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Video: How Long is Too Long?

July 23, 2013


A common topic is how long should a video be? Sure, the complexity of the topic will have an effect. I recently took a MOOC via Coursera about Hybrid instruction. Some of the learning objects were short videos on teaching tips from Renton Technical College. Here is a link to the playlist.  I felt that the […]

Google Maps MOOC

June 29, 2013


I signed up for this 2-week class and it looks like I’m not going to finish the requirements. It’s fine as I wasn’t looking for a certificate of any type. The course is basically some videos by some Google staff and some activities. With the NHL playoffs going on and other things, I haven’t been […]

TED Talks, Lecture Mode & Adult Learning

February 17, 2013


People love TED talks. Go ahead this week and mention “TED talks” and I guarantee someone will say “I love those!” Why? Good question – the content changes, so it can’t just be the content. Are all the speakers dynamic? I wouldn’t say so. Aside from the obligatory standing ovation at the end, there isn’t […]

First MOOC Experience

February 3, 2013


I enrolled in my first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The course title was “Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application.” Even Alanis Morissette would call that title ironic. What’s a MOOC? I’ll point you to Ellis Bookers’ “Is 2013 the year of the MOOC?.” Or better yet watch Daphne Koller’s TED Talk on MOOCS. […]

Extend, Flip later

January 1, 2013


Don’t get caught up trying to “Flip” if you haven’t extended your class outside your classroom walls. What’s flipped? You can find various definitions of what flipped means – the general idea is that students view lectures at home and come into class ready for application. There is often an emphasis on video for the […]

Would you give Einstein an C?

August 23, 2012


I find the video revealing. Both responses answers reveal a difference in assessment by academic levels. The K12 teacher notes that even the smart student still needs to meet standards. There has to be evidence, not just a teacher’s feeling. Prof. Dede notes how he has more freedom as a university professor. But K12 used […]

Keeping the Synchronous in Asynchronous

May 29, 2012


A common complaint among online learners is “Where is the teacher?” Even with online discussions and email, the instructor can still be an unknown participant in the course. Adding online meetings to an online course is being seen more and more. An instructor will use . Blackboard 9 includes their revamped Illuminate. That’s a powerful […]