September 18, 2013
Adobe Presenter 8 (AP8) is a tool for enhancing presentations and creating e-learning content. Starting with a PowerPoint presentation, you can quickly create web-friendly content that includes slides with audio narration, interactive quizzing, and video. It can be used to make presentations more engaging, accessible and understandable for learners and can help provide a richer experience for both attending and distance learners.
Once AP8 is installed, all of its functions are reached using the new tab named ‘Adobe Presenter’ at the top of the PowerPoint window.
After enhancing your presentation (with audio, quiz, video etc.), Adobe Presenter’s enables you to publish your PowerPoint format ready for upload to Blackboard or exported as PDF documents for other methods of delivery.
For those familiar with PowerPoint already, learning how to make and publish rich multimedia presentations in Adobe Presenter is only a small step. Continue reading
September 18, 2013
Blackboard Collaborate is a system that allows participants to collaborate online in real-time (synchronously). It is available through the module and programme coursesites on the Blackboard VLE (virtual learning environment). For information on how to access it, see Blackboard Support’s Web Conferencing page.
It is particularly useful for delivering online (or virtual) classroom sessions (also called webinars) to distance and work-based learning students. It is being deployed by a number of programmes across UWE, including the distance learning MSc Real Estate Management, which started in September 2013.
Blackboard Collaborate works on desktop PCs and Macs, as well as mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones and Android tablets and phones. Once logged in to your Collaborate session you will have access to a range of tools to support your learners including:
- An interactive white board
- Communication tools, including voice and video over the internet, chat rooms and breakout areas
- Session recording for students to watch and review again
- Integration with PowerPoint
Figure 1 is a screenshot of the Blackboard Collaborate interface showing the different components of the online classroom.
Figure 1: Screenshot of the Blackboard Collaborate interface
Please watch this short demonstration to see the main functions of Blackboard Collaborate.
September 18, 2013
via Classroom Response Systems (“Clickers”) | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University.
Types of Questions
Many instructors see multiple-choice questions as limited to testing students’ recall of facts. However, multiple-choice clicker questions can actually serve many other purposes in the class, including assessing students’ higher-order thinking skills. Since clicker questions can be used not only to assess students but to engage them, some very effective clicker questions are quite different than multiple-choice questions that might appear on exams.
Here are a few types of clicker questions.
Recall Questions: These questions ask students to recall facts, concepts, or techniques relevant to class. They are often used to see if students did the reading, remember important points from prior classes, or have memorized key facts. They rarely generate discussion, however, and don’t require higher-order thinking skills. Continue reading
August 6, 2013
The new Adobe Presenter 8 was recently launched. Having recommended and trained several lecturers in the use of Adobe Presenter 7 I thought I would have a quick look at this latest release to see what else it offers, to see if it’s worth recommending we upgrade.
AP7 provides the possibility to record narration over PowerPoint slides and to include SCORM compatible quizzes. The major enhancement that AP8 brings is being able to create interactive diagrams and new ways to present information. As with AP 7 the output can be published as Flash or as an interactive PDF.
I played with it for about an hour and this is what I came up with, published as PDF:
Adobe Presenter 8 test
September 11, 2012
What is Xerte?
Xerte Online Toolkits (XOT) is currently being installed and configured for FET staff to use and will (hopefully!) be available in FET shortly.
XOT is for creating rich, interactive, accessible learning objects that can be created using just a web browser and delivered to all devices, including smartphones and desktop computers. Learning materials are created in XOT by populating pages with content and interactions via a web form.
An example of the different page types available in XOT can be seen by clicking the picture below and this quick reference guide to the page templates is handy when choosing what pages to use.
September 7, 2012
UChoose enables you make scenarios relevant to your own discipline and to your learners’ needs. The scenarios are ideal for Interactive Case-Based Learning and are ‘played’ by learners to develop higher order thinking skills.
UChoose is available for use by all academic staff in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences. Contact the TEL Developers if you would like to know more about using UChoose for learning.
September 1, 2012
Authentic learning goes beyond content by intentionally incorporating multiple disciplines, multiple perspectives, ways of working, habits of mind, and community. Authentic learning puts the focus back on the learner in an effort to improve the way students absorb, retain, and transfer knowledge.