Monday, April 27, 2015

TLC Scheduled Maintenance May 2-3, 2015

The TLC online compliance training system will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance by the vendor from Saturday May 2 at 11:00 pm through Sunday May 3 at 3:00 am.  Please do not plan on completing any compliance training in TLC during this four hour window.

Annoucing New Document Cameras (ELMOs): Coming to our TLT-Media Classrooms

Most of our current document cameras, also called “ELMOs”, are 10-15 years old, outdated, or obsolete. They lack needed video inputs, outputs, and resolution to integrate with our current classroom technology. We’re very excited to upgrade and replace these systems!
 
We don’t want to disrupt year-end classes, so most replacements will occur after the semester ends, but we are replacing a few of the worst systems now. When this project is completed, all TLT-Media large/tiered classrooms and auditoriums will have our new documents cameras, except for Sudler and WHW Auditoriums which already have new/special-use cameras. (See the complete room list at the end of this email.) Also, documents cameras will be removed from all TLT-Media small classrooms, but document cameras will be available by request if you need one in a small classroom—either as a one-day request or for the entire semester. Just contact TLT-Media at x8-7326 or tlt-media@kumc.edu.
 
Our new model is the ELMO TT-12iD. It is “the is the next generation document camera in the popular TT-12 series”. The TT-12iD capabilities include 96x zoom (12x optical and 8x digital), AutoFocus, multi-directional camera positions, and HDMI with pass-through for direct connection to your laptop. Plus, it works through a built-in web camera, so you can record your camera output, as well as take and mark-up static images for later use.
 
This project also standardizes document cameras in all our rooms, so you now only need to learn how to use one model—plus, our support and maintenance is much easier. We will be including training for using these new cameras in our Classroom Technology training sessions offered each Fall semester, but if you’d like training now, we can arrange short one-on-one or departmental training. Here are a couple of short videos explaining and demonstrating the TT-12iD features and operation:
   http://www.elmousa.com/tt-12id-interactive-document-camera
   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v4U5IUgoyk&index=2&list=PLC495121197280EAD
 
Here’s the list of rooms that will have a new document camera permanently installed, but you always can request a camera for our other rooms if needed:

   5 Auditoriums:
  • Clendening Auditorium
  • G013 Nursing
  • Lied Auditorium
  • Rieke Auditorium
  • Wahl East Auditorium
   8 Large/Tiered Classrooms:
  • 1014 Orr Major
  • 1015 Orr Major
  • 1023 Orr Major
  • 1025 Orr Major
  • 1027 Orr Major
  • 1050 Nursing
  • 2035 Delp
  • 3001 Miller
This project has been on our list for several years. Thanks again for your patience and support as we continue improving our learning spaces.
 
Please contact Dave Antonacci (x8-7144) with questions, comments, or concerns.
 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Scheduled Blackboard Outage (4/16)

To resolve an issue that occurred yesterday we will be restarting Blackboard on Thursday April 16th. Users may not be able to login or get kicked out between 7:30 to 8:00 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

UPDATE: The restarts have been completed and blackboard is functioning normally. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Social Learning Strategies


The saying goes "two heads are better than one," but is it?  Social learning is "learning by interacting with other people," (Horton, p. 399).  Social learning is always active, social and learner-driven (Horton, p. 400).   Social learning can take many forms and use many different tools.

Some examples of Social Learning:
Social learning connects learners and promotes collaboaration.

  • Sharing ideas or information via email, chat or social media
  • Collaborating on a document for a group project
  • Discussing learning topics and understanding deeper on discussion forums
  • Sharing on Adobe Connect sessions
    • Student presentations
    • Expert panel discussions
    • Question and answer sessions

This interaction with others strengthens our abilities to accomplish goals and ideals because everyone is part of a team.   Interaction forms a community.  People in the community often bond over common goals, purposes or struggles so naturally students in a course bond.  Individuals in the group can share ideas, resources or experiences which in turn, provides additional learning experiences for their peers.

Simon Sinek says that good leaders and communicators know what their "why" or purpose is in his Ted Talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”.  The secret ingredient for social learning is that if all of the participants in the learning community share a common "why" they will be able to collaborate and actively learn from one another.  This strategy will not work for all learners or instructors, but it can be powerful if it is used properly.

Social learning can be very challenging because often learners and instructors are working asynchronously. Learners may be spread out, come from different backgrounds or cultures, and come in with different prior knowledge and communication skills.  In a face-to-face classroom instructors can mediate immediately, however in social learning there may be a time gap or a misunderstanding. 

Here are some tips for instructors:

  • Be a facilitator; not a conversation dominator.
    • Coach and guide students in what is expected
    • Fuel conversations rather than lead them
    • Provide constructive feedback
  • Provide clear guidelines
    • Provide grading guidelines
    • Provide clear expectations for how much interaction is required
    • Indicate when citations or additional resources are needed
    • Provide examples of clear communication
  • Clarify confusion
    • Answer questions
    • Direct conversations so they stay on topic

Many courses at KUMC already take advantage of social learning strategies with their students.  If you would like to learn more about strategies or tools available for KUMC courses contact TLT EdTech (8-7107) and we would be happy to help you!

References:

Horton, W. (2012). E-learning by design, 2nd edition (2nd ed.). San Francisco, Calif.: Pfeiffer.

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action. Talk Video.  TED.com. (n.d.). Retrieved April 7, 2015, from https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action