Monday, February 28, 2011

Successfully Adding Educational Multimedia to Your Courses

If you're tired of text-only courses and want to add educational video to your courses, this session is for you. Learn:

  • Why include educational multimedia in your course?
  • What are the educational possibilities?
  • How to successfully integrate multimedia to improve student learning?
  • What resources are available?
  • What are the technical how-to's, such as adding video to PowerPoint?

Tuesday, March 29
12 noon - 1 pm
1014 Orr Major

No RSVP is needed. (If you'd like to get an email reminder for this session, you can "register" at, but this is not required.)

Questions? Contact TLT at x8-7107 or

Posted at 02:46PM Feb 28, 2011 by dantonacci

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Reviewing Web Conferencing Systems

Since Blackboard has purchased Elluminate Live with full support going until December 2012, we have decided to look at other possible web conferencing systems. A committee of faculty and staff has been assembled and reviewing has begun.

In reviewing what we need at KUMC in a web conferencing system, we came up with this list (in no specific order of importance) of required items we need in a system.

  • Recording and archiving
  • Encryption
  • Breakout rooms
  • Live scribing
  • Simplicity
  • PowerPoint integration
  • 24x7 end user support
  • Indexing
  • Interactive whiteboard
  • Polling
  • Desktop and application sharing
  • Text chat
  • Integrated authentication
  • Faculty can schedule sessions
  • Audio and video capabilities

Some of the systems we will review are:

  • Adobe Connect
  • Microsoft Live Meeting
  • Cisco WebEx
  • iLinc
  • And others..

For more information on Blackboard's plans for Elluminate, see Blackboard Collaborate.

Posted at 02:52PM Feb 10, 2011 by sgerald

TLT at New Campus Locations (Temporarily)

While Wahl Hall West is being renovated, our offices are being temporarily relocated, possibly until August 2011. We moved on Tuesday November 16 and Wednesday November 17. We will continue to have our main phone (x8-7107) and the TLT email account ( if you need immediate support.

If you need to meet with us, our new locations will be:

4034 Taylor (TLT North): Dale Gustafson, Grant James, Phil Wilhauk

3016 Orr-Major (TLT South): Dave Antonacci, Susan Bailey, Tennille Fincham, Stephanie Gerald, Nellie Modaress, Kathy Tally, Clay Threlkeld

Come say hello if you are in the area!

Posted at 02:31PM Feb 10, 2011 by sgerald

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Review of Research on Synchronous and Asynchronous CMC

With the addition of the ANGEL-Elluminate Bridge, you can now directly add synchronous voice chats and webconferencing to your ANGEL coursesite, combining the advantages of both synchronous and asynchronous communication to your teaching.

In her literature review of synchronous and asynchronous educational discussions, Johnson (2006) found "combining synchronous and asynchronous online discussion results in higher levels of student satisfaction and mastery of course requirements than implementation of either mode in isolation... Both synchronous and asynchronous forms of online discussion have advantages and there is evidence that both contribute to student cognitive and affective outcomes, albeit in distinct fashion." (p. 51)

  • "Asynchronous discussion facilitates student learning and higher-level thinking skills, perhaps due to the cognitive processing required in writing, and time to reflect upon posted messages and consider written responses." (p. 51)
  • "Where as synchronous discussions have the advantages of providing a greater sense of presence and generating spontaneity." (p. 47)

“The combined use of computer mediated communication tools may be required in order to meet the needs of all learners regardless of individual differences in cognition and personality.” (p. 52)

Johnson, G. M. (2006). Synchronous and asynchronous text-based CMC in educational contexts: A review of recent research. TechTrends, 50(4), 46-53.

Posted at 10:28AM Feb 03, 2011 by dantonacci