed at Provost/Directors/Faculty/Instructional designers – there are sessions here for everyone.

August 7-9: 29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, Madison WI

This conference is for elearning practitioners. You will network with instructors and online innovators.

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Some Things I Learned at ASTE 2013

27 02 2013

I just returned from the ASTE 2013 Conference in Anchorage and thought I might share a few things that I took away. First, one of the keynote speakers, Cara Heitz showcased her k12 classroom that was based on using blogs and wikis. She stressed that teachers today need to design their own professional development to fit their needs. I believe that she is right. We have to actively stress to stay relevant and find the tools that help us to be more efficient and effective learners and teachers.

Steven Moss gave us some great lessons learned from research. One thing that he stressed was that there is NO research to support the claim that our “digital native” students, brought up with technology, learn differently from older people. NONE. He says that the brains of this ‘net’ generation have not suddenly developed new neurological pathways, or morphed. They are not innately better at technology or multi-tasking! They may have better attitudes and enjoy change more than older people/students, but don’t believe the hype that their brains are remapping to better use technology. He also gave us these three pearls:

  1. Information-understanding-knowledge are not synonymous. We must figure out ways to have our students use the information and turn it into knowledge
  2. There is NO proven relationship between increased time on task and learning – in other words, don’t mistake engagement with learning.
  3. The Everest Fallacy – don’t just use technology “because it’s there”

While we’re on the subject of technologies that are “there” – I learned about some pretty cool apps and programs that I am not currently using, but may try. Something I’ve learned over the years is that you can’t really incorporate something into your personal learning environment without trying it out, without giving it a trial period before you accept or reject it. And, rarely do I add more than one thing at a time. Well, here are some interesting places that you might enjoy checking out: Read the rest of this entry »





Apply For Travel Funds

13 02 2013

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One of Title III’s most important goals is to contribute to the professional development of our distance faculty in a variety of ways. You have had opportunities to:

  • Attend iTeach
  • Take an online course (Designing and Developing an Online Course)
  • Work with our instructional designers (Kathi Baldwin and Lori Cheezem)
  • Participate in webinars (Softchalk and VoiceThread)
  • Participate on our Peer Review of Courses committee

Most recently we have created The Faculty Learning Corner for you to access tutorials independently. We will be adding to this blog repository in the years ahead, so please sign up for notices so you’ll receive email notifications whenever we update a tutorial, advertise a new workshop or webinar, or discuss important issues relevant to your teaching.

We have a number of out-of-town training opportunities coming up which you can apply for. Basically, you qualify for travel on Title III funds if you’ve been involved in Title III activities over the last year or are willing to commit your involvement in one of our current projects (iTeach Sitka, Peer Review, Fall ED593). As they appear on the Faculty Learning Corner blog, check them out and see if they would be right for your needs.

If you would like to attend any of the conferences or workshops that we post, send Mary Purvis an email stating the following: Read the rest of this entry »








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