Jun 29

Deeper eLearning Design: Part 2 – Practice Makes Perfect


This is the second post in a series of six that covers Deeper eLearning. The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning really work. It is particularly focused on eLearning, but almost all of what is mentioned also applies to face-to-face or virtual instruction. We started with objectives and we’ll continue on through concepts, examples, emotional elements, and putting it together, but here we’re talking about good practice for learning.

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To read Part 2, click on the link below.

Source: Deeper eLearning Design: Part 2 – Practice Makes Perfect | Learnnovators


To read Part 1, click on the link below.

Source: Deeper eLearning Design: Part 1 – The Starting Point – Good Objectives | Learnnovators



Jun 23

Tech Tuesday – Vialogues

vialogues graphicCreate, invite, interact and share! “Vialogues is a free service that allows you to build online discussions around videos hosted online and videos that you have saved on your computer.” (Source: Free Tech for Teachers)

With Vialogues, you can upload a video or use YouTube videos, invite people to the discussion, add comments, surveys, and questions, and embed the content on your blog or website.

Watch the short video below to learn more!

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Jun 22

iTeach 2015

iTeach BanneriTeach 2015 is behind us, but even if you were unable to attend, we have many resources that you can take advantage of. This year’s iTeach was highly successful due to the enthusiastic and diverse faculty from Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau and beyond. These faculty (Rosemarie Alexander-Isett, Kelly Alzaharna, Paul Bahna, Marnie Chapman, Eve Dillingham, Julia Gibeault, Julie Hamilton, Haley Johnson, Steve Kocsis, Renee Mackey, David Newton, Neil Nickerson, Sherrie Myers and Rosemary Walling) tackled topics including:

  • Course Architecture: step by step look at the course design process
  • Using Bb Achievements to create badges that strengthen behaviors that will make your students more successful
  • Blackboard from basics to advanced features
  • Creating and inserting meaningful graphics into your course materials
  • Using Web 2.0 tools (Pixton, PowToons, WordClouds, Infographics etc.) to engage students
  • Creating more interesting presentations (lectures) using Adobe Presenter and Camtasia
  • Using the collaboratively developed Peer Review Rubric to assess online course organization, objectives, course assessment, course activities and communication
  • Using Collaborate to engage students more meaningfully

Maureen O’Halloran, Mary Purvis, Kathi Baldwin, Tina Coulston, Nicole Duclos and Katie Walker facilitated the learning process. Faculty created an amazing array of new presentations, activities, banners, assessments and communication strategies for their courses. You can view the weekly schedule, see some of the posts and materials created AND access many of the resources at this year’s iTeach 2015 WordPress site. We hope you will take a few minutes and click around the site and return to the resource page when you are ready to dig into each topic more deeply.

Jun 19

Fried Friday: TED ED Lessons Worth Sharing

Sit back and let TED Ed help you to create engaging customized lessons for your students. TED-Ed is free and allows you to build any lesson around any YouTube video that you’ve found on the web. Each lesson includes a title, a Play button, a Dig Deeper sections for resoures, and a Discussion area for questions. You can add these sections or delete them if you do not feel they are needed. You can ask multiple choice and short-answer questions.

Take the TED-Ed tour today and see if this might enhance your teaching environment.





We know that sometimes it is overwhelming to think you need to do everything. This TED-Ed tool can help you create some interesting course materials and share with colleagues.

See what you think!

Jun 16

Tech Tuesday – ThingLink

Make your images come alive with video, text, images, music and more with ThingLink! Create interactive images and videos for the web, social, advertising and education channels. Teachers and students can sign up for free accounts. ThingLink works on all modern web browsers as well as iPad, iPhone and Android.

Hover over the image below to view an example. If the image does not display correctly, please view it at ThingLink.

View from Gavin

Jun 15

Bloom’s Taxonomy for Course Planning, Web 2.0 Tools & Gamification

There are several useful Bloom’s Taxonomy tools online to help guide you when planning your course objectives and assessments, choosing the appropriate Web 2.0 tools to match those objectives, and how to best incorporate game elements into your courses using the different levels of Blooms.

Here are a few of our favorites:

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Bloom’s Taxonomy: Teacher Planning Kit
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Padagogy Wheelclick the image to enlarge green arrow
The Padagogy Wheel V4.0:
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Taxonomy Alignment for Gaming
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Jun 12

Fried Friday – Respect for Online Teaching!

Flexible eLearning Courses Are Becoming A Popular Trend In Education

“Initially most educators and academic experts were rather skeptical about the effectiveness of online education. As per a new study, now over 70 per cent of university academic officers believe it is essential for the long term strategy of their institutes. The Chief Academic Officers observed that the outcomes of online programmes are equal to, and in some cases, better than traditional on campus learning. More than 25 per cent of university and college students, which amounts to 5 million individuals, are currently pursuing online learning courses, as per the National Center for Education Statistics.”

As we all know online courses include many forms of learning including video lectures, learning centered activities, collaborative group assignments, synchronous web meetings, asynchronous discussions and much more.  As instructors you know how much time and effort it takes to make your courses the best they can be.  We think you deserve a lot of R-E-S-P-E-C-T for all you do!

Enjoy the following video as Johanna demands the respect you deserve:

Jun 10

Tech Tuesday – Google Toolkit

The Teachers' Google Toolkit Infographic
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Jun 05

Fried Friday – Enhancing Short-Term Memory

Long-term memory may get all the glory, but knowledge retention and information recall wouldn’t be possible without the aid of its more temporary counterpart.

To find out what eLearning professionals should know about short-term memory read the eLearning Industry article Enhancing Short-Term Memory: 5 Strategies for eLearning Professionals. The article covers the basics of short-term memory and highlights five strategies to follow in order to enhance short-term memory and increase the effectiveness of eLearning deliverables.

And because it’s Friday….

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Jun 02

Tech Tuesday – QR Codes

A QR code (Quick Response) is a readable bar-code that contains more or additional information than you want to have displayed on your web site, presentation, eLearning course, poster or handout. The code can be read using a free app and your phone’s camera. A simple search for QR codes in the app store will give you many free options. QR codes can be created online for free too.

E-learning Educators published a post last week on QR codes in E-learning.

The use of QR codes in E-learning courses has potential to both engage the learner and allow a deeper immersion to the subject.  The E-learning industry is competitive, and learners want content they way they like it, at a time that suits them.  With the never-ending amount of information available on the internet, including QR codes in your e-learning course may help reach learners that you could have otherwise lost early in the course.  How you apply a QR code to your e-learning course will depend on your imagination and creativity.  I think I can say the same about marketing, it will depend on your imagination and creativity as to how you use QR codes to market your e-learning course.

Here are a few examples of how we have incorporated QR codes for faculty. Click on the images to view larger.

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