My Problem

October 20, 2009 Leave a comment

I think I’ve figured out what my issue in this funk I’m in. I’m a mentor working with people who are used to having a teacher. Most of the campus is still of the school of thought that things can only be taught in a classroom environment. I feel the classroom is not a good use of time. I want to personalize learning and they want a boxed approach. Conflicting ideals working toward the same goal.

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My Dream LMS

October 15, 2009 1 comment

Just for the fun of it, I’m going to compile a list of what the optimal (in my opinion) LMS would be capable of:

  • Ease of use of Weebly
  • Notation tools of Diigo
  • Note taking tools of Amplify
  • Keyword options (for faculty) of WordPress
  • Keyword options (for students) of Delicious
  • Voice, video, and screenshare of Skype
  • Screen capture (for both student & faculty) of Screenr
  • Microblogging of Twitter
  • I haven’t found an assessment tool I like yet (of course I haven’t really looked)
  • For the price of Moodle

Ok, that’s all I can think of at the moment but I’m sure there will be more eventually.

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Broader View of the Shopping Example

October 1, 2009 1 comment

Ok, that last post is a perfect example of an idea that wasn’t as well thought out as it could have been. So this is attempt #2 at making my point.

The following series of images is an example of what Amazon would look like as a typical online course in higher education.

Amazon’s Main Page:

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I’m looking for a book so I click the Book link and get this:

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I want an actual book so I click the link and get this:

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I want a book on Arts & Photography so I click the link and get this:

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I want a book on Architecture (in Arts & Photography) so I click the link and get this:

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I want to see more about the book titled “Understanding Exposure” so I click the link and get this:

Amazon_eLearning6After falling down the rabbit hole, I finally get the information I’m looking for but it turns out to be boring and dull (completely non-engaging) but full of the facts I may actually be looking for.

So now, I pose the question again, would you shop here?

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Would You Shop Here?

October 1, 2009 2 comments

Amazon as a typical online course in Higher Education:

Amazon_eLearning

So tell me, would you shop here?

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What Wagon?

September 16, 2009 2 comments

I posted on Twitter last week:

I have fallen off the blog wagon….I wish I could/would write more.

So then today I was reading this blog post which made me come directly to my blog and start this post. Why haven’t I been blogging? Quite simply, because I don’t think I have anything important or revolutionary to say. While revolutionary posts are nice and I would love to affect people’s lives every (or any) time I write, I just need to come to the understanding that isn’t always (or ever) possible. I need to write for me. I need to write to get all of this stuff out of my head. I need to write to possible get feedback but if I don’t at least the ideas are there for me to read and re-read and improve upon.

So lately I’ve had this horrible feeling. I feel as though I haven’t been doing enough (that is pretty typical for me actually). I feel as though I should be doing more, reaching out more. But there are so many different directions I feel I could/should be going that I get frustrated and just don’t do anything. I try to reach out to the faculty & staff and ask for their input but do not receive much of a response. It has been brought to light by one person that they do not respond because they do not know what they should be learning. That I need to be telling them what they should be learning. Now this goes against most everything I stand for and is, quite frankly, something I’m not capable of doing. There are so many different positions on this campus, so many different levels of understanding, and so many different ways of doing things that I don’t feel I’m in any position to claim I know the best way to do everything and that I should dictate what they should learn. Is that wrong of me? They get mad when people control their lives but they also get mad when we don’t.

I don’t know. I just feel lost. I could sit here all day and make random demonstrations on how to do everything under the sun. That would make some people happy but not the people who don’t like online demonstrations. The people who want workshops frustrate me the most. I tried doing workshops and very few people ever show up to them. Everyone’s schedule is so different it is hard to know when a good time to schedule is. Let alone, what the workshop should cover. Maybe these are all just excuses to get me out of doing workshops…I don’t know. I just want to be pushed in a direction. Hand me a project. I do extremely well when I’m handed projects. But don’t hand me a campus and tell me to train them in… everything. I’m more than happy to support them in any questions they may have (and they seem to really appreciate that) but I feel I need to be doing more than just being the Campus Hero.

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Show Me the Training!!

August 4, 2009 Leave a comment

In the year or so I’ve been working officially as an instructional designer, I’ve made many, MANY tutorials on how to do tasks in commonly used software. I have the fear of being bland and uninteresting. I read so much stuff about online instruction that I often get confused. I am not an online instructor (most of the time), I am simply a person providing how-to’s in an online environment. It is amazing to me how different those two roles really are. If you are simply providing how-to’s it is necessary to get the point across and show the learner whatever it was they came there to learn as fast and thoroughly as possible. If you are an online instructor you must gain the audiences interest and provide them with interactive materials (that is also helpful in the how-to’s occasionally) and explain a subject thoroughly but not too thoroughly that it becomes boring and assess their learning and…. Obviously, there is a lot involved.

So, back to the voyeuristic tendencies. Since I’ve been making all these how-to’s I’ve become extremely curious how other businesses take care of these needs. If you do make your own, what do they look like? I’ve seen the tutorials at Atomic Learning and I’ve seen the videos on WonderHowTo. Where do your place of employment’s how-to’s fall? Are they somewhere I can see them? Would you be willing to share?

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Random Captivate Tip

July 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Did you know you can copy the background of a slide by pressing Ctrl-Shft-Y? That seems so random to me, but helpful when trying to replace lots of screenshots in an already-created project.

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