Sunday, November 11, 2018

Tech Tips: Augmented and Virtual Realities

In This Issue

Our New Homepage
What's New for 2019 Spring Classes
Featured Courses: E-learning for Educators and Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
Featured Resources: Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in Training and the Classroom
Tech Tip: 25 Resources for Bringing AR and VR to the Classroom

Editor: Dennis O'Connor
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EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators 
January 7 - March 1, 2019

Our Students Say...
"She is an excellent example of an online educator, and I will take this experience and attempt to mirror it in my future teaching.

Her style of using YouTube videos for visual instruction was very helpful.”
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"I got a job!!  Whooohoooo!  It's perfect for me as well. I am hired by Executive Director, Inc., and I'll be the instructional designer for their client, an organization called The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC).  I taught biology and chemistry as a teacher for the last 17 years, and this will be absolutely fascinating. I would not have been able to make this transition without the UW-Stout ID Certificate."
~ Julia Cabaniss, Thiensville, Wisconsin
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Spring Tuition Due Date
February 27, 2019 - 100% Tuition Due

Tech Tip

25 Resources for Bringing AR and VR to the Classroom 
Here are ISTE’s quick start recommendations for VR/AR headsets, apps, maker tools, virtual tours, STEM programs, and curriculum.

As always, ISTE has a fresh book to guide you to successful implementation:
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Featured Resources

Immersive Technology: Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in Training and the Classroom

Key Concept:
“AR = Places objects where you are, VR = Takes you to new places.” Jennifer Albat

AR/VR: How Immersive Learning Technology Is Bringing Education and Training Into the Future
Seeing is believing. Mariel Cariker's article is packed with videos that show you immersive technology in action. The videos help you grasp the complex vocabulary of this technology.

Step into workforce training, healthcare, international hospitality, gaming, k-12 expeditions, workplace productivity, and university science labs.

Don’t miss Michael Bodedaer’s inspiring TED talk on VR in science education at the end of the article.

Can AR/VR Improve Learning? Integrating Extended Reality Into Academic Programs
While it is easy to get caught up in the WOW factor, there are practical issues to consider.

This illuminating #DLNchat summarized by Michael Sano captures the provocative thinking of ed-tech educators, university professors, and researchers brainstorming about accessibility, costs, best practices, and academic realities.

8 Innovative Ways To Use AR/VR Technologies In Online Training
Looking for a way to distinguish your work?

Instructional designers and online trainers will quickly see eight opportunities in this engaging branch of online training.

Innovation: Creating and Learning in AR, VR
Rachelle Dene Poth teaches Foreign Language and STEAM at a junior/senior high school and shares her story about working with virtual reality platforms.

The opportunity to “create, collaborate, problem-solve and be curious” triggers the enthusiasm and engagement of the maker movement to motivate both teachers and students. Inspiring!

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Our Master of Science in Education is a 30-credit master’s degree that features all online courses and offers a flexible curriculum to meet your professional development goals.

Select courses (11 credits) within an interest area, earn a certificate, or mix and match courses from several areas.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Can you hear me now? Audio Feedback. Formative and Summative Assessment Ideas

Audio Feedback. Formative and Summative Assessment Ideas
In this issue...

1. Register for a Summer Online Course
2. Creating Audio Feedback
3. Tech Tip: Using Vocaroo to Make Voice Recordings
4. Assessment in ELearning: Our Featured Course
Registration is Open for Summer Online Courses
Meet your professional development goals for continuing education, license renewal or advanced certification.

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Sign up today to reserve a spot. 10% of the tuition is due in mid-September with the balance due in October.    
Creating Effective Audio Feedback
Explore the benefits of incorporating audio feedback to build stronger instructor-learner connections. Discover free audio tools that quickly record comments-- often in less time than it takes to write them.
‘Speaking to Students’ with Audio Feedback
Debbie Morrison explains how to use a voice recorder app and Evernote to provide meaningful and useful feedback.  
My Test Run with Audio Feedback
Melissa Venable describes seven audio recording tools including Audacity and Screencast-o-Matic, and offers four “lessons learned” including privacy and file size issues.  
Using Asynchronous Audio Feedback to Enhance Teaching Presence and Students’ Sense of Community(PDF)
Philip Ice and others share results of a study which found that students who received audio feedback “overwhelmingly” preferred audio over written feedback, and felt it increased perceptions of instructor caring as well as sense of involvement in the course.  
Audio- the Personal Touch in Online Courses
Alastair Creelman reports on a study by Cavanaugh and Song which found that students in a composition course were more positive about receiving audio versus written feedback. Instructors tended to provide more global commentary via audio and more local commentary via written feedback.  
Teacher’s Visual Guide on Giving Audio Feedback to Students on Google Drive
Med Kharbach provides the steps to add audio comments to any Google document.  
Kaizena Adds Support for Giving Audio Feedback on Google Presentations
Richard Byrne describes how the Kaizena tool embedded in Google Drive allows instructors to add audio comments to Google presentations.  
Tech Tip: Using Vocaroo to Make Voice Recordings 
(video 2:41 minutes)
Richard Byrne shows how to use the free Web-based recording tool Vocaroo to create audio recordings and export hyperlinked files, QR codes, MP3, or WAV files.    
Featured Online Course

EDU 762 900 Assessment in ELearning - 3 graduate credits

  • Experience audio and video options that save time grading assignments and increase quality feedback.
  • Improve your online teaching effectiveness with hands-on practice using online assessment tools.
  • Sharpen your discussion facilitation and improve student engagement.
  • Understand how to quickly detect, document, and minimize plagiarism in the online classroom.
  • Learn to create strong learning objectives, concise rubrics, and effective assessments for groups and individuals.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Enroll Today: Step 1 to your Instructional Design Certificate

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Trends and Issues in Instructional Design

EDUC 765 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design

Online Course - 3 semester hours graduate credit

Instructor: Nicholle Stone 

Spring 2018

Tuition, Due Dates, and Registration

Register early to reserve a spot as this course fills very quickly.

Who Should Enroll

This instructional design online course is open to students seeking professional development, continuing education or license/certification renewal and is also one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design.
Participants may include
  • health educators pursuing a career in educational or service settings in hospitals, dental programs, clinics, long-term care facilities, retirement/assisted living facilities, in-home healthcare or other professionals who deliver instruction or continuing education to health professionals including computer-based learning;
  • continuing education and outreach facilitators in museums, government, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations and military settings;
  • web developers, software designers and computer support personnel who develop reference materials, documentation, and customer support tutorials;
  • instructional designers for textbook or e-learning companies;
  • virtual high school teachers, curriculum coordinators,  professional development coordinators, and continuing education professionals who want to update or expand their knowledge in curriculum development, assessment, and revitalize their teaching and learning strategies;
  • instructional/educational technologists who support educators in redesigning courses.

What You Will Learn

This is an 8-week online instructional design course which provides an introduction to learning theory, instructional design models, and the instructional design and development process. You will study variables that affect adult learning, techniques for stimulating and sustaining learner motivation, and how to reinforce learning. Whether you are in health care, education, business, software development or any other industry, this online course will help you to analyze, design, and develop instruction.
NOTE: Throughout the instructional design certificate courses you will create portfolio quality products. For this course, you will create a course design document and develop a unit or module of instruction.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, if you are enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Stout Master of Science in Education degree program and enrolled in a minimum of five (5) credits.

NOTE: Tuition for students enrolled in a Masters degree program at UW-Stout will be billed at the degree program credit hour rate.

Textbook to Purchase

Purchase the following paperback used from or another online book source.
Mager, Robert F. Preparing instructional objectives: A critical tool in the development of effective instruction (3rd ed.). Center for Effective Performance. 

ISBN: 978-1879618039 
You will be provided a second book as an e-textbook. When you login to the course, you will access the e-textbook to read online from your tablet, laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader. 
If you prefer to read a hard copy instead of via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book used or new from an online book source such as or the publisher.
Morrison, R. G., Ross, M. S., Kalman, H.K., & Kemp, E. J. (2013). Designing effective instruction (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. 

ISBN: 978-1118359990
Additional recommended web-based articles will be available via the course modules.

What Does an Instructional Designer Do?

"... completing a certificate can be the most direct path to career success."

~ from Complete College of America, Certificates Count: An Analysis of Sub-Baccalaureate Certificates

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the instructional design course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyze processes of designing instruction and summarize the components of instructional design models.
  2. Compare and analyze several models for instructional design.
  3. Apply motivation theory to the instructional design process.
  4. Apply and summarize adult learning theories.
  5. Compare learning theories and create a learning philosophy.
  6. Research and analyze components needed to conduct a front-end analysis for an instructional product and explain variables linked to cultural and linguistic diversity.
  7. Apply research-based design model(s) to an instructional problem.
No travel to campus required. Because this class is online and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.
The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; this is not a self-paced class.


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Our Instructors’ Favorite Time-saving Tech Tools

Spring Online Courses with Openings
Our Instructors’ Favorite Time-saving Tech Tools
Tech Tip: Finding the Right Tech Tools
Featured Resource:
       Time Management Best Practices for Teaching Online
Spring Courses with a Few Openings

Editor: Shannnon Mersand
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Top Tech Tools

This newsletter features the favorite productivity Tech Tools our team of online instructors uses and recommends.

“I use Beyond Compare to compare files/folders on my two computers and sync them for backing up internally.  Then when I get a new computer, I can easily transfer my data from the old to the new as well.”
~ Jane MacKenzie
Beyond Compare is a fee-based utility that allows you to compare files and folders to help identify and fix differences in documents, images and folders, even when they are in ZIP archives or on FTP sites. This product is available for Windows and Linux.

“I use Carbonite for backing up to the cloud. It provides automatic and continuous backup of all my files.”
~ Jane MacKenzie
Carbonite is a fee-based Cloud backup service that automatically backs up all of your data, and allows you access to it from anywhere, at any time. The basic plan is available for Windows and Mac, the Plus and Prime plans are available only for Windows 7 and above.

“I use Google Keep to help track my long To-do lists. I’m able to check off things I have accomplished, share my lists with others, and set reminders for very important tasks. The best part is that it travels with you, from computer to phone to tablet. The same lists in all places!”
~ Shannon Mersand
Google Keep is a free web based note-taking service that allows you to take notes, set reminders, make to-do lists and share notes with others. It is available as a web-based app, and also on tablets and smartphones for seamless task mongering. Google Keep works on all platforms.

“I use G Suite to collaborate with colleagues and students from around the world. There is nothing easier than sharing and editing documents that update in rea- time to ensure that everyone has the latest files for a project.”
~ Shannon Mersand
G Suite (known as Google Drive for personal use) is a free collection of tools from Google, including Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Drawings, Forms and many other tools that allow for real-time collaboration online. Changes appear instantly in the documents, and save automatically. G Suite works on all platforms.

“Freemind is a must for mind mapping, brainstorming, and job task analyses. I encourage my students to use it for their Work Breakdown Structure and for their Job Task Analysis.”
~ Jane MacKenzie
Freemind is a free downloadable Java program that allows you to create mind maps, outlines and other organizational documents on your computer. Freemind works on all platforms.

“I use Quicken for tracking home finances and QuickBooks Pro for my business.”
~ Jane MacKenzie
Quicken/Quickbooks Pro are fee-based programs that allow users to track personal and business finances. Both offer the ability to track income and spending, as well as create budgets and track where your money is going. Quicken products work on Windows and Mac OS.

“I use Roboform as my password manager.  With hundreds of password-protected accounts to navigate, Roboform saves me time and frustration.  Includes lots of features. Complex to use but it more than returns the time you spend learning the system.”
~ Dennis T. O’Connor
Roboform is a free or fee-based password management system that allows users to safely and securely store and manage passwords to all of their online accounts. It also helps users create unique strong passwords. Available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.

“Pocket is aptly named. The browser-based Pocket icon makes it easy to click on 'stuff' in websites I want to revisit. It's quicker than making a bookmark. You can tag pages for later organization. Pocket is a social platform that sends you a daily update on pages you 'might' like based on your choices.”
~ Dennis T. O’Connor
Pocket is a free app that allows the user to quickly and easily save videos, images and text they wish to visit later. It allows for tagging of content and offers suggestions of other sources users may be interested in. Available for all platforms.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Checklist for Online Instructors

Checklist for Online Instructors

This resource offers best practices in online instruction from the online teaching staff at the University of Wisconsin-Stout Online Professional Development Department.

The checklist presents best practices in online teaching. Included are essential ideas for all online instructors during all stages of an online course.
  • What do you do before the class starts?
  • What should be accomplished during the first week of class?
  • What expectations should be met during the class?
  • How do you make the most of your last week of class?
Each stage includes checklists for: 
  • Managerial Expectations
  • Social Expectations
  • Pedagogical / Instructional Design Expectations.
  • Technical Expectations
This resource captures the wisdom of our online teaching team! It was developed to help all new online instructors at University of Wisconsin-Stout as well as the interns in our ELearning Practicum Classes.

This is the talk we walk.  It is important to have a reference we can give to new online instructors. We summarized all of the field smarts developed by our online staff over the years.

We would love to hear more suggestions for online instructor best practices. 

Have you any resources or ideas to share?