Part 1 and 2 are both only 1 slide long, however they exemplify the change in the design. These were created after I found the Oregon State style guides, so they were created with official colors and a more streamlined layout. These allow students to practice identifying kids that might need alternative learning options. These don’t feature any groundbreaking changes, however they do show how I’ve become more layer oriented with a cleaner display.
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Articulate Storyline – General Recurrence
This storyline project was created for CS 325 on General Recurrence. Katie Hughes the developer has this to say bout her experience:
Click here, If you would like to experience the storyline yourself.
Adobe Presenter and Macs
You or your students might encounter a bug when playing Adobe Presenter lectures where the audio track will not produce any sound or “No Audio” will be displayed. Try re-installing flash and playing the lecture again, if that does not prove success then try this workaround:
- Open up a youtube video on a new window.
- Play the youtube video.
- Now reload the Adobe Presenter lecture, audio should now be playing.
- You can now close the youtube window.
Chrome and Flash
Chrome is not a supported blackboard browser, you might encounter flash interactives not being displayed correctly for the student using Chrome.
Courses that use audio in assessments should not be using Chrome, as the audio player will not display correctly.
Please recommend Firefox if your course contains any flash.
Adobe Presenter – Creating Interactive Quizzes
Are you currently using Adobe Presenter to add narration to your PowerPoint presentations for your online classes? Consider going a step further and adding short, interactive quizzes within your lecture. Research shows that students have fewer attention lapses while listening to information when active-learning activities are integrated. Adobe Presenter allows you to easily add a couple of quiz questions at various points in your PowerPoint deck. This forces students to stop and check their understanding of the information — as you’re presenting it.
View this tutorial for instructions on how you can add short quizzes to your next online presentation.
Adobe Presenter – Creating Quizzes
This tool is great for Instructor to Student interaction either to show a quick demonstration or for office hours use. Students to Student interaction for group collaboration work. Student to Instructor/Students for a project presentation.
- Voice/Video communication up to 10 people.
- Most everyone has a google account
- Google Docs Integration
- Use with mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, iOS Devices, Android Phones)
- Dial in a guest speaker via phone
- Install Plugin
If students don’t want to use their personal account or share personal information, have them create an alias account under a different name or email address.
Here’s what the Google Hangout interface looks like
On Air, this is a new feature that google just added, so not everyone will have it yet. It will allow:
- Real-time streaming of your google hangout up to 10 people viewable to anyone on the Internet.
- Allows viewers to interact with the hangout via chat interface.
- Upon completion the video broadcast will be recorded and stored on youtube for viewing.
So you don’t have On Air on your account, how do you record your Google Hangout session?
5 Free Tools for Recording Google+ Hangouts
Click the image above to view Cynthia Chapman’s lecture done in Adobe Presenter. Adobe Presenter is a PowerPoint plugin that allows you to narrate your presentation and upload it to the web in a fashion that is extremely accessible for students and is easy for them to navigate and review.
- Each slide has a play button and slider with the total time for that particular slide
- Presentation length is displayed on the bottom right
- Each slide is listed by name in the sidebar for easy navigation and review
- There is a “Notes” tab which displays notes for anyone who can’t hear the audio
- There is a “Thumbs” tab for those who would rather navigate by picture
- There is a “Search” tab that allows students to search all notes and slide text
Students love these narrated PowerPoints and these presentations are easier to make than you might think.
Adding Videos to your Blackboard course
You might be thinking about adding videos to your course if you are:
- Wanting to show a video in class for an assignment.
- Creating an introduction video to your class.
- Creating small video segments introducing to weekly modules or an assignment.
If you are interested in creating these videos yourself, we can teach you some of the best practices on how to make your video professional and having clear audio. We have flip cams available for loan and here are some helpful tips for beginners to get started shooting flip video.
So perhaps you are interested in showing a video in class for an assignment, much like what you may have done in the past for your oncampus course. Keep in mind copyrights differ between oncampus and online environments. The process of getting the video up to your online course is to either bring us a copy of the video, either DVD or VHS, or the call number if the video is available at The Valley Library. Keep in mind that blockbuster type movies are generally rejected from the studios or a heavy streaming fee will be taxed to the student, so please find an alternative.
After the video is brought to us, we will attempt to obtain copyright permission from the publisher. The video will be made available to the students and will be taken down if permission is denied. The video will then be hosted on a secure video server where viewers will need to login with their ONID account before viewing. The video is played back to students via a progressive download stream through adobe flash. For students on ipads or iphones they are also able to view the videos as it will switch over to an HTML5 player.
Creating an introduction video for your class is a great way to establish a connection between yourself and your students by seeing who you are. Keep introduction videos brief of no more than 10 minutes, 3-5 minutes is ideal. Information you will want to cover is a brief introduction of yourself, perhaps your background and your interested. Then proceed to cover an overview of the class and anything important the students will need to know. Avoid including date or term specific information, so that you are able to reuse the video per term. Otherwise you will need to create a new one every term.
You can also introduce weekly concepts or a project through a short video. The process is similar to an introduction video.
Getting Started with Adobe Presenter
One way to supplement your powerpoint slide/lectures is to add an audio track/narration. It is ideal when creating an online class that if you do take your powerpoints from a face-to-face class to modify and change the content to fit an online environment. There could be content that could be supplemented through online discussion, or perhaps through student research through other websites, etc. You can also add an audio narration track to your slides, we use a program called Adobe Presenter to accomplish this task. Adobe offers a 30 day trial if you wish to explore this on your own computer, we can also lend out USB Headsets as well. Below is a quick tutorial on how the program is used.
This is one illustration in a series on how water molecules are attracted to each other. As you can see here, 2 positive hydrogen atoms are fused with one negative oxygen. The negative oxegen attracts neighboring hydrogens but does not fuse.
Here we see how the polarization of water allows it to crawl up a small opening in a tube against gravity.
Here we see how different pollutants soak into soil flow through the water table.