Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Instructional Design for E-Learning




Last Chance to register! Do it now!
EDUC 763
3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Susan Manning

Evaluation, discussion, and application of instructional design theories and principles for e-learning. Examination of hybrid, self-paced and facilitated e-learning experiences delivered via learning management systems. Discussion of scenario based simulations and case study analysis, interactive multimedia learning objects, and instructional strategies to meet a variety of learner needs and content areas. Consideration of universal design for accessibility and usability.

NOTE: This is one of the courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching and is also open as an individual course to students seeking professional development.

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Because this class is asynchronous and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule. Advanced computer or programming skills are not required. Learners need a basic understanding of Internet browsing, email, and word processing.

The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. Instructor/peer comments will be available through discussion groups or sent by e-mail.

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The demand for online education is growing as teachers discover that Web-based courses offer a convenient alternative when pursuing educational and career advancement goals.

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Friends, this course is getting rave reviews from former students. Susan Manning is an insightful responsive online teacher. This is a chance to learn from one of the best! ~ Dennis

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Assessment in E-learning

This course is taught by my friend and Colleague Datta Kaur Khalsa. You'll find her to be an exceptionally insightful and skilled online teacher! Join her this summer for a great online class. ~ Dennis

Course Starts June 18. Registration closes June 12!

Have you realized how powerful assessment is in the online learning environment? Assessment has the capability to drive interactions and engagement, as well as minimize plagiarism, strengthen higher-level learning and build e-portfolios. Learn what is needed to become an excellent online 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.

EDUC 762 - 3 gr. cr. begins June 18, 2007

EDUC 762 - 3 gr. cr. begins September 10, 2007

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NOTE: This is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching and is also open as an individual course to students seeking professional development.

Dates of Next Sessions
Learning Outcomes
Resource Requirements
Course Outline
Alignment with Teaching Standards
Accreditation
Registration
Tuition

Because this class is asynchronous and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule. Advanced computer or programming skills are not required. Learners need a basic understanding of Internet browsing, email, and word processing.

The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. Instructor/peer comments will be available through discussion groups or sent by e-mail.

SIGN UP SOON!

Register online
Return to Catalog and Schedule

The demand for online education is growing as teachers discover that Web-based courses offer a convenient alternative when pursuing educational and career advancement goals.

Note:The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

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Email: Dennis O'Connor
Program Advisor
E-Learning & Online Teaching
School of Education
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University

Telephone: (530) 318-1145
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Friday, May 18, 2007

Online Classroom: Creating Collaborative Communities


This course provides you with real hands on experience. You'll learn how to create a sense of online community as you facilitate discussions with your peers. This is an opportunity to practice online teaching skills in a caring, personalized and supportive environment.

Course activities include hands-on practice using asynchronous communication technologies. You will actively: facilitate, explore questioning skills, conflict resolution, netiquette, and collaborative learning through problem solving scenarios, simulations, and online discussions. You will investigate time management strategies and pitfalls to avoid when designing and facilitating online class activities and explore various assessment tools to analyze and evaluate student participation in online discussions.

Don't miss this chance! Register Today!


EDUC 761 June 8 - August 3, 2007
EDUC 761 September 20 - November 16, 2007
3 graduate credits

Totally online - no travel to campus required
No extra fees or surcharges for out of state or international participants.

This course is part of the University of Wisconsin-Stout Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.

Instructor: Dr. Kay Lehmann
School of Education
University of Wisconsin-Stout
140E Voc Rehab Bldg
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: (509)-529-4006
E-Mail: lehmannk@uwstout.edu

Kay Lehmann of Walla Walla, Washington has a Master's degree in Online Teaching and Learning from California State University/Hayward. Upon completion of her Master's degree she began working full-time in the professional development of teachers, both online and face-to-face. Prior to that she taught middle school social studies/reading and was honored to win the Milken National Educator Award and the Washington Award for Excellence in Education. She recently completed her Ed.D at Walden University.

See what Kay's former students have to say about this class!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Will Richardson on Information Fluency

The May 2007 Issue of the 21st Century Information Fluency Project's Full Circle Resource Kit features a podcast interview with Will Richardson. Login and listen as Will discusses the interplay between online tools, communities of learning and pursuing our passions.

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Hotspot connection to 21cif project

Monday, May 07, 2007

NCLB & High Stakes Testing; Tell your stories

The request comes from Kathy Champeau Wisconsin State Reading Association NCLB Co-Chair . . .

Please help us document the impact of high stakes tests on students' and others' lives.

We are looking for teachers, parents, guidance counselors, school nurses, or anyone else who has firsthand experiences that can help us document as richly as possible the experience of high stakes testing in schools.

If you have stories you can share with us, we ask you to participate in a very short and completely anonymous survey. It should take about fifteen minutes - perhaps more if you have a lot to say.

Interested school personnel please go to:
http://m1e.net/c?40065577-iGBM/YeQVYL1E%402449269-tpJQkLhKUm8EM
(www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=351423260023)

Interested parents please go to:
http://m1e.net/c?40065577-BWmtNm3nd7jK.%402449270-c50s.y5mOGbT%2e
(www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=246153266525)

If you know of anyone else who may have pertinent experience to contribute please direct them to these websites.

Thank you for your help,

Peter Johnston (Professor, State University of New York at Albany)
Kathy Champeau (Reading Specialist, Wisconsin State Reading Association)

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

21CIF at NECC 2007







See You at NECC (Atlanta 2007)

MA309 Power Searching: Information Fluency at Your Fingertips

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[Workshop: Hands-on] with Carl Heine & Dennis O'Connor, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, 21st Century Information Fluency Project.

Monday, 6/25/2007, 8:30am–11:30am; (location available mid-May)

Search more efficiently and evaluate digital information more effectively. Learn digital research techniques that return better information more quickly using the Internet.

Purpose & Objectives

This session strengthens participant’s skills in using the Internet to find credible information. Since 2004, Power Searching workshops have been presented to over 1,000 Illinois teachers, librarians, technology coordinators and administrators. Participants report that they learn many new search and evaluation techniques and, as a result, are better able to find high-quality information they need for instruction and better equipped to pass these skills along to students.

Digital information fluency is a necessary 21st Century skill for all teachers and learners. A statement issued this year by the American Association of School Librarians underscores the importance of teaching students to “access up-to-date information from around the world, to evaluate its relevance to the questions at hand, to assess its authority and reliability, and to apply it to information problem solving.” (American Library Association, 2006). To fail to do so, the report contends, leaves students at risk, “inadequately prepared for the workplace and adult life.”

This workshop approaches the need by training the trainers, giving them strategies and tactics they can use to enhance their productivity and pass along to those they teach.

As a result of this session, participants will…

1. Become more efficient Internet searchers:

• Knowing when and how to use search engines, subject directories and browsing optimally;

• Building powerful queries with the right keyword and operator strategies;

• Finding the best databases to search for the information they need;

• Searching the Deep Web;

• Analyzing search results for important clues;

• Overcoming common information “dead ends,” such as “page not found” and finding relevant information buried in millions of returns (and raising it to the top).

2. Become more effective digital evaluators:

• Credibility criteria: Authorship, Publication, Date, Accuracy, Links To and From, Bias, Evidence, External Support and Expert Reviews;

• Red flags: domains, unendorsed pages, links.

3. Practice with tools for teaching these skills to students:

• Instructional tools for advanced searching, evaluating digital information and citing it accurately;

• Interactive tutorial games that provide instruction and feedback in search and evaluation techniques

• Self-paced MicroModules on strategies and techniques;

Outline

Introductions, 21st Century Information Fluency, and identifying the need (15 minutes)

Searching Efficiently: (1.5 hours)

• Five minute search: find today’s workshop materials online*

• Analyzing what went right and wrong in the first search (discussion)

• Digital Information Fluency process (presentation)

• Turning questions into effective queries: The Buffalo Search*

• Keyword selection: Keyword Challenge Tutorial*

• Keyword power: Professional vocabulary, synonyms, hyponyms and hypernyms*

• Search Engine Strategies, understanding literal matching (demonstration)

• Keywords, operators and special operators (demonstration)

• Choosing the best database for searching (demonstration)

• Deep Web searching: Broadway Search, Page not Found Search*

• Recognizing relevance: Find command and scanning: Gold Rush Challenges*

• Finding better keywords: Great Wall Challenge*

• Learning cycle: Live Internet Search Challenges and MicroModules*


Evaluating Effectively: (45 minutes)

• Credibility criteria: What do you use? (discussion)

• Digital Information Fluency process and the Revision decision (presentation)

• Analyzing author, publisher, and links To: Truncation, browsing, searching with special operators (demonstration)

• Encountering red Flags: domain, ~ (unendorsed pages)

• Three Live Evaluation Challenges*

MySearch and Questions (30 minutes)

Fifteen minute search on an individually selected topic*

* the asterisk represents an online activity for learners