Fried Friday: A Weekend Photo Challenge!!

23 05 2014

We hope that everyone is going to have a fantastic holiday weekend and we’re throwing out a challenge– share your weekend with us using either the photo collage app that we recommend below (and have examples here for you), the cool video app that we’ve demo’d below, OR an equivalent product of your choice. Remember, we’ll be posting any submissions publicly so be sure you send us material that’s appropriate! And have fun.

Tina made each of these collages from iTeach Juneau photos taken last week. She used the Pic Collage for ipads/iphones. It’s so easy to use and fun to create some beautiful photo collages. Click each to enlarge.

PicCollage_DinnerMary

PicCollage_Juneau

Collage w Mary Tina and Kathi

PicCollage_food

Those are our sample collages. Email ksbaldwin@alaska.edu with YOUR weekend collage.

OR, if you’d like to try a really cool 360 and more video creation tool, download bubbli to your phone or ipad and make a bubble video. This app makes a dynamic spherical photo video clip. Quite unique and fun.

Here are a few examples taken in Juneau by Tina, CLICK EACH BUBBLE BELOW:

Watch bubbli video

classroom bubbliEvar Walk near airport

 

OK, don’t forget this is a competition! Have fun and please send (ksbaldwin@alaska.edu) us your weekend photo collages or bubbles so we can post!





How Long is TOO Long?

4 12 2013

One of the biggest pitfalls in creating an online course is in trying to reconstruct your face-to-face classroom on the web, complete with 50 minute lectures and handouts. What’s wrong with that? First we must keep in mind that the web is a very different learning environment from our traditional classrooms, and online courses should take advantage of this to create learning environments that are more effective and more engaging. Second, the research is in, 6 to 7 minutes of instructional video — that’s the sweet spot,  states Tremblay’s article on the E-Learning Acupuncture blog. He quotes Philip Guo’s new research on the Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement. Both articles are interesting reading.

http://www.oneproductions.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Avg-length-of-Online-Videos-1.jpgThis graphic (click thumbnail to view the oneproduction.com infographic) compiles video information to underscore Guo’s research. On the web, educational videos should be short and to the point. Here are some tips from Wistia on keeping people engaged in your educational material:

  1. Keep it short
  2. Put the message at the beginning
  3. Be clear, direct and relevant
  4. Be human and personal

It would be interesting to hear from you. Does your experience with Adobe Presenter, Jing, Camtasia, YouTube or other educational “video” content you’ve created match these research findings? Are you finding significant learner drop-off when your recorded information is longer than 6 or 7 minutes?





iTeach Sitka is Coming Soon, and It’s Going to ROCK!!

9 04 2013

Is your application in for iTeach 2013? Here’s a preview of what we’ll be doing together:

  • Using the latest iPad and sharing the best educational apps
  • Learning about some Google Apps that can enhance your classroom experience
  • Learning some great story-boarding tips and techniques that can be used when designing instruction
  • Creating video tutorials or video lectures
  • Using Blackboard and online design best practices
  • Collaborating with faculty from UAA
  • Playing with nationally known presenter, Diane Elkins
  • Designing and building your online course
  • Learning more about Jing, Camtasia, SoftChalk, VoiceThread, Blackboard, AdobePresenter,  and lots of cool web 2.0 tools

It is sure to be a fun and productive week. Please join us!

Click for Complete iTeach Sitka Information.





Diane Elkins Joins the iTeach Sitka Team in June!!

1 04 2013
Elkins from artisan eLearning

Diane Elkins

(1) We are very excited to announce that Diane Elkins, co-owner of Artisan E-Learning, will join our iTeach training team. Our team this year includes, Mary, Maureen, Lori, Kathi from Sitka campus and Madera from UAF!

Diane is a trainer in the fast-growing field of “rapid development tools” and has written books and trained diverse clients in the use of products like Captivate, Lectora, Storyline, Jing. She is a master of story-boarding and managing training materials, videos and e-learning projects. Most recently Diane has created training materials with easy video production using whiteboards. (Have you ever looked at a “In Plain English” YouTube? These videos are a lot like those). We have a lot we can all learn from Diane.

Diane is excited to share her knowledge and work with you during the June 3-7 iTeach week in Sitka.

(2) Remember iTeach is your week to work on your online course(s), get 1:1 help from Sitka and Fairbanks Instructional Designers, learn and collaborate with colleagues and have fun while constructing your online materials! There is a stipend attached to the week. Be sure to apply soon.

(3) This year some UAA faculty will be joining our iTeach week. This should enrich your learning environment to work with people from other campuses.

(4) Even if you have attended an iTeach in the past– you CAN APPLY AGAIN! Join us in June. We expect the week to be great.

For full information on how to apply for our iTeach, please check out:

iTeach Information

Kathi








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