These are my Jumptags for March 17th through April 13th:
- Problems with ADDIE –
- Moving Your WordPress Site and Database « Weblog Tools Collection – here comes a time you may have to leave one web host for another. No matter the reason the idea of relocating an entire website – especially one that has been online for sometime – can seem very daunting. With a WordPress based site – I found it easi…
- You Are Not a Gadget: The Continuing Case Against Web 2.0 – Jaron Lanier was a pioneer of "virtual reality" in the early 1980s and in his book, You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, he makes the case for …
- Horizontal Attention Leans Left (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox) – Web users spend 69% of their time viewing the left half of the page and 30% viewing the right half. A conventional layout is thus more likely to make sites profitable.
- Teach Science and Math – Estimates are about 80 percent of Math Education at the K-12 level is strictly focused on solving math problems without any real-world context (Computational Thinking and Math Maturity: Improving Math Education in K-8 Schools, Dave Moursund, 2007). S…
- Space Station Close Encounters With Space Junk: Project Based Learning Activity that Involves an Inquiry Approach – The space station's near misses with debris are a continual issue, which provides excellent resources for scientific project and problem based learning in science.
- The Periodic Table of Periodic Tables / – The web has hundreds of periodic tables and dozens of collections of periodic tables — but it never had a periodic table of periodic tables. Until now. Researched in profound and excruciating detail over the course of a couple nights on Google, we p…
- Fred Wilson’s 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps | Carsonified – In February 2010 Fred Wilson, a New York based tech investor, spoke at the annual Future of Web Apps Miami conference. His talk, clocking in at just under
- Envisioning the Post-LMS Era: The Open Learning Network (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE – Although central to the business of higher education, the LMS has also become a symbol of the status quo that supports administrative functions more effectively than teaching and learning activities.
- Write Better CSS With Best Practices | Pro Blog Design – Everyone has a slightly different approach to CSS. That's part of the reason it can be a nightmare to edit someone else's code. But there are a few good practices you can use in your CSS to make your stylesheets easier for you to read, and easier for…
- Techniques for Squeezing Images for All They’re Worth | Webdesigner Depot – An image’s dimensions on screen are measured in pixels: width and height. An image's quality is determined by less tangible factors: composition, mood,
- What Students Expect from Instructors, Other Students – Some years back The Teaching Professor featured an article highlighting Mano Singham’s wonderful piece describing how he moved away from a very authoritarian, rule-centered syllabus (reference below). It’s one of my very favorite articles—I reference…
- Starting Out Organized: Website Content Planning The Right Way – Smashing Magazine – So many articles explain how to design interfaces, design graphics and deal with clients. But one step in the Web development process is often skipped over or…
- Free Stuff – Educational Technology – ICT in Education – The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book lists over 100 projects with objectives, defined grade level or age range, links to additional information (including how-to's) about the project, and tips for teachers planning to use the project.
I’m pleased to say that another book chapter in completed and onto the presses to be published. This one was with awesome collaborators, Dr. Drew Polly at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Joanne Gikas (a doc student of mine), the Director of Online Programs at UofM. This chapter is on supporting technology integration in higher education. Together, the three of us offer two different cases of how technology integration has been handled at our respective institutions. We also offer some good lessons learned from both our experiences as well.
Supporting Technology Integration in Higher Education: The Role of Professional Development.
Here’s the abstract:
As institutions of higher education increase access and support the use of educational technologies, there is a need to examine how to best support faculty’s integration of technology into their courses. In this chapter we discuss findings and issues related to supporting faculty’s integration of technology in university-level courses. We share data from two cases: a university-wide faculty professional development project and a professional development center designed to focus on supporting faculty’s integration of technology. Lastly, we provide implications related to faculty professional development.
Need a citation?
Polly, D., Grant, M.M., & Gikas, J. (in revision). Supporting technology integration in higher education: The role of professional development. In D. Surry, T. Stefurak, & R. Gray (eds.), Technology integration in higher education: Social and organizational aspects. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
How about the file?
Technology Integration in Higher Education
These are my Jumptags for February 9th through March 17th:
- Free and legal music downloads – Jamendo – Download and listen to over 20,000 albums, legally. Use BitTorrent or download directly to discover and share new artists. All content is Creative Commons or "Art Libre" licensed.
- Philip Hutchison Talks SCORM and E-Learning — Campus Technology – In this candid and eye-opening interview, Philip Hutchison, a household name in SCORM and the man behind Pipwerks, gives his thoughts about the current state of SCORM and e-learning in general, touching on subjects such as how he became one of the go…
- BBC News – The web: vital statistics – As part of the BBC's SuperPower season, exploring the power of the internet, BBC News explores how the web works.
- The Role of Disruptive Technology in the Future of Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE – # Truly disruptive tools will force new thinking and new approaches to ensuring student learning in higher education.
# Technology enables online learning, which potentially qualifies as a disruptive innovation in education.
- Free HTML/CSS Template for Download – DesignM.ag – A few weeks ago we published a tutorial How to Design a Blue Marketing Company Layout in Photoshop. Our friends at SnobbySlice have taken that design, coded it, and made it available for free download. The template includes the homepage design that w…
- 55 Latest Examples of Perfect Slideshow Presentation in Web Design | Inspiration | instantShift – As you already seen in our previous posts about slideshow presentation designs that representing the key information in slideshow presentation is a hot trend , Daily Resource for Web Designers and Developers.
- Flickr: The Library of Congress’ Photostream – Images from the Library of Congress' photostream in Flickr.
- Two Ways To Remove A Color Cast From A Photo With Photoshop – Removing color casts in Photoshop. Easy techniques.
- Color Theory for Designer, Part 3: Creating Your Own Color Palettes – Smashing Magazine – In the previous two parts of this series on color theory, we talked mostly about the meanings behind colors and color terminology. While this information is
- UsabilityPost – Does Your Website Suffer From These 7 Usability Mistakes? – Tips and insights into good design and usability
- Project Cartoon: How Projects Really Work (version 1.5) – How Projects Really Work (version 1.5) How Projects Really Work (version 1.5)
- Malcontent Blogger | bLaugh – Source: ReviewMe Domain: MalcontentBlogger.com
<img class="comic" title="Malcontent Blogger" alt="Malcontent Blogger" …
- The Whole Internet Truth | bLaugh – Source: Wikipedia Domain: WikisGoneWild.com
<img class="comic" title="Where is the Secret of Life?" alt="Where is…
- Applying Mathematics To Web Design – Smashing Magazine – “Mathematics is beautiful.” This may sound absurd to people who wince at numbers and equations. But some of the most beautiful things in nature and our universe…
- Here’s How to Add Personality to Your E-Learning Courses » The Rapid eLearning Blog – Tom Kuhlmann offers up advice on how to integrate script fonts into your elearning courses for personality.
Dr. Bill Taylor, a Professor of Political Science at Oakton Community College, wrote a letter to his students regarding academic integrity. I think this is awesome. It spells out exceptionally well what he expects of his students and what elements of integrity they should expect out of him. It makes his procedures for assessment and professionalism transparent to the student. I think in teacher education, we would also liken this to dispositions. But Dr. Taylor does a masterful job of explaining why academic integrity is important to him as an individual and why it should be respected by a profession.
What are your thoughts? Does your school have a code of conduct for academic honesty? Is it taken seriously? Should teachers write letters like this home to students — either for middle school, high school or college? What about elementary schools? We’ve all sat through the fourth grade reports on dinosaurs, where each student said the exact same thing. Or for me, worse yet, is where you can tell the parents did the school project. Where’s the learning? What might this letter look like to elementary school students?
I’m considering doing this with my students. What do you think? Should I?
These are my Jumptags for December 14th through December 15th:
Brandi Leonard, a doctoral student of mine and Assistant Professor at Dyersburg State Community College, just finished up her research project about student perceptions of traditional and electronic journaling. It’s a qualitative study that used interviews and artifact analysis to consider how students value each time of journaling. What we didn’t try to do was make one better than the other. The abstract is below and you can download the report of research, too, if you like.
This study examined student perceptions of two different journaling formats: electronic journaling and traditional journaling. The study, which took place at one of two satellite locations affiliated with a main campus community college, included a series of qualitative interviews spanning five weeks with six participants. In addition, this study used a general qualitative analysis process by conducting two rounds of open coding. Likewise, journal excerpts were collected and analyzed to establish further connection between the participants’ responses and the journaling the participants completed for both types of journaling. As a result of this qualitative study, four themes emerge as relative to the review literature: (1) understanding and knowing; (2) confidence; (3) convenience; (4) recollection. Finally, two areas of discussion emerged regarding the results, which were the results as relevant to the literature and the results as relevant to the retention of adult learners in the community college classroom.
Download report of research by Brandi Leonard.
These are my Jumptags for September 8th
- The Five Design Elements Every Website Needs – Discover the five design elements that every well-built website needs. Includes tips and tricks for content and navigation design.
- How To Jump Start The Website Design Process – Discover a simple four-step process that can help any web designer squeeze inspiration out of a competitor's website design.
- Project2Manage – Free Project Management – Project2Manage is an Online project management system that allows you to stay up-to-date, on task and connected with your team. We’ve taken the hard work of staying organized and simplified it for you.
- 15 Essential Web Tools for Students – It's time to head back to school and there are a number of web-based and social tools to help you get through the school year. Here are 15 essential ones.
- Microsoft Launches Tools For Teachers – Microsoft's Education Labs launched a new project this afternoon and it's better on trees and the environment. The group just announced a new Math Worksheet Generator where teachers …
- Kineo – Tip 27: Tear down the visual wallpaper – It is time to tear down the e-learning wallpaper and take heed of some top tips on using graphics for instructional use.
- 30 Amazing Alphabet Recreations | Tutorial9 – The Alphabet dates back to the Egyptian era and forms the basis of our language, through the years people have experimented and created a wealth of interesting and unique alphabets. This is a collection of some of the best examples.
- 3 Successful Small Businesses on Social Media – To help you see how social media can work no matter how big or small your business, I’ve found some great case studies of small businesses that get it and are seeing results!
These are my Jumptags for July 7th
- FRONTLINE/WORLD . India – Hole in the Wall – Mitra decided to place a high-speed computer in the wall, connect it to the Internet, and watch who, if anyone, might use it. To his delight, curious children were immediately attracted to the strange new machine. "When they said, 'Can we touch …
- Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves – Video from TED Talks
- Overview : Educating the Net Generation – Despite the considerable recent attention devoted to the 'Net Generation', few Australian studies have documented the characteristics of this group and little evidence has been provided to support claims made about the Net Generation and its implicat…
What fun I had yesterday with the folks from Wichita State. We had a great discussion about organizing a course for online delivery, and I had some really interesting questions about experiences with thinner syllabi, video conferencing, and approaching new faculty. I’m a little concerned that I may have scared some folks, so I want to make sure during today’s conference that everyone is okay after they’ve had some time to digest and reflect. We’re definitely going to take some time to consider the topic from yesterday.
Today, we’re going to be tackling managing communications online. It can be a real bear sometimes when you teach online. It can seem like you’re always “on.” So, how do you create reasonable expectations with your students and not not seem unresponsive or distant? That just one of the topics we’re going to explore. I have some ideas about how to manage communications to make them more managable for the teacher when you’re teaching online.
I’m also going to share some tips I have for conducting chat sessions, discussion boards, and two-way audio and video. A couple of years ago, I conducted some research with a former student Dr. Jongpil Cheon (at Texas Tech University now) about two-way audio and video. So, it’s interesting to see what works and what students value. I’ll be incorporating some of these finding, as well as some “ah-hah” moments into the presentation.
The wiki pages we’ll be referring to today are:
- Tips for online course management
- Tips for asynchronous communications in an online course
- Tips for synchronous communications in an online course
If we have extra time, then we might can get to some tools that I recommend using:
- Tools I recommend
And here’s the presentation I’ll be referring to as well.