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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 (www.webmedialab.org) 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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Facebook Generation and Twitter in Education

Facebook generation and Twitter in education. We have several years doing in our online courses. @DrLepervanche Twitter Updates in discussion forums #jCampus. Learning Edge in our Social Media Campus. www.socialmediacampus.org

America’s Facebook Generation Is Reading Strong : NPR.

Weekly Discussions inside Online Courses via @DrLepervanche Twitter Updates.
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Learning-to-go revolution or evolution.

Wearable smartphone and arm keyboard

Lessons from the 23rd International Conference on Teaching and Learning. Shared with all students across my current courses regardless of the topic.

After attending the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning and presenting two times, it was good to see the evolution of online to mobile learning in the last four years. On 2009 I presented about blogs and wikis for collaborative learning, and then moved into testing new technologies for management and systems learning. Information overload hit my students and me while we started moving into tablets and smartphones for personal, business, and education.

These technologies waves have been moving up and down and several models have helped us in narrowing  widgets and gadgets in our “Reduce Information Overload” movement. We are in a “learning-to-go” revolution or evolution that is bringing knowledge to our mobile devices. All generations are now attached to a device (or the opposite) that is impacting the way we communicate and gather information.

Eating at Panera Bread with my iPad while writing and posting this note before the afternoon workshop allowed me do a quick visual survey to see who was alone using a device, or eating with another person and….using a device. We are connected and disconnected on a table. I was tempted to take a picture of the table next to me where a couple had been eating and texting for five minutes…

What do you think about public use of these devices? How to take advantage of these time slots to update our social or learning connections at the same time we are enjoying some free offline time? Please share your practices and help others (and me) to optimize our online learning experience without losing our mind, sanity, eyes, and table companions.

Have a great weekend. I will be updating our courses in my “after-the-conference” weekend. :-)

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Climbing the knowledge tree

Climbing the knowledge tree (Picture by Prof. Brad Biglow)

Presenting “Extreme Time Management. A Personal Leadership System” at 23rd International Conference on Teaching and Learning, April 2012. Dr. Lepervanche explaining how children in rural Latin America climb a tree with a laptop to find a wi-fi signal.

2009 Tree house online education

 

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2012 webmedialab.org: Widgets and Gadgets: From E-learning to M-learning and Beyond.

Web Media Laboratory

webmedialab.org

Dr. Jose Lepervanche, Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Widgets and Gadgets: From E-learning to M-learning and Beyond.

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. Education is moving from e-learning to m-learning and beyond as hybrid methods are also being incorporated to both on-land and online courses.

Dr. Lepervanche’s Web Media Lab (www.webmedialab.org) has been testing these widgets and gadgets applying both Technology Acceptance and Affordability Models to explore real usability beyond courses into real life. Wireless and mobile technologies allow users to be in a virtual office all the time.

(ID #145/Track 2)
Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Heritage C (Macintosh Multimedia room with projector and sound system, but no computer)

International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa, 1000 PGA Tour Boulevard,
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