Widgets and Gadgets to Enhance Online Courses in Blackboard and Canvas | Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche | Workshops

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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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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 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.

Making Your Blackboard Course “Pop” Workshop | Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche

April 19-23, 2010 – 21st International Conference on College Teaching and Learning

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Advanced Technology Center
Making Your Blackboard Course “Pop”
Are you or your students tired of the same old, boring online look of black letters on a white background? If so, this workshop is for you. In this interactive, hands on workshop, you will learn how to add images, banners, sound, and videos to the announcements, content, and discussions in your Blackboard courses. Liven up your class to help keep your students motivated. In this workshop, resources will be shared that will help you with adding and manipulating images, sound, and video. Prior experience with Blackboard is helpful but not necessary for this workshop.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., Players D (Macintosh Multimedia Room)
Eventoons: Experimental creative art using educational eventoons, cartoons and avatars
Cartoons and Second Life (SL) avatars have been used in management and information systems courses to bring educational current events to ground and virtual classroom. Eventoons are an experimental creative way to use art to shape current events in a drawing and/or virtual world to enhance their impact in our students. Drawing cartoons for a class is done on a whiteboard and/or posted on a website (www.eventoons.org), blog or SL virtual world. Creations are experimental because they are tested for usefulness to enhance the learning experience. (ID #143/Track 1)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Players D (Macintosh Multimedia Room)
Microblogging and social media groups to enhance classroom discussions topics
Microblogging and social media networks are two of the current web technologies that bring classroom activities outside the traditional ground and virtual platforms. Microblogging using Twitter is a creative way of posting comments and links that can be replicated in social groups, Blackboard announcements or inside a discussion board. Students are able to read and reply to tweets as part of a class or comment in a social group. Professors can select good responses and tweet them as a microblog in both Twitter and social media groups to expand discussions outside the classroom. (ID #139/Track 4)

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Thursday, April 22, 2010, 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., Players D (Macintosh Multimedia Room)
Capstone course development for the BAS in Supervision and Management
The Capstone in Supervision and Management is a course that focuses on the integration of knowledge, skills and abilities learned in the BAS in Supervision and Management program through a capstone project. Integrating management knowledge was accomplished by including the core competencies and program outcomes (professionalism, problem solving, literacy skills, management perspective, information technology and teamwork), business advisory board current industry needs, students’ current workplace experience, and faculty academic and practitioner experience. The result was a matrix of course components (team project simulation, individual project, OPQ, professional development, current topics, and mentoring) that combine and integrate the above-mentioned areas. (ID #158/Track 1)

Mission Critical: Social Media for Small Business Workshop | Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche | FSCJ

Web 2.0 and the Business Environment

Facebook, Twitter, Free Source, YouTube, Wikis, Blogs, Podcasts, and so much more – a new vocabulary has emerged with the integration of Web 2.0 and our business world. FSCJ Open Campus November 2010.

News Websites: Real-Time News to Enhance Classroom Presentations | International Conference on College Teaching and Learning | Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche

20th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning

The Web is an additional medium used by major TV cable news networks to expand and complement the dissemination of international, national, local, or other news that help users improve their knowledge and make informed professional and personal decisions. News websites provides an excellent way to present news to users who are willing to accept this technology and perceive that it is useful and easy to use. News websites allow professors to bring current events to the classroom in real time.

The Fact

Mayor TV cable networks, TV broadcast networks, local stations, newspapers, news agencies, radio and web-only news provides have been developing news websites.

The Benefit

News websites bring extensive detail and coverage of the news, allowing users to go beyond regular television programming.

The Issue

Web design, navigation scheme, and news content organization may affect the capability of these news websites to reach major users due to lack of usefulness or difficulty in navigating the sites to find the desired news. Usefulness and ease of use are two of the major problems encountered by web developers when creating and maintaining informational websites.

The News Web Sites

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking NewsWorld News, and News about the Economy

The Bottom Line

  • Content, content organization, and navigation scheme could have impact on users.
  • Perceived usefulness is the factor that predicts user’s acceptance and intended usage.

Climbing the Knowledge Tree | International Conference on Teaching and Learning | Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche

Presenting “Extreme Time Management. A Personal Leadership System” at 23rd

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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.

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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. We have 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 (www.tedxfscj.com) event was planned for Fall 2014. Aug 2014.