Have you ever felt hesitant to make changes to your Blackboard course, fearing that at best, you’ll lose work, and at worse… you’ll break the whole site? Familiarity with HTML will make you more comfortable in your online course and may even allow you more creative freedom in your course design. Unfortunately, programming hasn’t always been the most interesting or accessible hobby to pick up. That’s where Codecademy steps in.
If you do decide to take the plunge, you can practice using HTML in a Blackboard development course. From there, you can get started creating your own site within a site. If that’s not enough for you, or you want more structured lessons by email, you can go to codeyear.com, which will take you on a year long tour of the languages Codecademy offers.
Good luck, and have fun!
Small, low-resolution, 3D print of the Mills Lincoln life mask. Printed in CIRT
As you may have heard, we recently began offering 3D print services to faculty here in CIRT. While researching sources for 3D models we learned about the work of the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office. They are working to digitize objects in the institute’s collection into 3D objects using high end scanning equipment, like the FARO ScanArm laser scanner. Last week, the Smithsonian Institute launched the X 3D website that features 21 models from the Smithsonian’s collection. You can view these objects in an online 3D viewer, called X3D Explorer. The objects are from several different collections. They represent the diversity of the Smithsonian’s collection. Example objects include the Wright Flyer and a dolphin skull. From the viewer you can rotate each object to see it from any angle. You are also able to manipulate the scale and textures of each object. Of the 21 objects, ten of them have printer-ready files. We’ve already printed a small, low-quality version of the Mills Lincoln life mask. The goal of the project is to digitize 10% of the Smithsonian’s collection of 137 million objects. This project will give people around the world the opportunity to study the items in new ways.
Smithsonian Institute X 3D website
MANAGING AN ONLINE COURSE
The Instructor-Student Interactions
This is the second and last part of the blog I posted last month titled, “Managing An Online Course.”
Part 1 is located here: http://cirtblog.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/managing-an-online-course/
Unless you have surveyed your students concerning your online course, what do you really know? Or put another way, can you honestly say your online course was successful without having acquired and analyzed any quantitative or qualitative feedback from your students? The answer must be no. Read More
CIRT November Newsletter Published
This issue is packed full of good stuff: Spotlight on Music faculty engaging audiences with social media, ideas for flipping your classroom, upcoming events, new features coming in Blackboard, options for online exam proctoring, and more on our 3D printer.
Women at Crossroads: Literacy, Leadership, Power and Technology
February 21 & 22, 2014, University of Central Florida
The conference invites dialogues surrounding Women’s Issues about the areas of information and knowledge: power and leadership; education and policy; technology and infrastructure that affect women in the intersections of race, social class, gender and sexuality on intellectual and institutional perspectives, local and global forums, public and intimate spaces. All disciplines and levels of professional and graduate scholarship are welcome. This conference will foster the discussion of global issues affecting women directly or indirectly through education, the use of technology and the transformation of leadership skills.
Student engagement is what educators seek when creating an online course. Research tells us that the more interested a student is, the more motivated they will be, and therefore the more successful they will be. Seems simple enough, right?
We know that active learning is key to an online course. We also know that building an online community within the course is imperative. Maybe the next thing we should consider is what makes our students interested? What are they already engaging in, and how can we translate that activity into the online environment? Look around any college campus and you will see that social media keeps the attention of our students, even during classroom time unfortunately. And while Facebook remains heavily popular, finding a place for it in the online classroom might be possible but not entirely plausible. And then there is Twitter…welcome to the online classroom Twitter. We think you will fit right in.
Following the 10/3/13 blog post – How to Jumpstart your Stalled Student Discussions – below, this post will include 3 examples of discussion activities * that will encourage your students to
- recall their prior knowledge on the course content
- think critically to succinctly reflect on their course readings
- assist their peers by providing them with feedback and answering their questions. Read More