Thursday, March 19, 2009

Internet Explorer 8 Not Fully Compatible with ANGEL At This Time

Microsoft has released their new browser, Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) today with many new improvements including faster page loading, ability to open recently closed tabs, and something called Accelerators to allow you to interact with selected text (for example, translate a word with one click).

We are currently testing IE8 with ANGEL so we have a good understanding of any stumbling blocks that may be in store for us. So far with minimal testing, it looks like most of ANGEL's features are working correctly in IE8, but we have found some that do not work with the new browser. For example, at this time, any course that includes Discussion Forums will have problems being able to view posts. IE8 does have a Compatibility View button, when clicked, will try to emulate their previous browser version, IE7. This may give you the ability to use these incompatible features with IE8.

At this time, we do not recommend upgrading to IE8, but if you find yourself on a computer that has been upgraded, try using the Compatibility View when in ANGEL. This may alleviate some of the incompatible features. As Microsoft and ANGEL come out with updates and patches to their software, we will be testing the features you use and will update you when these initial problems with ANGEL have been fixed.

Posted at 12:29PM Mar 19, 2009 by sgerald

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning

Although much of what is presented in this handbook has already "emerged", like blogs and wikis, this site is still a great resource for educators looking to integrate some new technologies into their teaching and learning.

I especially like their analysis of underlying trends and classification frameworks.

Posted at 08:07AM Mar 14, 2009 by dantonacci

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Discussion Technique: Question, Answer, Comment

At our faculty workshops today, Steve Ehrmann from the TLT Group ( shared a number of useful ideas about online teaching and discussion, but one specific discussion technique seemed to connect well with our faculty. For each week/unit, each student asked one question about the course content, answered another student's question, and commented about a different student's answer. Not only is this Question-Answer-Comment technique easy to grasp and implement, but it also has students thinking about course content from a variety of perspectives and cognitive levels.

Posted at 01:51PM Mar 12, 2009 by dantonacci