Tuesday, January 31, 2012

LapPaq: Lab Material Bundles for Online Science Wet Laboratories--Delivered to Learners!

Now THIS makes some sense! I haven't evaluated it for cost, but our new colleague and digital media guru Everett Alexander heard the Webinar and thought it of value to share with you scientist types! Apparently, you can customize the kit to your curriculum/labs and the company delivers straight to the learners. Is the cost comparable to that of lab fees in a traditional setting? Please help me evaluate that very question. Let me know what you think!

Monday, January 30, 2012

100 Teaching Tools You Should Know About

This is a SlideShare powerpoint covering 100 essential technology tools for educators. It's worth a look to make sure that something amazing hasn't passed you by! And if you find one there I haven't mentioned here, please share!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

9 Ways to Learn a New Language Online

This list provides valuable resources for learning foreign languages online! Some cost, some are free. Let me know what you use and how you like it!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Algebra II comes to life!

This video was a class project for an Algebra II class and was produced by a very talented student named Andrew Paluszak from NC! The production of the video was a form of assessment, and now the instructor can use this as a learning object in their course ... GO ANDREW!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Ideal Professor Vs. the Typical Professor

This excellent article was sent to me by a friend and colleague --- and I found it interesting that there's not a huge difference between the two. Which are you? Ideal or typical? What would it take for you to become the ideal professor? And how can we help?

FREE SYMPOSIUM: Exploring Quality in Online and Blended Education

I just signed up for this FREE online symposium entitled "Exploring Quality in Online and Blended Education." Won't you join me?


About the Virtual Symposia
The Sloan-C Online Research Education Symposia in 2012 are a series of 4 interactive presentations on research of critical importance to educators engaged in advancing online and blended education. The symposia will familiarize participants with the current research in each topic via multiple perspectives and emerging trends. Participants can pursue particular aspects of the topics via focused discussions and questions to the presenters.

Dates & Topics Include:
  • January 16 - 31, 2012 - Exploring Quality in Online Education
  • April 19 - May 3, 2012 - STEM in Online Education
  • August 23 - September 6, 2012 - Scale
  • October 30 - November 13, 2012 - Policy
Click here for more information.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Uncool Teacher's Guide to Getting Hip

I'm not saying that an instructor needs necessarily to be hip --- you can't be all things to all hipsters, after all. But are you tuned in or dropped out?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Top 10 Free Online Tutoring Tools for 2012

I know people in SEVERAL departments who would like to know about these TOP 10 FREE ONLINE TUTORING TOOLS for 2012! Dig in and let us know what you love best!

Moodle Tool Guide (handy tool for course developers!)

This Moodle Tool Guide is a very handy tool whether you use Moodle or not, as most of the components such as quizzes and wikis can be used in any learning platform. This guide helps you move from learning objective to the proper online tools for meeting your need. Take a look and let me know what you think!

(It occurs to me that creating such a guide for a variety of knowledge areas --- biology, art, accounting, etc. might be a great way of assessing knowledge via a class or group project! Those projects which are of the highest quality can be used as learning objects in future courses! Start building your archive of learning objects by using creative assessment models! Contact me if you need ideas!)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Guggenheim puts 65 modern art books online ... FREE!

This is amazing news! Good news for those who teach art, as well as those who simply love art! Look around online (Open Culture is a great place to start!) for free resources for your classes. Don't forget that we have lots of resources to browse in the sidebar of this blog under LORs, Cool Tools and On The Web ... !

Let us know what you love best and what you want most to learn more about!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Directory of Learning & Performance Tools

This incredible list of over 2,000 digital tools for learning and working in education and the workplace was sent me to by the amazing Connie Mack! I have not yet delved into the list, but I can tell you that I can't wait to get in there and start digging!

Let us know what you try and whether you find it useful or not! There will be some workshops and hands-on laboratories coming up and we're open to suggestion on which tools you want to learn to use!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Google+ for Universities

Here is a little primer on how Google+ can be used in higher education. Is Facebook pushing its userbase out and away? Are both platforms going to be critical to reaching all stakeholders?

What are you doing with these platforms in your work in higher education?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

5 Things Students Want Their Teachers to Know about Online Learning

This fabulous article (and tech ideas!) applies to learners of all ages in an online learning environment. What are you doing to engage your students online?