Archives for November 2013

Designing Self-Paced Training Modules as the Foundation of Online Faculty Certification

During this session on November 21, 2013 at the 19th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, learn about Northern Illinois University’s innovative faculty development initiative to offer introductory online teaching training via self-paced modules as an initial phase of comprehensive online faculty certification. An overview of the program was shared as well as the design, development, and implementation phases of the project, highlighting lessons learned and tips for other institutions interested in pursuing a similar self-paced model for scaling their faculty development efforts. Slides are available here.

The session was mentioned in this article by Inside Higher Ed

Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning

It is important to begin planning online courses early because teaching in the online environment involves principles and practices different from those used in traditional face-to-face instruction. During this online session offered November 11, 2013 I introduced the unique characteristics of online instruction and provided an overview of the components in an engaging and interactive online course. This online workshop was geared toward an audience who is new to online teaching and to those wanting to refresh their knowledge about online teaching fundamentals. | view slides

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For archives of other online workshops offered by NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, visit our YouTube channel

Honored to be Named Blackboard MVP

Blackboard MVPIt’s a honor to have been recently named an inaugural member of the Blackboard MVP Program, which recognizes individuals who have established themselves as thought leaders in educational technology by sharing their expertise in Blackboard platforms.

Blackboard MVPs are users who stand out as an expert in Blackboard technologies, share their expertise with other clients, demonstrate leadership in the education technology community, and actively share feedback with Blackboard. While the MVP program will be peer-nominated in the future, the inaugural class of 17 was selected by Blackboard.

Here’s a quick video intro I recorded for the program.

I look forward to continuing to share on my blog tips, how-to’s, resources, and best practices for teaching online using Blackboard. You can subscribe via RSS and also follow me on Twitter @jrhode

How to Record and Caption Videos Using a Webcam in YouTube

During the Fall 2013 semester in the online course I am teaching, I am experimenting with using YouTube’s free features to record weekly video introductions to my instructional units, caption the videos, and seamlessly incorporate them into my online course in Blackboard. In this tutorial, I share how to record a video using YouTube’s built-in webcam recording capabilities as well as caption the video with YouTube’s built-in captioning feature.

In future posts, I’ll share more details on my workflow and specific examples for how I have integrated the vides into my Blackboard course.

Teaching with Technology: Tools, Tips, and Techniques

A wide assortment of instructional technologies are available that will not only enhance the learning experience for your students but also save you time. But what technologies fit best into your teaching? In this presentation for the Illinois Sociological Association, Jason Rhode and Peter Gowen from the NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center provided an overview of common instructional technologies available today and shared recommended steps for effectively incorporating technology in teaching. The Prezi is available here.

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