Instant Knowledge Generation: Young Leaders of Tomorrow.

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We are updating #TECHKnowledge: Five knowledge trends using technology. Young digital leaders of tomorrow are already beyond the #hashtags exploring for #InstantKnowledge. The #InstantKnowledgeGeneration is already connected. Stay tune. #IknowGen

Drawing shows 2013 college student exploring new virtual worlds with tablets and smartphones. New generation of smartphones, apps, and faster connections are contributing to expand instant knowledge. What is next?

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CyberChronicles: Piloting Canvas in online waters

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I have been piloting Canvas (www.instructure.com), an open-source learning management system, in my Florida State College at Jacksonville (www.fscj.edu) 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 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 comparison between Blackboard and Canvas.

@DrLepervanche’s Web Media Lab Timeline. Widgets and Gadgets…before e-learning to m-learning and beyond…

@DrLepervanche’s Web Media Lab Timeline. Widgets and Gadgets…before e-learning to m-learning and beyond…

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. Our 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)

23rd International Conference on College Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Heritage C. Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott resort, Ponte Vedra.

Extreme Time Management: Busy People Always Have Time. A Personal Leadership System.

Extreme Time Management: Busy People Always Have Time. A Personal Leadership System.

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. Methods include beliefs, values, priorities, lifelong project management, effective delegation, and technology usage to simplify life and work.(ID #146/Track 1)

23rd International Conference on College Teaching and Learning

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 2:00-2:45 p.m., Heritage C. Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott resort, Ponte Vedra.