Tools I use to enhance my instruction-to engage online learners
I use a variety of web2.0 tools external to the Moodle course management system in this course:
- to enhance the presentation of course content,
- to faciltitae your engagement and interaction with course material and with your classmates,
- to provide you with access to course materials beyond the end of the term, and
- to expose you to tools and utilities that may have potential to enhance instruction.
- voicethread – an online media album of any type of media (images, documents and videos). Used in this course as an ice-breaking activity. This example uses a video of my daughter introducing me from her perspective.
- diigo – social bookmarking tool. Used to bookmark, highlight, and comment upon and share references used in the course. Also used to create a dynamic link roll of resources that auto-displays latest additions to the shared class annotated bibliography of resources currated by the course participants – that remains available to students beyond the end of the term.
- edublogs – education-focused blog. Used in this course to keep metacognitive journals and reflections/feedback on the online teaching and learning experiences. I an example blog for the course, where i model blogging, link to student blogs, and post student feedback: http://etap640.edublogs.org
- netvibes – to aggregate and display student blogs.
- twitter – micro blog. Used in this course for newsflash type announcements, questions, interaction. https://twitter.com/i/#!/alexpickett/etap-640-summer-2012 and https://twitter.com/etap640
- jing – a screen capture tool used to provide instructions, feedback, and clarification. (i also use screencast-o-matic for 15-minute screencasts)
- screencast – a Techsmith repository affiliated with the jing project that gives me the ability to create a playlist of my “how-to” videos in my course.
- meebome – an IM utility to facilitate synchronos extemporaneous interaction from the course homepage and course blog site. Now using digsby as an alternative to meebome.
- audacity – an audio recording utility used in the course to record audio comments and interviews with exemplar online faculty.
- podomatic – a podcasting utility used to deliver the audio feedback created with audacity to you. See podcasted student feedback examples on course learning activities.
- youtube – to record and view course-related video materials. – online asynchronous video discussion to bring “rockstars” into the class and blur the boundaries of the online learning classroom environment “box”. See also the course videos playlist.
- vimeo – to post course-related video materials. See the screencasted feedback course reviews.
- voki – a speaking avatar used for announcements in this course. Example: Welcome to ETAP640!
- breeze – used to create voice-annotated powerpoint course materials.
- polldaddy – survey tool used to collect feedback from students on the course.
- rate my professor – professor rating tool.
- jumpscam – a QR code generator used to create a scan-able QRcode with information about this course.
- vyou – conversational video used to ask and answer questions.
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