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online course design

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 24th October 2014

From the LinkedIn discussion group Higher Education Teaching and Learning

STUCK IN THE 90S: ONLINE COURSE DESIGN IN TRADITIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION

http://higheredmanagement.net/2014/10/22/stuck-in-the-90s-online-course-design-in-traditional-higher-education/

Of course, not all aspects of online course design require a team of specialists, a longer development time, and more funding. Some things can be done quickly, cheaply and by individuals with focused skill sets.

But technology can, when built with a deep understanding of how students learn, meet both of these needs. We can build online courses that provide students with hundreds of opportunities to test their knowledge. Using scientifically-based learning analytics, we can provide each learner with immediate, context-specific feedback. We can build software that constantly responds to each student’s cognitive and educational differences and serves up activities that address these differences.

  • Michael Berta, Ed.D.Michael

    Michael Berta, Ed.D.

    Educator, technologist, researcher, and innovator in edtech, distance education, and faculty development

    “Placing the burden on lone educators with minuscule (or non-existent) funding and who are not hired for their strengths in instructional media development is neither logical, nor fair. But more to the point, it’s a lost opportunity to leverage high-quality course design to drive improvements in learning outcomes.”

    I could not agree more with this statement and the remainder of the article. I’ve long supported an instructional design partnership model where faculty occupy a leading role along with other professionals capable of making the interactions, activities, and rich-media meet the quality needs of an increasingly complex learning environment (and world).

  • Judith

    Judith Killion

    Editor at Individual Basis

    We need to start imagining new models for building, acquiring and sharing instructional media.

    This has always been an issue. My students love activities that provide them with immediate feedback. I spend extra hours building a wide variety of different activities into each Learning module. It takes time and effort and if I am going to address different learning styles that is an entirely different issue. To create effective interactive learning tools that will not waste my students time and will challenge their skill level consumes more time than planning for a face to face class with different activities. I would love to talk to someone-be able to explain what I want my students to learn, suggest a few interactive choices, and come back later to find age related learning activities that fit different learning styles.

  • Alex TolleyAlex

    Alex Tolley

    Owner, MyMeemz

    There is going to be a fight because this model is more like a business product that educators contribute to, rather than own. Perhaps this is the true industrialization of education, replacing the craft model of individual teaching with standardized, high quality product?

  • Maria LaverghettaMaria

    Maria Laverghetta

    Enrollment Advisor – Pearson Embanet

    I have forwarded this article on to members of the course development team within Pearson for their feedback. I am curious to see their impression of the article versus mine, considering I predominantly am a part of recruitment services for Pearson specifically. Within our academic partnerships platform, we do contend with faculty, should they employ our course development team, to this vein because the ownership usually rests with the instructor solely. Editing course content or abridging related material so that it could be received potentially as more either user-friendly or technologically savvy can be a source of major contention with faculty members. I do agree that this is an industrialization of education to an extent, but it also pushes the ownership of traditional education past the instructor, a predominantly sole proprietorship environment, to an completely different team effort. The natural technological growing pains coupled with role expansion and differentiation are also issues needing to be addressed as well.

  • Alex TolleyAlex

    Alex Tolley

    Owner, MyMeemz

    Suppose one was to take this seriously. What might such a course look like – for a subject like Biology? Could it be built on existing LMS platforms, or is a new platform required?

  • Judith

    Judith Killion

    Editor at Individual Basis

    I think that both individual ownership and team collaboration are important to the development of successful online learning. We (hopefully) use the concepts of group and team learning in our classroom environments. We should not be afraid to open ourselves up to some of the positive opportunities that could develop from participating in these practices. It does not mean giving up our ownership of content and presentation. I see it as a marketplace of choice where instructors can decide what kinds of activities, helps, prompts, extra materials, and resources they want to add to their class content. The choices could be categorized by learning styles or how they fit into learning paradigms. I think we must face the reality that some parts of education will have to be more industrialized than others just because of the delivery method. This does not have to be a negative issue if there are enough choices to help instructors develop the rigorous content they want to deliver without sacrificing their entire life to the project.

Posted in distance learning, distributive learning, e-learning, educational technology, hybrid learning, information technology, instructional technology, mobile learning, online learning, student-centered learning | No Comments »

Wikimedia Commons

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th October 2014

Wikimedia Commons

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/122441683594666802/

Offers over 20 Million of Free Usable Media

wikimedia commons

Posted in information technology, instructional technology, media literacy, video | No Comments »

Early Learners’ Tech Use

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 16th October 2014

‘Screen Time’ Alone Too Limited a Gauge of Early Learners’ Tech Use, Report Says

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2014/10/screen_time_early_learners_RAND.html

screen time as the sole measure of what’s OK for children is no longer adequate, the RAND researchers argue that screen-time limits shoudn’t go the way of the VCR:

Limits on screen time may remain important in restricting use that is passive, sedentary, or noneducational, and they may also prove useful in ensuring that children engage in a balanced combination of activities.

However, a more-comprehensive definition of developmentally appropriate technology use will empower ECE providers and families to make better decisions about the ways in which young children use technology–and help maximize the benefits young children receive from this use.

my note: information on Pinterest still goes the other direction. E.g.:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/284923113897755173/
screen time

Posted in digital identity, digital naitives, instructional technology, learning, learning styles, online learning, technology literacy | No Comments »

Comics in Education

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 9th September 2014

http://www.comiclife.com/

http://chogger.com/

http://www.bitstripsforschools.com/

Posted in e-learning, gaming, instructional technology, learning, learning styles, media literacy, mobile apps, Multiple intelligences | No Comments »

Wearable Technology: How Teachers Could Use it with Students – See more at: http://www.tabletsforschools.org.uk/wearable-technology-how-teachers-could-use-it-with-students/#sthash.d7njCEYD.dpuf

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 7th September 2014

Wearable Technology: How Teachers Could Use it with Students – See more at: http://www.tabletsforschools.org.uk/wearable-technology-how-teachers-could-use-it-with-students/#sthash.d7njCEYD.dpuf

Wearable Technology: How Teachers Could Use it with Students

Posted in Digital literacy, gamification, instructional technology, media literacy, mobile apps, teaching, technology literacy, video | No Comments »

MediaSpace Error while uploading: XPath expression exception evaluating result”

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 5th September 2014

getting an error message when uploading a recording on MediaSpace that says “Error while uploading: XPath expression exception evaluating result” and then gives you a choice to “Retry” or “Exit”. 

From: “Timothy P. VanLoon” <tvanloon@SOUTHEASTMN.EDU>
Date: September 5, 2014 at 9:29:59 AM CDT
To: Desire2Learn Campus Trainers <d2lcampustrainers@lists.mnscu.edu>
Subject: RE: MediaSpace error meaning
Reply-To: “Timothy P. VanLoon” <tvanloon@SOUTHEASTMN.EDU>

Thanks Kathy.  I agree it is a great system and seems to be very reliable and I like working with it as it is very user friendly.  However, in this last week now I have seen this error message come up twice for faculty and I would like answers and I haven’t gotten any so that is why I sent it out on the listserve today to see if anybody else has seen the error and find out what they know.

 

We have been using Tegrity for the last 6-8 years and it can be a real pain to work with (as well as very expensive) so I am trying to wean the faculty off of Tegrity on onto MediaSpace, but if word gets out that MediaSpace is throwing them error messages it just make the hill that much steeper for me in this uphill battle to get faculty to try something new.

 

Thanks,

Tim

Timothy VanLoonInstructional Technologist/D2L System Administrator

Southeast Technical

507.453.2722 phone

507.453.1422 fax

tvanloon@southeastmn.edu
www.southeastmn.edu

 

From: Kathy Grady [mailto:KGrady@nhcc.edu]
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2014 8:24 AM
To: Timothy P. VanLoon; Desire2Learn Campus Trainers
Subject: RE: MediaSpace error meaning

Hi Tim – I have not seen this error – I just tried a couple videos, one an mp4 and the other an mov file and they uploaded and processed just fine. We have several people using MediaSpace with very little issues so I guess when you run into these issues – is to email Todd Digby and turn in a HD ticket as soon as you get notice of the issue.

 

Even with these strange things that periodically happen – I am thankful for this system, it has been a long time in coming. Please take it from me, who managed media streaming servers locally for five years, it was a royal pain and not an easy service to keep functioning at all times.

 

Kathy

 

Kathy Grady
Learning Systems & Services Manager

North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, Mn 55445

763-424-0743
kathy.grady@nhcc.edu

 

 

 

From: Timothy P. VanLoon [mailto:tvanloon@SOUTHEASTMN.EDU]
Sent: Friday, September 5, 2014 7:57 AM
To: Desire2Learn Campus Trainers
Subject: MediaSpace error meaning

 

Has anyone else experienced getting an error message when uploading a recording on MediaSpace that says “Error while uploading: XPath expression exception evaluating result” and then gives you a choice to “Retry” or “Exit”.  Hitting “Retry” seems to do nothing and I have not selected “Exit”.  The recording does finish uploading and the message comes up saying it finished uploading and then the recording seems to play normally but the message box does not go away unless you close it out.  I would like to know what this message is about and what I am supposed to tell faculty when this happens and will the recording continue to upload properly and playback properly every time.  I any pushing hard to get faculty moved over to using MediaSpace and this is a little unsettling when I tell them it is a reliable recording/playback tool and then they get this message and I don’t know what to tell them except wait and it should end up fine.

 

Thanks,

Tim

 

 

Timothy VanLoonInstructional Technologist/D2L System Administrator

Southeast Technical

507.453.2722 phone

507.453.1422 fax

tvanloon@southeastmn.edu
www.southeastmn.edu

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted in announcement, embed video, instructional technology, media literacy, MediaSpace, video, video editing | No Comments »

50 Shades of Mobile

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 4th September 2014

50 Shades of Mobile

http://www.themobilenative.org/2012/09/50-shades-of-mobile.html

Smart phones (MLDs)
iPads
Blogs
BYOD/BYOT
Videos

Posted in Blog, Digital literacy, distance learning, distributive learning, e-learning, educational technology, hybrid learning, information literacy, information technology, instructional technology, iPAD, media literacy, mobile apps, mobile apps, mobile devices, online learning, social media, technology literacy | No Comments »

The 70 Best Apps For Teachers And Students

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 13th July 2014

The 70 Best Apps For Teachers And Students

http://pinterest.com/pin/29766047512288264/

70 Best Apps For Teachers And Students

Posted in Digital literacy, distributive learning, educational technology, gamification, gaming, hybrid learning, information technology, instructional technology, learning, mobile apps, mobile learning, open learning, pedagogy, student-centered learning, technology literacy | 3 Comments »

Why and How Teachers Are Using Twitter

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th July 2014

 Why and How Teachers Are Using Twitter

http://www.edudemic.com/teachers-are-using-twitter/

Why and How Teachers Are Using Twitter

Posted in distance learning, distributive learning, hybrid learning, information technology, instructional technology, learning, online learning, social media, teaching, Twitter | No Comments »

Social Media: How to Create Awesome Online Videos: Tools and Software to Make it Easy

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 24th June 2014

How to Create Awesome Online Videos: Tools and Software to Make it Easy

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/tools-to-create-online-videos/

the tripod for iPAD is a compelling idea, but my personal choice is the wireless mics.

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