Friday, April 11, 2014

Enroll NOW for Summer & Fall 2014 Classes: UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching

Enroll today in our E-Learning and Online Teaching 

Graduate Certificate Program! 

Prepare to be a Great Online Teacher

Develop and enhance your online teaching skills.
Teach online from anywhere as a highly effective e-learning professional.

Hone your skills to compete in a rapidly growing job market!  Review our homepage for all the details: Program Home.

 EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators 3 graduate credits
This is the introductory course in the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate, is an approved elective in the online Master of Science in Education degree program, and is open as an individual course to students seeking professional development.
EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-learning 3 graduate credits NOTE: This is the fourth in the series of five required courses.
EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum 3 graduate credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion with a 3.0 gpa in EDUC 760, 761, 762, 763 and Consent of Instructor.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Voice Thread Tech Tips from UW-Stout

Tech Tips Newsletter
April 8, 2014
Editor: Karen Franker
This e-newsletter is brought to you by University of Wisconsin-Stout School of Education. If you do not wish to receive future issues, please see instructions to manage preferences at the bottom of this message.
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In this issue...

1. Sign Up for a Summer Online Course
2. How to Create Collaborative Learning Experiences with VoiceThread
3. Tech Tip: How to Add Your Own Slide to a VoiceThread (Video)

Sign Up for a Summer Online Course
Are you looking for a course to meet your professional development goals for continuing education, license renewal or advanced certification?
Creating Collaborative Learning Experiences with VoiceThread
Discover the multiple uses of VoiceThread in flipped and traditional classrooms, and explore how this versatile tool can increase motivation and assess learning.
Technology Forum: VoiceThread (PDF)
Amy Brusini at Johns Hopkins University provides an overview of VoiceThread – what it is, who is using it, why it matters, and how it can be used.
The University of North Carolina ITS Teaching and Learning staff share sample Voicethread presentations including: explaining a process, interpreting a work of art, and analyzing photographic evidence.
Listen, Watch, and Read: Using VoiceThread for Assessing Student Reading
Jeremy Sarachan describes how VoiceThread can provide a refreshing and creative new way for students to orally respond to discussion questions.
Whitney Kilgore explains how the ARCS motivational design model, when used with VoiceThread, stimulates critical thinking and provides students with an opportunity to use their own voices.
Using VoiceThread to Create an Interactive Syllabus
Michelle Pacansky-Brock’s presentation walks viewers through an innovative syllabus via VoiceThread.
Diversifying Instruction in Large Lecture Classes with VoiceThread (Video: 52:41 minutes)
Skim Michelle Pacansky-Brock’s Webinar for terrific tips on using VoiceThread to build an effective and collaborative classroom community, even in very large lecture-based courses.
VoiceThread Digital Library
The official VoiceThread site contains a library of successful projects organized by subject area.
Michelle Pacansky-Brock’s excellent VoiceThread resource page 
VoiceThread Participation Rubric by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
Tech Tips
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Plagiarism, Paraphrase, and Citation Tutorials

Here are the free tutorials we offer on detecting plagiarism and properly paraphrasing and citing resources.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Benefits of Using LiveBinders

(Reprinted with permission of the Editor: Karen Franker)

Explore how faculty, instructional designers, and learners are finding LiveBinders an indispensable tool for designing electronic portfolios, organizing course materials, and electronically sharing resources to support and demonstrate learning.
Building a Digital Portfolio with LiveBinders 
Justin Stallings shares five reasons that he uses LiveBinders every day to quickly collect and share professional development resources. In addition, he explains how LiveBinders is an excellent tool for creating digital portfolios.

Living It Up with LiveBinders: Organizing Faculty Shared Web 2.0 Resources (PowerPoint)
Leslie Johnson's presentation at the 2013 Sloan-C Conference on Online Learning provides a "getting started" overview of using LiveBinders to support teaching and learning in online courses.

LiveBinders for Learning: Instructional Design
Dianne Rees shares how she uses LiveBinders to create intentional learning experiences for problem-based learning.

Top 20 Livebinders You Should Not Miss
Med Kharbach shares some of the best LiveBinder examples including: Free Technology Tools for Teachers, iPod Touch and iPad resources, and An Educator Guide to Twitter.

LiveBinder Tips and Tricks
The LiveBinders staff has created this helpful LiveBinder collection of tutorials and how-to guides for first-time users.

Organize Your Online Resources with LiveBinders
Sandy Kendell provides her perspectives on successfully using LiveBinders for student projects.

10 More Great Ways Educators Are Using LiveBinders 
The LiveBinders Blog editors share innovative LiveBinder projects, including: a Virtual Summer Camp for educators, a 9th grade English binder integrating Google Docs, and a Conference Presentation example.

LiveBinders in an Elementary Science Methods Course(video: 7:23 min.)
Julie Gess-Newsome describes how she creates LiveBinders as electronic textbooks in her teacher education courses at Oregon State University.

Tech Tip: LiveBinder it  Bookmarking Tool

Justin Stallings explains how you can quickly and easily insert favorite Websites into a specified LiveBinder with the LiveBinder it Web browser extension. In addition, you may add a LIveBinder it button to Websites and blogs.  

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

UW-Stout E-Learning Professor to receive Sloan national online teaching award

November 18, 2013 

Susan Manning works in a virtual world.
Since 2007 she has taught exclusively online for University of Wisconsin-Stout. It makes perfect sense: she teaches classes on the subject of online teaching.

"For me, the world of work has always been online," she said.
Susan ManningWith no need to be on campus, Manning lives in Aurora, Ill. She has never been to UW-Stout, although she is very much a part of it because of daily interaction with students, faculty and administrators.

She will be representing the university in person, however, Thursday, Nov. 21, when she receives one of the highest honors available in her field, a national Sloan Consortium online teaching award.

"I'm very honored and excited to receive such a prestigious national award," said Manning, who cited administrative support from UW-Stout as a key to her effectiveness as an online instructor.

The award will be presented at the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in Florida. Manning and a professor from the University of Vermont will receive the award. The Sloan Consortium is regarded as the leading professional online learning society.
Strong online presence
Manning represents a growing aspect — and possibly the future — of higher education, a teacher who never walks into the classroom because there is no classroom.
In Manning's world that's not a problem. She sees it as a positive. She not only believes she can be highly effective as a virtual instructor but maybe even do some things better than a traditional teacher.

"I venture to say my students get more feedback and more personal attention than they would if they sat in a classroom with me," Manning said. "There's an ongoing dialogue I have with every student every week."

Manning creates an interactive environment through a variety of methods. She's part of small discussion groups with students so they "see evidence that I'm there every day." She gives them detailed weekly feedback, more via technology than she most likely could provide in person. She appears in videotaped weekly lesson introductions, does real-time video presentations three times a semester and video chats — just like stopping by the professor's office — by appointment.

One of her strengths is using interactive games and simulations; her students in turn learn how to use them to assess their students. She presented research last summer on the educational application of games at a national conference on distance learning.

She teaches, on average, three Graduate School courses per semester for UW-Stout, Games for Learning and Assessment; Instructional Design for e-Learning; and Instructional Strategies and Assessment.

Many students in her classes are pursuing either a master's degree in education or UW-Stout's e-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate. "Most are either K-12 or higher ed faculty who want to learn how to move from the traditional classroom to teaching online," she said.

An 'A' for the teacher
In student evaluations, Manning consistently receives marks of 4.75 or higher on a five-point scale.
Mary Hopkins-Best"Her teaching is exemplary in regard to well-designed curriculum and student engagement. We're very fortunate to have Dr. Manning as an instructor for UW-Stout," said Mary Hopkins-Best, dean of the UW-Stout College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

Hopkins-Best added that Manning breaks down technology as a barrier and helps her students embrace it to enhance learning. "She is described (by students) as not only having content expertise but as a role model," she said.

Manning has a bachelor's degree in communications from Truman State in Missouri, a master's in student personnel from Bowling Green in Ohio and a doctorate in adult education from Ball State in Indiana. She taught at the University of Illinois prior to UW-Stout.

As a virtual instructor, Manning could teach anywhere. She chose UW-Stout and has stayed because of outstanding administrative support for online instructors, she said.

"It was very clear to me after the first year how much better UW-Stout was at supporting its faculty so that I can really teach — I love to teach — and not have to deal with administrative issues. It's phenomenal," Manning said.

"There are thousands and thousands of other good online teachers who interact with students, but I think it's the use of tools available to me at UW-Stout that allow me to communicate with students instantly that make a difference," she added.

Manning's virtual world even goes beyond teaching. She works part-time for a New York-based company that produces online events for museums, libraries and other organizations. She hosts webinars and online conferences. "I've been a virtual employee for a long time," she said.

UW-Stout Online

UW-Stout is a leading UW System school in online and distance education, with students from 46 states and 36 countries. 

The university offers more than 700 courses online for students either on or off campus. 

The number of online courses at UW-Stout has nearly tripled since 2008, according to Doug Stevens, director of UW-Stout Online.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Top Trends in Teaching and Learning with E-Books

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Tech Tips Newsletter
November 18, 2013
Editor: Karen Franker
This e-newsletter is brought to you by University of Wisconsin-Stout School of Education. If you do not wish to receive future issues, please see instructions to manage preferences at the bottom of this message.
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In this issue...

1. Top Trends in Teaching and Learning with E-Books
2. Tech Tip: Add Soundtracks to Your E-Books and How to Format eBooks in Microsoft Word 
3. Congratulations on the National Award
4. “Hot” Online Courses for Spring
Top Trends in Teaching and Learning with E-Books
Explore the latest resources and innovations to effectively select, create, and publish digital e-books to enhance learning.
Andrew Doty speculates on the power of interactive e-books. What happens when you take the “Choose Your Own Adventure” model of reader-guided storytelling and apply it to electronic book design for adults?
Sevhan Acar Hammudeh and Denise Mcqueen Ozdeniz describe the iPad apps and Websites which they have successfully used with students to create e-books including: Creative Book Builder, Scribble Press, and ePub Bud.
Karin Schreier Hallett describes the process she used with her fifth-graders in creating e-books with the BookCreator app on the iPad.
Digital Textbooks: Show Me the Future!
Victor Rovero provides a comprehensive list of links to 27 leading e-book publishers as well as a listing of the most popular e-reader devices.
In UW-Stout’s pilot e-textbook project with 1,500 students in 40 undergraduate and graduate courses students were positive about the following features of e-textbooks: searchability, customization by instructor, and portability.
Tech Tips:  Add Soundtracks to Your E-Books and How to Format eBooks in Microsoft Word
Dianna Dilworth explains how to use the new Booktrack
app to add music and sound effects to e-books.

National Honor Awarded to Dr. Susan Manning
Congratulations to Dr. Manning, recipient of the 2013 Sloan-C Awards Excellence in Online Teaching.
Consistently students’ end-of-course evaluations praise Dr. Manning’s exemplary module instructional design, effective video tutorials and web-based help sheets, highly interactive learning environment, engagement of learners in critical thinking activities, and personalized audio feedback on assignments.

Student feedback indicates a very high satisfaction with how content and materials are chunked, and how the learning experiences are designed conceptually and aesthetically to provide an engaging learning experience.
Dr. Manning’s new course employs interactive games and simulations to model use of games for assessment, to support collaboration, problem solving, and decision making and to increase motivation and engagement during training activities and in the classroom.

Manning demonstrates how a digital badge is an iconic representation of a skill, achievement, or activity, and can be one method to superimposing game structures to the learning process.
Dr. Manning teaches four online courses at UW-Stout.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Republished with permission of the University of Wisconsin Stout
Tech Tips Newsletter
October 30, 2013
Editor: Karen Franker
This e-newsletter is brought to you by University of Wisconsin-Stout School of Education. 

NOTE: Web version of the newsletter
In this issue...

1. Digital and Open Badges for Teaching and Training
2. Tech Tip: Top Sticky Note Apps for Student Collaboration 
3. You're the First to Find Out… 
    Dates for January, February and March 2014 Online Classes
Digital and Open Badges for Teaching and Training
Explore the latest uses of digital badges to assess and support learning, increase motivation, and offer skills credentialing to learners of all ages.
Daniel Hickey describes the marketing benefits of awarding digital badges, including helping prospective students see the value of a program. In addition, he addresses seven key questions that institutions need to ask to ensure that badges enhance learning outcomes.
Digital Badges Would Represent Students’ Skill Acquisitions
Katie Ash examines the arguments for and against the use of badges to provide a more granular view of K-12 students’ accomplishments.
How Badges Really Work in Higher Education
David Raths explores how and why higher ed institutions are implementing digital badges, including key questions that administrators should ask about alternative credentialing.
Design Principles for Motivating Learning with Digital Badges
Katerina Schenke and others provide eleven key principles for ensuring that badge design successfully motivates learners including: evolving requirements, competition, and identity recognition.
Open Badges: Portable Credentials for Learning
Bill Brandon explains how Mozilla Open Badges differ from digital badges in providing structured credentialing systems to document learning.
Design Principles for Assessing Learning with Digital Badges
Rebecca Itow and Daniel Hickey describe their top ten principles for effectively using badges to assess learning including: leveling systems, mastery learning, and rubrics.
7 Things You Should Know About….Badges (PDF)
The Educause staff provides an overview of the significance of digital badges in documenting learners’ achievements, and focuses on the challenges and teaching/learning implications of using badges in higher education.
Sheryl Grant and Kristan E. Shawgo have created this comprehensive annotated bibliography on digital badges. As this is a collaborative work in progress, the authors invite others to share their favorite resources.
Tony Vincent compares the features of Padlet  (formerly Wallwisher) and Lino . Both digital tools facilitate student sharing of photos, videos, and ideas on virtual walls-- all without requiring students to have email addresses, log-ins, or passwords.
Dates for January, February and March 2014 Online CoursesList of Dates and All Online Classes

Check out the great online classes for an instructional design certificate or online teaching certificate, reading teacher and reading specialist certification, as well as courses about autism, classroom management, working with at-risk students, cyberbullying, differentiated instruction, the flipped classroom, using games for learning, disciplinary literacy, iPads in the classroom, STEM, writing with the 6-Traits, middle school math and more.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Online Class: Mobile Learning

EDUC 641 Mobile Learning Instructional Design(with iPads, cell phones, and tablets) Online Course - 3 semester hours graduate credit

Instructor: Ann Bell
EDUC 641 900  September 30 - December 6, 2013

Would you like to use your iPad as a tool for improving teaching and learning? Learn apps that improve students engagement and persistence. Stay organized by finding free apps to set up ebooks, digital textbooks, digital assessments and surveys, and reflect on the educational impact the iPad has on student achievement.

There is still time to register for our convenient online course starting September 30.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Netiquette Archive!

Here are some infographics and articles about 'Netiquette'.  Basically we're talking the simple, common sense rules of working and conversing with folks online!

Knowthenet presents Manners Matter the online Netiquette Do's and Don'ts infographic.

Last Call: E-Learning Assessment: Assessment in the Online Classroom

Last Call: Join the Fall 2013 Class!

EDUC 762 3 semester hours graduate credit

As an educator you already understand the importance of efficient and accurate assessment. Have you realized how powerful assessment is in the online learning environment?

Assessment has the capability to drive interactions and engagement.
Assessment can minimize plagiarism
Assessment can strengthen higher-level learning.
Assessment can streamline blended learning environments.

Learn what is needed to become an excellent online teacher and course designer while developing your electronic record keeping systems and methods for evaluating discussion postings and group projects.

Become familiar with assessment tools that could make or break your online course.


Module 1: Why is Assessment Important?
Module 2: Emerging Practices of Online Assessment
Module 3: Perfect E-Storm
Module 4: Variety of Assessment Tools
Module 5: Taxonomy of Assessment
Module 6: Cybercoaching - an Emerging Model
Module 7: Summative Assessment
Module 8: Discourse Analysis

Course Description. Register Now!

Some might think of online assessment as a dry topic. You'll find this class anything but dry! This is a great course! Take the leap and join now.

You won't be disappointed

~ Dennis

Dennis O'Connor
Program Advisor
E-Learning and Online Teaching
Graduate Certificate