2009 Summer Symposium for Online Teaching

Monday, June 22 - Thursday, June 25

Activity Description

Bb 9.0: What's Different?
This presentation will focus on the significant improvements/changes in the Blackboard 9.0 environment. Some of these changes include social learning tools such as blogs and journals, Gradebook enhancements, and Web 2.0 innovations, as well as a completely redesigned course environment. Come and see what you can do with the new Blackboard 9.0 Next Generation.

Bb Blog/Journal/Groups:
Learn how to integrate the built in blog, journal and group tools in your course. These tools encourage students to reflect on their learning experiences and share ideas with their instructor and/or other students in the course.

A Blog is part web site, part journal, and part meeting space. In this workshop, we'll talk about using Blogs to increase student engagement and motivation by exploring the notion of "the personal learning adventure."

Camtasia Relay:
Learn how to capture your live lecture or prerecord and publish it to iTunes University in 3 easy steps.

Diigo is a social bookmarking website which allows signed-up users to bookmark and tag webpages. It also allows users to highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page.

Elluminate Live is a virtual classroom tool that allows you to conduct real-time teaching sessions via the Internet. In this workshop, we'll consider the difference between synchronous and asynchronous tools and focus on the unique benefits that synchronous tools offer.

Using Blackboard's ePortfolio tool, faculty and students can collect and select their professional evidences and /or coursework to showcase their accomplishments reflecting on their educational or professional experiences. The ePortfolio solution fosters student engagement by promoting integrative and reflective learning. It is also a great student learning assessment instrument.

Facebook is the leading, most embraced website in social networking.  Not to be confused with a learning management system such as Blackboard, Facebook is quickly gaining popularity as a learning utility.  This workshop will demonstrate the functionality of facebook and present methodology in engaging students with this tool.

Flip Video:
Flip Video allows you to easily make a video of field work, interviews, lectures and more in your classes. You are then able to share it via email and the web with your students.

Google Earth:
Would you like your students to virtually visit an historical location of the world? From literature to environmental studies, Google Earth can help you bring a world of information alive for your students to enhance their learning experience. Use Google Earth to create engaging classroom activities that go beyond geography and discover ways this interactive tool can take the learning experience "to the next level." Learn how to fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings as well as explore rich geographical content that can be saved and shared with others.

Intro Bb 9.0:
Whether you are teaching a traditional face-to-face, hybrid or online course, Blackboard has something for everyone. Learn the Blackboard basics: creating announcements, uploading content, encouraging collaboration via the Discussion Board, groups & blogs as well as how to use the Blackboard Grade Center.

iTunes U:
MSU’s iTunes U serves as one of the central locations providing the Campus Community with convenient access to audio and video content for classes, lectures, lab demonstrations, campus tours, and special features. Students can download and review the content on their computers or iPods.

Keynote is the program Apple uses to create stunning presentations with a user-friendly interface. You can make a great looking presentation with Keynote’s pre-designed themes. Keynote also provides an abundance of animation and transitions to enhance your slide presentation.

PowerPoint (PPT) Games:
PowerPoint offers a variety of classroom applications that allow instructors the ability to go beyond displaying lecture content. Using PowerPoint's multimedia and hyperlinking capabilities it can be used to create games that students play in class. Games are not only a way to add excitement and fun to the classroom, they can also help to motivate students. Games can be used as a review and also a new way to present course content.

PowerPoint (PPT) Voice:
Using voice is a great way to add character to a presentation. Whether it's narrating an entire presentation or adding comments to selected slides, PowerPoint's voice narration tool is great way to enhance your presentation. Using text alone in a presentation only works in the classroom because the instructor is there to present. Online courses need narration.

Wimba Pronto is an academic based instant messaging platform integrated with Blackboard. Students and faculty will automatically be connected with each other once they have installed Pronto and created accounts.

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users' updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (known as followers).

A wiki is a simple-to-use web page creation tool that can be used by you and your students. In this workshop, we'll look at how your students can use a wiki to collaborate outside of class by creating a course study guide.


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