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D2L camp Wednesday January 9, 2013

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on December 17, 2012

D2L: SHARING PRACTICES IN LEARNING AND TEACHING

- mostly it is visual changes. D2L is now using a lot of collapsing / scroll down bars to navigate. it is more compact
- changes and improvements in different tools: e.g. discussion, rubrics, grades (e.g.  export straight to Excel), pager etc
- faculty cannot add tools to the default navbar, but can email d2l@stcloudstate.edu and request a tool to be added. Faculty CAN take off tool; don;t forget to save
- must post first in discussion

  • 10:00-10:30am: Make D2L work for you: discussions and grades in D2L . Dr. David Switzer, Economics

- grades, how to streamline them. copying again and again in D2L can be too timeconsuming. exxporting to Excel, calculating and importing back is easier. Remeber to export a blank D2L grading item, so the template can be set. q/n: when final grades will be able to export straight from D2L to R&R
-use subscription on discussion
-show students in class that surveys are anonimous indeed

- who to turn for help and ideas: colleagues, tech support, tech insrtruct people, students
- how to organize lectures’ content and put it online, D2L in particular
- F2F, hybrid and online. how do we choose and discriminate?

- online learning, disruptive technology. touched on MOOC, student-center edlearning
- Camtasia. free version of the C Studio 8.0 for Win and Mac. Shareware (30 days). for every min of recorded lecture, will take 5 to 10 min to record it, edit it and prepared it.
- Adobe Captivate. use it through the virtual lab. it is not that connvenient. $30 per year for the key server version
-Blue Berry is superior to Camtesia by allowing to draw
- Jing. Free
- Screencast. bandwidh restriction. means that too many students cannot view simultanously the lecture video.  Flash-based and this is not compatible with Apple products.
- Mediaserver (media4.stcloudstate.edu) upload zipped folder (SCORM compliant). Need an account, request from Greg Jorgenson.
– Mike from the Adobe Connect participants shared ” I’ve used Screenhunter to captures images (jpg), which is a free software”
- multimedia formats: video, audio, images, animations
- differences between raster and vector graphics. Camtasia will accept only JPG, PNG formats, but not vectorgraphics

  • 11:30-12:00pm: Open time for individual projects and problem solving.

Lunch Break

- Steve: rubrics and grading. D2L is not flexible and we need to adapt our assessment to the D2L capabilities.
- homework and papers, holistic and analytic.
- Amazon Kindle much better for grading online then iPAD.
- separate criteria did not work for Steve, but Ken has his rubrics in different criteria. KISS rule. Properly defines students’ expecations.  Create a grid of the rubrics and then cut and paste into the D2L rubrics. Also go over with students over the rubrics details.
- Ken: have several levels in rubrics. New Rubric must be “published” and not a “draft” otherwise cannot be linked to grades.

- calibrated peer review.
another way of using rubrics. potential advantage of using this app is to do automated blind peer review. D2L cannot do it that well as this app. handy for large classes and short writing assignments. Contact Joe Melcher (jmmelcher@stcloudstate.edu) for an account to be created.
crowd control versus really learning the content. The software gives a good feedback what students have actually done (student progress tab).
export callibrated results to D2L

  • 2:00-3:00pm: Open time for individual projects and problem solving.

 

You can also join us via virtual synchronous connection through Adobe Connect at:
http://media4.stcloudstate.edu/d2lworkshop/

Limited space; please consider registering at:  https://secure.mnsu.edu/mnscupd/login/default.asp?campusid=0073

We would like similar event during the Spring 2013 semester? Please share with us your preference for day/time, as well as topics of interest.

For any questions, recommendations, suggestions, please use the following contact:

Plamen Miltenoff
320-308-3072
pmiltenoff@stcloudstate.edu

 

 

2 Responses to “D2L camp Wednesday January 9, 2013”

  1.   David Switzer Says:

    Here are links to two YouTube videos. The first shows how to take the txt file you get from the Testing Center and make it something D2L can read. The second shows how to import it into D2L’s Grades. Both videos also highlight some of the common problems and errors you have to watch out for.
    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV05biyJEZ8
    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9aqhI9BBDc

  2.   Lalita Subrahmanyan Says:

    Hi everybody,
    I would like to really thank and compliment Greg, Plamen, and Karin for the excellent d2L camp they organized yesterday. I was there for the part when Greg was explaining the changes to d2L. I really appreciated Plamen and Karin walking around and helping faculty one-on-one. Greg was great at redirecting his explanations to meet the needs of people like me who like to do things in order to learn!
    Thanks again! I’ll come back, I am sure with questions, when I start to use the d2L sites I monitor for the FLCs and other CETL initiatives.
    Lalita

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