Last Week's Share was FANTASTIC!

Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 | Posted by Jenna Ream | Post a comment (0)

If you did not have a chance to attend and participate in our Share Your Stuff session last week, you can access the recording here.

Share Your Stuff!

Share Your Stuff- rescheduled for 12/11

Posted: Saturday, December 5, 2009 | Posted by Jenna Ream | Post a comment (0)

The Share Session that was to happen 12/4 was rescheduled for 12/11. Please, join us! (See blog post below for details... and now you've got time... if you want to contribute, just email Jenna .) And either way, plan to join us and talk about great things happening in online classes this semester!

Share your stuff! Session 12/4 We want YOU to be part of it

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | Posted by Jenna Ream | Labels: Post a comment (0)

Got something to share? We would LOVE to have your work a part of this session! How, you wonder? Where will you find the time to get this together? Think about what you have done this semester... Have you tried something new? What is working really well for you? For students? Coming up with what you will choose to share... That is the hard part... The rest- we are making it easy...

We will be using a 1-2-3 structure to share: you need ONE image, you have TWO minutes to speak to your work, ending with a comment or question to generate THREE minutes of discussion in the group. (now you know us… this will not be quite PechaKucha style- we won’t cut you off or the discussion for that matter- but our goal is to generate 10-15 ideas about great things to do in online classes- with only an hour to do it… so the goal times will help us get there)

Intrigued? Inspired? Well, we need YOU!

To play
- Email Jenna an image- this can be a screenshot or a compilation of screenshots, but it doesn’t have to be. Your goal is to tell the story of what you do and generate conversation around the key idea. Feel free to be creative! Then, plan your two minutes… we will compile a slideshow of all the images and when yours comes up it is your turn to speak… and yes- we mean speak using your camera/microphone… don’t have a microphone set up yet? Use this as an excuse to figure that out- Jenna, Brian and Joni are happy to help. Or… if figuring that out is just not going to happen for you between now and the 4th, send a script to Jenna and she will be happy to read your blurb aloud for the group to respond to you in the chat.

Ideas? Questions? Just want to talk through which thing you will choose? Chat with us! We want as many voices and as many examples of online teaching in action as possible… and we are here to help you to participate, so please, let us know what you need.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

~Jenna, Brian and Joni

Using Powerpoint in Online Courses

Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 | Posted by Jenna Ream | Post a comment (0)

Recording of FLC 11/20

Copy of PPT

PowerPoint Resources Patrick has bookmarked:

PowerPoint Tools Document (help us keep creating/editing this) <>

Links shared in the Chat Pod
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Using Ning with students and colleagues -- a FLC session with Laura Summers

Posted: Saturday, November 7, 2009 | Posted by Joni Dunlap | Labels: Post a comment (0)

During our Friday, November 13th, FLC session, Professor Laura Summers will share how she has used Ning, a social/professional networking tool similar to Facebook, to extend the professional community’s abilities to share need-to-know information seamlessly, foster collaborative discussions, offer advice and guidelines, increase networking among like-minded colleagues, and provide a knowledge bank of materials & technology-integrated artifacts among members for increased communication and professional development. Laura will describe how she has been using Ning successfully in three different professional learning groups for the past two years. Please join us for an informative session that is sure to get you excited about using a tool like Ning to support your work with colleagues and students.

Also, Laura contributed a chapter on her use of Ning to the 2009 CU Online Handbook -- check it out!

And now for something completely different

Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 | Posted by Joni Dunlap | Labels: Post a comment (0)

If you are a fan of Monty Python, then this is a familiar phrase, and you know that when it is uttered it means that something truly different is about to happen – so hold on!

Here we are in the midterm slump, and I’m waiting for John Cleese to pop into my online course and utter that magical phrase. And, I’m pretty sure the students feel the same way. All courses, whether online or on-campus, have ebbs and flows…points of high energy, activity, and engagement, followed by periods of apathy and an overwhelming desire to hide or at least nap. What can we do to reenergize our courses, and jolt ourselves out of the midterm slump?

This Friday, join Jenna, Brian, and Joni as we share ideas for shaking things up at midterm.

Google Docs

Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 | Posted by PRL | Post a comment (0)

The emergence of Web 2.0 applications have provided faculty, staff, and students with a host of new tools and applications to use in their day-to-day job and specifically in the classroom. Google Docs is a very flexible, relatively new, Web 2.0 office suite that enables users to create documents, spread sheets, and presentations at ease and then share, collaborate, and publish these materials with a click of a button. Google Docs also comes with a form tool that enables people to create web forms. Google Forms are a fast and easy way to collect data from students (e.g., weekly anonymous course reflections on how the course is going), collect and publish resources (e.g., webliography) that can be accessible after a course is over (and students no longer have access to the LMS), as well as to collect basic (non-sensitive) research data. But perhaps most importantly, Google Docs is free. Come join us as we explore Google Docs on October 9th.