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.

Image credit:philipdyer iStockPhoto.com

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How Can I Make My Multiple Choice Tests More Effective?

7 04 2014

Today’s 20 Minute Monday Morning Mentor is by Linda Suskie and talks about making your exams more effective. If you haven’t seen this short video, contact Nicole to get access to the video– it has many helpful tips to make your exams more effective. Linda’s supplemental materials include a blueprint for creating an examination that can also be used by students as a study guide. She also provides many useful tips on creating questions.

Here are a few tips that I found important:

  • Do not ask questions on trivia or common knowledge.
  • Avoid negative items and if you must use them, underline  and bold the NOT or EXCEPT.
  • Order responses numerically or alphabetically if single words are used.
  • Make Alternatives roughly all the same length.

There are many other tips, so be sure to contact Nicole D. for the link and check out her video and her “examples” handout.

Monday Morning Mentor

 





Fried Friday: It’s as Easy as 1, 2 and 3!

28 03 2014

Attention all iPad users. Do you have a favorite website that you visit? Do you wish you had an icon on your desktop so you could just click on it and it would take you right there?

Tina, our newest Instructional Designer for Title III provides this Fried Friday tip:

  1. Navigate to your favorite website (may we suggest https://facultylearningcorner.wordpress.com)
  2. Click on the “share” icon
  3. Choose “add to home screen

You can change the name that will appear on the icon. It’s that simple! Now you have an icon that takes you right to the desired webpage. Can’t get much simpler than that!

Thank you Tina for this technology tip and welcome to the team!

Steps to make a website an icon





Great Opportunity: Ask the Expert

3 03 2014
Susan Mircovich

Susan Mircovich, KPC

We have a great opportunity to interact with an expert instructor and user of Camtasia. Susan Mircovich uses Camtasia lessons to help her students learn chemistry. She has created a tutorial Camtasia Recordings a Short Tutorial (35 minutes long) for you to get started using this tool.

Camtasia is like Jing on steroids– in fact, Jing is the TechSmith’s simple, free tool and Camtasia is their higher end product. Camtasia Studio is a software product that the university provides for faculty use.

Susan developed this tutorial expecting you to have Camtasia open while she demonstrates various techniques. You can pause her webinar while you try it out for yourself. In this tutorial you will:

  • See examples of camtasia projects and hear how Susan uses these movie clips in her course
  • Learn to record a project
  • Edit a project
  • Save and publish your movie
  • Learn about some extras: menus, title clips, callouts and transitions

As an extra bonus, Susan will make herself available to questions either in a followup Collaborate session or via email 1:1. It’s up to you. We’ll need to hear from you to let us know if you’d like us to schedule Susan for a group session or if you’d like to contact her personally.

Finally, another reason to think about signing up for the Sitka iTeach2 — Susan will be one of our guest instructional designers working with faculty all week long. We’re really looking forward to her joining us this summer! Thank you Susan.

Camtasia Tutorial Link





Are You Mentally Fried by Friday? Try Legos!!

28 02 2014

Fried Friday ladyCertainly when Friday comes you are more aware than ever of the things on your to-do list that got finished, and those that are going to hang over you until next week. Perhaps time management is an issue that could help you deal with your work day in a more effective way.

Well today is your lucky day- we have a possible solution for you: Legos! It’s visual, it’s tactile, and it’s fun. What more can you ask for on a “fried Friday?”
Check out the post and video by Justin Pot — How to Use Legos to Manage Your Time Better. It’s worth a try! I think I have some legos, I may just have to give this a chance.

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

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Above Image: ©iStockphoto.com/FotoW





Are You Mentally Fried by Friday?

20 02 2014

FriedFirdaySmallIt’s Friday, and we want to help alleviate your mental weariness! It is time for a little light hearted humor and a very important safety tip from one of our own!

You will want to watch carefully and take notes. And, be sure to purchase or order your own pair before they are out of stock. Click the video image BELOW to watch. Google Glass– watch out!

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

Above Image: ©iStockphoto.com/FotoW

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My Students Don’t Cheat

18 02 2014

Do you sometimes wonder if your students are cheating?  How can you ensure that they don’t?  Our counterparts at UAF’s e-Learning and Distance Education office recently posted this helpful commentary about cheating. Check it out by clicking on the iTeachU logo below, and leave a comment about your own experience and strategies.

UAF iTeachU





Discussion Board Dilemmas

17 02 2014

Infographic: Why Aren’t Your Students Participating on the Discussion Board? Click the image below to view the infographic and find some solutions to engage your learners!

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From: Knowledge One, January 13, 2014 by Jesse Harris and Carmelo Cipolla





Monday Morning Mentor Reminder

10 02 2014

It’s not too late to sign up for the Monday Morning Mentor program! You don’t need to commit to all sessions – simply choose which ones you want to listen to. You’ll receive an email each Monday morning through May 12 with details on how to access the week’s topic. Each session is recorded and available on demand for one week. Below is a list of the remaining sessions.

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View and download the above  program schedule (link). Interested faculty should email Nicole Duclos for information on how to access the programs.

Just another awesome opportunity provided to you by your Sitka Title III team!





Summertime Fun with Videos!

3 07 2013

mobile devicesThis summer the Instructional Design team has been experimenting with quick, easy to create videos. Because so many of your students have cell phones, iPads, Surfaces, and/or laptops with video capabilities, these web tools can be used to quickly engage students. Consider a 6 second Vine or 15 second Instagram movie as a student introduction. You also might consider one of these movies as a quick and fun introduction to your class or a “meet the instructor” video.

If you haven’t tried making one of these videos, we encourage you to take 15 minutes and try it out. It’s quick, it’s free, and it’s fun! Remember, these don’t have to be professional– they are merely quick snapshots. If you are still skeptical, you might enjoy reading this article: Vine in Education.

Image: ©iStockphoto.com/supergenijalac








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