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  • Richard E Lillie
    Jane Hart's Top 100 Tools for Learning 20152
    blog entry posted October 1, 2015 by Richard E Lillie, tagged technology, technology tools 

    Each year, Jane Hart, founder of  C4LPT compiles her list of Top 100 Tools for Learning.  The 2015 list is now available.  I have followed Hart's work for many years and have always found the annual list to be a great resource.  I have incorporated several of the tools into my course designs.  I especially like tools like is a cloud-based, video-conferencing service.  It's great for collaboration.  Anyone can use it for free.  A "Pro" account is very inexpensive.  Many universities now have campus subscriptions.  LMS systems like Canvas integrate as an "app" with the LMS.

    Click the image below to access SlideShare version of the 2015 List.  Click your way through the presentation.  I'm sure you will recognize many teaching/learning tool resources.  You may find something new and exciting.



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    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 

    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, a cloud-based, incredible video-conferencing tool to proctor students completing an online exam.  Student reaction to being watched through 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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    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 

    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
    Free eBook Download: Online Presentations for Dummies
    blog entry posted January 6, 2014 by Richard E Lillie, tagged technology tools 

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has made Online Presentations for Dummies available as a free eBook download.  If you make online presentations, this book with a "funny title" may prove to be a helpful resource.


    Rick Lillie, CSU San Bernardino

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

    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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    blog entry posted December 7, 2012 by Richard E Lillie, tagged technology, technology tools 

    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.


    Rick Lillie (CSU San Bernardino)




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

    Recently, I read about a new free, cloud-based, video-conferencing service.  Yesterday, three of us used 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 and Skype have features that meet specific needs.  Therefore, both services are valuable to the teaching-learning experience.  The quality of the video-conference call was exceptional. 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 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, I had to download a small file to my computer that includes the interface.  The download was quick.  No problem.

    Below is a screenshot from the support page indicating key features of the 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  I think you'll like this new video-conference service.

    Best wishes,

    Rick Lillie (CSU San Bernardino)

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    Screenshot of video conference call



    I talked with the developers of this afternoon.  They explained the simple way to download the small file to your computer's desktop.
    See the picture below.
    • Log into
    • Click the "Start Video Meeting" button.
    • Follow-up screen should start the download process. (Allow this to happen.)
    • file should download and the "z icon" should display on your desktop.
    Unless you change the "settings" in, you will need to double-click on the 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 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  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 

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

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    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 

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