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  • Richard E Lillie
    Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software's Uneasy...1
    blog entry posted April 9, 2015 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

    Anyone who has taught a blended or online class where online testing is used, has had to deal with the issue of cheating, whether real or imagined.  I teach a lot of online classes and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of this teaching-learning experience.

    I used an online proctoring service with one online course.  Student feedback was so-so.  I have used Zoom.us, a cloud-based, incredible video-conferencing tool to proctor students completing an online exam.  Student reaction to being watched through Zoom.us was more positive than the online proctoring service.

    Whether good or bad, online proctoring is still very much an evolving process.

    This post shares a story from The New York Times (Technology, April 5, 2015) titled Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software’s Uneasy Glare.

    What do you think?  Is this an appropriate way to proctor an online exam test taker?

    If you have had experience with this, please REPLY to this post with comments about your experience.

    Rick Lillie

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  • Richard E Lillie
    Teaching in a Digital Age by A.W. (Tony) Bates --...
    blog entry posted April 8, 2015 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research, teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

    A.W. (Tony) Bates has authored a book titled Teaching in a Digital Age.  The book is available as a free download.

    I have followed Tony's writing for several years.  He has written extensively about online learning and distance education.  I really appreciate one of Tony's sayings.....

    "Good teaching may overcome a poor choice of technology but technology will never save bad teaching."

    Book chapters include.....

    • Chapter 1:  Fundamental Change in Education

    • Chapter 2:  The nature of knowledge and the implications for teaching

    • Chapter 3:  Methods of teaching:  campus-focused

    • Chapter 4:  Methods of teaching with online focus

    • Chapter 5:  MOOCs

    • Chapter 6:  Understanding technology in education

    • Chapter 7:  Pedagogical differences between media

    • Chapter 8:  Choosing and using media in education:  the SECTIONS model

    • Chapter 9:  Modes of delivery

    • Chapter 10:  Trends in open education

    • Chapter 11:  Ensuring quality teaching in a digital age

    • Chapter 12:  Supporting teachers and instructors in a digital age

    • Appendix 1:  Building an effective learning environment

    • Feedback on Activities

    Check out the new book by Bates.  Tony provides useful insights into distance teaching and learning.  Also check out the resources link below for other of Tony's publications.

    Best wishes,

     

    Rick Lillie

     

     

  • Richard E Lillie
    Salman Khan -- A Breath of Fresh Air in Instructional Design...1
    blog entry posted February 8, 2014 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research, teaching, technology in TwT public

    Earlier today, Bob Jensen posted a link on AECM to a Harvard Business Review article (January-February 2014) titled Life's Work: Salman Khan.  I've written about Salman Khan and the Khan Academy several times before.  I use technology extensively in my course designs.  Where appropriate, I draw on Khan's methods and techniques to improve what I do for my students.

    Salman Khan

    Like Salman Khan, I am very much student-centered in my approach to designing the teaching/learning experience.  My approach to teaching came from the years when I was an audit manager in the National Continuing Education Department at Grant Thornton International (GTI).  I quickly learned that you do not teach adult learners.  Rather, you guide them through a learning process.  Adult learners take responsibility for their own learning.

    In the HBR article, Khan states that "one meta-level thing is to take agency over your own learning."  I agree with his statement.  However, I think it is important to understand the point at which a learner may be development wise.

    Taking "agency" (responsibility) for your own learning assumes a learner has the maturity needed for this level of responsibility.  I believe this is where faculty play a major role in the teaching/learning process.  I don't equate "tech-savviness" with "maturity."  Just because someone can interact with others on Facebook and Twitter does not necessarily make the person ready to take total control of the teaching/learning process.

    A learner in the "becoming stage" (i.e., in the process of earning a degree or credential) needs guidance, influence, and a structured learning process.  Whereas, a learner who has moved beyond the "becoming stage" (i..e, has earned a degree or credential) into the "continuing education stage" has reached the point of personal development where it is OK to do whatever turns you on.  Learning is more "learning for learning's sake." 

    Khan states that Khan Academy is all about giving more breathing room to the learner.  He believes he can use technology to deliver information at a student's pace.  He says "there is something you get only from a human voice..It's incredibly valuable."  On this, Khan and I agree.  

    I learned the art of instructional design by the seat of my pants.  I quickly realized that "CPA" stood for "cut, paste, and attach."  I created some pretty interesting instructional materials with a pencil, ruler, invisible tape, IBM Selectric typewriter, a variety of font balls, colored markers, and some fairly modest software applications.  I was amazed what I could accomplish with an Apple2Plus computer.  This all brings back a lot of enjoyable memories.

    While at GTI, I started experimenting with computer-based instructional design.  I played around with sound and video.  It was difficult to do and include in course design.  The technology was far too clunky, complicated to use and far too expensive.  While experimenting, I began to follow the work of Ruth Colvin Clark and Richard E. Mayer dealing with multimedia learning.

    Khan's methodology is all about connecting with the learner in ways that empower the learner to progress as quickly as the learner is capable of doing.  I agree with this objective to a point.

    Rick Lillie, CSU San Bernardino

     

     

     

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  • Richard E Lillie
    Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013
    blog entry posted December 11, 2013 by Richard E Lillie, tagged technology in TwT public

    For several years, Janet Heart (C4LPT) in the UK has compiled an annual listing of the Top 100 Tools for Learning recommended by instructors from around the world.  I've contributed to the list several times.  I'm always fascinated to see the kinds of tools and related innovations instructors use to create and share course materials.

    Click this link "100 Tools for Learning 2013" to access this year's listing.  You can click your way through a slideshare presentation.  Alternatively, you can scroll down the list of 100 tools.  Click a tool name to go to the tool information webpage.  A new feature of the information web page is the "Rankings" time line.  It shows how a tool's popularity has changed since Jane Heart began compiling the annual listing in 2007.

    Each technology tool has unique features.  When designing course materials, the "trick" is to select the tool or combination of tools that enables you to create the desired learning experience.

    If you would like to talk about a project you are creating, contact me by email at rlillie@csusb.edu.  Let's find a mutually agreeable time to connect.  I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes,

    Rick Lillie, CSU San Bernardino

     

    Top 100 Tools

     

     

  • Richard E Lillie
    MILLIONS OF LESSONS LEARNED ON ELECTRONIC NAPKINS6
    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?

    Enjoy!

    Rick Lillie (Cal State San Bernardino)

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  • Richard E Lillie
    2012 INTERNET TRENDS YEAR-END UPDATE
    blog entry posted December 7, 2012 by Richard E Lillie, tagged technology, technology tools in TwT public

    This morning, I read an interesting post by Steven Borsch on his blog Connecting the Dots.   The post shares Meeker's 2012 Internet Trends Update report.  Meeker is a venture capitalist and partner with Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  She became known as "Queen of the Net" after being dubbed so by Barron's Magazine in 1998.

    Click the image below to access Meeker's recent presentation to students at Stanford University.  The PowerPoint type presentation is shared through Slideshare.  There is no soundtrack.  Click the forward (>) and back (<) buttons at the bottom of the Slideshare player to advance through the slide deck.

    The slideshow is well worth viewing.  There are 88 slides included in the presentation.  Slides are great until about the last five or six of them.  Unfortunately, the presentation becomes somewhat political.  If this bothers you, ignore the last few slides.  Comments by viewers are rather interesting and worth perusing.

    Enjoy!

    Rick Lillie (CSU San Bernardino)

     

     

     

  • Richard E Lillie
    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.

    Enjoy.

    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

     

    UPDATED INFORMATION:  DOWNLOADING ZOOM.US TO YOUR DESKTOP -- IMPORTANT

    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.
    Enjoy!
    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.

    Enjoy!

    Rick Lillie (Cal State, San Bernardino)

     

     

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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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