Top Chef & Feedback

September 12, 2012


I get a kick out of Top Chef, for the feedback. Yes, the feedback. The judges use their status to vaguely put down the would-be Top Chefs who, seemingly on cue, commonly bow their heads in defeated posture. The whole judging thing reminds me of teachers from 20 years ago. You got a C because […]

Posted in: Assessment

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 […]

Posted in: Assessment, Instruction

RLOs and Youtube

July 1, 2012


The fancy name is Reusable Learning Object (RLO). Instructors know them as any document, presentation, video or any other instructional content they can use again – perhaps even in a different class. A reading in a US History class might be on the constitution. The teacher may use that same reading again in their Constitution […]

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 […]

Chat vs. Q&A Pod in Adobe Connect

May 24, 2012


The Adobe Blog has an interesting post on the Q&A Pod. See: To moderate or not. That is the question pod. When I began using Adobe Connect, I pushed the Chat Pod on user instead of the Q&A pod. “Easier to use!” I championed. Over time, I noticed that wild free-for-all chat pods took away from […]

Posted in: Online Tools, Webinars

Using Video: Where’s the instruction?

May 6, 2012


There are many reasons why instructors like to break away from lecture or presentation  mode to show a video. A video can add a visual element to your content and address different learning styles. It can help break up your content. Adult learners prefer to see how content is applied in a real world situation […]

Reflection and iPad

May 2, 2012


I used Reflection to mirror an iPad screen onto my Mac screen. The next test was to screens hare in Adobe Connect. It worked well. I could see the iPad app clearly. I even walked around with the iPad (it connects via wifi to my Mac). There has been an increase in requests to show […]

Posted in: Online Tools, Webinars