One of the most difficult questions for a course developer to answer is which instructional design theory or theories is best suited to the course being developed. To answer this question, it is important to be aware of the various instructional design theories available, how they might be implemented, and how they can be utilized to meet core course objectives. In this UTO Training session on Instructional Design theory and application, we will discuss seven instructional design theories that you could use to develop your next course. [Read more…]
At EdPlus, our philosophy is that technology can provide instructors and students with the means to succeed in their online courses and meet their career goals.
In the past, we shared a comprehensive list of third-party tools used in ASU Online courses. In this post, we will share the technology tools that are deeply integrated with Blackboard and you can start using today. We will also discuss tools that we are currently piloting and planning on integrating in the near future. [Read more…]
Two in every three students admit to having cheated in their courses, and students in online courses are more likely to cheat than in students in face-to-face courses. Academic integrity is an issue in education and besides pedagogical and community building solutions, instructors may use technology tools built to check and prevent academic integrity violations in online courses. In this post I will briefly introduce three technologies you can use today to improve academic integrity in your online course.
Google+ Communities offer some great features to use in your online course: Google+ Hangouts is a great alternative to Skype for having office hours in your online course, you may share your screen to demonstrate something to your students and allows up to 15 people to participate simultaneously. It also offers full integration with Google Drive. ASU is a Google Apps campus and all faculty and students have access to a Google+ account. The best way to plan office hours is to create an event in a Google+ Community for your course.
Google Glass is excellent for recording first-person videos and experiences. Previously users were only able to stream live video through a Google+ Hangout, and now users have another option with the new Livestream app.
All you have to do is install Livestream for Glass, pair with a Livestream event, open the app and say “Ok glass, Livestream.”
Google announced standalone apps for Docs, Sheets and Slides for Android and iOS. Docs and Sheets are available right now with Slides coming soon. You can download the apps on Google Play (Docs, Sheets) and from the App Store (Docs, Sheets.)
The apps also come with offline support so you can view, edit and create files without an Internet connection. Read more on the Google Drive Blog.
In this video, Dr. Heather Farmakis and Dr. Melissa Kaulbach discuss proven effective strategies for retaining students in online programs. [Read more…]
Technology has enabled us to interact, innovate and share in whole new ways. This dynamic shift in mindset is creating profound change throughout our society. The Future of Learning looks at one part of that change, the potential to redefine how we learn and educate. Watch as we talk with world renowned experts and educators about its potential to shift away from traditional methods of learning based on memorization and repetition to more holistic approaches that focus on individual students’ needs and self expression.
Good design is an important part of getting your point across in a presentation. Over time Google added a bunch of features to help users bring a little something extra to your decks, like slide transitions and animations, thousands of free stock photos, and a growing collection of templates.
Google Drive is the new home for all your files and folders including your Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. All files previously stored in Google docs are now available in Google Drive. New features allow users to access their files from everywhere, on every device, improved search and wider integration with third-party apps.