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A collection of Web 2.0 articles, news, comments, etc.

Wiley Learning Institute - Fall Workshops!

Presented by nationally acclaimed Jossey-Bass authors, the interactive, pedagogical workshops provide instructors with critical skills for today’s evolving world of academia.  These workshops are held online giving instructors a flexible and cost effective way to learn as well as exchange knowledge with their colleagues, both domestic and abroad, by giving them contact with both the presenters and fellow attendees.  They have workshops targeted towards new faculty, tenured faculty and even department chairs.

A full description of workshops, schedule, and pricing available HERE.

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Come to EdCamp NH

Be one of the point zero zero eight three repeating percent! -- Come to EdCamp NH.

What is EdCamp NH? Visit the official website HERE.

When: August 15th, 2012 - 8:30am - 4:00pm
Where: NHTI Campus, Concord NH

Register at edcampnh.eventbrite.com.

(It’s free.)
(It’s also awesome.)

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Webinar: Designing Effective Resources for Online Learning

Designing Effective Resources for Online Learning

In 2005, the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) created a set of  design principles to guide the development of online learning content (learning objects) and courses that may be adapted for different teaching and learning needs. These principles remain very relevant today in the rapidly shifting technology and learning landscape. This webinar will explore NROC's design principles and their application for developing and facilitating rich 21st century learning experiences.

Date: June 14th
Time: 2 p.m ET


Session Presenter:  Ruth Rominger, Director of Learning Design - National Repository of Online Courses (NROC)

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Adobe Connect Webinar Tool - PSU Pilot

Adobe Connect is a powerful webinar/web conferencing tool that PSU is piloting throughout the month of June. It has a variety of the uses in the classroom and in other University settings.

Follow the links to see how Purdue University and John Hopkins University are using Adobe Connect.

There are also a number of free, live Adobe Connect webinars which you can attend:
"Get current with the latest in Web technologies, tools and tips for online training, eLearning, distance education and similar Web-based communications. See Adobe® Connect™ in action. Join us for a one-hour Web seminar and learn how to easily combine learning assets with real-time interactivity for Web-based instructional experiences."
Available dates (all start at 2:00pm EST):  June 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29,  July 2, 3, 6
Register HERE.

Please contact Scott Robison (sarobison@plymouth.edu) in LTOE if you would like an in-person Adobe Connect demo, and/or would like to use it on your own. We would appreciate introducing it to as many faculty/staff/students as possible and welcome your feedback!

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Learning Design Webcast: The Science Behind a Great Course

Join The Chronicle of Higher Education and Pearson for a discussion around learning design and its applicability in building strong education courses and programs.

A panel of experts who represent different points of view on learning design -- the researcher, the practitioner and the instructional designer -- will share their experiences with learning design. Topics of discussion will include:

  • What makes a great course?
  • Who is involved in the science of how people learn?
  • How can we apply that science of how people learn to our course designs?
  • How do we know if what we've created is effective for our learners?

Click the image above or the link below for more information and to register:

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 23, 2012  •  2:00 p.m. Eastern Time


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Spotlight on Faculty 2012 - Video Presentations Available

Spotlight on Faculty video presentations are now available HERE. Click on the Presenter's name to display the video presentation. Please feel free to leave comments using the link below each video window!

Categories: SpotlightOnFaculty, SpotlightOnFaculty2012, Web 2.0

Free, Online Course for Online Instructors...

Announcing a Free, Open Course With Dr. Curtis Bonk

Description: Motivating students and creating community within blended and online learning environments is crucial to academic achievement and success. This open course will provide both theoretical concepts and practical tools for instructors to improve motivation, retention, and engagement within blended and online courses.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify and apply relevant motivational strategies and instructional techniques
  • Construct thinking skill options for different types of learners and subjects
  • Design and share innovative thinking skill activities as well as unique cooperative learning
  • Map and apply instructional models and ideas to online learning tools

Course Duration:  April 30th- June 4th (A total of 5 weeks)

More info and FREE registration HERE.

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Spotlight on Faculty 2012: Finalized Program

Learning Technologies and Online Education (LTOE) is proud to announce this year’s Spotlight on Faculty Program, to be held on Wednesday April 18, 2012 in the HUB Hage Room. This popular event gives instructors a chance to present to their peers technologies they use at Plymouth State. We look forward to the many interesting presentations and the opportunity to share with colleagues!

Time and Presentation

  • 3:15 pm - Opening Remarks
  • 3:30 pm - Using Mahara for your Promotion and Tenure Portfolio - Michele Pruyn (Biological Sciences)
  • 3:45 pm - Showcasing the sustainable Italy semester abroad through Mahara – Mary Ann McGarry (Center for the Environment)
  • 4:00 pm - Using Twitter in the #Classroom - Scott Coykendall (Communication and Media Studies)
  • 4:15 pm 20 pounds of paper or 1.44 pounds of iPad? - Vanessa Alander (English)
  • 4:30 pm - Re-tooling course content using Moodle 2 – Zhizhang Shen (Computer Science and Technology)
  • 4:45 pm - Leveraging social media for student networking and promotion – Bob Nadeau (College of Business Administration)
  • 5:00 pm - Dinner break
  • 5:15 pm - TurningPoint, aka “clickers” - Karen Franke (Biological Sciences)
  • 5:30 pm - Using research to improve student learning online - Francis Williams (Criminal Justice)
  • 5:45 pm - Bridging continents: Using technology to internationalize a PSU Counseling Practicum - K. Hridaya Hall (Counselor Education and School Psychology)
  • 6:00 pm - Blogging for engagement - Deborah Brownstein (College of Business Administration)
  • 6:15 pm - Using the groups feature in Mahara - Kathleen Norris (Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum)
  • 6:30 pm - Using hand-held GPS for location-based data collection exercises - John Lennon (Social Science)
  • 6:45 pm - Concluding Remarks by Learning Technologies and Online Education
Categories: Events, SpotlightOnFaculty, SpotlightOnFaculty2012, Web 2.0

PSU e-portfolios showcased at first annual Mahara User Group Conference

The first Mahara Users Group in the U.S. was held at Pace University on August 9. Plymouth State University's faculty and staff participated via teleconference, and several Mahara e-portfolios created by our faculty and students were showcased. For a list of the PSU e-portfolios showcased and for more information on getting started with Mahara go to http://www.plymouth.edu/office/online-education/learning-technologies/mahara/

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The Flipped Classroom


I'd like to begin by thanking Dana Ernst for sending me this link: http://vodcasting.ning.com/ for the Flipped

Classroom Network.  The phrase "Using Technology to Enhance Learning" often stimulates images of students looking at a computer screen interacting with a software program, or an instructor showing a lengthy powerpoint slideshow to enhance their lecture, or students with laptops open--checking their facebook accounts instead of paying attention to what's going on in the classroom.  For many years, that's often how technology was integrated, and it very often changed little about the way education was delivered or engaged students.  The flipped classroom, however, promises to be something different.

With a flipped classroom the technology actually stays out of the classroom, and what takes place in the classroom are the personal engagements with each other and ideas.  Lectures, which have little interactivity, are provided via pre-recorded video which students can watch, multiple times if need be, from their home.   The work that was once assigned as homework, is now done in the classroom where the instructor can assist, and where students can interact with each other (as we often wish they would outside the classroom).  That's why it's called "flipped".

Explore the videos on the Ning site given above, and see what you think about this.  We're interested in hearing your thoughts.

Also check out this Flipped classroom infographic:


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