Thursday, July 31, 2008

Tech Tuesday: Who Watches The Bloggers?

I have uploaded an abbreviated video of this month’s Technology Tuesday presentation (“Who Watches The Bloggers?”). The video and PDF handout cover some of the ways students can discuss and rate their experience of DePaul courses and professors.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

GOMC: Just arrived

Just arrived in the mail today....

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CAP and Livescribe

Tuesday and Wednesday of this week I attended the CAP (Commission for Accelerated Programs) Accelerated Online and Blended Learning Workshop in Denver. I used the opportunity to test a new gadget I had picked up – the Livescribe Pulse. The pulse is a ‘smart pen.” One of those devices that digitizes and stores what you write. The pulse also manages to record audio and link these recordings to what you have written or doodled on paper. Tapping text with your pen on paper plays back what was recorded at that specific time. The technology is pretty impressive.

Unfortunately the Mac client for the Pulse is not out just yet but development seems to be taking place and there is the promise of rich third-party applications (OCR would be nice).

Anyway, I used the Pulse to record everything. I have started to upload and share (with permission). Moving forward I think this will change how I make notes in meetings and presentations.

Plenary Presentation From R2D2 to the Matrix: A Galaxy of Online Learning Style, Motivational, Blended Learning, and Learner-Centered Examples Curt Bonk Professor of Instructional Systems Technology in the School of Education & Adjunct in the School of Informatics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN President of CourseShare and SurveyShareNOTE: Other/older presentations can be found here
Concurrent Small Group Session Best Practices of Blended Learning: Situations, Solutions, and Several Surprises! Curt Bonk
Faculty Training and Development for Online/Hybrid Courses and Programs Lisa M. Bunkowski Assistant Professor, Online Evaluator & Mentor, Park University
Transitioning Ground-based Curriculum to Online/Hybrid Curriculum - Best Practices in Quality, Innovation, and Assessment Deborah O’Reilly Assistant Professor & Department Chair, National-Louis University
Student Panel Student Expectations when Taking Online/Hybrid Courses  
Plenary Presentation Active Learning with Technology: Myths, Magic, and Mucho Motivation Curt Bonk
Concurrent Small Group Session Student Learning in Online/Hybrid Accelerated Courses and Programs - Data Sharing & Research Carrie E. Buri Center Director, School of Adult Education, Concordia University, Madison, WI
Administrative and Technical Considerations, Recommendations, and Innovation when Implementing an Online/Hybrid Accelerated Course or Program Ellen Waterman Associate Dean, Distance Education, Regis University College for Professional Studies, Denver, CO
Online/Hybrid Accelerated Courses: Examples that Work Marti Garlett Vice President for Academic Programs and Professional Licensure, Division of Institutional Oversight and Academic Integrity at the Laureate Higher Education Group, Los Angeles, CA
Interactive Full Group Session Bridging the Skill Set Gap Among Online Start-Up Faculty: Perspectives from A Course Designer and Facilitator Adam Samhouri Associate Director for Partnership Services, Course Designer, New Ventures of Regis University, Denver, CO

The manufacturer of the Pulse have indicated that they will allow users to print their own “smart paper” – this opens up the option of creating Pulse-enabled handouts for lectures. That would be pretty interesting…

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

July: Technology Tuesday

I have arranged for two Tech Tuesdays this month. The first is with Scott Cooper and Betty Wang. The second is with me:

1) Interactive Instruction Modules in Introductory Statistics

"The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the viability of interactive instruction modules to support introductory statistics education and to deliver education materials.

Based in Adobe's Flash technologies, we will demonstrate the ease of using virtual laboratories to highlight statistical concepts. For example, in traditional classes, students are given the binomial, normal, and many more distribution and asked to accept these on face value. However, with interactive modules, the students will be able to build their own sampling distribution and compare the observed sampling distribution with the expected binomial or normal distribution and foster deep learning.

The presentation will include a demonstration of the following modules:

  1. Sampling distribution of Proportions
  2. Binomial and Normal Distributions
  3. Application: interpreting the Vioxx data
  4. Sampling Distribution of Means

Our goal is to package discrete modules with video tutorials and problem sets deliverable on personal computers, CD-ROMs, and on the internet to give students easy access and faculties the ability to monitor student progress."


Scott Cooper is a clinical instructor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and a full-time practicing physician at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in the department of Emergency Medicine. He has given lectures on Risk and Statics to the faculty and residents at both institutions and at the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management's national conference.

Betty Wang is a Flash programmer with a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. She has been with Educated Health Professionals for the last 3 years.

  • Date: July 29th
  • Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Dean's Meeting Room (DPC 7100)

2) Who Watches the Bloggers?

“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about”. You may not agree with this statement but you might want to know what is being said…. Your students may be using blogs and Twitter to talk about you and the classes you teach. Learn how you can monitor what is being said on websites, blogs and Twitter

  • Date: July 29th
  • Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: DPC 7406

More information and the ability to RSVP can be found on my Technology Tuesday page.


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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

GOMC: Google Online Marketing Challenge

This summer I taught MKT 595: Internet Marketing. For the class project I arranged for my students to compete in the Google Online Marketing Challenge. This was a competition arranged by Google in which over 1600 student teams competed to market a real company using Googles advertising tools.

The students in my class performed admirably. All created strong campaigns that demonstrated creativity backed up by data-driven strategies, appropriate market research and a willingness to learn and adapt. However, three teams excelled in the competition and ranked in the top 50 for the Americas region (Regional Semi-Finalists). I wanted to share this good news because I think it is worthy of recognition. The teams/students are:

  1. Bark-a-holics Business: PAWS Chicago
    1. Yi-Chuan Chen
    2. Sara Farnsworth - Team Captain
    3. Jennifer Purcell
    4. Milena Georgieva Smatrakaleva
    5. Cody Smith
  2. .MKT Business: Lalo's Mexican Restaurant
    1. John Carlin
    2. Kathy Meus
    3. Kat Seiffert - Team Captain
    4. Lauren Young
  3. The Six Amigos Business: Ramona Design Studio Team Blog:
    1. Matthew Carson
    2. Dona Eliescu
    3. Syed Mubashir Hussain
    4. Clark White - Team Captain

Overall results can be found here. Excellent work by the entire class. Well done!


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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

American University's Center for Social Media recently posted a rather useful code of best practices in fair use for online video.

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New iTunes U Video

Soni Simpson’s video introduction is now up on DePaul’s iTunes U.