For the month of September Academic Innovations & eLearning (AIeL) is focusing on Community in the classroom. Most of us have participated in faceless and voiceless online course or other eLearning experience and did not feel connected to the instructor or other students. Conversely I hope we have all participated in a course where we got to know our instructor, see them smile and describe their teaching style and expectations in their own words.
How can we accomplish this in our UAA courses?
In this EduTip we will take a look at three media tools that both instructors and students may use to create a sense of presence in online course, connect with their peers and build their community.
Video Everywhere is a video recording tool within the Content Editor found throughout Blackboard. It enables instructors and students to record a video from within Blackboard using a simple webcam or built-in camera and external or built-in microphone. The videos are actually managed by YouTube and then embedded in Blackboard. Video Everywhere is great for instructor and student introductions the first week of class, asynchronous discussions and brief presentations.
VoiceThread is a web-based application for engaging students in a dialogue around multimedia content. Instructors can upload multimedia elements and create a “VoiceThread” which students can comment on in text or audio recordings. A student can also create “VoiceThread” to start the class discussion. VoiceThread lends itself well to introductions, asynchronous discussions, and presentations.
Screencast-O-Matic is screen capture and video capture tool that may be used on the web or as a software. Screencast-O-Matic is a great for lecture capture, recording presentations, recording a technical process/how to and even digital storytelling. Screencast-O-Matic may be used by instructors as well as students.
If you are interested in using any of these tools please contact us as Academic Innovations & eLearning. We would love to work with you or hear about some of the ways you create a sense of community in your online courses.