There are so many gadgets out there - laptops, smartphones, tablets, to name a few. Nowadays, there is an app for everything. Apps can be downloaded and become beneficial in your Online Classroom for several reasons! They can improve student communication, promote collaboration and create stronger relationships between students and faculty.
Are you nervous about diving into online education? Want to expand your reach beyond your current online course or program? Then join me for a 20 minute interview on online education and advocacy with Dr. Amos Bailey.
Video conferencing has become the new way of life. For many, in-person meetings, where there is the freedom to use different locations or take walking meetings, have been replaced with virtual meetings. We now leave our desks just a few times during the day, yet we find ourselves exhausted. Often referred to as “Zoom Fatigue,” it’s the feeling of tiredness or burnout after countless video meetings. Here are a few tips and tricks to help combat Zoom Fatigue and set your meetings apart!
Due to recent events, many are turning to the platform Zoom Video Communications to virtually communicate. You may have heard the term “Zoombombing.” Zoombombing is when an uninvited attendee crashes your meeting, intending to disrupt and cause problems. There are a few precautions you can take to help prevent Zoomboming in your next meeting.
Last October, members of the Pedagome PLC connected with the creators of DigPINS, a faculty development experience created by Autumm Caines and Sundi Richard that focuses on the growth of digital identity and presence.
One of my favorite tools to tell people about is Adobe Spark. It is an online tool that is completely free (with the option to upgrade some features) and can be used on almost any device as long as you have access to the internet. Adobe Spark starts out by giving you a wide range of templates that can be customized so you can create graphics, videos and webpages. With these templates you can easily change the text, graphics or other elements to make powerful multimedia for your courses.
In the spring of 2018, the Office of Digital Education (formerly CU Online) worked together with faculty member Lois Brink from the College of Architecture and Planning on a collaborative project to bring online students and face-to-face students together in a single classroom. With all the technology options available, the Microsoft Surface Hub reigned supreme and was selected to be the best tool on the market to make this idea a reality.
I know I’m biased when I say this, but it’s hard for me to imagine an online course without media. In my opinion, media is one of the best formats for learning. It personalizes courses and gives students options beyond a textbook. YouTube has changed the way our culture learns. For instance, if you want to learn how to assemble Ikea furniture or explore some different cooking recipes, all you have to do is search YouTube and find high quality videos that show you the process step by step.
Every semester we host several Canvas Basics trainings for faculty. My baseline goals for faculty attending Canvas Basics are simple: know how to organize your course with Modules, customize your navigation, and seek help using the Canvas Guides and/or the Helpdesk.