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Dennis OConnor

"Closing the Loop" - why I teach blended courses | The Sloan Consortium - 0 views

  • The blended sequence of events – from face-to-face to online, back to face-to-face again – is critical to the success of the module. Each of the steps is necessary to make the next possible. Further, the face-to-face and online activities have to be integrated to achieve the learning objectives of the module. Third, the students constitute themselves as a peer learning community both online and face-to-face, though in different ways, in response to my prompts. Finally, this learning module prepares the way for the next, since the topic we take up is the issue of spiritual autobiographies – how people become believers. I will use a similar thematic tension between our case study of Neopaganism and the personal religious beliefs of class members to encourage them to apply a standard anthropological model of religious conversion to their own circumstances.
  • I teach blended courses precisely because they give me the option to make the learning experience far more intense and engaging.
Dennis OConnor

Discussion Response Techniques & Netiquette | The Sloan Consortium - 2 views

  • Online discussion is the heart of a community of practice oriented e-learning course.
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    8 Discussion response techniques & 7 netiquette rules for online discussion.
Dennis OConnor

Diigo Tutorials - 0 views

  • Diigo Tutorials Last edited September 19, 2008 More by Cliotech - Jennifer Dorman »
  • #6: Hate photocopying and assembling bulky, wasteful handouts? Save time and money. Just tag the pages, including highlights and notes, you want to include, then quickly Extract all the information under that tag. Give students CDs containing copies of the HTML file which has links to all the original pages and includes highlighted passages and your notes, or print copies as you need them. Watch this demo to see how it's done.
  • #11: Whether you write a blog for colleagues or to keep your students infromed, Diigo offers several useful features. You can blog directly from the Diigo toolbar, with a link to the page you're writing about as well as your highlights and notes already added to the post. Diigo will also send a linkroll of resources you've saved directly to your blog with no extra effort on your part.
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    Jennifer Dorman's Google Notebook listing Diigo Tutorials. Jennifer if obviously deep into diigo and generously sharing her resources in the best web 2.0 tradition. Check out the list of twelve uses for diigo at the bottom of the page! (I'll highlight a few.)
Dennis OConnor

Learn More | Diigo - 0 views

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    A four slide introduction to diigo as a research tool. This does good job of explaining the concept of social bookmarking while highlighting various features of diigo. I've found that many struggle to grasp the foundation concept of social bookmarking. I think this overview will help answer basic questions for many new users. Of particular use to me as an online teacher is this slide style orientation that can be used to introduce someone to diigo as part of the account creation process. (The slides end with a sign up button.) If you're a new diigo user, this orientation will point out new features and put things in context. If you haven't yet tried Diigo, this is the way to get started.
Dennis OConnor

Allowing Diigo to Play Nice w... - 0 views

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    Michael Richards, Technology Integrator, Mildred L. Day School, Arundel, Maine, offers a simple tutorial on how to get diigo to send bookmarks to delicious. This means that what you create on diigo also shows up on your delicious account. Very clever of diigo to provide this bridge. It certainly worked for me.
Dennis OConnor

Share More! Wiki » Anthology/Slide Thinkfinity into the Curriculum with Diigo... - 1 views

  • The List feature is described in this way by Diigo: “List” is a great way to organize, share and display specific collections of bookmarks. Once you add bookmarks to your list, you can easily drag and drop items to arrange the order in any sequence that you’d like to present. Best of all, once you create a list, when you click the button, you can browse, play and annotate any list of URLs as a slide show! It’s great for content browsing, sharing, and creating unique presentations based on web content. Source: http://help.diigo.com/How-To_Guide/Lists
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    More on innovative uses of diigo from Miquel Guhlin. The use of diigo's list and slide features to create a 'pathfinder' for any thematic topic is intriguing. Use Diigo, the social bookmarking and annotation tool, to help organize your bookmarks, and then use the slides feature of Diigo to present the web pages to students, colleagues and friends. This article addresses how to accomplish this and responds to these key questions: 1. What is Thinkfinity? 2. How can you use Diigo to store your favorite bookmarks, annotations (highlights and comments) for Thinkfinity? 3. How can you use the List and Slide features of Diigo to present Thinkfinity resources to others? 4. How can you enhance your Diigo Slide with audio?
Dennis OConnor

Share More! Wiki » Anthology/Diigo the Web for Education - From TeleGatherer ... - 0 views

  • Some other helpful videos available via YouTube.com (watch them at home if YouTube is blocked at your school): Intro to Diigo - http://tinyurl.com/yv2dez Diigo as a research tool - http://tinyurl.com/yrkqrg Diigo’s Web Slides Feature - http://tinyurl.com/397kdb Getting Started with Diigo - http://tinyurl.com/3oa2wh How to Diigo (Kristin Hokanson) - http://openpd.wikispaces.com/Diigo
  • Clif Mims, a colleague, started a conversation on Diigo—yes, you can start conversations with other learners on Diigo about what you are linking to and writing virtual post-its about—about educational applications of Diigo.
  • “Dad,” asked my daughter, “what’s RSS? I see it everywhere.” What a great question from a fourteen year old. I explained that RSS means that people subscribe to web pages and that instead of going to a web site to see what’s changed, the web site sends you a list of changes via RSS. You just get a free account at Google Reader (http://reader.google.com) and then click on the ubiquitous orange RSS button that appears on web pages these days.
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    Diigo boasts some powerful tools and features that are easy to implement for novice tele-gatherers eager to become teleplanters: * Easy installation of a Diigo toolbar (no advertising) into your browser. You can access help and tutorials for Diigo online at http://help.diigo.com * If you are not allowed to install toolbars, no problem, use the Digolet tool that can be added to your browser without installation. * If you use Del.icio.us social bookmarking tool already, you can easily import your bookmarks from Del.icio.us into Diigo.com via a "wizard." Diigo does all the work for you! * Even more delicious, as you add new bookmarks, Diigo can save them to Del.icio.us. This is great for those that have a network of followers-such as a class of students or colleagues-in Del.icio.us.
Dennis OConnor

Best Practices in Online Teaching - 1 views

  • Summary: This course provides practical strategies and pedagogical advice for instructors teaching in an online environment. The course includes advice about: preparing to teach in an online environment, managing the teaching of a course, and addressing larger issues surrounding online teaching (e.g. workload, intellectual property, etc.) The course includes interviews from a number of teachers who have taught in an online environment. This course is based on a training session offered to faculty who teach at The World Campus at Penn State University.
  • This work is licensed by Larry Ragan under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY 2.0). Last edited by Cecelia Merkel on Aug 28, 2007 10:38 am GMT-5.
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    Larry Ragan of Pennsylvania's World Campus offers this in-depth introduction to the best practices of teaching online. College professors new to online teaching are the intended audience. Still there's plenty here to remind the seasoned professional about the importance of the basics. Ragan uses an 'on demand' presentation. You read at your own pace. There is no group interaction. The materials are presented under a created common's license. The content is first rate, the ideas clearly presented, and the academic citations are current and highly relevant to anyone interested in online teaching. For those without formal training who find themselves tasked with teaching online, this is a wonderful resource. For those who already teach online and are looking for a refresher, this is a course you'll want to visit.
Dennis OConnor

» A Quick Look at Your 10 Most Popular Posts for 2008 The Rapid eLearning Blog - 0 views

  • The Rapid E-Learning Blog shares practical tips and tricks to help you become a rapid elearning pro. It is hosted by Tom Kuhlmann who has over 15 years of hands-on experience in the training industry and currently runs the community at Articulate.
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    Round up from the folks at Articulate
Dennis OConnor

Scriblink - Your Online Whiteboard - 1 views

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    I gave it a whirl and I'm impressed by the features and the ease of use. It's intuitive, and offers a rich, focused toolset. For whiteboard brainstorming this looks like a winner. I wonder how skype & scriblink would deal with each other.
Dennis OConnor

Developing Depth of Research: The Invisible Web Databases - 0 views

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    Index page of deep weeb (invisible web) resources. Searching databases that aren't indexed by the major search engines yield better resources.. when you know where and how to look. From Noodle Tools, a quality informaiton literacy provider.
Dennis OConnor

Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Resources for Preventing and Detecting Plagiarism - 2 views

  • Ten Resources for Preventing and Detecting Plagiarism Plagiarism, we all hate it, but how can we teach students to avoid it and how can we detect it? Just as the Internet makes plagiarism easy, the Internet also makes detecting plagiarism and prevent plagiarism easy. What follows are ten resources for detecting plagiarism and teaching students to avoid plagiarism.
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    Current look at online resources for dealing with plagiarism.
Dennis OConnor

Is Cheating Easier in an Online Class? | Online Schools and Degree Programs - 0 views

  • One effective method is the pop-up chat quiz. At any time during class time or during a test, the professor will connect to students randomly via the class chat system and do a sort of on-the-spot pop quiz. This ensures the student is actually there during class, and is knowledgeable about the subject matter. It also pushes students to be ready to talk about course material at any time. Another method is timed, real-time tests. These tests are taken by every student simultaneously, with a set time limit so students don’t have time for any last-second “research.” Often individual questions are even timed, for a more controlled test environment. One slightly more aggressive method, used for students who test in a testing center or on a campus, is to have on-site assistants monitor students in person as they take the test. The at-home equivalent is using web cams, where professors can monitor students live in order to discourage them doing anything squirrely. Students are found to be much less likely to cut corners when they have someone standing over their shoulder.
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    A narrow article that addresses test driven online teaching. Some viable methods to present quiz materials. If you need to go level 1 Bloom, it's best to know this.
Dennis OConnor

eduwikius » Moodle - 1 views


  • Use MOODLE as a tool for enhancing your regular classroom. Blogs, Wikis, Class Discussions, Group Projects, and Multimedia: Everything web 2.0 has to offer rolled into one convenient and secure location for your classroom. Use MOODLE for optimizing student participation, achievement, and interest.
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    A wiki devoted to Moodle issues. Good demo of wiki use. Also solid Moodle resources
Dennis OConnor

CMS: CMS Home - 0 views

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    The EduTools site has been re-launched as a community-driven site, beginning with the Course Management System (CMS) site. Just like the original EduTools site, we continue to offer feature-by-feature product comparisons and decision-making supports. In addition, the site now includes the ability for any user to submit reviews for new products that haven't already been reviewed or to add their own feedback as to how well specific products have implemented various features.
Dennis OConnor

Conversations.net - Home - 0 views

  • The Web is About Conversations.  Find Yours.
  • Just Search Ning
  • Searches Ning, Blogger, Google Groups, Yahoo Groups, Twitter, Plurk, Jaiku, and Twine. If you want us to add a service or have any other ideas, please email feedback@conversations.net.
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    Steve Hargadon, Ning wizard, has developed a page of Google Customized Search engines that allow use to find conversations of interest on a number of social sites.
Dennis OConnor

YouTube - khanacademy's Channel - 0 views

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    It is our mission to accelerate learning for students of all ages. With this in mind, we want to share our content with whoever may find it useful. The videos have been categorized within the playlists.
Dennis OConnor

AACE Career Center - 0 views

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    It oriented e-learning jobs.
Dennis OConnor

Official Google Blog: SearchWiki: make search your own - 0 views

  • The changes you make only affect your own searches. But SearchWiki also is a great way to share your insights with other searchers. You can see how the community has collectively edited the search results by clicking on the "See all notes for this SearchWiki" link.
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    SearchWiki: make search your own 11/20/2008 04:36:00 PM Have you ever wanted to mark up Google search results? Maybe you're an avid hiker and the trail map site you always go to is in the 4th or 5th position and you want to move it to the top. Or perhaps it's not there at all and you'd like to add it. Or maybe you'd like to add some notes about what you found on that site and why you thought it was useful. Starting today you can do all this and tailor Google search results to best meet your needs.
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