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  • Richard E Lillie
    blog entry posted January 2, 2013 by Richard E Lillie, tagged technology, technology tools in TwT public

    This is a very cute, entertaining presentation.  It's creative in that it uses the "napkin" as the background for slides.  Otherwise, it's a PowerPoint presentation with a soundtrack and a little annotation added.  The presentation explains what a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is supposed to be.

    My purpose in sharing this presentation is NOT to share my thoughts about MOOCs.  Rather, it is to share what a PowerPoint presentation can be....with a little creative thought.

    The video runs for about 36 minutes.  Watch all of it or just some of it.  That's your choice.  However long you view, you'll learn something about making PowerPoint interesting.  Yes...this is possile to do.

    Welcome to "2013."  Any year ending in "13" can't be completely bad.  Are you superstitious?


    Rick Lillie (Cal State San Bernardino)

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    Carnegie Mellon University ==> Do you watch "Person...
    blog entry posted October 28, 2012 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology in TwT public

    Each morning, I check Techmeme.com, a web page focusing on technology news to learn about latest happenings in the tech world.  This morning, I read an article about a team at Carnegie Mellon University developing computerized survelliance software capable of "eventually predicting" what you're going to do.  Wow!  This could be the solution I've been searching for to help resolve cheating in traditional and online classes.

    I'm already familiar with what computerized survelliance software might do.  My favorite TV show is Person of Interest (CBS).  SyFy often imagines what happens later in the research lab.

    Click the image below to access the article by Declan McCullagh/CNET.  It offers insight into what could be the future.


    Rick Lillie (CSU, San Bernardino)



  • Richard E Lillie
    Zoom.us -- An Amazing Cloud-based, Video-Conferencing...3
    blog entry posted September 1, 2012 by Richard E Lillie, tagged technology, technology tools in TwT public

    Recently, I read about Zoom.us a new free, cloud-based, video-conferencing service.  Yesterday, three of us used zoom.us to work on a research project.  We are located throughout the U.S.  We logged into the video conference call and worked for more than an hour.  The audio and video were crystal clear.  We shared desktops to work on documents together.  Wow!  The virtual work session was very productive and enjoyable.

    I use Skype to work with colleagues and to offer virtual office hours for my students.  Skype offers a free 1:1 video-conference call with desktop sharing.  To include more than two people in a Skype video call, you need to subscribe to Skype's premium service.  Skype's fee is very reasonable; however, it's difficult to beat "free."

    Both Zoom.us and Skype have features that meet specific needs.  Therefore, both services are valuable to the teaching-learning experience.  The quality of the zoom.us video-conference call was exceptional.  Zoom.us versus Skype is not an either/or situation.  Using one service or the other is a judgment call regarding features that best fit the need as hand.

    Getting started with zoom.us is quick and easy to do.  Their support page explanations are easy to follow.  The service works with Google and Facebook, iPad, iPhone, Windows and Mac.  When I set up zoom.us, I had to download a small file to my computer that includes the zoom.us interface.  The download was quick.  No problem.

    Below is a screenshot from the support page indicating key features of the zoom.us interface screen.  Individual members participating in a video call are shown at the top of the screen.  When a member speaks, the border of the member's screen turns "green."  The speaker's screen displays in the "big screen" section of the interface window.  This process works as the conversation switches among participants.  Wow!  This is amazing and allows each speaker to be the center of attention.

    Check out zoom.us.  I think you'll like this new video-conference service.

    Best wishes,

    Rick Lillie (CSU San Bernardino)

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    Screenshot of zoom.us video conference call



    I talked with the developers of zoom.us this afternoon.  They explained the simple way to download the small zoom.us file to your computer's desktop.
    See the picture below.
    • Log into http://zoom.us/
    • Click the "Start Video Meeting" button.
    • Follow-up screen should start the download process. (Allow this to happen.)
    • zoom.us file should download and the "z icon" should display on your desktop.
    Unless you change the "settings" in zoom.us, you will need to double-click on the zoom.us icon on your desktop to start the program.  Once the icon displays at the bottom of your monitor screen, click the icon to open the zoom.us screen.  Click the Start Video Meeting button.  When the screen displays, click the Invite option.  Enter the email addresses for participants you wish to invite into the video conference call.  Send the email message.  Stay logged into zoom.us.  Watch participants join the video conference call.
    I think you will be amazed by the clarity and crispness of the audio and video call.
    Rick Lillie (CSU San Bernardino)
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  • Richard E Lillie
    12 Tech Innovators -- Who are Transforming Campuses6
    blog entry posted July 26, 2012 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research, teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

    The Chronicle of Higher Education has published its first e-book titled Rebooting the Academy:  12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses.  The book is available through Amazon.com in Kindle format.

    Bob Jensen commented about the book in an AECM posting this morning.  Rather than purchasing the e-book at this point, I decided to learn something about the work of each innovator.  I discovered that the name of each innovator on the Chronicle web page is an active hyperlink to a support web page describing the innovator and his(her) work.

    Click the image below to access the "Technology" page (Thursday, July 26, 2012) in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Click the name of an innovator to find out about the person's work.  Also, peruse the feedback comments at the bottom of the Chronicle web page.  The comments are quite good.

    If an innovator's stories tweaks your interest, you may want to search deeper for articles about the innovator's work. Alternatively, you may decide it's time to purchase the Kindle e-book.


    Rick Lillie (Cal State, San Bernardino)



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  • Richard E Lillie
    Video Primers for e-Teaching & Learning -- 27 Video...12
    blog entry posted October 17, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

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    Send email messages to a student's cell phone4
    blog entry posted December 4, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

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    In Gmail, this is pretty easy to do.  Start by logging into your Gmail account.

    1. In the upper right hand corder of the screen, click SETTINGS.
    2. On the SETTINGS page, click the FILTERS tab.
    3. You will see a set of text boxes to be filled in.
    4. Put the email address addresses of people who you wish to have forwarded to your cell phone in the FROM box.
    5. Click NEXT.
    6. On the next screen, put a CHECK next to the box that says FORWARD IT TO.
      • This is where you type the EMAIL ADDRESS of your CELL PHONE.
      • Use instructions below to find your cell phone's email address.
    7. Click CREATE FILTER.
    8. You're done.

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  • Richard E Lillie
    Creating a Dynamic Presentation using Prezi + Webnotes...2
    blog entry posted January 2, 2012 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

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    Learning Amongst the Riches: Students in the Cloud3
    blog entry posted September 1, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

    In an article in Campus Technology (September 1, 2010), Trent Batson (MIT) writes that students are moving away from their college or university, not physically, but in terms of their online “center.” More and more, they can engage independently in learning conversations using applications of their own choosing, and they can create their own digital identity that includes their learning spaces--all without using campus-based technology.

    Student working in the cloud

    Without specifically using the term, Batson refers to the challenge of meeting teaching-learning needs of Millennial students.  He considers this issue from four different perspectives.

    • Institutional cloud.
    • Academic side of the cloud.
    • Return to "The Learning Conversation."
    • Student ownership in the cloud.

    Of the four perspectives, the one I found most interesting is Batson's focus on "learning as a conversation."  He says that "conversation among people interested in inquiry in the same field of knowledge is the basis for the idea of the university."  He then considers how Web 2.0 technologies are changing the nature of the teaching-learning conversation.  He suggests that "the cloud" (Web 2.0 technologies) is where new learning conversations and related activities are happening for Millennial students.

    During 2010 CTLA in San Francisco, we talked about the impact of using Web 2.0 ("cloud") technologies to create and share course materials, and to create interactive teaching-learning experiences.  While we considered how we can use Web 2.0 technologies in the teaching-learning process, I am not sure that we viewed Web 2.0 technologies as being an enabler of a conversation.

    Batson concludes that while learning is becoming virtualized, the role of universities (and faculty) is essential as ever (i.e., to guide learners through the process of learning).  The objective remains the same.  How we get there is what is changing.


    Rick Lillie (CalState San Bernardino)

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  • Richard E Lillie
    Sharing the story with one of the oldest technologies --...1
    blog entry posted October 22, 2011 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

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    Enjoying David Pogue's NY Times Postings about...
    blog entry posted December 30, 2011 by Richard E Lillie, tagged technology in TwT public

    I'm a big fan of David Pogue (New York Times technologiy columnist).  I really enjoyed reading David's December 15, 2011 blog posting titled The Year of C.E.O. Failures Explained.  In this post, David wrote about three big-time blunders by tech CEOs (HP's Leo Aoptheker, Netflix's Reed Hastings, and Cisco's John Chambers).

    While Pogue's comments about CEO blunders were interesting, what intrigued me more were comments by students in a class Pogue taught at the Columbia Business School called "What Makes a Hit a Hit--and a Flop a Flop."  During one of his lectures, David said he focused on products that were rushed to market when they were full of bugs--and the company knew it.  He said his hope was to "instill some sense of Doing What's Right before they became corrupted by the corporate world."

    David said students quickly responded that "there's a solid business case for shipping half-finished software.  You get the revenue flowing.  You don't want to let your investors down, Right?  You can always fix the software later."

    Students felt it is OK to use customers as beta testers without their consent.  I found this logic rather unsettling.  I would have loved to hear arguments supporting this type of behavior as a solid business case.

    David suggested that the "ignore the customer approach" had not worked so well for HP, Netflix, or Cisco.  He found it interesting that students did not seem to be bothered by all of this.

    It is one thing to knowingly use beta test software.  This way the user accepts the fact up front that software may not fully ready for primetime use (i.e., most likely there are bugs and design problems).  I do this all the time and incorporate beta test software into my course designs.  I explain limitations to students.  The advantage is exposure and use of software that includes unique new features.

    It is another thing to knowingly not disclose that software is not ready for primetime use.  In my mind, this constitutes deliberate intent by management to deceive the customer.  Isn't this the same thing as fraud?

    In my opinion, if business students think this is OK behavior, we're in trouble!  I suggest that learning this type of strategy be balanced with required reading of That Used to be Us -- How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We can Come Back by Friedman and Mandelbaum.  Perhaps, Friedman and Mendelbaum can give students insight to what made American business great.  I am sure this would NOT include a solid business case for knowingly cheating the customer.

    In addition to David Pogue's New York Times column, I suggest the Techmeme blog as a great place to learn about what is happening in the technology world.

    I wish you a Happy and Prosperous 2012.


    Rick Lillie (Cal State, San Bernardino)