Education’s increasing reliance on technology and the emergence of distance learning presents many challenges for students and faculty to communicate well, gain and provide assistance and submit and assess course work. These challenges are further exacerbated by the student’s and faculty’s heterogeneous computing environment and transitory IT environment where the organization provided tools available today may not be available tomorrow. An applicable contemporary IT adage is to now have “one foot in and one foot out” meaning that we must be prepared for agile change at a moments notice. This presentation and conversation will introduce several robust cross-platform Open Source tools that can provide instructional continuity and enhance instruction, communication, participation and assessment while concomittantly easing management and instructional costs for the faculty and providing students with emergent professional digital tools.
In a nutshell Jing allows you and/or your students to capture a computer’s screen and record a narration of your actions and presentation. The recording is limited to 5 minutes and the resulting video can be hosted in their free cloud or downloaded and transferred electronically.
Here is Jing’s quick introduction
Here are Prof Doane’s Jing installation and usage instructions created for the CIS Dept.
Within the CIS dept we use Jing to provide tutorials and assistance to students. Our students use Jing to get help by demonstrating and narrating their problems and they also use Jing for class presentations.
First, note that President Obama and the Pope both use Google Hangouts for their live presentations and meetings with the public.
I record all of my lectures using Google Hangouts as do many CIS faculty now and the response has been fantastic. DL students and students that miss a lecture continually write to espress their gratitute for this wonderful resource. At the end of the semester, many DL students state this bridges the gap rendering a DL section equivalent to an in class section.
It should be noted this Open Knowledge also serves as a marketing tool as every semester I now garner enrollment from students that found HVCC and CISS 100 from the YouTube videos. My present videos on YouTube have over 13,000 views and it is unfortunate that I have not kept track of the views from videos I have deleted from YouTube as I may be close to 20,000 views.
I created this tutorial for the Business faculty: http://www.screencast.com/t/
As a basis, a QR Code is a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone (search iTunes or Android Marketplace for QR Reader – I use Scan and There are many QR Code generators I just used this to create the QR Code below: http://www.qrstuff.com/ Note there are now applications where you can embed text in the QR Code to convey human readable information as well.
Now, do you have equipment with instructions taped to the equipment? What if there are multiple pieces of equipment with the identical instructions and you find you have to change the instructions? If so a QR Code could be used to streamline management and provide a mechanism to ensure the instructions are up to date.
As an example: Consider a lab environment with instructions taped to the equipment. What if there is an error or you as the faculty observe that students are making the same mistakes. If you had a QR Code taped to the equipment you could make a change to the instructions on a Website between classes and the next class, 5 minutes later, would access the new instructions simply by scanning the QR Code.
This page’s QR Code is:
Here is one with the HVCC Logo embedded and you immediately know what the QR Code will take you to. Imagine a QR Code that clearly identified itself with the word map embedded that linked to the HVCC Campus Map. What would be the cost to add these HVCC Map QR Codes throughout campus? Also consider the Web analytics we would gain from users accessing the QR Code (this is far from complete but we would capture their platform, date and time of their visit, possible additional information if they sign in, use a contact form or if they continued to browse our Website, we would learn what they are interested in).
This was created as follows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_dwKnHfPkQ
Google Forms (Surveys => Free Clickers)
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