Aug 11, 2014

TED-Ed, TED and TEDx Talks to Enhance Classroom Learning Experience

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TED, TED-Ed, and TEDx Talks have been used to enhance instruction beyond our classrooms. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading that started bringing together people from three worlds—technology, entertainment, and design. TED’s scope has become ever broader. The Web Media Lab ( has tested several widgets and gadgets to bring new ideas to classroom and online learning. TED videos have been embedded into discussions, announcements, and newsletters to generate online discussions, small group discussions, and postvideo assignments. Thanks to these activities and more, the first TEDxFSCJ ( event is being planned for Fall 2014.

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Jun 30, 2014

Outdoors University. Learning moments and activities outside the classroom

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Learning moments and activities outside the classroom. Resources for outdoors learners. The university is outdoors. This is our latest project based on many teachable moments found during our trips and outdoors activities. We ant to share what the communities are doing to teach their citizens about the environment, energy, information systems, and technologies.

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Mar 19, 2014

Social Media Learning: Blogs, Twitter, and Pinterest in the Classroom.

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25th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Interactive Workshops.

Social Media Learning: Blogs, Twitter, and Pinterest in the Classroom.
Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche
Dr. Lepervanche’s Learning Edge Technologies

An engaging open forum on social media networks that can be used to enhance student learning experience. Participants are invited to share their own favorite tools.

1. Overview of popular social media networks (personal, professional, news, videos, picture boards, blogging)
2. Domain registration, blogs setup, newsletters, news integrators, TED Ed, and information hubs.
3. Integrating social media networks inside Blackboard
4. Sharing best practices in computers and mobile devices.

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Nov 2, 2013

Beyond the Learning Edge: Life Systems Management. A Personal Leadership System ©

Life is a system of systems and we are a continuous learning system. Beliefs,values, priorities, SWOT, vision, SMART goals, lifelong project management, knowledge, changes, emergencies, communications, and technology use to simplify life & work (

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Jun 29, 2013

Healthy Hearts. Life after a sudden cardiac arrest.

Video presentation about being prepared to stop and have healthy hearts after surviving a sudden cardiac arrest.


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Mar 12, 2013

The 24th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning will be held April 8-12, 2013

The 24th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning will be held April 8-12, 2013, at the beautiful Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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Feb 17, 2013

CyberChronicles: Piloting Canvas in online waters

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I have been piloting Canvas (, an open-source learning management system, in my Florida State College at Jacksonville ( courses since Summer 2012. This is my log of the features I “like” and those that I would “like” to have. This post will be updated as I explore new features. Updates follow a Twitter format. Follow @DrLepervanche and #CanvasFSCJ hashtag.

I like…

1. Import feature from Blackboard. It was easy to import old content from old Blackboard courses. In some courses courses it did not work smoothly. I had to manually import each component due to deadlines. I will try again next term.

2. Ipad and smartphones applications. I can read discussions and emails in all courses. Limited features so far in interactivity. I am sure it will improve.

3. Front Page. I like the options to include links, videos and guide students to other pages.

4. Integrated Inbox. Checking all pending emails from all courses at the same time is a cool feature to reply to students in less time.

5. Due dates page. Easy to read page with all discussions, exams, and assignments deadlines and it is linked to calendar.

6. Recent Activity. It displays all recent activities from all courses in one page.

7. SpeedGrader. Easy to read papers and to add rubrics.

8. Conference. Professor and students can set specific conference times if needed.

9. Gradebook. To Do list with pending grading. It reminds professors to finish grading.

More coming soon…


I would “like”… (maybe they are available and I have not used yet)

1. Color codes for different courses. It will help to identify each course in a multiple course screen (recent activities, inbox)

2. Improve Import feature. If you manually import content from Blackboard, you have to eliminate references to BB and work on the code.

3. SpeedGrader. Waiting for feature to add comments to papers.

4. Groups. Some students says it is confused on their side. Still checking.

More coming soon…

Here is a detailed comparison between Blackboard and Canvas.





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Feb 15, 2013

Widgets and Gadgets to Enhance Online Courses in Blackboard and Canvas (2013 update)



Florida State College at Jacksonville – Open Campus

Thursday, February 21, 2013

1 PM-2 PM

Widgets and Gadgets to Enhance Online Courses in Blackboard and Canvas

Dr. Jose Lepervanche, Professor of Management, Information Systems, & E-Commerce, Florida State College at Jacksonville Emerging technologies have allowed online learning to add interactive tools to courses. New web, media and mobile applications, or widgets, and new devices, or gadgets, bring innovative resources to the hands of students and faculty. These tools have been extensively used in Blackboard and now have been extended to Canvas. Dr. Lepervanche’s Web Media Lab ( has been also testing these widgets and gadgets applying both Technology Acceptance and Affordability Models to explore real usability beyond courses into real life. Wireless, tablets, and mobile technologies allow users to be in a virtual office all the time. You are your office.


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Feb 15, 2013
drlepervanche! Web Media Laboratory Updates

The Web Media Laboratory ( is used to test web, media, and mobile widgets and gadgets for online courses. WebMediaLab updates can be found on the Learning EDGE blog (, the Teleducator Network ( and! (

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Jan 29, 2013

Build a Better You! Extreme Time Management

Here’s your chance to gain some leadership skills and build your resume while having a great time. Join Kent Campus Student Life for the ‘Build a Better You!’ program Thursdays, 2pm-3pm, January 17-March 21, in E-104 (refreshments will be provided). Topics range from getting to know yourself better to time management to values and ethics to putting your best face forward on social media and more. Attend at least six of the nine scheduled topics to earn your official ‘Build a Better You!’ certificate and recognition at the annual Student Awards Program in April.

January 31’s program is Extreme Time Management with Dr. Jose Lepervanche. 

Time is one thing in the world that we cannot change. Information, communications, family, friends, and work overload our time. We fill our day with activities that overwhelm our capacity to handle them. We need extreme time management methods to cope with stress, unproductivity, and procrastination.

Time survivors keep them busy without losing sanity. Busy people always have time to do more. Lazy people always complain about the things they cannot do. Managers select busy people when assembling successful teams.

Personal Leadership System (c) developed by Dr. Lepervanche is based on beliefs, values, priorities, lifelong project management, effective delegation, and technology usage to simplify life and work.

While the majority of the ‘Build a Better You!’ programs are open to all, some programs have space limitations and will be first come, first served. For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Kelly Warren at 381-3676 or

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Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche
Professor of Management, Information Systems, & e-Commerce. BSA National Distinguished Scoutmaster. Sudden Cardiac Arrest & CPR Survivor.

Flor Lepervanche
Online Education Specialist and Instructional Designer.

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