Archive | July, 2014

Reflection #10 MM4: Online Interviews for Active Online Learning with Janet Salmons

Presented by Dr. Janet Salmons on June 7, 2014

I was not able to attend the presentation due to a conflict in schedules and did not connect with the presenter or attendees in this presentation. This reflection is one of a series of ten written reflections as a requirement for the certificate of completion for the Moodle for Beginners course.

The focus of the presentation was to define what e-interview projects are, why use them, and how to design them. They are defined as “a set of related individual or collaborative learning activities. This includes the designing, planning, and actual conducting of the online interviews.” The last piece in the project is to reflect on the findings as well as the experience of the interview.

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Reflection #8 MM4: How to Make Videos for the Flipped and Blended Classroom

MM4: How to Make Videos for the Flipped and Blended Classroom

This presentation was given by teacher-trainer and English language instructor Vicki Hollett on June 17, 2014.

The presenter has written many text books but recently has migrated from print to digital media. Her goal was to take the students out of the classroom and into the real world where the English language is presented in context. Inspired by the Ted Ed site, she created her own site with movie trailers which also includes the transcript. She says that anyone can use public domain videos such as:

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MM4:The Value and Process of Creating Collaborative Learning Communities in Technology-enhanced Teacher-training Courses

This presentation was presented by Dr. Lyudmila Smirnova on June 16, 2014. It took place online where it was recorded. Due to a conflict in schedules I could not attend the live presentation but I was able to watch the recording. I did not connect with the other attendees or the speaker.

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Reflection #6 Setting Up and Using Facebook Groups

I was not able to attend the live recording due to a conflict in scheduling and thus was not able to communicate with the attendees of this presentation. This is my reflection based on the recording. I did connect with Len later on and he accepted my request to join the Facebook group that he had created for the attendees of his live presentation. I have also asked him for resources pertaining to the use of games used in Facebook groups to better engage students in learning.

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Reflection #5 Beyond the MOOCs June 4, 2014 Presenter Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson

This was a recording that I watched on June 30, 2014. Ii couldn't attend the live presentation due to a conflict in scheduling.

Dr. Ossiannilsson is very passionate about open education and practicing sharing and caring. This is an educational model that is significantly different from the hierarchical or linear education that most of us were a part of during our formal education years. The turning point in this scenario has been the onset of the digital revolution. The European Commission has claimed that Europe needs to be more competitive in education and in the labor market and wants to see the revolution of digital technology brought into education. The presenter provides us with a brief overview of the benefits of MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) and points out where there is room for improvement.

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Reflection #9 How to Manage Your Courses with a Simply Beautiful Visual Library

Recorded presentation by Sylvia Guinan
Due to conflict in scheduling I was not able to attend the live presentation presented by Sylvia Guinan

Sylvia Guinan emphasizes the importance for a student to enter an attractive, user-friendly online environment especially regarding a beautiful visual library. She defines this as one that is minimalist and free from distracting animations that remind one of a Las Vegas strip. She introduced the attendees to a new interactive tool called Tackk that can create any kind of environment that you need. She thinks a lot in blended learning terms and finds this tool psychologically important. She discusses space and creativity, multi-media and the simple LMS Pyramid (Learning Management System). She invites us to create a multi-media library rich in imagery as a lead in to the talk. The digital library contains tools, books, imagination, and collaborative spaces.

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