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Best Practices - Teaching Online

Welcome aboard: I T Newsletter Hello, and welcome to the first Information Technology Newsletter. As we move forward in 2013 I plan on releasing a newsletter once a month about best practices when teaching online, web 2.0 tools, how-to guides, and other concepts associated with teaching online. If you have ideas you would like me to address in the newsletter please send them my way, and I’ll address them in future publications. The newsletter will also be published online using [ ]which is a free online publisher for all types of publications. Please feel free to click on the social media icons located at the bottom to learn more about best practices when teaching online and incorporating web 2.0 tools into your courses to promote life-long learning.

Video Introductions Most courses begin with the students reading from the textbook or viewing a presentation. I would like to see online courses integrate video introductions by the faculty or adjunct who is teaching the online course. The video introductions will be no longer than 3 -4 minutes and will help the online student learn more about the teacher and what the student will learn in the online course. The videos will help your students develop a better understanding of the online course, develop relationships with the faculty/adjunct member, and will add the human element most online courses might be missing. I’ve developed a 15 step guide on how-to use the new tools in YouTube to record and add video introductions to your online courses. As you move forward, if you have any questions on implementing this idea, the how-to guide, etc. please send them my way and I’d be happy to assist in any way I can. Edvance 360 How-To Guide

Blackboard How-To Guide

February 2012

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Special points of interest:  Overview of IT Newsletter  Video Introductions in Online Courses  MOOC’s

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 Quote of the Month  NMC- New Media Consortium

MOOC’s– Massive Open online Courses MOOC’s have been coming up, and more and more institutions are developing these online courses for individuals new to online learning. Most of these online courses teach the basics of online teaching or another concept geared to an audience. I believe these types of online courses can often give the end user a different perspective of an online courses. According to a recent article posted in the New York Times, the University of Cincinnati, University of Arkansas, and Arizona State are delivering free MOOC courses. Students who sign-up and take the courses have the option to earn credit for those courses, which is an interesting idea never before implemented in MOOC’s. [ link to article ] Click the MOOC link if interested in signing up for future free MOOC courses . [MOOC]

T.H.E. Journal Interested in staying abreast of current and emerging technology programs in the field of education and online learning? T.H.E. stands for- [ Technology Horizons in Education ] is a free publication catering to k-12, but the ideas found in the journal can be integrated into higher education

Quote of the month

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

New Media consortium—horizon report The New Media Consortium releases a yearly report on emerging technology ideas being implemented in higher education. They divide the report up into 6 key areas an institution should explore within an online or face to face institution. In past reports, mobile learning or [mLearning] and tablet computing have been hot topics discussed. In this year’s report, tablet computing is again at the top of the list along with wearable technology, 3D printing, MOOC’s, and learning analytics. In the past, the NMC - Horizon Report has been spot on in regards to specific types of emerging technology being integrated into higher education. If interested in reading the report, please click on the NMC icon to the right.

IT Newsletter - February 2013  

In the first edition of the IT Newsletter we learn how to add video introductions to an online course using Edvance 360 or Blackboard. Read...