Digital Content Groups
An LTS/CETL collaboration, the Digital Content Groups, offer UW-Eau Claire educators an opportunity to learn new technologies for creating digital content for their classes, whether face-to-face, hybrid, or online. In fall of 2012, sixteen educators from nursing, geography, biology, economics, math, chemistry, business communication, communication and journalism, and continuing education gathered to learn and share as groups. The group was first offered in spring of 2012.
Technologies demonstrated by April Pierson from LTS included Screencast-o-matic, Camtasia, Thinglink, Snipping Tool, PowerPoint best practices, iSpring Free PowerPoint conversion software, Livescribe Pen, and iPad apps for handwriting digitization and video annotation. Several educators came in to share their experiences and demo technologies they had used.
Participants who regularly attend meetings and create at least two pieces of digital content receive $300 from CETL. This group will be offered again in the spring semester with an additional pedagogical aspect focused on flipping the classroom. We will also offer an advanced digital content group for people who have participated in the digital content group already or have requisite skills. In addition, April is available on an individual basis to meet with faculty about incorporating digital content into their classes at any point. Contact April Pierson or Cindy Albert to register for the spring cohorts.
Online Course Development Workshops
Winterim 2013 will mark the third offering of UW-Eau Claire's Online Course Development Workshop, also an LTS/CETL collaboration. Educators preparing courses for summer 2013 will meet on the three Thursdays of Winterim to learn about online teaching best practices and start to plan their course. The real work will occur as the course is created throughout the spring semester, since an important best practice is completing the instructional design of the course before it begins, allowing the educators to focus on grading, facilitating discussions, and just-in-time instruction while the course is running. Educators who attend the workshop and complete their course before it starts, following the best practices, receive a course development grant. Contact Cindy Albert in CETL for more information about the grant. Cindy or April can offer individualized assistance with online teaching at any point, whether it is a redesign of an existing online course, transition of a face-to-face course to online, or new course development.
Learning Technology Blog
April Pierson maintains a blog highlighting learning technology successes and innovations at UW-Eau Claire as well as reviews of new learning technologies. Check it out at http://aprilpierson.blogspot.com.