Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Creating the BEST Online Course Ever

From Miami University:

Online courses: how to encourage interactivity with new (often cheap or free ) tools.

The approach they're taking is that they are addressing problems with the technology, not finding a problem for the tech. to address. That's an important distinction.

Hey, here's a concept: poll your online students to see what kind of access they have!! 85% have high speed access in home. We could use SurveyMonkey for this.....I should encourage the online instructors to do this.

Tutorials for Just in Time learning about embedding YouTube, etc. I really need to start using CamTasia ($299) or CamStudio (opensource and free)for that!! this is for screencapture with audio. Wink (also free) can do this, but the sound seems a bit muddy for me. You can add add callouts, have them click next, etc. On a plus, the Flash files are very small. And you can narrate after you record the screen capture.

LectureScribe (free from Clemson...go Tigers!) for caputuring whiteboard lectures with speech from a tablet or a SmartBoard or a Wacom Tablet.

There is a FREE PDF Maker at Sourceforge: missed the URL but I'll go back and get it later to add it in here.

They are also using HotPotatoes for creating quizzes and interactions. That's the tool that I have always meant to work with and never quite got to it. And I mean ever since grad school!

yet more accolades for google Docs. I just love it!!! And it seems mine is the majority opinion.

Low cost video conferencing: perhaps we should investigate this? Flash Meeting it's freee but you need to create a wiki account on their server. Coolness!!!!!


rebecca said...

Coolness! Thanks for all the info.

My school is experimenting with Moodle... do you know anything about it? So far we're just doing a "question of the day" thing. I like it, so far!

Laura said...

We are in the process of choosing a new CMS. I'm playing with Moodle for a separate project and just getting my feet wet. But I know there's a huge user community backing it, and when it's an open source software, the user community is the most important thing.