Whether you are on a PC or a Mac, it’s always good to have a couple ways of capturing and editing audio. In my professional experience, the bundled options on standard PCs leave much to be desired, and I wouldn’t recommend using them. Instead I would suggest getting to know Audacity with our video tutorial and see why it’s a fan favorite among educators around the world.
In every school I’ve seen, teachers who want to incorporate multimedia learning objects into their courses have no choice but to produce those materials themselves. Teachers who want to offer interactive group activities must plan and orchestrate those activities themselves. Teachers who want to explore open education resources must locate, evaluate, and plan with those materials themselves. Teachers who want to implement frequent assessment and analytic must put such a plan in place… themselves! As teaching techniques grow more complex and the needs of students grow ever greater, we should stop and ask ourselves if “one teacher alone in a room with 30 students” is still the right way to support student learning in the 21st Century.
The recent release of a letter from the US Department of Education (DOE GEN-13-10 March 19, 2013) establishes a mechanism for academic programs that use direct assessment of student learning instead of measuring student learning in credit hours or clock hours to qualify for eligibility to disburse federal financial aid.
Many online courses use a recorded video lecture as part of the weekly activities. Video lectures present challenges to the course designer to craft an experience that the learner will find useful in attaining the learning objectives.
These recorded video lectures need to be more planned, organized, and structured than a typical classroom lecture. The instructor has to think carefully about how to create an experience that recognizes the student’s attention span and the limitations of the media.
Working with an instructional designer is almost like working with an event coordinator. Couldn’t we all plan our own events, like a three-day seminar on current trends in higher education? Of course! Do we have the time, knowledge, and contacts to make sure the event is executed seamlessly?
It’s said that the serve is the most important shot in tennis. It’s probably also the most difficult to master and perform consistently. Each point begins with the serve and gives the server control of the point. An effective serve combines power, placement in the service box, and spin to make life difficult for the receiver. The service motion is timing and rhythm and is as individual as the player. Some are fluid and flowing while others are quick or stiff looking.
Think back to a time when it was your first day back to college after a long vacation. You’ve wrestled your way to make it to class on time, bypassing the crowds to find an open seat in the classroom. You sit down to review the syllabus, only to be confounded by the list of objectives staring back at you. Has this ever happened to you? Were the objectives of the course are confusing or unclear?
Hey instructors! Have you ever struggled to keep up with discussion forum grading? Have you wondered if there’s an easier way to keep track of substantive posts and assign grades at the end of the week? If so, check out this blog and video tutorial where Aaron explains how you can take advantage of several time-saving Moodle features.
“We need training!” stated the leader of the conference call I had been summoned into.
“What do you feel needs to be trained?” I asked.
“Our customer service agents don’t know anything about our customers or about the history of our company” was the retort.
“OK,” I stated calmly. “What I hear you saying is our customer service agents need to possess a deeper knowledge about who our customers are, what they buy, why they buy it, and why they buy it from us. Is that correct?”
I viewed a TED Talk recently, Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! Sir Ken Robinson is a widely quoted proponent of creativity in education and coauthor of Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life.