Monday, May 25, 2009

SCoPE: Seminars: Humanizing the Online Experience: May 25-June 7, 2009

This free, online discussion begins today at SCoPE.

SCoPE: Seminars: Humanizing the Online Experience: May 25-June 7, 2009: Humanizing the Online Experience: May 25-June 7, 2009
Facilitator: Jesai Jayhmes

How do you come across in the online classroom? What are some strategies for making real-time sessions engaging and interactive? Jesai combines his background in acting, teaching, voice coaching, and video production to help us understand the changes we need to make to be effective online facilitators. This 2 week seminar will be combined with weekly live sessions.

Live Sessions: Adobe Connect
* May 26, 10:00 PDT
* June 2, 10:00 PDT

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Facilitating Online | OER Commons

This new resource by Tony Carr, Shaheeda Jaffer, and Jeanne Smuts from University of Cape Town is comprehensive, and freely available for your use with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 license.

Facilitating Online | OER Commons: "The Centre for Educational Technology (CET) produced a Course Leader’s Guide as an Open Educational Resource to assist educators and trainers who wish to implement a course on online facilitation within their institution or across several institutions. The guide contains the course model, week-by-week learning activities, general guidance to the course leader on how to implement and customise the course and specific guidelines on each learning activity."

Friday, May 15, 2009

Deep Linking in YouTube

I received this tip from Grant Potter via twitter. It looks like the YouTube deep linking feature has been available for awhile, but it's new to me! This is ideal for integrating video into online discussions. 

YouTube Blog: "'deep link' to YouTube videos. This means you can now not only link to a YouTube video itself, but you can also link directly to a specific time within each video. This is something you have been asking us for and we are happy to deliver."

Monday, May 11, 2009

50 Terrific Open Courseware Classes for Innovative Educators

This is a handy list of open courses for educators.
"The following classes provide an opportunity for you to learn creative approaches to teaching various disciplines, reach special populations among students, bring technology in the classroom, and strengthen your abilities as an administrator or teacher."

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Online Discourse - e-Primer series

This next e-primer focusing on online discourse is #4 in a series written by Mark Nichols, an E-learning Specialist from Laidlaw College in Auckland, New Zealand. You know how some online facilitators just really stand out? Mark is one of them. I've watched him in action at ITFORUM and SCoPE where he is a master at advancing and summarizing online discussions. I also appreciate the way he acknowledges participants' contributions and cites articles and other resources in almost every post!
Online Discourse - e-Primer series: "In this e-primer, you will discover both the promise of formal online discourse (that is, conversation mediated through internet tools) for education, and good practice. Throughout, I encourage you to apply online discourse in ways that are conducive to teaching and learning. The focus in this e-primer is more on the discourse than the technology although, inevitably, we will consider technology."