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Five Free Tools for Connecting and Engaging Online Learners

If you’re teaching online, you’ve likely confronted the reality that most opportunities to improve the learning experience for your students just don’t fit your budget. Fortunately, with a little digging, you’ll find there are a number of free tools that will help you increase student engagement, improve outcomes, and make the online classroom experience a more robust and satisfying one for you and your students.

audio Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Getting Started with Student Blogs: Tips for the Digital Immigrant

Digital Natives are all around us. They populate our college courses and use the newest mobile technologies to communicate, collaborate, create and share information on social media sites. There is, however, often a disconnection on their path to learning. Quite often we find Digital Native students taught by Digital Immigrant professors (Prensky, 2001) who fear, dismiss or are unaware of the potential learning power of Web 2.0 technologies.


Head in the Clouds? Ten Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Faculty Research

Twenty-first Century research is increasingly becoming reliant on information and communication technologies to address systemic and distinct educational problems through greater communication, interaction, and inquiry. Research is an interactive inquiry process. In many instances this involves interaction with people. We also interact with technology and through technology to improve our educational practice. Practitioner research seeks to understand the underlying causes enabling personal and organizational change (Reason & Bradbury, 2001).


Social Media Usage Trends Among Higher Education Faculty

Survey finds faculty divided on social media in the classroom Social Media Usage Trends Among Higher Education Faculty The popularity of social media and its rapid ascension into our daily lives is nothing short of astounding. Sites that weren’t even around 10 years ago are now visited every day. What’s more, 56 percent of the


Help Students Develop Lifelong Learning Skills with Web 2.0 Tools

A University of Colorado at Denver student in Joni Dunlap’s learning design course has a question about embedding music into a slideshow presentation for an assignment he was working on. He tweets about it and immediately hears back from people in the community of practice who offer resources that help him quickly complete the task.


Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom: Embracing the Benefits While Understanding the Risks

Earlier this year a UCLA student made a video tirade against Asian students and posted it to YouTube. She quickly removed the hateful clip, but it was too late. The damage was done.

Although an extreme case, it’s a good example of how inappropriate behavior can not only spread rapidly far beyond one’s circle of friends, but can damage a reputation for years to come. Students don’t always thinking about this, nor are they aware that employers now regularly use Google and social networks to check out prospective employees.


Web 2.0 Tools for Lifelong Learning in Online Courses

Just because your students are tech savvy doesn’t mean they’re effective online learners. In this seminar, you’ll find out how to give your students the skills they need to be successful at self-directed learning while in school

audio Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Apps & Web 2.0: Legal Issues in Using the Internet in Class

Good things can happen when Web apps are integrated into the classroom … increased collaboration, a richer learning experience, and a greater sense of community. But concerns about privacy and personal safety can’t be ignored. Learn what you need to know about safely integrating new media into the classroom, while staying FERPA compliant.

video Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Embedding Web 2.0 Tools into Your Course Management System

If Web 1.0 was about information, then Web 2.0 is about sharing information. This second generation of the web is more personalized, more collaborative, and more engaging. Is it any wonder faculty are looking for ways to leverage these capabilities in their courses?


Web 2.0 Grows Up, Goes to College

It’s not easy to get unanimous agreement on anything these days, but on this most educators can agree:

  1. An instructor’s personality impacts student learning;
  2. More is learned in a class than just course content; and
  3. It can be difficult to show your personality in an online course.

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