8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning #ET4Online Symposium – join us! CFP opens 10/1

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Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium

April 22-24, 2015, Dallas, TX

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#ET4Online

Sloan-C has been newly rebranded as the Online Learning Consorutium and this April, the Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium will convene in Dallas, TX for its 8th annual event. This year’s symposium, which is a joint event with MERLOT, is shaping up to be dynamic!

Keynote & Plenaries

Mimi Ito is confirmed as the keynote speaker. Ito (@Mizuko) has contributed ground breaking research about the impact of digital media on today’s youth. Gardner Campbell (@GardnerCampbell) and Bonnie Stewart (@BonStewart) will be presenting the plenary talks at the symposium. Together, these presentations will engage in a mindful exploration of how emerging technologies are reshaping formal and informal learning, as well as impacting the nature of identity for us all.

More Hands-on Experiences!

Also included in this year’s program you’ll find the Technology Test Kitchen, where brief hands-on sessions will be conducted to introduce you to an array of new technologies that hold potential for reshaping and improving the way we teach and our students learn online. The Technology Test Kitchen was introduced at #Blend14 and will also be part of the OLC’s International Conference in Orlando at the end of October. I’m really looking forward to this new program feature!

EdTech Startups Return with a Revamped Launch Pad

The Launch Pad will also be back again this year with a new feature — the Teacher Tank, which will provide our Launch Pad participants with an opportunity to pitch their product to a panel of online educators. Anchored in the context of formative feedback and learning, this event will be fast-paced and high energy! Join us!

Submit Your Great Ideas: CFP Opens 10/1!

If that whets your appetite, mark your calendar for the Call for Proposals which will be open from October 1-December 1 (no extensions will be provided). YOUR participation will make this symposium more diverse and representative of how emerging technologies are reshaping online teaching and learning.

I hope to see you in Dallas!

Jason Rhode
Jason Rhode, @jrhode
#ET4Online Assistant Conference Chair, 2015

Coming Soon…Bb Grader for iOS

Blackboard has been working on an iOS iPad app for instructors to use for grading submitted assignments in Blackboard. The app was briefly demo’d at BbWorld in July and Blackboard recently posted an archive of an online webinar offered this past week where more information about the app and a more extensive demonstration was offered by Trey Buck, Product Manager at Blackboard.

The presentation with an overview of the app, technical specifics, etc. begins at the 3:21 mark (see link below) with the demonstration beginning at about the 9:40 mark in the video.

Near the end of the presentation, Blackboard shared that they are in the final stages of QA testing and will be submitting the app to Apple to review in the next several days for App Store approval. It could be released as soon as a few weeks and Blackboard mentioned that the availability of this new app will be widely publicized once available. This new mobile grading functionality that is coming soon will certainly be welcomed by many instructors. I myself look forward to giving the app a try!

Flipping Not Flopping: Infusing Active Learning in Online and Blended Courses

Flipping Not Flopping: Infusing Active Learning in Online and Blended Courses
In this keynote session by Jason Rhode at the St. Mary’s University of Minnesota Fall Faculty Conference on 9/19/14, we considered how the flipped delivery model aligns to online and blended course designs. Jason Rhode shared tips and best practices for designing engaging and interactive online and blended courses that incorporate a flipped methodology. Additionally, we explored practical steps for embracing e-communications in developing a virtual learning community that facilitates active learning. Accompanying slides are available here and links included in slides shared below.

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10 Rules to Improve Your Presentations

10 Rules to Improve Your Presentations

  1. No Bullet Points. Bullet points ruin presentations. When you use bullet points, you take away from your talent as a speaker and reduce your meeting or presentation to a read-aloud session. Bullets work great in reports and documents, but keep them out of your presentations.
  2. Start on Paper. PowerPoint is a great tool, but starting your presentations on the computer will only box you into the templates that Microsoft and your company has created. Instead, grab a couple pieces of paper and a stack of sticky notes. Treat each sticky note as a slide and write the overall idea on each slide needed on a sticky note. Then peel and place them on the paper until you have a solid presentation outline that tells your story.
  3. The 30pt Rule. Your audience does not have super-human vision. When you use text on your slides, use a font size no smaller than 30pt. Any smaller, and your audience won’t be able to read the text on your slides.
  4. No Starburst. What is a starburst? When you think about it, it’s really just a crazy circle that serves no purpose. When we refer to this rule, a better way to think about it is to make sure your slides are simple. Don’t use crazy shapes or clip art in an effort to “jazz up” your slides. Instead, think about what you can delete from your slide to make sure the message you are trying to communicate is clear.
  5. Time-limits, Not Slide-limits. Does your company ask for “3 slides” for meetings? When you’re only allowed a set number of slides, it can lead you to break all our above rules. Ask your manager to change the slide limit to a time limit. In a three-minute presentation, some presenters may use 20 slides or even more. By setting a time limit and not a slide limit, organizations can empower employees to give better presentations.
  6. 1 Thought Per Slide. Presentations give you the opportunity to tell your story and sell your ideas. When a slide is packed with five different ideas, your story is lost. When you are looking through your slides, make sure they only communicate one idea per slide.
  7. No Noise. Glance at a slide for a couple of seconds. Do you understand clearly what the slide is about? If you do not, then it likely has too much noise. Keeping slides simple is one of the most important steps you can take in making great presentations.
  8. No Logo on Every Slide. If you are 20 minutes into a presentation and your audience doesn’t know who you are and what company you are with, then you have a major problem. The problem isn’t going to be solved by placing your company logo on every slide in your presentation. These logos add extra noise and distract from the story you are trying to tell.
  9. No Chart Junk. Your presentation was likely not created for an academic class. Don’t fill it with complex charts that will take your audience a minute or more to determine the data point you are trying to emphasize. Make your data clear. If you are going to use a chart, make sure its takeaway is clear. Remember that, sometimes, posting a single stat on a slide can have more of an impact than an elaborate chart you plucked out of a pivot table./li>
  10. Tell a Story. The first nine rules all support this one. As a presenter, your job is to tell a story. Make sure your presentations – both slides and speech – work together to tell a clear story. It should consist of essential story elements like conflict and humor. Tell a story!

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10 eLearning Design Principles Infographic

10 Design Principles for eLearning Infographic

Design is too often overlooked by course developers, or otherwise misunderstood – some eLearning designers think that as long as their course “looks good,” the visuals are sufficient. But graphical composition and design affect the way a learner takes in information, so giving a bit more thought to the visual layout of the pages of your course is an important part of eLearning best practices. The eLearning Design Principles Infographic presents 10 simple changes that will improve the layout of your eLearing course.

  1. Guide the viewer’s eye
  2. Control the clutter
  3. Shorten the columns
  4. Proper use of white space
  5. Smart font choices
  6. Keep things consistent
  7. Watch your alignment
  8. Let prominence inform position
  9. Offer easy access
  10. Use contrasting colors

via info.shifelearning.com