June 16

#etap640 Blog feedback

Feedback on your blogs.
video 1 – alena, alicia, andrea, arnaldo

video 2 – arnaldo cont., catherine, donna, emily, jessica, kasey

video 3 – kate, linda, mike, rhonda, Samantha, Sherri

video 4 – teresa, elena, alex, george

July 6

learning activities feedback

Below you will find individual podcast episodes of my feedback for you on your learning activities assignment from module 3. I would encourage you to listen to the feedback and incorporate it into your “build it” assignment for this module as you build the learning activities into your course shell. I would also encourage you listen to the feedback podcast episodes other than your own. http://www.podomatic.com/playlist/alexandrapickett/470610


May 10

the course goes LIVE today!

… or maybe it was yesterday. In any case, my summer fully online course, ETAP640, begins and i am, like every semester, nervous and excited. VERY.  : )

I am nervous becuase:

  1. i am always a little nervous before the term starts. I wonder who will be taking the course? Will i have enough time to do everything? Will everything work the way i have planned/intended? What problems will i have this term?
  2. i have had to make many changes to the course for this term and i am concerned that i may not have found and updated everything. The course code was changed fro ETAP 687 to ETAP 640… So all the sites including my blog, diigo group, twitter stream, links posted everywhere needed to be updated… i am sure i missed something somewhere.

I am excited because:

  1. i can’t wait to meet and get to know my students.
  2. i LOVE teaching this course!
  3. i can’t wait to see what i learn this term. Already i have learned a lot from updating all my sites. I learned how to migrate a blog from this to this. I learned that you can change the URL of a twitter stream, but not the URL of a diigo group… I learned something new about youtube. I am playing with voki, jumpscan, and vyou this term in my course.

Wish me luck!!  : )

July 12

learning activities feedback

Hi there!

Here you will find the feedback on the module 3 learning activities assignment. I recommend that listen to each others feedback.

Below you will find a playlist of podcasted feedback for your Module 3 learning activities assignment. Scroll the playlist to find your name, select it, and it will auto launch the podcast for you to listen to your feedback.

You can also access your feedback via a playlist found here:


June 28

Course Info Feedback

Hi there!

Here you will find the feedback on this assignment. I recommend that listen to each others feedback especially Joan, Joy, Melissa and/or Mike’s. The feedback at this stage is fairly general and would apply and be informative to everyone in the class. If you have not yet, please enroll in each others courses so you can see what and how your classmates are doing in their own courses. : ) me

Below you will find a playlist of podcasted feedback for your Module 2 course info assignment. Scroll the playlist to find your feedback. Select the one with your name. It will auto launch the podcast for you to listen to your feedback.

You can also access your feedback via a playlist found here:


July 11

Module 3 – learning activities podcasted feedback

i am using gcast (the widget below) to give you access to your podcasted audio feedback  to your module 3 written assignment. (You can also access your feedback here: http://www.gcast.com/u/alexandrapickett/main). I have done a separate individualized podcast for each of you labeled with your name. Feel free to listen to each other’s podcasts.

You may only see one post listed in the widget below. If so, to see the whole playlist from which you can select your individualized podcast click on the word “posts” in the lower center of the widget. This will bring up the entire playlist from which you can choose the one that belongs to you.

Please let me know if you have any problems accessing this feedback.

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June 30

NUTN 2009 – conference, presentation & award for innovation

Last year i was invited to participate in a planning meeting for the 2009 annual conference of the National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN)  by Joanne Humbert from RIT from the planning committee. The 27th annual NUTN 2009: Quality In Motion conference, was held on June 21-23, 3009 in Saratoga Springs, NY. The conference started on Sunday, but we didn’t get home till 2am due to flight delays so i slept all of Sunday. I am sorry I missed Ed Bowen’s keynote address Sunday night. I heard that it was great and that he looked very dapper in his tux. : ) I know Ed becuase he was a participant in my workshop last year at the Sloan-C ALN conference and we have become social web “friends” since. The conference started on Monday with Elliott Maisie’s plenary address. He only had one slide. Elliot uses his smart phone as a cognitive prosthetic – i particularly liked the restroom finder app. that he recommends.He is an excellent speaker.


My presentation was one of two concurrent sessions after Elliott. There were under 100 participants total at this conference and i think most of them were at my session, “twitterpated by twitter and other web2.0 technologies for instructional purposes.”  I gave the classic version of this presentation:

The presentation was fantastic! I felt like a rock star. I LOVE doing this presentation!! Ed Bowen introduced me and did a wonderful job. He was very kind!

I spent the next hour and a half after my presentation being interviewed by Ed. We had a great conversation and i really enjoyed our time, even if i missed the Edupunk presentation.


Highlights from some of the sessions i attended:

It was wonderful to see Frank Mayadas and to listen to his keynote address.

Here is a link to the conference presentation materials.

I really enjoyed listening Kelly Hermann, Statewide Coord Disability Services, Office of Academic Affairs. Empire State College presenting- accessible courses: going beyond technology meets the needs of students w/disabilities.

Teaching on RIT’s SecondLife Island Katie McDonald, Instructional Technologist, Rochester Institute of Technology – http://slurl.com/secondlife/RIT/128/128/28

A dialogue on faculty: teaching online in 21st Century Institutions by Dana Offerman, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Excelsior College and Connie Grega, Assistant Director for Academic Outreach Program Services, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The presidents’ panel: change as opportunity with Dr. Susan Aldridge President University of Maryland University College, Dr. Alan Davis President Empire State College, and Dr. Wright Lassiter, Chancellor, Dallas County Community College District.

Innovation Award

The highlight of the conference for me had to be the honor of receiving the NUTN Distance Education Innovation Award 2009 for the SLN online teaching survey for experienced online instructors: http://sln.suny.edu/teachingsurvey.

The National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN) Distance Education Innovation Award for 2009 was presented to Alexandra M. Pickett and the SUNY Learning Network on June 23, 2009 in Saratoga Springs, NY at the NUTN annual conference(

http://www.uensd.org/NUTN2009/) for the SLN Online Teaching Survey: http://sln.suny.edu/teachingsurvey for experienced online instructors.

This award recognizes an individual or group that has developed an innovative program or practice that contributes to the field of distance education, in the context of a new or ongoing program, student or support services, pedagogy, faculty development and support or technology.

The SLN online teaching self-assessment is a simple survey (

http://sln.suny.edu/teachingsurvey), the innovation lies in the report that it generates to the faculty that aids the experienced online instructor to identify areas in his/her course that they themselves feel might need improvement . The results can then be used independently by the instructor to complete the review and revision cycle of the course design process to update the online course in preparation for the next delivery, or it can be used as a component of a faculty development event, or one on one with an instructional designer to pinpoint areas in a course that could be improved, thereby giving the instructor, the trainer, or the instructional designer specific areas on which to focus recommendations, suggestions, examples, tips for improvement.

This survey for experienced online faculty turns theory into practice by assisting the experienced online instructor’s to self-assess on specific indicators of teaching presence from the COI model and on the development of online class community in the design of his/her own online course and how they teach it. Faculty are asked to self-assess on 20 specific indicators, the survey generates a report giving the instructor a numerical score for each indicator that corresponds to a key of range of scores. The instructor can then see, based on his/her own self-evaluation, what specific areas in the online course need (1) redesign, (2) need some improvement, or (3) effectively demonstrate class community and teaching presence and need no improvement. A companion piece to the survey are the handouts (

http://www.slideshare.net/alexandrapickett/sln-teaching-online-survey-course-review-materials) that provide examples of the indicators, and suggestions that faculty can use to make improvements in those areas where their self-assessment indicates they need some improvement.

(I created the this video (with jing, and prezi, and audacity, and other tools) for the acceptance ceremony and it was one of the most time consuming and funnest projects i have ever worked on. I got to learn and do stuff i had never done before. It was a blast creating it.)

I was very nice to see Frank Mayadas at the conference. And to see Karen Vignare, Joeann Humbert, Kim Scalzo, Connie Grega, Rob Steiner, Richard Hezel, and John Sener. And to meet  Anna Cholewinska, Alan Davis, David Caso, LuAnn Phillips, George Timmons, and Dana Offerman – and Ann Marie Vaughan & Shari Costello who taught me how to pronounce Newfoundland, “Say understand then Newfoundland.”

Thanks Patti Jennings for all your help!

Award Acceptance Notes