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Teaching Through the Flu Prep Workshops!

These workshops will introduce faculty and support staff to the various technological solutions recommended in the LSA Teaching Through the Flu web guide (http://bit.ly/LSAFlu). Participants will learn about various ways to handle posting lectures or media, communicating and collaborating online, collecting and distributing files, delivering live lectures over the internet and conducting tests and quizzes online. Check the workshop sessions below, or follow this link for workshop registration!

A Tale of Two Screencasting Tools: Screencastle and Screenr for Twitter

Screenr

“Screenr.  For Twitter.”  I do realize how ridiculous that sounds (I mean, just say it out loud).  However, for those of you who are frequent tweeters, or those who think you might become frequent tweeters if you ever find a use for it, Screenr might be just the kind of add-on you need.

Twitter has amassed a variety of add-in type services designed to allow you to stretch that 140 characters as far as you can.  For instance, what if you want to add a long link to your tweet?  Use bit.ly or Tweetburner.  What if you want to share images?  Twitpic.

And now you can even do short video tweets using Screenr. Continue reading

The Social Media Revolution

The eLearning Technology blog has an interesting video up about the Social Media revolution that has overtaken much of the world. Some of the interesting statistics posted included:

  • 2009 US Department of Education study revealed that on average, online students out performed those receiving face-to-face instruction
  • 1 in 6 higher education students are enrolled in online curriculum
  • 80% of Twitter usage is on mobile devices…people update anywhere, anytime…imagine what that means for bad customer experiences?
  • Generation Y and Z consider e-mail passé…In 2009 Boston College stopped distributing e-mail addresses to incoming freshmen
  • According to Jeff Bezos 35% of book sales on Amazon are for the Kindle when available

I don’t think it’s quite news to most people these days that the changes in the way information is sent, sought out and digested has major implications for the way instructors teach and the way students learn, but I do think that often we don’t fully understand the scope of just how large Web 2.0 really is.

What Does It Mean to be Educated in the 21st Century?