Enhancing Cognitive Engagement

Enhancing Cognitive Engagement in the Online Classroom: Tips, Tricks & Techniques

Presented by: Jean Mandernach, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Online Learning, Park University

Date: Nov 11
Time: 11am Pacific Time
Place: Online – Register Here

This presentation is hosted by Wimba. Here is their description of it:

“Cognitive engagement is rooted in a combination of personality, affective, motivational and persistence factors applied to the learning process; it goes beyond simple emphasis on learning to highlight students’ active role in the educational processes.”

“While these attributes are important in all learning environments, cognitive engagement becomes imperative in the virtual classroom where students are learning in an independent, physically isolated environment. Presentation will examine unique considerations of student engagement in the virtual classroom and will introduce instructional and assessment strategies to enhance online students’ cognitive engagement.”

Acrobat PDF files – Are Yours Accessible? Learn more…

Since we’ve set up some high-speed document scanners in the TLP Faculty lab and started using optical-character recognition (OCR) software, we’ve seen a huge increase in the quantity and quality of scanned, accessible Acrobat documents which are being uploaded to Blackboard Vista courses. But many faculty are still using PDF files which lack even the basic level of accessibility, simply because they were created long ago or gleaned from sources which aren’t aware of modern PDF document practices.

Find out more about accessible PDF files at this free public webinar hosted by EASI, Equal Access to Software and Information:

Title: Improving Accessibilty of Troublesome PDF Files
Date/Time: September 24, 2008 at 11 AM Pacific
Information link | Registration link

Remember that the TLP staff offer help for faculty scanning or converting documents to accessible PDF!

Developing The E-flective Practitioner: Using blogs to enhance Reflective Practice at Postgraduate level

Presented ONLINE by: Paul Lowe, Course Director, MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, London College of Communication

When: September 24, 200 at 8:00am Pacific Time

Register HERE

“Blogs form a vital part of the collaborative space in which postgraduates interact with each other and with tutors and industry professionals; operating as the core of the learning circle, connecting and interlinking its stages and transforming practical assignments into an Schonian repertoire of experience that prepares the student for professional practice. Their real time nature and the seamless mashing up of ideas, reflections, images, links and emotions of the blogging format create the foundations for a future generation of E-flective Practitioners.

This presentation discusses how the School of Media at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, uses blogs alongside synchronous interactions using the Wimba classroom to map the participants learning journey on the course in both full time face-to-face and fully online part time modes, and to build a collaborative community of practice on the course.

Blogs act as a conduit of connected knowledge between the teaching staff and the cohort, offering an unparralled insight into the working methodologies, influences, problems and successes of the group in real time in a way traditional tutorial forms cannot replicate.

The Media School targets mature students who are mid-career professionals looking to deepen and extend their practice, or who are looking to gain the skills and methodological toolbox to operate as professionals in the media and related areas.

Through student feedback and analysis of the role of blogs on the course, the course team identified several key features of blogs, identifying both the strengths and potential problem areas; and how they map onto Schon’s concepts of reflection-in-action and reflection-on-action.”

Sponsored by Wimba

Wimba Podcaster Online Training 9/30

Interested in adding a modern element to your classes? Why not try podcasting? Online training is available on September 30. Learn how to add audio to your online classes by attending this presentation.

Podcasting with Wimba Voice
Presented by: Matt Wasowski, Wimba
When: September 30 at 7am Pacific Time

Podcasting has arrived in Wimba! Now faculty have the easiest means of creating their own podcasts!

The latest version of Wimba Voice, which is available to ALL CSU Chico faculty, most notably features the Wimba Podcaster – the easiest tool available that enables faculty and staff to record their own podcasts. This presentation shows you how the Wimba Podcaster allows instructors to combine Wimba, RSS Feeds, and iPods to bring their voices to the students!

To attend, Register Here