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Join the LET Community (Learning Educational Technologies) Wednesday, May 6th 10-11:50 in Furman 404. Our goal is to share and learn together surrounding learning technologies.

We don’t have a specific topic, but will leave discussion open to topics such as the following:

  • Our experiences with Canvas, continuation of our discussion about templates, and Canvas resources.
  • Ecampus Faculty Forum take-aways.
  • Learning technology resources you want to share.
  • Assignments with learning technologies in your class that are headed in an exciting direction.
  • Questions you have about ways to integrate a learning technology in a way that supports learning.

It is suggested you bring a laptop or let us know if you need one. Bring your curiosity, questions, and resources. We expect to have fun sharing and working together. Coffee and chocolate chip scones will be provided! 

Hope to see you there!

Cheridy and Jennifer

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Join me and other Ecampus faculty at the Ecampus Spring Faculty Forum on April 15th.  Several College of Ed instructors will present.   At 10:00 am, Kok-Mun Ng will be on a panel entitled How Quality Matters Improved my class. I’ll be a part of a panel entitled Active learning that yields real world results.  Eric Weber will be on an Innovative teaching: A showcase of hybrid courses panel at 2:30 pm.

The forum runs from 8:00 am, starting with breakfast, to 4:15 and includes lunch.  See the complete schedule and register.  I’ve presented and attended for the past few years and have benefitted from doing so.  I’ve always walked away with new ideas for my online courses and enjoyed networking with other instructors across campus.  See you there!

Also, be sure to check out some of the Ecampus online resources: Ecampus Inspire Blog and Online Education Trends.

LET PictureCollege of Ed Instructors: Join the LET Community (Learning Educational Technologies) Wednesday, April 1 & May 6: 10-11:30 in Furman 404 . We will be sharing our experiences with Canvas and how we have set up our Canvas courses. We will also be working on templates that we hope to share across the college. Bring a laptop or let us know if you need one. We expect to have fun sharing and working together. Coffee and snacks will be provided! 

Canvas Templates: Can’t make it, but curious about the Canvas templates? Check out the OSU On-Campus Canvas template and Canvas’s own sample course templates.

Hope to see you there!

Cheridy and Jennifer

Guest post by S. Horton, a K-12 educator in Cheridy Aduviri’s Winter 2015 Ed Tech class.

Web literacy is important for students to learn, regardless of their age.  Alan November’s website has a ton of resources on web literacy. When tackling this topic in the classroom, my students were falling asleep at the thought of reading another article. They demanded pop, fun, interaction, and creativity. I needed a way to get the information across while engaging them.  What was I to do? Create it!  My students and I created this user friendly, super fun Thinglink using a joined effort of Easel.ly and Thinglink.  It’s interactive. Click on the icons and explore!

 

How to use the Thinglink The tags have the answers to 13 questions on web literacy.  Some of the tags have follow-up activities that the students perform while reading the Thinglink creation. They click on an interactive link and then interact. Thus, the once bored students are no longer bored, but happily participating in web literacy skill improvement.

 

How I created the Thinglink First, in Easel.ly, an infographics site, I made the base picture. Then, using the snipping tool on the computer, to take a “picture” of the Easel.ly poster, I saved it as a jpeg file. Next, I uploaded the picture into Thinglink, a great site for creating interactive images. Then, I used the information on the November’s learning website to create tags on the poster.

You too can bring topics such as web literacy alive.  Give it a try! Check out related posts on When Tech Met Ed: Exploring Social Justice with Thinglink and Ways to Use Thinglink in EducationA thank you to S. Horton and her students!

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3/12 Update: Thanks to all who attended and a special thanks to the Technology Across the Curriculum team! Stay tuned for upcoming workshops.

The Technology committee invites all on-campus College of Ed instructors to a series of three workshops this winter term designed to migrate your courses to Canvas.  Even if you don’t use Blackboard and don’t think you need Canvas we encourage you to migrate your course and create a presence in Canvas. We are timing these workshops to support spring term course migrations, but if you would like to migrate a summer or fall course, you are welcome to attend.

On-Campus instructors — If you teach on-campus this spring please attend and let us help you! All meetings will be in Furman 404. Bring a laptop or let us know if you need one for the workshop. 

  1. Jan 29, 11:45-1:15 — Lynn Greenough from the Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) will give us an overview of Canvas and the migration process.  (This will include learning to copy courses, creating and deleting elements, checking links, etc.)  There will be time to get started in your own course with TAC staff on hand.
  2. Feb 5, 11:45-1:15 — Work on your course in a workshop style with your colleagues in the College of Ed.   At this point you may be ready to rethink and rebuild elements that did not transfer well (blogs, wikis, tests, journals, nested folders, multiple prompt discussion forums).
  3. Feb 26, 11:45-1:15  —  Technology Across the Curriculum staff will once again join us. They will be available to answer questions as we continue building our courses.  Plan to continue to rebuild your course or add new elements that were not available in BlackboardWe can share the work we’ve done and learn together. 

You can come to all sessions or drop in for any amount of time during one session. If you can’t make it, check out other hands on migration workshops TAC is offering.

Ecampus instructors —  Ecampus will do much of this work for you. Please register for an Ecampus Migration Workshop that takes place on or before Feb. 26 to initiate the Ecampus support process and to have the course ready in time for spring term. Or fill out an Exception Request. This helps Ecampus keep track of which courses are in which system and better support students, especially in that first week of class.

LET PictureWe are pleased to announce the beginning of a learning community surrounding educational technologies in the College of Ed!  Winter term, Cheridy and Jennifer worked with the Center for Teaching and Learning in planning.

We hope this will be a collaborative community where we have time to share, learn together, and have fun! Coffee and snacks will be provided! Within our first few meetings, we will collaboratively shape a direction for our community.  The initial focus will be on learning technologies in instruction and learning. As we get started, we will call this the LET Community (Learning Educational Technologies Community). Here’s a sneak peak into a Prezi that will serve as a starting place.

This is an ongoing invitation to join us. Together, we will LET Community building begin around educational technologies.

Currently, we have reserved the first Wednesday of each month from 10-11 am in Furman 303 Winter/404 Spring 

  • Wednesday, Feb 4 – Furman 303
  • Wednesday, March 4 – Furman 303
  • Wednesday, April 1 – Furman 404
  • Wednesday, May 6 – Furman 404

Jennifer and Cheridy look forward to community building with you around one of their favorite topics—learning technologies in education! Stay updated on meetings, events, etc. on this Tech’d Out Learning Site.

Looking for learning technology tips and tricks, ways to enhance the online section of your course, or to discover more resources for online and hybrid teaching?  Check out the Inspire site and the Online Education Trends site by Ecampus.  There is information about locating Open Educational Resources (OERs), effective narrated presentations, practical tips for the novice online instructor, and much more.  The Universal Design for Learning post was cross posted and highlighted below due to it’s importance for all of us as we evaluate and implement best practices in course design. Explore and find a useful post applicable to your instruction or research!

Locate these and other OSU learning technology related resources on the right hand side of this site.

Cross posted on Ecampus Inspire by Cub Kahn

http://www.flickr.com/photos/snre/5114827205/“Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design” –Ron Mace, NCSU Center for Universal Design

A fundamental of online instructional design is that learning materials should be accessible to all students. Ecampus works closely with faculty to ensure accessibility of course content for everyone. For example, since some students cannot hear an audio track on a lecture video, it’s essential that a transcript of the narration or closed captioning is provided.

Martha Smith and Gabe Merrell are OSU campus leaders in universal design and accessibility, and frequently discuss universal design for instruction with OSU faculty and staff. Martha is Director of Disability Access Services, and Gabe is Senior Accessibility Associate and Deputy ADA Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Inclusion. They note that the principles of universal design offer guidance for the design of every element of an instructor’s “toolkit,” from syllabi to presentation of content, course activities and assessments.  They point out thatuniversal design benefits all learners. For instance, some students who can hear the audio track on a lecture video find that they learn more if they take a few extra minutes to read the companion transcript.

Gabe and Martha emphasize the importance of considering universal design up front in the development of teaching materials, instructional methods and means of assessing student learning. This is the approach the Ecampus Course Development and Training team takes with online and hybrid course development. As Ecampus serves an increasingly diverse student population, universal design enhances learning in the online classroom.

Ecampus instructional designer Melanie Kroening has created a great guide called 5 Accessibility Tips for “DIY” Course Designers that provides practical techniques for instructors to enhance the accessibility of course content.

To find out more about universal design, speak to any Ecampus instructional designer, contact Martha Smith or Gabe Merrell or visit the Center for Universal Design in Education.

Post by Cub Kahn

twitter picI love this part of my job!  Students in my Tech for Educators course had an interesting discussion on the topic of Social Media in K-12 Education.  They discussed uses of Twitter, Facebook, and Blogs.  Concepts of “friending” students and parents, where to draw the line between personal and professional life, and digital citizenship all entered the conversation.

It is interesting to see ways K-12 schools are using social media.  I am also intrigued by the conversation of how students sometimes set up their own Facebook or other social media to extend learning beyond the classroom—student led.  We as educators need to have these types of conversations and look at all sides.  As we do, I agree with one of my students who ended the conversation by saying there are more questions than answers!

Listen to these podcasts on social media in the classroom. This interview with Alan November and David Weinberger entitled, The World Has Become “To Big for Us to Know” (28 min) is a must listen for all of us! What do you think about social vs private learning? What voices do you hear on the Internet? Alan and David “discuss what knowledge means and what type of learning must take place in a connected world of overabundant information.” This second interview is especially for the amazing math teachers in my course: Bringing Twitter to Life with Alan November and Jessica Caviness (14 min). 

My students inspired me to give a simple taste of how Twitter can be used without student accounts.  I pulled out a few assessment sites they shared in our wiki a few terms ago and posted them using this hashtag #TCE596Winter.  

What are your thoughts on social media in education? Happy discussions!  (Face-to-face or virtual ;)

Cross posted on WTME.