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July 26, 2012

Great article about understanding data and how to assess what matters.

WCET Frontiers

Sharing his vision with us today is Dr. Mark Sarver, the CEO of eduKan, a consortium of colleges delivering online education.

Do you ever look at something and know it doesn’t look right, but you just cannot figure out why?  Perhaps more troubling than not knowing what is wrong, is not knowing how to make it right.  Over the last ten years, I have poured over tons of assessment data from several different institutions and have yet to be inspired.  The most recent reports I read contained an inordinate amount of information- standard deviations, n values, means and modes- a veritable testament to the art and beauty of technical writing. As an academic administrator, however, I need assessment data that proves unequivocally, that we are providing academic excellence. Sure, there was an executive summary that highlighted a handful of revelations, but I also knew that I would have to…

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Updated Tools

June 5, 2012

Here is an updated list of online resources our faculty members have found helpful. Most are free. Feel free to add your favorites by posting a reply with the name and web address.

screen cast-o-matic for lecture capture.

Khan Academy is a great resource for free videos.

Live scribe pens are a great inexpensive tool.

Soft chalk for enhanced interaction.

Capture to Cloud – Capture to Cloud, capture any content, share it and discuss it with anyone — ow.ly/beQui

 

Wordlehttp://www.wordle.net

Xtranormalwww.xtranormal.com

Periodic Table of Videos: http://www.periodicvideos.com

Google – http://www.google.com/edu/teachers/

10 Reasons to use Google +http://ow.ly/bhG7F

Google Images – Ben West and Felix Heyes’ book Google contains the first Google image search result for every word in the dictionary – unfiltered and uncritical. http://ow.ly/bdaPH

Capzels – Create rich multimedia timelines with videos, photos, music, blogs and documents; Free and great for education — http://ow.ly/biy1i

Memorize.com – Create learning material for yourself and others! — http://ow.ly/beU9I

 

Study Blue – StudyBlue – Flash Cards — http://ow.ly/bea96

Edshelf – edshelf is a directory of digital tools for educators. Discover new tools; See what other educators use; Rate and review your favorite tools. http://ow.ly/bdbx6

@infogram – a new and innovative way to build infographics online — http://ow.ly/b84X3

Infographics are 30 to 40 times more likely to be viewed and shared vs. text. — http://ow.ly/aTi2q

 Anibal’s Tools – Great resources – http://www.diigo.com/list/anibalpachecoit/anibals-toolbox

Jing http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html

Screenr http://www.screenr.com/

Livemocha –language www.livemocha.com

Help

Piazza www.piazza.com

Open Study – openstudy.com

Free technology for Teachers http://www.freetech4teachers.com/

Discovery educationhttp://web2010.discoveryeducation.com/web20tools.cfm

 Edudemic.com

http://edudemic.com/2010/07/the-35-best-web-2-0-classroom-tools-chosen-by-you/

Open educational resources (OER) are “digitized materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research.”

OER include different kinds of digital assets. Learning content includes courses, course materials, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals. Tools include software that supports the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content, searching and organization of content, content and learning management systems, content development tools, and on-line learning communities. Implementation resources include intellectual property licenses that govern open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content. They also include materials on best practices such as stories, publication, techniques, methods, processes, incentives, and distribution.

Open Educational Resources websites:

http://florida.theorangegrove.org

http://oerconsortium.org/

http://www.archive.org/details/education

http://openeducation.zunia.org/

http://opencourselibrary.org

http://oerwiki.iiep.unesco.org/index.php/Main_Page

http://www.aascu.org/programs/redballoon/

https://openeducationalresources.pbworks.com/w/page/24836860/What-are-Open-Educational-Resources

eduKan to Testify on Federal Student Aid Programs at Higher Education Act (HEA) Hearing

May 30, 2012
U.S Department of Education in Washington DC

U.S Department of Education in Washington DC

Dr. Mark Sarver of eduKan will be testifying at the Negotiated Rulemaking for Higher Education hearing on the Federal Student Aid Programs and the methods needed to stop fraudulent activities related to distance education and financial aid.

The CEO of eduKan, a consortium of colleges in Kansas, to testify at the Negotiated Rulemaking for Higher Education hearing on the Federal Student Aid Programs authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965. The purpose for the testimony will be to reinforce the need for ensuring the security of the Title IV programs delivered through distance education and protection of academic integrity and funding for the program.

There is a growing trend in fraudulent use of Title IV HEA Distance Education funding programs and this has created a need to open up this subject for public input. The May 31st meeting at the U.S Department of Education in Washington DC will be to explore the formation of a negotiated rulemaking committee to examine regulations to prevent future fraudulent use of Title IV and the disbursement of funds to recipients.

With changing legislation and budget cut proposals, more than 1 million students could be effected over the next 10 years as Pell grants help more than 9 million students afford college today. Add to this the growing fraudulent activities being uncovered, the students who really need financial aide to get a secondary education could be left at the wayside.

“We believe that there is a better way to stop fraudulent activities with distance education and help secure funding for our children’s future education,” says Dr. Mark Sarver, CEO of eduKan. “Adopting new technologies that ensure the identity of the student applying for and getting grants while enrolling in college is vital and is available today. Unfortunately, it is not something that is at the top of the list of every higher education institution in the U.S.”

eduKan has taken steps to ensuring that the student who enrolls and receives financial aide is the student who is attending and getting the credits for their education. They are concerned that thousands if not millions of students will be penalized by slow moving institutions who are not taking action to put these remedies in place to protect financial aid programs today and in the future.

About eduKan

eduKan provides access to quality higher education, including ESL courses, via college degrees, certificates, and individual courses, with affordable online classes. eduKan was founded in 1998 as a cooperative effort between member colleges to offer courses via the Internet. eduKan’s consortium schools are all accredited Kansas learning institutions with excellent reputations and long histories of providing degrees in traditional settings, as well as through online courses. eduKan Consortium member institutions are:  : Barton Community College, in Great Bend; Colby Community College, in Colby; Dodge City Community College, in Dodge City; Garden City Community College, in Garden City; Pratt Community College, in Pratt; and Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, in Liberal. For more information, please visit http://www.edukan.org.

eduKan Adds Biometric Technology to Deter Student Cheating

May 18, 2012

Administrators at eduKan, a consortium of colleges in Kansas, have taken measures to increase the academic integrity of their Distance Education program using technology. eduKan will be able to review data collected from their newly implemented biometric student identity proofing technology, BioSig-ID, to proactively follow up on any one suspected of cheating in their online courses.

Recent polls show almost 70% of college students have cheated at some point. As online enrollments continue to grow, so do concerns over academic integrity. eduKan has been delivering online education since 1998 and has seen their online enrollment increase by an average of 25% over the past few years with students from the U.S. and abroad. Determined to find a proactive approach to control unpredictable proctoring costs while also enhancing global student identity security protocols, eduKan selected BioSig-ID, a software-only biometric solution. eduKan is the first institution in the country to have a student identity proofing process integrated into their learning management system.

“We felt it was necessary to use technology to proactively deter cheating,” says Dr. Mark Sarver, CEO of eduKan. “We wanted to make sure that this built-in security measure would not be cumbersome or intrusive and be cost-effective while not burdening our staff to manage it.”

“eduKan was concerned with costs, ease of use, privacy, accuracy and accountability,” said Jeffrey Maynard, CEO, Biometric Signature ID. “BioSig-ID does not require additional hardware or software to be installed and any PC or mobile device can be used to accept the unique movements made with the mouse, stylus or touchpad to provide a positive student identification. Once they’ve created their BioSig-ID password, it is used to validate the student within a 99.97% accuracy rating. This validation plus the detailed BioSig-ID audit trail reporting can help identify anomalies that can lead to confirming any fraudulent activity.”

Using BioSig-ID’s reporting tool, eduKan can proactively compare the IP address, date, time, and activity of each student, and to confirm the students were in the same physical location, taking the same test, at the same time. This information will allow administrators and faculty members to monitor activities of any group of students whose actions are flagged as irregular and take the necessary action needed.

Although a biometric solution started out as a way to eliminate the cost and aggravation of proctoring tests for students, faculty, and staff, BioSig-ID now plays a much greater role in proving that the student taking the course and the test is indeed the actual student who registered for the course. Unlike other institutions that are front-loading courses with mandatory faculty-student engagement activities, eduKan has found a technologically advanced solution that controls costs and meets accreditation mandates for student identity proofing.

eduKanAbout eduKan

eduKan provides access to quality higher education, including ESL courses, via college degrees, certificates, and individual courses, with affordable online classes. eduKan was founded in 1998 as a cooperative effort between member colleges to offer courses via the Internet. eduKan’s consortium schools are all accredited Kansas learning institutions with excellent reputations and long histories of providing degrees in traditional settings, as well as through online courses. eduKan Consortium member institutions are: : Barton Community College, in Great Bend; Colby Community College, in Colby; Dodge City Community College, in Dodge City; Garden City Community College, in Garden City; Pratt Community College, in Pratt; and Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, in Liberal. For more information, please visit http://www.edukan.org.

Infographic: Flipped Classroom

May 1, 2012

Flipped Classroom

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

What’s the Flipped Classroom? Why is it HOT?

May 1, 2012

Here’s 15 news stories from the last month about flipping the classroom.

There are news stories and web articles about reverse instruction, or ‘flipping the classroom’, published just about every day lately. Here’s 15 news stories from the last 4 weeks focused on this instructional technology phenomenon. Many of these articles mention ‘the flip’ in their title (and for every one of these, there have been one or two additional articles that discuss the concept).

In addition to listing these articles here, I’ve also created and shared a videoand a Slideshare deck to help to bring attention to this powerful idea and spread the word about it to educators everywhere. If you want to spread the word too, please pass this article or one of these other presentations on to your colleagues.

1. ‘Flipped Classroom’ Makes Most of Hands-On Time,Education Week, April 25, 2012
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/04/25/inflippedclassrooms_ap.html

2. The Flipped Classroom,  my.hsj.org, Heart Beat , Barat Academy, Chesterfield, MO April 27, 2012
http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/view/frontpage/articleid/521751/newspaperid/2577/The_Flipped_Classroom.aspx

3. Framingham High teachers try ‘flipped classroom’ format, The MetroWest Daily News, April 24, 2012
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/education/x101303297/Framingham-High-teachers-try-flipped-classroom-format

4. ‘Flipped Classroom’ Getting A Tryout At Suburban High SchoolsCBS Chicago, April 23, 2012
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/04/23/flipped-learning-getting-a-tryout-at-suburban-high-schools/

5. A New Homework Strategy: Flipped ClassroomsHartford Courant, April 25, 2012
http://articles.courant.com/2012-04-25/features/hc-no-homework-teresa-pelham-20120425_1_math-spanish-teacher-teaching-grammar

6. Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than VideoGeek Dad on Wired.com, April 13, 2012
http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/04/flipping-the-classroom/

7. With A New Education Platform, TED Gives Teachers The Keys To A Flipped ClassroomTechCrunch, April 24, 2012
http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/24/ted-launches-new-ed-platform/

8. Inside The Flipped ClassroomThe Journal, April 11, 2012
http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/04/11/the-flipped-classroom.aspx

9. The flip: Classwork at home, homework in classThe Washington Post, April 15, 2012
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/the-flip-classwork-at-home-homework-in-class/2012/04/15/gIQA1AajJT_story.html

10. St. Gabriel’s Launches 1:1 iPad Initiative To Flip ClassroomsThe Journal, April 3, 2012
http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/04/03/texas-school-launches-11-ipad-initiative-to-flip-classrooms.aspx

11. ‘Flipped classroom’ model leaps to Long IslandLibn.com (Long Island Business News), April 4, 2012
http://libn.com/2012/04/04/flipped-classroom-model-leaps-to-long-island/

11. Conference to explore best practices in flipped learning,eSchoolNews, April5, 2012
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2012/04/05/conference-to-explore-best-practices-in-flipped-learning/

13. Is Reverse Instruction Education Technology’s Perfect Storm?EmergingEdTech, April 8, 2012
http://www.emergingedtech.com/2012/04/is-reverse-instruction-education-technologys-perfect-storm/

14. Arizona schools flipping homework, lecturesAZCentral, 12 News March 31, 2012
http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2012/03/31/20120331arizona-school-online-flipping.html

15. Mishicot Middle School tried new model for math class,htrnews.com, April 13, 2012
http://www.htrnews.com/article/20120413/MAN0101/204130594/Mishicot-Middle-School-tries-new-model-math-class

 Thanks to Emerging Tech for this reference.

Online Resources – Free or almost Free

February 29, 2012

Here are a list of online resources our faculty members have found helpful. Most are free. Feel free to add your favorites by posting a reply with the name and web address.

screen cast-o-matic for lecture capture.

Khan Academy is a great resource for free videos.

Live scribe pens are a great inexpensive tool.

Soft chalk for enhanced interaction.

Wordlehttp://www.wordle.net

Xtranormalwww.xtranormal.com

Periodic Table of Videos: http://www.periodicvideos.com

Google – http://www.google.com/edu/teachers/

Jing http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html

Screenr http://www.screenr.com/

Livemocha –language www.livemocha.com

Help

Piazza www.piazza.com

Open Study – openstudy.com

Free technology for Teachers http://www.freetech4teachers.com/

Discovery educationhttp://web2010.discoveryeducation.com/web20tools.cfm

 Edudemic.com

http://edudemic.com/2010/07/the-35-best-web-2-0-classroom-tools-chosen-by-you/

Open educational resources (OER) are “digitized materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research.”

OER include different kinds of digital assets. Learning content includes courses, course materials, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals. Tools include software that supports the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content, searching and organization of content, content and learning management systems, content development tools, and on-line learning communities. Implementation resources include intellectual property licenses that govern open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content. They also include materials on best practices such as stories, publication, techniques, methods, processes, incentives, and distribution.

Open Educational Resources websites:

http://florida.theorangegrove.org

http://oerconsortium.org/

http://www.archive.org/details/education

http://openeducation.zunia.org/

http://opencourselibrary.org

http://oerwiki.iiep.unesco.org/index.php/Main_Page

http://www.aascu.org/programs/redballoon/

https://openeducationalresources.pbworks.com/w/page/24836860/What-are-Open-Educational-Resources

MERLOT- Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching at http://www.merlot.org

http://www.advantageedu.com/blog/2008/100-open-courseware-resources-for-teachers/

National Repository for Online Courses content and in house materials — http://www.montereyinstitute.org/nroc/

The California State University system has been implementing a “Affordable Learning Solutions” initiative for about a year.   They have organized many open learning resources into a “one-stop shop” that is open to everyone – see http://als.csuprojects.org

CSU have built some simple applications where a faculty or student can type in the ISBN of their textbook and “OER Finder” will provide a list of open learning resources associated with the topic of the textbook see http://als.csuprojects.org/course_content or if you only want to find open textbooks (vs. course modules, online courses, etc), use the OER Finder at http://als.csuprojects.org/free-textbooks . The Affordable Learning Solutions and the OER Finder is built on the long term success of MERLOT (www.merlot.org) – an open online library of over 27,000 open learning resources, many of which have been peer reviewed by academic editorial boards.

CSU has started having faculty share their course syllabi that illustrates how they are substitute open learning resources for textbooks (see http://als.csuprojects.org/sharing-practices for some initial samples.

The CSU also has tested the strategy of licensing digital textbooks (“Renting Digital”) at a significantly lower cost (35% of new textbook price for the pilot studies).   You can read about the CSU’s Digital Marketplace project at www.dmproject.org and the “licensed content” project at: http://www.dmproject.org/solutions/licensed_content.html and the Digital Marketplace 2010 year-end report http://www.dmproject.org/docs/2010-YearEndReport.pdf

http://hosted.mediasite.com/mediasite/Catalog/pages/catalog.aspx?catalogId=68c4ce9f-c919-45ea-b18b-0f5aa7501fbd presentation on the open future and the speaker is Dr. David Wiley. While not totally open there is a large FIPSE Grant that was given to Florida State College in Jacksonville. They have a project called SIRIUS Academics which provides low cost course contents and books on several courses with more in the works. Person to contact if you are interested is Rick Granger: lgranger@fscj.edu phone: 904-632-3307. Also you may contact Leslie Balsiger for materials that she has on this topic lbalsiger@lccc.wy.edu

 

Going hybrid

For those faculty in our member colleges who are thinking about creating hybrid courses, here are some great resources. Most are from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Tips on developing your class

Ten questions to ask when redesigning your course

Faculty Insights

Advantages and Challenges

Web Resources

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