The Human Element

The Human Element (from Inside Higher Ed)
March 29, 2010
“A growing body of research has all but obliterated the notion that distance education is inherently less effective than classroom education.” – Douglas E. Hersh

To read more, http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/03/29/lms, please see the article with links to research to back it up.

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Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies

From the Abstract:
“A systematic search of the research literature from 1996 through July 2008 identified more than a thousand empirical studies of online learning. Analysts screened these studies to find those that (a) contrasted an online to a face-to-face condition, (b) measured student learning outcomes, (c) used a rigorous research design, and (d) provided adequate information to calculate an effect size. As a result of this screening, 51 independent effects were identified that could be subjected to meta-analysis. The meta-analysis found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.”

Please find the full article online, from the U.S. Department of Education, http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/tech/evidence-based-practices/finalreport.pdf

Podcasting with Wimba

Date: April 2
Time: 11 am PDT
Place: Online – Sign-up Here

Perfect for creating vocal overviews of practically any subject, podcasts increase the interaction and student engagement level of online classes by allowing students to hear in-depth explanations of detailed subjects by their instructors.

Now that the export features of Wimba Voice and Wimba Classroom have become so much richer, audio (and even video) can be exported to iPods, iPhones, or other MP3 and MP4 players so students can listen to the their instructors when they’re on-the-go or exercising.ities with a unique collaborative environment that improves student retention.

If you can’t make the time, sign-up with Wimba to get an email with a link to the recording. Or, if you’d like more information about Wimba products, please contact Ann Steckel at X6780.

TILT – MERLOT & CLIVE: Faculty Learning Objects Anew

What: MERLOT & CLIVE
Who: Cris Guenter, professor with the Department of Education
When: Wednesday, March 24 at 1:00p.m. pacific time
Where: Watch the Archive Online

This presentation will feature an explanation of the usefulness of MERLOT and how faculty can best use it to add learning objects to courses. Dr. Guenter will also explain MERLOT’s role in the new Center for Learning in Virtual Environments (CLIVE) and how it is attempting to bring immersive education to its members.

What is TILT?
The Technology in Learning and Teaching consortium is an informal research and interest group consisting of faculty, staff, and others with interests or experience in technology as it relates to learning and teaching. You can attend these faculty presentations in person, live online through the Internet, or via a later archive. For more information, visit the TILT Web page: http://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/tilt. Presentations take place on Wednesdays in MLIB 031, in the basement of Meriam Library.

Viewing a TILT Symposium Online
Participant Logins do not require a password for this presentation.

For questions, information or suggestions for future TILT sessions please contact Ann Steckel at X6780 or asteckel[at]csuchico.edu.

How Instructional Technology Consultants Can Create Successful Redesigns

Given the current environment of course re-evaluation and redesign, an instructional technology consultant (ITC) can be an invaluable resource for professors. An ITC can provide numerous services and technology solutions, as well as give advice or guidance. Below is a short list of some examples you may not have thought about.

An ITC can:

    help professors develop structure and form that creates an environment where students engage in active learning.

    provide expertise with creating activities, time lines and enforceable deadlines that keep students on task.

    explain methods that use technology to reward students for their good work.

    develop course assessments to provide feedback for future re-evaluation and course development.

    explain and demonstrate technologies that incorporate multiple learning styles and accessibility.

    offer ideas to connect with students, students with their peers, and cultivate a sense of community.

If you are interested in meeting with an ITC here at CSU, Chico, please contact one of us to arrange for an appointment.

For more information about this article, you may want to read, Six Principles of a Successful Course Redesign by The Teaching Professor.

CELT Presentation – Pedagogy of New Technologies

The list below contains links to some of the information and resources to be discussed at the CELT presentation to be given on Wednesday, March 24 in MLIB 31 at 2:00 p.m.

The Horizon Report – a report from the New Media Center that “charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning and creative inquiry…”

Mobile Computing Example 1 year or less
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Mobile Tours
This application provides a multimedia gallery tour to allow visitors to explore SFMOMA’s extraordinary collection through a handheld touchscreen device.

Open Content 1 year or less for adoption
eScholarship: University of California
eScholarship provides a suite of open access, scholarly publishing services and research tools associated with the University of California.

Electronic Books 2 – 3 years for adoption
DeepDyve
DeepDyve is the largest online rental service for scientific, technical and medical research.

Augmented Reality 2 – 3 Years for adoption
The Virtual Time Machine “allows people to see and discover much more than they would normally be able to by overlaying information and images in real time on photos and video taken using a mobile device.”

Gesture-Based Computing 4 – 5 Years for adoption
Microsoft Surface for Students The Surfaces, coffee-table-sized computerized devices that respond not to a mouse, but to fingertips are now at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Google

Google Moderator is an application that lets audience members decide which questions, suggestions or ideas interest them most. Submitted questions are then voted upon by the audience and the most popular questions rise to the top.The voting box at the top of page focuses attention on submissions recently added and on the rise, making it simple and easy to participate. It is a perfect way to include people in lectures, interviews and collaborative work situations.

Application Resource

Go2Web2.0
Go2web20 is one of the biggest web2.0 directories on the Internet. This site enables people to stay up to date with all the new & hot applications that arrive daily on the Internet.

SouthWest Blackboard Users Group – CSU Chico Second Life Reception Information

CSU Chico will proudly host the first South West Blackboard Users Group (SWBUG) reception in Second Life on March 16 at 4pm Pacific time. We have Kelvin Blue Oh, a blues guitarist playing live from Texas, free tee shirts, mugs, dancing, and lots and lots of conversation. So make some time to come meet folks from other universities as well as people from Blackboard. Students are welcome too!

How To Participate:

You will need a Second Life account. Go to http://www.secondlife.com and look for the join button top right.
Create your avatar when you create the account. Use an easily spelled and remembered name and an email account that you check (your offline messages go to it). Pick a password you can remember.

Download and install the client (viewer). The new Linden viewer V2 (beta) is out. It is still very new and sometimes buggy. There are alternate clients like Emerald. I am using Emerald, which is a lot like the original viewer but with some awesome features. Don’t forget to download the voice patch if you choose this route. Hippo is also another client used by many SL residents.

You need a decent computer to access a 3-D environment. SL is no exception. Once you learn about the client, settings can be tweaked to maximize graphics performance.

Start up the Second Life client and enter your avatar name and password. You will land in the new people area. You can find very limited support there, however here is the page with the 800 numbers.

We can be found here in Second Life: http://slurl.com/secondlife/South%20Sea%20Isle/112/57/23
(click the link while the viewer is open and teleport to spot)

You can always do a search for me, Olivia Hotshot, in Second Life and ask me to teleport you to the event.

TILT: The California Arts Podcast Project

What: The California Arts Podcast Project
Who: Asa Mittman, professor with the Art and Art History Department
When: Pre-recorded on Wednesday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. pacific time
Where: An Archive Online in Wimba Classroom

This talk will focus on the use of Wimba Podcaster to allow students to
have a more lasting impact than in traditional assignments, to take
their work beyond the grade I give it, so that it is has a real-world
use. The assignment is for the students to make their own short online
lectures based on a work of art they must visit in person. They
photograph of it, locate it on a Google Map, and publish a podcast of it
on a public California Art Podcasts website I created at Netvibes:

http://www.netvibes.com/csuchicoartpodcasts#General

Students write and record a two-minute podcast discussing the work of
art, using the Wimba Voice Podcaster Tool link in our Blackboard Vista
course page, and paste their text into the Wimba tool to provide closed
captions for the hearing impaired. Through an RSS feed, the podcasts
are automatically uploaded to the Netvibes site.

In contrast, this assignment gives students a change to publish their
efforts, to reach toward a much broader audience. There work creating
these podcasts was not merely an exercise. It was a finished product.
I wondered how the students would react to this experimental assignment,
and was delighted by the ways in which they rose to the challenge. Many
produced excellent podcasts. As a class, they have produced a resource
for the public, an audio guide to public art in the region. I also
wondered, though, if anyone would use this resource we were creating. I
have been most gratified to see that the site has had more than three
thousand hits since its launch only two months ago. This is solid
quantitative indication of the impact that the assignment has been able
to have. I plan to use this assignment again when I next offer this
course, and will simply allow the Netvibes site to grow with ever semester.

What is TILT?

The Technology in Learning and Teaching consortium is an informal research and interest group consisting of faculty, staff, and others with interests or experience in technology as it relates to learning and teaching. You can attend these faculty presentations in person, live online through the Internet, or via a later archive. For more information, visit the TILT Web page: http://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/tilt. Presentations take place on Wednesdays in MLIB 031, in the basement of Meriam Library.

Viewing a TILT Symposium Online
Participant Logins do not require a password for this presentation.

For questions, information or suggestions for future TILT sessions please contact Ann Steckel at X6780 or asteckel[at]csuchico.edu.

TILT: Double Header – Collaborative Portfolio Grading & Google Docs Meets Wimba

What: “Grading Portfolios Collaboratively in Vista” and “Online Student Presentations with Wimba Presentation”
Who: Cindy Ratekin, of the Child Development Program
When: Previously recorded on Wednesday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. pacific time
Where: Archive that is Online in Wimba Classroom

Archive for: Collaborative Portfolio Grading

Archive for: Google Docs Meets Wimba

In this archive Cindy Ratekin discusses two separate Vista experiences that were initiated in the Fall 2009 semester that allowed student assignments to
be transferred to an on-line format. The first involved the Child Development Senior Seminar course. This course uses 6 different Child
development faculty to review and grade Senior Portfolios electronically. The second experience involved moving student
presentations that were previously done during class sessions into an electronic format.

What is TILT?
The Technology in Learning and Teaching consortium is an informal research and interest group consisting of faculty, staff, and others with interests or experience in technology as it relates to learning and teaching. You can attend these faculty presentations in person, live online through the Internet, or via a later archive. For more information, visit the TILT Web page: http://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/tilt. Presentations take place on Wednesdays in MLIB 031, in the basement of Meriam Library.

Viewing a TILT Symposium Online
Participant Logins do not require a password for this presentation.

For questions, information or suggestions for future TILT sessions please contact Ann Steckel at X6780 or asteckel[at]csuchico.edu.