An OverviewStarting an online course can be challenging for you sinceyou are used to receiving instruction in a face-to-facelearning environment. What I want to provide you with thismodule is giving you the chance to learn about the onlinetechnologies that you are going to use for the course indetail. You are going to be introduced with the onlineresources which will lead you to success.
“Online education demands that students become engaged in thelearning process” (Simonson, Smaldino,Albright & Zvacek,2012) In order to be successful at online learning, you need toacquire more knowledge on the technological resources that youwill be using. Before you start learning about the onlineresources, you should read and learn about the ways onlinelearners develop their skills.
Below, you can find the link to the article written by Alan Roperwho lists the seven tips which lead online learners to success.After reading the text, please move on to the resources whichgive information in detail about the various resources you will beusing:Roper,A. How Students Develop Online Learning Skills(2007).Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/how-students-develop-online-learning-skills
ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES
Learning About Canvas Instructure• Instructure is an educational software company based in Salt Lake City, Utah.It is the developer of the Canvas learning management system, which is acomprehensive software package that competes with such systems asDesire2Learn, the Blackboard Learning System, Moodle, and the Sakai Project.Instructure also developed Canvas Network, a Massive open online courseplatform.• If you want to have further information about what Canvas Instructure is, youcan read the blog written by Joshua Kim. Kim publishes the interview that hehas conducted with Devin Knighton, Instructures director of public relations.Here is the link : http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/open-online-education-and-canvas-networkCanvas Instructure is one of the best online learning platforms available. Itoffers some uniqueWeb 2.0 features. However, Canvas Instructures bestattribute is its ability to convey information intuitively. Canvas Instructuremakes it easy for students and instructors to navigate the well-designed site.
Learning About Canvas Instructurehttp://distancelearn.about.com/od/onlinecourses/gr/Canvas-Instructure-Review.htmPros Cons-Intuitive, easy-to-use format-Clean, simple design-Makes grading and viewinggrades easy-Social media integration-Can be a bit buggy-Difficult to find instructionalmaterial on how to use theplatform-No simple way to add onesentence reading assignments tocalendar
Introduction to Canvas• You should visit Canvas Help Page whenever youneed to learn about the use of Canvas.The videotutorials broadcast by Instructure’s Co-foundersand Canvas Course Management System is ready toinform you:• Daley, D.What is the Course Homepage? (Video)Canvas Help Centre . Retrieved fromhttp://guides.instructure.com/s/2204/m/4210/l/40773-what-is-the-course-home-page-video• In this video tutorial, you will see what the homepage is and how you can use it. It gives you all thehelpful guides to start using Canvas.
USING WIKI SPACESA wiki is a website which allows people to add, modify, ordelete the content via a web browser usually using asimplified language or a rich-text editor.
Wikispaces allows you to create a wiki that you and yourreaders can add to, edit and change in any way they wantabout the topic you choose.Wikispaces also offers specialfeatures for your wiki.
You can learn to start running your wiki.You can learn how toadd images and files to your wiki, embed widgets like videos andcalendars, set permissions for your wiki, and invite people tojoin.
This tutorial is owned by Sarah.You can watch, take notes andask any questions or post any comments if you need to :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL9p-_QsXU4 This video tutorial will show you how to useWikispaces and how to post to them:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df2rC2QfvFc
Professional Writing Tools
Professional Writing ToolsYour words reach peoples hearts and minds.Your writing ismore powerful than the sword. It inspires and educates.Therefore, you should be careful with the rules of writingand always edit what you write.You should also be carefulabout plagiarism. For your Professional writing needs, youcan go to the web-pages below:
APA Style®http://www.apastyle.orgThe best scientific writing is spare and straightforward. Itspotlights the ideas being presented, not the manner ofpresentation. Manuscript structure, word choice,punctuation, graphics, and references are all chosen to movethe idea forward with a minimum of distraction and amaximum of precision.
To achieve this clarity of communication, publishers havedeveloped rules of style.These rules are designed to ensureclear and consistent presentation of written material.Editorial style concerns uniform use of such elements as punctuation and abbreviations construction of tables selection of headings citation of references, and presentation of statistics
Purdue University OWL Online WritingLabPurdue University. (2013). OWL OnlineWriting Lab.Retrieved fromhttp://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/This is an exemplary page which will help you refer towhenever you need information about using appropriatecitations.
What is Podcasting?Podcasting is delivering audio content to iPods and otherportable media players on demand, so that it can be listenedto at the users convenience.
What are the advantages?The main benefit of podcasting is that listeners can synccontent to their media player and take it with them to listenwhenever they want to. Because podcasts are typically savedin MP3 format, they can also be listened to on nearly anycomputer
Which software to use? We will use Audacity. It is free .You can download it from: www.sourceforge.com Watch the video tutorial about Podcasting onYoutube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WzA0RDae24
For more information about how a podcast works, watch this brief video on theCommon Craft Show: Podcasting in Plain English. Podcast video tutorials. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hrBbczS9I0
ReferencesDaley, D.What is the Course Homepage? (Video) Canvas Help Centre . Retrieved fromhttp://guides.instructure.com/s/2204/m/4210/l/40773-what-is-the-course-home-page-videoKim,J. (2012) Open Online Education and Canvas Network. Retrieved fromhttp://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/open-online-education-and-canvas-networkPodcast video tutorials. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hrBbczS9I0Purdue University. (2013). OWL OnlineWriting Lab. Retrieved fromhttp://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/Roper,A. How Students Develop Online Learning Skills(2007). Retrieved fromhttp://www.educause.edu/ero/article/how-students-develop-online-learning-skillsSimonson, M., Smaldino, S.,Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2012). Teaching and learning at a distance:Foundations of distance education (5th ed.) Boston, MA: Pearson."Web hosting introduction."http://www.w3schools.com/hosting/host_intro.asp. 04 Oct. 2012.w3schools.com. Retrieved from http://www.w3schools.com/hosting/host_intro.asp.