Thursday, April 21, 2016 3PM ET Why can they print?? A conversation about online testing. Assessing students in an online environment is alternatively enthralling, overwhelming and frustrating. Instructors are sometimes shocked to discover that students can print or take screenshots of online tests, or that the text banks to all the major textbooks are for sale on the web. How can you be certain you’re accurately assessing students when they are able to print or copy by hand all of the questions in your exams? Join Corrie Bergeron from Lakeland Community College and Kevin Lowey from the University of Saskatchewan as they discuss assessment strategies which can help address your concerns and give you creative solutions to the authentic assessment problem. REGISTER NOW
March 23 at 10am PT/1pm ET Join us for a free webinar to learn how to take your slide decks from static to dynamic. We will be offering step-by-step guidance on converting your decks from PowerPoint to Prezi, a highly visual presentation tool that allows you to show your ideas in context. Advice will include: How to rethink your content with visual metaphors. How to structure content on Prezi’s open canvas. A complete walkthrough of Prezi’s PowerPoint import feature, so you can quickly turn your organization’s slide decks into zooming prezis. Register Here!
Click HERE to Register for the Webinar When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Time: 12pm San Francisco / 1pm Denver / 2pm Chicago / 3pm New York (find your time zone) Duration: 30 minutes, plus 15 minutes for Q&A Cost: None Certificates of Participation: Yes, provided to attendees of the live webcasts. Recorded: Yes, and emailed to all registrants. Dalton State College’s developmental English program saw pass rates of only 50 percent for several years. To rectify this situation and improve pass rates, the College implemented rigorous improvements to the program as part of its Quality Enhancement Plan. The results had a tremendous, positive impact on student success. In only three years, overall student success rates have increased from an average of 50 percent to 87 percent. Students who complete the developmental English program move on to English Composition I and complete that course at higher rates than the overall student population (84 percent versus 73 percent). Join us to hear from Dr. Jenny Crisp as she discusses the changes that Dalton State College put into place within its developmental English program and the lessons that she and her colleagues learned. Their experiences demonstrate how a strong community, the effective use of…
Tuesday, March 22nd 2:00 PM EDT Find out how to transform a textbook and the positive impact open educational resources (OERs) have on student’s retention, completion, satisfaction, success and their wallets! After being awarded the Textbook Transformation Grant, Dr. Tamara Powell and four other faculty members at Kennesaw State University created a free, open textbook for their students. The textbook is online and interactive, created using SoftChalk and is available anywhere for anyone in the world to use. Just by using this textbook in their classrooms, Dr. Powell and faculty are saving their students $55,000 from the student debt load each year, and you could too! More success means faster graduation, fewer student loans and less student debt. Register now to learn more. Still not convinced? Check out the savings that Kennesaw State University has had for all of their students over the past year transforming their textbooks. We look forward to seeing you at the webinar! The SoftChalk Team www.softchalk.com www.softchalkcloud.com Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Check out the SoftChalk Talk Blog
Do you know about active learning? Here are a couple of great resources from Lynda.com to get you started. Not sure how to get started with Lynda.com? Check out our howto sheet or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Making Learning Active from Core Strategies for Teaching in Higher Ed https://www.lynda.com/Educational-Technology-tutorials/Making-learning-active/380260/432588-4.html Facilitating Active Learning from Core Strategies for Teaching in Higher Ed https://www.lynda.com/Educational-Technology-tutorials/Facilitating-active-learning-classroom/360035/378588-4.html
Tech Bits are bite sized, lunch ‘n learns focused on specific topics related to educational technology from the staff of the Center for Teaching & Learning at Athens Technical College. Tech Bits will start again Spring Semester with new topics! In the meantime, did you miss a session? Check out our resources – Yum! Tech Bits No. 1 – Apps for educators & life! Tech Bits No.2 – Studio Space Tech Bits No. 3 – Lynda.com, your personal training library Tech Bits No. 4 – Creative commons, copyright and public domain for educators Tech Bits No. 5 – Photo editing & apps – getting the most from your mobile photography Our latest news: Tech Bits! Bite sized learning series Tech Bits Tech Bits: Copyright & Creative Commons in Education Upcoming professional development from CTL
Faculty and staff~ Don’t forget to complete the CTL Survey! Let us know what you would you like to learn about and how CTL can help you. Interested in exploring social media in higher education, flipped classrooms or 3D? Wondering what OER and Open Textbooks are all about? Confused about creative commons, fair use, or licensing? Interested in learning more about how you can access Lynda.com, an entire library of professional training resources available 24/7? CTL is gathering feedback which will be used to guide development of new training and programming. Even if you have not used our services or worked with us, we are still very interested in your feedback!
Fridays: Noon Nov.6-Dec.11 @ the CTL Lunch and learn your way to new skills, explore CTL’s tools and resources, and gain tips for hacking your work. Sessions include apps and software to use in the classroom (and life!), a tour of our new Studio which is ready for your video recording, image editing, and more, tips and tools to take your photography to the next level, and getting started with Lynda.com, your online library of classes and resources encompassing graphic design, Microsoft Office, Blackboard, 3D technologies, business skills and much more! Yum! Don’t forget to sign up via the Intranet! TECH BITS Fridays 12-12:30 11/06: Free Online Apps & Software for Education 11/13: Studio Tour: Basics 11/20: Your online training library: Lynda.com 12/04: Creative Commons 12/11: Photo Basics for Free: Apps, Editors, & Tips Bite sized learning to fit your busy schedule!
Need to get situated in the world of online teaching and distance learning in all its variations (hybrid, blended, etc.)? Would like to know “best practices” and get ideas for successful online learning initiatives? See below some helpful resources: http://online.ucf.edu/teach-online/professional-development/faculty-seminars/ http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eq/a002/eqm0023.pdf http://www.umass.edu/oapa/oapa/publications/online_handbooks/Teaching_and_Learning_Online_Handbook.pdf http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/AGlanceatInstitutionalSupportf/213685 http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/winter144/lackey144.pdf http://jolt.merlot.org/vol7no4/brinthaupt_1211.pdf http://blended.online.ucf.edu/
If you are teaching online, thinking about flipping your classroom, or would like to supplement F2F instruction with some online videos, the CTL can help. See below the list of equipment available at our Studio and a Step-by-step plan for producing video for online distance learning. Recording Equipment Cameras and Video Cameras Sony 3D Go-Pros JVC Professional 4k cameras Canon Point and Shoot Canon Mark III Canon Vixia Webcams Audio Equipment Lavelier Mic Shotgun Mic Handheld Mic Monitor (preview videos) Physical Infrastructure Set Design and Equipment Lighting Tripods, Stands and Mounts Bags, Cases and Travel Gear Editing Apple Mac Pro 3.33 Ghz 12 Core/8GB/1TB/ATI Radeon 5770/OSX 10.10 MC561LL/A-CTO Final Cut Pro and iMovie Compressor Adobe Premiere and After Effects (Soon!) Step by step plan for producing video for online distance learning from Leon Huijbers