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

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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.

Scoop.it! Web Media Laboratory

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The Web Media Laboratory (www.webmedialab.org) is used to test web, media, and mobile widgets and gadgets for online courses. WebMediaLab updates can be found on the Learning EDGE blog (www.learningedge.org), the Teleducator Network (www.teleducator.net) and Scoop.it! (www.scoop.it/t/webmedialab).

Teleducator Network. A navigational chart to integrate online learning resources

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The Teleducator Network is our Navigational Chart to access our current educational, business, and community resources. The idea came while looking for solutions to reduce Information Overload in our online courses.

The Teleducator Network is an information and knowledge integrator where topics are organized by type of resources. Channels is about You Tube videos. Community has links to several organizations where I volunteer. Courses contain links to all courses including website companions, reading or slides. Labs are past and current project to enhance management, leadership, and systems courses and to test emerging technologies and methods. Students are involved on these labs using discussions, assignments, or team projects. Newsletters include paper.li and Scoop. Social media is an area to link to several Facebook pages, Linkedin, and Twitter. Websites & Blogs include personal and professional websites, blogs, and collaboration in other websites. The Teleducator Network is always “under construction” as new resources are constantly added.

Professors and students are invited to use and share resources, not only during a specific course, but as part of a continuous lifelong learning experience.

Browse through our online resources using the links on the left, or by using the drop-down menu at the top of this site.  You can also search for specific things as well.