SHE – Simulations in Higher Education

This session will demonstrate examples of simulations that use a mixture of web technologies, social networking and virtual worlds.

Date: June 11 Time: 10:00 am EDT Place: Online – Sign-up Here
If you can’t make the time, sign-up to get an email with a link to the recording.
Presenter: Dr Liz Falconer, Manager, E-learning Development Unit & Manuel Frutos-Perez, Deputy Manager, E-learning Development Unit, University of the West of England

This session will demonstrate examples of simulations that use a mixture of web technologies, social networking and virtual worlds. In particular we will discuss in detail a simulation that enables groups of law students to work as partners in simulated law practices in a virtual town that supports a range of casework.

We will also showcase an accident investigation simulation built in the virtual world Second Life where groups of students can experience an accident scenario, investigate it, design safe systems of work to deal with the case and work collaboratively on accident analysis and prevention.

Register Here:—simulations-in-higher-education

Faculty are invited to join the MERLOT community

Are you a MERLOT Member?
Join now—it’s free!

MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed and selected higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services. MERLOT’s vision is to be a premiere online community where faculty, staff, and students from around the world share their learning materials and pedagogy.

As a MERLOT Member you can:

  • Contribute learning materials
  • Create a personal collection
  • Develop a personal profile
  • Share your online expertise
  • Receive peer recognition

CSU, Chico is one of the original campuses involved in establishing MERLOT a decade ago and continues to be directly active in MERLOT. MERLOT’s International Conference is being held in San Jose, CA this August 13-16, 2009.

Want to become active in Second Life? Join SLER

The next SL Education Roundtable  (SLER), will take place
on Tuesday, May 12, at 2:30pm SLT *at the CHSSSouth Amphitheater, on
Montclair State CHSSSouth.
and will focus on students in SL.

Margaret Michalski has coordinated with a few students to join the group to talk
about their experience in SL.

If you are on Facebook, please join the SLER group:

Be sure to check SLER on Flickr

Transcripts of meeting from 11/25/08 to present:

Transcripts of meetings priort to 11/25/08:

*UPCOMING SCHEDULE* (subject to change) with all meeting starting at 2:30 SLT

– May 19th – Administering your Second Life
– May 26th – Future Guest and Meeting Planning
– *June 2nd – SPECIAL INTERVIEW. “Our Engaged is Not Their Engaged: The
Myth of Undivided Attention” with special guest Harry Pence (SL: John2
Kepler) Emeritus Distinguished Teaching Professor of Chemisty at SUNY
– June 9th – Increasing our Ranks
– June 16th – Virtual Worlds other than Second Life
– June 23rd – Are we our Avatars?
– June 30th – International Perspectives
– July 7th – SPECIAL. TBA
– July 14th – Dealing with Non-Virtual Worlds Issues.

Comics add interest to communicating with students

I recently attended a conference session entitled: “Dennis the Menace and Spiderman Challenge Socrates.” The discussion talked about how to deliver content, announcements, lessons that use graphic comic strips to add interest to the words. I must say, I was intrigued with how interesting it was, and how easy it was to create, with the many free (or inexpensive) software solutions. Some are web based. I easily created a strip to add to my next day presentation, to add some humor and color to the otherwise dry presentation. Check these resources out, if you have some free time.

Comic Book Creator 2 was recommended by presenter Joan van Duzer of Humboldt State University. She created a tutorial and example for doing comic-related delivery. Take a look at her work to see what can be done. – Interactive Charts Online

Chartle LogoRecently I stumbled upon Chartle, another creative app worthy of mention in the blog. This simple and free (two adjectives I love!) allows users to create anything from a interactive map to a 3D pie chart using personalized data. Once created, the images and interactive charts are available to use in all sorts of manners. You may use them in your blog, business reports, print them in brochures and embed them into web pages.  No registration is required, and users can save images directly to the desktop.

I highly  recommend that you take a look or create a chart of your own.

LMS News – Blackboard Purchases Angel

Yesterday’s LMS news that Blackboard purchased competitor, Angel, has created much conversation in academic technology circles. Those of us in the Technology and Learning Program have been reading as much as possible to stay informed. We thought we might share with you some of the resources we have found and let you form your own opinions about the recent “merger”.

Inside Higher Ed News

Campus Technology

eSchool News

Michael Feldstein’s Blog

Blackborg on Flickr

Twitter #blackborg Feed

Twitter #bbplusangel Feed

25 Definitions of Twitter

“I just don’t get it.”

Unfortunately, that is often the comment I get after introducing people to Twitter. They poke around a bit and many times leave. Or, sometimes they stay and get hooked, which is the case of many of my co-workers who tweet throughout the day.

Personally, I like to keep my tweeting focused on technology and its application in education, but many times I just want to share with others the fact that i am drinking a fabulous cup of coffee, or the fact that a co-worker needs to sell his classic VW Westie.

Twitter keeps me connected. And very often, it keeps me connected to others I have never met, and will never meet, but who share the same profession or hobbies. It expands my world, keeps me informed, and lets me share with others both professionally and personally.

This morning I happened to read the article, 25 Definitions of Twitter. It does a good job of explaining this whole Twitternomenon, so I tweeted about it. Odds are, someone will read my tweet and then retweet it and eventually a lot of people will read that article as a result of the chain reaction Twitter so simply creates. It’s like magic, maybe.

If you want to keep up with us in TLP, add us to your Twitter list. You can find us as:

geofish – Laura Sederberg

pdifalco – Peter DiFalco

ann_steckel – Ann Steckel

ccfranky – Claudine Franquet

The Credibles

A recent conversation with colleagues broached the topic of student information searches and the lack of fact checking. Everyone was in agreement that resource credibility is paramount if used as a source of content in student research papers. Unfortunately, students often quote sources that are not credible, valid or reliable.

Ironically, The Credible resource came down my path a day after that conversation. I decided it was worth posting so that others could point students to it and use it as a possible resource to teach about citing content found on the Internet. Interestingly, this site was built by students for the ThinkQuest competition and was a second place winner in 2007.

Here is a bit more about The Credibles:

“The Internet, we all know, is notoriously unreliable. It is also the premier source of information in both the developed and the developing world. This makes the question of credibility of web based information very important. As students, we constantly refer to the internet for information. But can we trust what we read on the net ? Are online searches trustworthy?”

“We the Credibles, try to bring up this extremely complicated issue in a simple yet interesting and comprehensive manner. We trust that after going through our materials, readers will be able to make better choices about what to trust and what not to trust on the Internet.”

Visit The Credibles site.