Tag Archive for education

Voice and Video tools – which one do you prefer?

This week in the #HumanMOOC the community shared their thoughts on how to enhance Instructor Presence using three different tools.  They used the video recording functionality in Canvas to record an instructor introduction video and gather feedback from their peers, then we took to the web to utilize VoiceThread and FlipGrid. The VoiceThread below contains…

Continue reading

Degrees vs. Micro-Credentials: Two VCs Slug It Out

Panelists: Christopher Nyren: Founder of Educelerate Inc. @cnyren Ryan Craig – University Ventures – author: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education  Matthew Greenfield: Managing Partner at Rethink Education Session: http://schedule.sxswedu.com/events/event_EDUP41683 _____________________ Notes from the session at SXSWEDU. 3 very different investing styles. Ryan Craig has invested in higher education and the money has shifted from the University to…

Continue reading

Bring your Own Device 4 Learning

Next week a truly open learning experience will take place online and I’m honored to be a facilitator. Bring your own device for learning is a collaborative open event that kicks off with a Twitter chat on Sunday at 2pm Central and 8pm Central using both #txeduchat and #byod4lchat hashtags.  The week of January 12-16 there…

Continue reading

My #fedwikihappening experience

I was lucky to have been a part of a very, very messy learning experience this holiday season.  This learning experience was not a MOOC but rather a connectivist learning experience called “a happening” per Mike Caulfield. The happening was a semi-structured community learning experience using Federated Wiki as an authoring tool.  The goal of the happening,…

Continue reading

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.…

Continue reading

Faculty Satisfaction Teaching Fully Online Courses

Posted July 5, 2013 on The Faculty Commons: The demand for online courses has increased dramatically–so has the number of faculty teaching online. Online pedagogy has evolved over a short period of time, creating challenges with changing delivery methods, training, support, and course development. As faculty reflect on their experiences, are they satisfied teaching in the…

Continue reading

Humanizing Online Instruction

Humanizing Online Instruction: An analysis of the literature regarding the Community of Inquiry   Ice, P., Curtis, R., Phillips, P. & Wells, J. (2007). Using Asynchronous Audio Feedback to Enhance Teaching Presence and Students’ Sense of Community. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 11(2), 3-25. In this article, Ice et al. (2007) state student satisfaction is…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

Evaluating Microsystems: The Online Instructor

In my systems thinking PhD course, I have recently been tasked with identifying a Microsystem and then evaluating the components that it is comprised of. In this effort, I have chosen to evaluate “The Online Instructor” as a Microsystem and analyze internal and external factors that influence or impact this system.  This blog post is one in a…

Continue reading