Please post and comments, suggestions, ideas for retooling (updating) this course.
Patrick Keough wrote…..
I have taken a hard look at EFFECTIVE ONLINE TEACHING and propose we do a major overhaul (retooling / upgrading) to this course. Thanks to a Title III Grant at CCC I was able to initiate (develop) a Blackboard / Effective Online Teaching certification program for all our faculty. All CCC online faculty MUST attend 6 hours of training before they can teach for us. This training is called Blackboard Boot Camp (see attached blog links) and is in 3 parts. Part one is basic nuts and bolts on how the blackboard works, control panel, adding content, discussion board, gradebook, etc…..,Part II is Online Teaching methodology (Best Practices / Online Teaching Tips) and Part III is about creating, producing and adding Rich Media Content (Podcasts, Screencasts, Video, Camtasia, Flash, etc.) to online courses. We already have much of this instructional content (media) created as far as Screencast videos on how the blackboard works, uploading content, navigating, gradebook, text editor and course configuration. We can also interface this blackboard to the various Tech Grant resources on the Tech Grant Web Site like Podcasting, Flash, Camtasia, ITunes U, Blogging, etc. to create a very comprehensive online training resource. We must also incorporate assessments for the various modules. This redesigned training course could also be the standard for training in a workshop setting as well as having faculty take it online. I have a professional narrator (listen to this linked podcast) on staff here at CCC who we could contract with to do the voice overs for the instructional podcats and screencasts that would be embedded throughout the course. I also propose we do an introductory video that explains all the expectations for the course.
Cristifor Harshman responded…
I think Patrick is right on the money. We have put the finishing touches on our pod/screencast studio, and would be happy to contribute to audio, video and learning object content for the course. We’re using Heil PR-40 mics and a Mackie firewire audio mixer to capture clean sound, and have voice talent on hand. I’m hoping to have a video showcasing the studio and its uses by the end of next week; if anyone is interested, I’d be happy to share.
One complementary project we’re working on is a wiki-based ed tech documentation store. With a wiki application like Wikimedia (the application that drives Wikipedia.org), I hope to provide an easily-searched repository for technology-related articles including definitions, how-to guides, videos, screencasts, tips for practical uses and more. Leveraging the peer-review model a wiki gives us, we should be able to quickly build the library and maintain the information as it changes. Hosting a repository like this outside of an LMS gated community makes it usable in Blackboard/Moodle/etc, but does not lock the information into any particular LMS, alleviating the need to replicate and convert the information from one format or LMS to another.
Has anyone else implemented something similar? I hope to have the wiki framework installed and operational soon, and would be happy to share the link and welcome any feedback and suggestions.
I think we can scale this course down and add some screen casts, instructional video’s and podcasts to illustrate the content. I suggest we all all take an area (Assignments, Announcement, Resources, How course Works, Discussion Board) and reevaluate the content and way it is delivered. I also suggest someone gets Instructor rights to this course and we can archive it and make a copy we can all work on without screwing up the master.. I’ll be glad to make a copy of it and put on my BB server so we can deconstruct and reconstruct it. How does that sound?
Who wants to do what??? I’ll volunteer for the Assignments. This will go hand and hand with the DB – so is anyone interested in working with me on this part?
Just post to the comments below what you want to work on – if someone has a better idea I am all ears.