Lecture Capture with Wimba – CSU Chico


When: December 8, 2008 12:00 pm PST

Where: Online

Register to Attend: Wimba Registration

For years, instructors at CSU, Chico have taught classes that met to face-to-face but simultaneously had students logged in remotely via Wimba Classroom. These remote students were able to see the face-to-face teacher via video and a student assistant who fielded remote students’ questions and assisted the professor. This created a full classroom experience for both the in-person and the remote students – while also providing a unique way to capture lectures via Wimba Classroom.

Join Laura Sederberg and Ann Steckel as they explain their unique instructional techniques.


Call for Second Life Speakers on Climate Change and Environmental Protection

United Nations Climate Change Conference

climate change logoThe 2008 United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held December 1 – 12, 2008 in Pozna, Poland.

The Ministry of the Environment in Poland has announced a parallel project in Second Life, from November 16, through December 31 to improve awareness and exchange ideas with a sophisticated global audience.

A series of meetings and presentations are planned beginning November 20. Each program component is expected to be approximately 60-75 minutes in length, including presentation and discussion. The committee is inviting lecturers to present  (in voice and/or chat) on topics related to climate change and environment protection, e.g.  alternative sources of energy, water preservation.

Producers of innovative eco-friendly products are encouraged to contact them about an educational display.

Second Life Contact: Skagen Vita
e-mail: virtual2ndlife@gmail.com
Information about conference: the Global Climate Change website

If any CSU Chico faculty would like to present at this Second Life conference, please contact  Ann Steckel at X6780 or asteckel[at]csuchico.edu.

Creating Dynamic Online Learning Environments: Wimba Connects With Brain Research

Presented by: Janice Butler, University of Texas at Brownsville

Date: Dec 4
Time: 11 am Pacific Time
Place: Online – Register Here

The description:
What does the latest research on the physiology of the brain and the biology of learning have to say about effective online learning? This session will take a look at the works of James Zull and John Medina, relating the science of learning and effective teaching online. Within the context of brain research, strategies for using Wimba to encourage learning synchronously and asynchronously in an interactive, engaging, participatory and experiential environment will be discussed using a variety of Wimba examples.

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

Web 2.0: Learn. Connect. Share.

Presented by: Mandy N. Eppley and Parker Owens, Eastern Kentucky University
Date: Sep 23
Time: 12pm Pacific Time
Place: Online – Register Here
According to the sponsor, Wimba:
“Web 2.0 technologies are quickly becoming a phenomenon in K-20 education. Our presentation will give a fresh insight on how to incorporate Web 2.0 in the classroom while acknowledging the pedagogical shift from teacher instruction to peer sharing and learning. We will compare wikis, portfolio, chat and blogs available in the Blackboard Academic Suite with similar external online applications and discuss challenges and opportunities within the new frameworks.”

Using Asynchronous Audio Feedback: “Enhance Teaching Presence and Students’ Sense of Community”

This presentation is offered to all CSU Chico faculty by Wimba.

Presenters: Philip Ice, University of North Carolina Charlotte, Reagan Curtis & Perry Phillips, West Virginia University, and John Wells, Virginia Tech
Date: August 12th, 2008
Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm Pacific Time

Place: Online – Register Here
Wimba’s Training Description:

This presentation reports the findings of a case study in which audio feedback replaced text-based feedback in synchronous courses. Previous research has demonstrated that participants in online courses can build effective learning communities through text-based communication alone.

Similarly, it has been demonstrated that instructors for online courses can adequately project immediacy behaviors using text-based communication. However, we believed that the inclusion of an auditory element might strengthen both the sense of community and the instructor’s ability to affect more personalized communication with students.

Our findings revealed extremely high student satisfaction with embedded asynchronous audio feedback as compared to asynchronous text only feedback.

Vista Foundation Series for Summer starts August 4th!

Are you a new faculty member at Chico State or a continuing faculty member ready to expand your use of the online tools available in Vista? Our Foundation Series training for summer starts July 31 with Vista 101, Introduction to Vista. If you’re already using Vista, you may wish to take one or more of the other four trainings offered which cover the diversity of assessment, communication, content delivery and grade keeping tools available for your use in Vista. See the Training Calendar to enroll now.