Category Archives: LearnHacking

Summer Just Got a Little More Visually Interesting!

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Have you ever watched a great tutorial on YouTube or in Canvas and wondered “How did they do that?”  Have you always wanted to create your own short “explainer” videos for classes? Maybe you web-enhance your courses with Canvas and you’ve always wanted to add your own video content. Maybe you are preparing a hybrid or fully online course to teach in the future and you know you need to create better instructor presence in your classes.

Educational and informational videos seem to be everywhere these days – and now you can learn how to make your own!

This summer, CEAL is offering a fully online course – starting July 17 through August 1, 2014 – called Screencasting 101. This course – designed and taught by Pierce Instructional Designer, Renee Phoenix – is a fast paced, online course, primarily for faculty who are looking to add the skill of screencasting to their teaching strategy toolkit.  Registration for the course is now open , but seats are limited to 25 participants.  So read on for more information about the course and how you can sign up.

What is Screencasting?

Knowing how to screencast can open up many new opportunities for you to explain concepts and engage your students. And it can be effective in any teaching environment.  But, what exactly is a screencast?

Typically, a screencast is a video that includes a recording of your computer screen. And it’s usually accompanied by audio or additional video of the presenter. A screencast can be used for many things including software demonstrations, training tutorials, capturing lectures and presentations or anything else you want to talk about and share in your courses.  According to research, use of video and audio is one of the most effective strategies instructors can use to create a strong presence in their classes and foster student engagement in online or face-to-face courses.

Is This Course for You?

Do you need to have experience working in, or teaching with Canvas? The answer is yes, you need to be comfortable with the Canvas classroom environment. You don’t have to be a hybrid or fully online instructor, but you do need to have sufficient skills and knowledge of the Canvas LMS to be able to participate as a student in the Screencasting 101 course online, in a Canvas classroom.  This course is for what we would call “advanced beginners” who are comfortable navigating the Canvas interface and creating course items in the Canvas LMS.If you have taken Canvas Essentials, Transitioning to Teaching Online, or have been regularly designing and working with Canvas in your classes for the past year, this course is appropriate for you. 

Do you need special equipment besides a computer and an Internet connection? The answer is yes, but CEAL will provide audio and video equipment to course participants to use while taking the class.  Reliable access to a computer and an Internet connection is up to you.

For more information, you can follow this link to download a course syllabus:

Syllabus-Screencasting-101

Ready to register? Click the link below to go to our online registration form. Remember, seats are limited, and registration for this course will close on July 14, 2014.

Register for Screencasting 101

Design Collaboratory Sessions – The ID is In!

ID design help available

Starting the week of April 14 and ending the week of June 2, 2014, Design Collaboratory is an open invitation from CEAL to drop in and discuss instructional design questions about your courses.

Each week we will be available the following times and locations:

Mondays – Puyallup campus from 2:30-4:00pm in the Lava Java – A160

Tuesdays – Fort Steilacoom campus from 2:30pm – 4:00pm in the Lava Java – Library

Sample topics we are ready to help you with:

  • Questions about designing or re-designing your grounded, online or hybrid courses – how to get started and what to plan for in a course re-design project
  • How to get started with web-enhancing your classes with online content
  • Tools, tips and ideas for creative content design

Feel free to stop in during these hours at either campus to discuss your course design ideas, plans or challenges!

Resources from Open Education Resources Week

Open Education Resources – OER – had it’s own week this month! IF you missed it, thankfully there is a website -

http://www.openeducationweek.org/

and we have some points to ponder from our own resident OER fans – Rachel Goon and Emma Clausen – from the Pierce College Library.

Rachel and Emma joined us on a What Works Wednesday a few weeks ago to talk about OER and how to get started using open resources and materials with your students and in your classes. They shared this slide deck with some great thoughts around what is OER, how to get started and where to find the best resources today. (notice all the images in the deck are OER – free to use with a simple attribution to the artist! Nice!) Check out the link on the last slide for MORE open education resources ideas!

We plan to have Rachel and Emma back again to What Works Wednesday in some format – maybe live and maybe in a Google Hangout or webinar. But in the mean time, don’t hesitate to contact them at the Pierce College Library and get more information on open education resources and how you can start using them in your classes.

 

IGNIS – A New Online Series from SBCTC! Webinar #2 on Feb 20

UPDATE:  click here to view the recording of the February 20 Beyond Cutting and Pasting webinar:

In case you missed it, the SBCTC has launched a new series of online webinars called IGNIS. The first presentation – Integrating Technology Successfully to Create Truly Collaborative and Active Learning in the Flipped Classroom-  was broadcast on February 6, 2014 via a BB Collaborate webinar.  The link to the recorded webinar can be found on the ATL blog here:

http://assessmentlearningteaching.com/2014/02/09/ignis-webinar-recording-turn-it-upside-down/

The second presentation of this series – Beyond Cutting and Pasting: Teaching Research Skills for the 21st Century – is coming up Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 2:00PM to 3:00 PM. We hope to see you there in the webinar classroom. 

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For more information about the IGNIS webinar series and for the link to the live webinar classroom, follow the link below to the Assessment, Teaching and Learning blog hosted by SBCTC:

ATL Blog – IGNIS webinar series

These webinars use BlackBoard Collaborate as the webinar system and require that you have a headset and mic for optimal audio access. If you have never used Blackboard Collaborate before, please take some time to review how to set up your system to access a BB Collaborate session, or contact Ed Bachmann in the Pierce eLearning department for a tutorial on how to use Collaborate.

We also found this link to a very helpful resource for how to prepare to use Collaborate from Shoreline Community College eLearning department. Be sure you have the latest version of JAVA on your computer*.

http://www.shoreline.edu/elearning/collaborate.aspx

 

*Chrome browser on a MAC does not support use of the JAVA applet required to access Collaborate webinars. BB Collaborate recommends using FireFox or Safari browsers on a MAC.

 

 

Washington Canvas Conference – March 27-28, 2014

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Don’t miss the second annual Washington Canvas Users Group (WACUG) Conference scheduled for March 27-28 (Thurs. and Friday) at Tacoma Community College. You can access a schedule of presentations  and download a registration form by following the link below to visit the WACUG blog:

http://wacug.wordpress.com/

The 2014 event is packed full of presentations and demonstrations of innovative and useful ideas for using the Canvas LMS. In addition, keynote speaker Cable Green – Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons – will address the conference about open resources and his work with Creative Commons.

Don’t wait to register for this event – Registration closes on March 21, 2014. Registration fee for the full 2-day conference is $50 or you can attend a single day for $25.

it is a great way to connect with colleagues across the state and talk shop about teaching online with Canvas! There are conference topics appropriate for all levels of experience with online teaching and learning. Please feel welcome whether you are a long time online instructor or simply interested in learning more about web enhancing, hybrid or blended course design or teaching fully online courses.

See you in March at Canvas Connects!

 

 

 

An Awesome Learning Saturday!

The triple threat LearnHacking Team of Rachelle McGinnis (Pierce Continuing Education) and Emily Wood and Renee Phoenix (Center for Engagement and Learning) is presenting today – Jan 25 – at the Staff Development day at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. If you can’t join us, here’s the link to our list of favorite sites and resources for creating your own path to personal and professional awesomeness!

http://bit.ly/1eQVScS

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