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.


Updated 12/29.  Thanks to Ecampus for an informative session!  If you weren’t able to attend, stay tuned for more migration info on this blog and from Ecampus and TAC.

Register for a hands-on Ecampus Canvas migration session! Ecampus will conduct a College of Education specific Canvas migration training and hands-on help session December 11, 1:00-4:00pm, Furman 404. Bring your laptop or check one out from Furman 201.

You will need a Canvas course shell ready for each course you want to migrate. You can migrate a course for any term. Please fill out this registration form, so Ecampus can get your course shells ready. The form asks you to specify the exact Bb course, section, and term that you want prepped in Canvas and ready for the training.

If you can’t make this College of Education specific session, there are other dates available for non-college specific help. See a list of the Ecampus training sessions and resources here.

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Updated: Thanks to Karen Thompson for sharing at the MOOC. If you have an interest in finding out more information about this MOOC that ran Winter 2014, contact Karen.

Join Karen Thompson and others in the College of Education for a MOOC brown bag on November 5th from 12-1 pm in Furman 202.

Karen has coordinated and is instructing OSU’s first massive online course (MOOC) in partnership with Stanford University and the Oregon Department of Education.  The MOOC is entitled Supporting English Language Learners Under New Standards and currently has over 3,500 enrolled. We will explore a variety of topics, including how classroom videos and other materials created as part of the MOOC might serve as resources for other courses and how MOOCs might support collaboration and professional development among teachers.

Bring a lunch and learn about OSU’s exciting exploration in this new territory!  

51723129_ed620f2c5e_qIt’s time to think about transitioning to Canvas. This affords us some exciting opportunities to discuss online and hybrid best practices and to consider change. Here is some information to help us as we enter Winter 2014 and Fall 2015 terms. As you read through this, know you aren’t alone and Cheridy and Jennifer are planning upcoming PD throughout Winter and Spring to support this transition. In addition, Technology Across the Curriculum and Ecampus are offering webinars/workshops.

Blackboard-Canvas Transition Site  Go here for all information on the transition and migration including upcoming webinars/workshops and FAQs.

Winter 2015 is an “opt-in” term for teaching in Canvas. If you teach an on-campus course and would like to use Canvas in Winter term, submit an Early Adopter Request form by December 1st. If you teach an Ecampus course and want to teach it in Canvas Winter term, contact Shannon Riggs. Most Ecampus courses will be taught in Blackboard Winter 2015.

Transition schedule Starting with Spring 2015 and then continuing for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015, all courses (on campus and Ecampus) that are scheduled for a given term will be taught in Canvas. Exceptions are possible; please see the Migration FAQ page for more information.

Ecampus  Now is a good time to consider redeveloping or updating online courses.  You will receive support from Ecampus for doing so.  Instructors of Ecampus courses need to discuss the best option (fully develop, update, or just migrate) with program coordinators and complete the Ecampus Online Course Proposal and Canvas Migration form. Generally, full development requests need to be submitted two terms prior to being offered. “Update and migrate” requests need a term to a month. Migrations without updates may only need a couple weeks, but more time is recommend just in case.

Training and Time Commitment: There will be optional training opportunities in Furman during late November/early December for College of Education faculty. (Details TBA. Please stay tuned.)  Both TAC and Ecampus will offer extensive Canvas training and migration support to all OSU faculty, starting in November and continuing through the transition.

If you are teaching an Ecampus course in Spring 2015 or later, Ecampus recommends you “plan to attend a migration workshop and spend extra time prepping the course for Canvas during winter term (4-20 hours per course, with most courses taking about 4-10 hours). Ecampus migration workshops require registration and will be offered approximately twice each week throughout Winter term” (Ecampus Course Migration Only Form). Be aware the amount of time to set up your course in Canvas for both on-campus and Ecampus courses will vary depending upon several factors (see the FAQs). View upcoming webinars/workshops.  In addition, watch OSU Today announcements for opportunities.

Let Jennifer Bachman, Cheridy Aduviri, or Sara Wright know if you have questions.

unizinIn an effort to inform OSU College of Education Faculty about Unizin, Jennifer aggregated some sites.  Cheridy  took these sites and created this Blendspace as an example of one way to aggregate and share sites.  Check out the Unizin information on Blendspace! (Please note the dates of the articles. This is in the beginning stages and these articles are intended as a snapshot or beginning place to explore.)

Blendspace is a useful site for educators.  It can be used as we did for aggregating and sharing information, but it can also be used within the classroom. It is a quick way to share resources such as sites, videos, pictures, and documents in one place.  It integrates with Google Drive and Dropbox.  Some Oregon educators use it to disseminate information from Google Drive to students and parents in a click of a “share” button.  See examples on the Teacher Resource and Gallery pages.

Here’s a minute Blendspace overview video that explains how to get started.

How might you use Blendspace in an upcoming course or to share information?

Guest post by Shannon Riggs of Ecampus


In Spring of 2013, Ecampus launched its Quality Matters Course Design Initiative.  We chose the Quality Matters (QM) organization for several reasons: the program’s maturity (over 10 years); wide adoption (over 700 subscribing institutions); the student-centered philosophy; the collegial and collaborative nature of the program; its ability to establish clear standards while still allowing academic freedom and plenty of options; and finally, its research-based foundation.

Our goal was to improve the quality of our online course offerings by using the QM program and rubric to focus on course design. Courses that have been QM-certified provide online students with an orienting course overview and introduction; clear navigation; learning outcomes that are aligned with weekly objectives, assessments, and learning materials; effective uses of technology; learner support and engagement; and accessible course content.  In short, QM-certified courses are student-centered in their design.

One year into the initiative, we couldn’t be more pleased with the results so far. We are excited to share this QM progress report:

  • 41 Faculty/Staff Members trained in QM standards
  • 23 Certified QM Peer Reviewers, who have served on 14 peer reviews here and at other institutions
  • 1 QM Master Reviewer
  • And, 12 QM-Certified Courses

Two of the certified courses are from the College of Education, Matt Nyman’s Research and Evaluation (SED 580) and George Reese’s Instructional Systems Design (AHE 531).

Interested faculty can get involved with the QM initiative in two primary ways—by having a course reviewed, or by serving on a peer review team. Ecampus provides plenty of support for faculty opting to have a course reviewed and certified by QM, and training and stipends are offered to those who serve as peer reviewers or master reviewers.

To get started with QM, or simply to learn more, we invite you to register for an upcoming QM training:

For questions about the QM initiative, please contact institutional representatives Karen Watté or Shannon Riggs.

5285740013_fd890015ee_qSpring term we had a series of professional development opportunities surrounding the SMART Boards.  Scott Taylor, a SMART Board Representative, shared these training videos.

Find additional resources such as how to download the SMART Board software to your own computer, lessons, and more on the Resources/SMART Board tab at the top of this site.

Keep in mind the valuable SMART Board support and resources provided by Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC).

Share success stories!

5171518129_c0726de339_qJune 16th, the apps will be wiped off the COE iPads stored in Furman 201.  Unused apps will be taken off and new ones will be added.  This is your opportunity to request apps for those iPads.  Faculty/Staff requests for Fall 2014 will be taken until the morning of Friday, June 13th.   Add your requests to this form.  

This form is also accessible on the Resources/College of Ed Tech List.  You can request apps at anytime.  They will generally be taken into consideration towards the conclusion of each term.

5171518129_c0726de339_qWondering what tech equipment is available for College of Ed faculty/staff checkout in Furman 201? A list is accessible here and on the Resources/COE Equipment tab at the top of this site.

What are the procedures to checkout equipment?  Bring your university ID to the reception desk in 201.  Office personnel will assist you. You will be asked to sign a checkout agreement and designate a time and date of return.

See the Resources tab for additional learning technology resources. is a thank you to Cub Kahn in the Center for Teaching and Learning and Ecampus.  He is instrumental across OSU in leading discussions surrounding best practices in hybrid design.  It’s been my pleasure to work with him this year in both the College of Ed Winter Design Study Group and in the OSU Hybrid Course Redesign.

The Hybrid Course Redesign Initiative led by Cub brings together a learning community of instructors from across OSU. Guest speakers provide insights into related opportunities and glimpses into what is happening regarding hybrid and online design at OSU.  At the end of the course, OSU instructors present about their courses.  Our very own Julie Gess-Newsome has a nicely done screencast on the use of LiveBinders in her elementary science methods course. By far the most viewed presentation is Eric Weber’s about SED 412/512.  Recently, I presented this Prezi about my hybrid course redesign journey and course design called The Journey.

Find out more about the Hybrid Course Redesign funding and application.  The next deadline is June 12th.  There will be opportunities next year as well.

Here are a few useful resources related to hybrid courses that Cub shared this year.  In addition, Cub made an informative post, Moving Toward Universal Design, that introduces Universal Design and key people at OSU who work with it.  He also contributed Ideas for Assignments Using Social and Mobile Tools.   Check them out!

In a nutshell, thank you Cub!