Learning Technologies

a look inside Motivis Learning’s competency based platform

Competency based education (CBE) is not new but the interest in CBE has been supercharged lately.  Karen Ford at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has published a very helpful literature review on the topic: Competency-Based Education History, Opportunities, and Challenges and dates early models of competency-based learning back to the 1920’s and 1930’s as mastery learning…

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Strategies for Providing Feedback in Online Courses

The video below is from The Center Moderator Michelle Pacansky-Brock discusses the power of the human voice (depth, warmth, and intonation) with two faculty who give feedback to their own students using video and voice.  They share their own processes for giving feedback in this manner. Hangout Archive from: The Center  Use Audio and Video Feedback.…

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Networked Learning about Analytics

A conversation with Sandeep Jayaprakash… A few weeks ago I reached out to Sandeep Jayaprakash in order to connect and learn more about the work that he has been doing in the field of learning analytics.  Today, we met via Google Hangout and he shared his project with me. The learning analytics project that we discussed was the…

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Seriously? MOOCs again?

For those of you who reading this, please note that this is the topic of the week in my PhD course. Is Sebastian Thrun on to something? When thinking about the questions posed this week, I prefer to begin by talking about Udacity and Thrun’s aha moment.  I watched the news closely when Sebastian Thrun was…

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YOU MUST Create Compelling Instructional Video

Video is EVERYWHERE!  But is it any good?  What videos do you watch and find compelling?  Does production value matter?

Here are a few tips that you need to remember before producing video to add to your online course.

Rules of Thumb:

  1. Script it and Practice it
  2. Keep your video short (3-5 minutes)
  3. Relate the video to a specific instructional activity (assignment or assessment)
  4. Add only Audio or Visual elements that demystify content
  5. Production value matters when students are paying for the class

Create Compelling Instructional Videos

Use video strategically to explain key concepts, set expectations for assignments, tell students exactly what they need to do in your course, and of course to create a sense of instructor presence.

From research and practice we know that images or visual cues explain and amplify text which facilitates the recall of new knowledge and that using images to aid in learning assists with memory making.  Video can aid in motivating learners by bringing the content to life in an online course, it can validate knowledge and even explain or illustrate difficult concepts.

Try new tools to create video:

TouchCast – This tool is not for the novice video creator it is a more advanced tool with really AMAZING functionality.  And, they have taken the time to create a guide for educators.

Explain Everything – Tablet application for explaining everything.  If you own a tablet you simply must try this app.

WeVideo – collaborative video creation tool for laptop or mobile device.  Easy to use.

PowToon – Cartoon-ish animations made easy with drag and drop functionality.  Easy to use.

For more information visit:

http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/what-makes-online-instructional-video-compelling

http://www.linfield.edu/etci/digital-video-portfolio/why-use.html

 http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/guide/using-video-in-teaching-and-learning

4 Social Media Tools to Promote Connected Teaching and Learning

What social media tools should instructors use to engage students outside of the LMS?  Here are 4 simple examples of how to engage students using readily available and mobile friendly tools. Blogging Having students blog about their learning is a great way to chronicle their experiences and reflect on the overall process.  The more students write the…

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Asynchronous or Synchronous? Which do you prefer?

The battle between synchronous and “A”synchronous communication tools This poll is closed, but you can see the results of a quick twitter poll on the use of synchronous sessions in online courses here: http://twtpoll.com/brv493cq58em9jx When I consider my experiences as a student, I much prefer asynchronous communication tools.  This is not because I am an…

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Gamify your next eBook with Bookry. No coding required!

Bookry Widgets

Do you use iBooks Author?  If so, you need to know about Bookry.  This newcomer to the edtech community puts powerful tools in the hands of authors in three distinct ways; with interactive widgets and analytics. There is no coding required!  Simply choose from the widget library, customize the settings and drag and drop it…

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Gamification: Upgrading the Learning Environment

Overview: The same elements that make games enjoyable also make them ideal learning environments. Gaming is especially useful for simulating real-world career scenarios and training students how to respond. Several prestigious institutions now incorporate gaming into their graduate programs. “Keep sitting there staring at that screen. Atari will rot your brain as fast as Fun…

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