5 Easy Pieces: Simple Web 2.0 Tools to Increase Course Interactivity and Visual Pedagogy <ul><ul><li>David Wolf </li></ul>...
Introduction <ul><ul><li>There are several easy web 2.0 services that can enhance our courses by stimulating students by e...
Tools that can improve online instruction <ul><li>These tools are free to use w/ possible upgrades </li></ul><ul><li>They ...
Power of Visual Presentations <ul><li>Visual presentations often illustrate content better than text.  </li></ul><ul><li>F...
Power of Visual Presentations <ul><li>Images can significantly augment text and increase learning.   ( Mayer &  Mareno , 1...
1. Interactive Content Presentations <ul><ul><li>There are several ways of adopting visual presentations to augment course...
2. Concept Maps 3. Work Flow Diagrams <ul><ul><li>Both are highly visual and allow quick and easy understanding.  </li></u...
4. Embedding a Webpage <ul><ul><li>Allows for visual and mark ups   </li></ul></ul>5 Easy Pieces <ul><ul><li>Embedit.in of...
5. Embedding Files <ul><ul><li>Allows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing files and data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instruc...
What makes them easy? <ul><ul><li>ACs and Developers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just as your Area of Studies CID! </li></u...
 
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Five Easy Pieces:
Simple Web 2.0 Tools to Increase Course Interactivity and Visual Pedagogy

By Dave Wolf

There are several easy web 2.0 services that can enhance our courses by stimulating students by either increasing the degree of interactivity or visually augmenting course content. This presentation will illustrate how a few specific tools offer alternative ways of presenting content. These tools ensure that students can access information quickly and seamlessly. Reducing clicking and lag time from the learning management system gives students more time to focus on the information and makes them more likely to explore the content. The tools also help streamline content presentation to offer a sleeker and friendlier learning environment.

Besides allowing for a better content presentation, the presentation will explore new ways to easily share information with students. Instructors can share content visually by embedding source materials and having mark up tools. Using the visual information has a well documented history of improving communicative effectiveness. By sharing work-flow charts and type hierarchies, instructors are statistically more likely to improve student understanding and reduce miscommunication. Coincidentally, this improves student satisfaction.

The tools explored all have account options that are free. The tools easily merge with our courses – making them effective and cost-effective. The nature of the tools makes then re-usable. They are created in one account, but can be embedded in multiple areas. This empowers the developer or instructor with the ability to make a change in one place and have the content updated in every instance. The accounts also allows for instructors to easily reuse content each semester.

This presentation will demonstrate how instructors or developers improve there courses by adopting simple tools that can:

1. Embed documents and slide shows within the course
2. Embed web pages with instructors notes to visually illustrate points
3. Create interactive concept maps
4. Create work-flow charts to help students better understand assignments
5. Create and embed non-lineal visual presentations to augment instructor’s notes or content guides.

These free tools offer instructors flexibility while improving student interactivity with course content. Those at the presentation will learn how to quickly use and embed several interactive tools that will enrich their courses.

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  • Good morning, my name is kent stanton and I work at CLT as an instructional technologist. I&apos;ve been working on the project that we&apos;ll be telling you about today for about a year and a half, and I&apos;ve been asked to get us started this morning by introducing both our presentation and our panel. I&apos;ll do the introductions in just a minute, but first let me give you just a little background on what we will be talking about today.
  • 5 easy pieces 2011

    1. 2. 5 Easy Pieces: Simple Web 2.0 Tools to Increase Course Interactivity and Visual Pedagogy <ul><ul><li>David Wolf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empire State College </li></ul></ul>
    2. 3. Introduction <ul><ul><li>There are several easy web 2.0 services that can enhance our courses by stimulating students by either increasing the degree of interactivity or visually augmenting course content. These tools improve our students learning environments by: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Offering visual presentations of content to accommodate more styles of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive presentations engage students and promote active learning </li></ul><ul><li>Create learner centric tools with opportunities to “play” to promote understanding and accelerate learning </li></ul><ul><li>Allow students to access information quickly and seamlessly. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce lag of learning management systems by using Web 2.0 and RSS feeds to allow a friendlier learning environment that increases the likelihood of student engagement. </li></ul><ul><li>Harness new technology that allows students and instructors to focus less on the tools and more on learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and integrate transferable tools/learning objects </li></ul>
    3. 4. Tools that can improve online instruction <ul><li>These tools are free to use w/ possible upgrades </li></ul><ul><li>They exist on one location, for easy editing by instructors or developers </li></ul><ul><li>These tools can be broadcasted to multiple web locations </li></ul><ul><li>These tools are easy to use and re-use. </li></ul>5 Easy Pieces
    4. 5. Power of Visual Presentations <ul><li>Visual presentations often illustrate content better than text. </li></ul><ul><li>For example: A visual representation of the Bush tax plan/cuts best illustrates who benefits the most from them. </li></ul><ul><li>(source: The Washington Post ) </li></ul>5 Easy Pieces
    5. 6. Power of Visual Presentations <ul><li>Images can significantly augment text and increase learning. ( Mayer & Mareno , 1998 ) </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive activities further promote active learning. </li></ul><ul><li>( Fahra , 2009 ) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.” Chinese Proverb </li></ul>5 Easy Pieces
    6. 7. 1. Interactive Content Presentations <ul><ul><li>There are several ways of adopting visual presentations to augment course content. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prezi.com offers an easy non-linear tool. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/CDLConferenceprezi </li></ul></ul>5 Easy Pieces
    7. 8. 2. Concept Maps 3. Work Flow Diagrams <ul><ul><li>Both are highly visual and allow quick and easy understanding. </li></ul></ul>5 Easy Pieces <ul><ul><li>Bubbl.in offers an easy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>non-linear tool. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// tinyurl.com/CDLConferenceBubbl </li></ul></ul>
    8. 9. 4. Embedding a Webpage <ul><ul><li>Allows for visual and mark ups </li></ul></ul>5 Easy Pieces <ul><ul><li>Embedit.in offer a solution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://embedit.in/7Kpbg8zWNS </li></ul></ul>
    9. 10. 5. Embedding Files <ul><ul><li>Allows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing files and data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructions on-the-go (printable) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming is quicker than if in LMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smoother viewing learning experience </li></ul></ul>5 Easy Pieces <ul><ul><li>Embedit.in offer a solution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://embedit.in/qlyVsodk34 </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. What makes them easy? <ul><ul><li>ACs and Developers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just as your Area of Studies CID! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You need to just take a little time to make on with a free account. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can save any desired page to your LOR making future uses simple. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The free accounts supply embed code that makes adding presentations to your courses easy. </li></ul></ul>5 Easy Pieces

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