Learning Technologies

Teaching Learning Technology Centre

TLTC

What is ID and what do IDs do?

December 11, 2014

The TLTC has “IDs” who do “ID” … but what is ID and who are IDs?

First, there are many definitions and descriptions of Instructional Design (ID). Common across most definitions are:

  1. the analysis of learner/learning/teaching needs
  2. the analysis of teaching and delivery methods
  3. implementation of pedagogically sound assessment and evaluation
  4. carefully considered integration of technology

Read More →

Visual Understanding Environment

December 5, 2014

The TLTC frequently assesses new software. We post parts of our internal reviews on our blog, but we do not necessarily endorse the technologies presented here. Please use this post for information only.

The Visual Understanding Environment is Open Source focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. VUE provides a flexible visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information.

vue

You can download VUE here: Visual Understanding Environment (VUE)

 

Prism Video File Converter

December 5, 2014

The TLTC frequently assesses new software. We post parts of our internal reviews on our blog, but we do not necessarily endorse the technologies presented here. Please use this post for information only.

Prism converts or compresses video files to various video formats such as:

  • AVI
  • WMV
  • ASF
  • MPG
  • MOV
  • MP4
  • FLV
  • SWF

Prism supports everything from HD to high compression for smaller files. You can even configure encoder options for your video as resize, crop, change framerate, color change, text caption and rotation.

 

Additionally, it fetches and converts files directly from DVDs and multimedia devices.

 

To try the Free trial version for 14 days click here.

Principles of Microvideo

December 5, 2014

Microvideo is a model of media creation for blended and online courses that gives the power to the subject matter expert or instructor. You don’t need a big studio or expensive cameras – all you need is a webcam and a topic.

Examples of Microvideos include:

  • using a document camera to capture solving a math problem on paper
  • using a webcam to record a welcome message for a unit of content
  • using a document camera to show the manipulation of small objects like thermostats, tools, etc.
  • capturing your computer screen with a program like Camtasia to show how to interact with software
  • building engaging interactions with off the shelf software
  • and many many more!

Read More →

Ladibug Document Camera

December 5, 2014

The TLTC frequently assesses new software. We post parts of our internal reviews on our blog, but we do not necessarily endorse the technologies presented here. Please use this post for information only.

Brighter Teaching

 

The Lumens™ Ladibug™ is a multimedia document camera that delivers clear images and crisp text. One-touch audio/video recording and playback do not require a computer.

More information on the Ladibug can be found here: http://www.myladibug.com

Document cameras are a valuable tool for creating Microvideo. They can be used to capture video or photos from above, which allows you to do things like:

  1. show math equation or scientific equation examples
  2. record you showing work on paper
  3. demonstrate the details or manipulation of small objects (like thermostats, electrical circuits, machine parts, tools, etc).
  4. create closeups for detailed looks at objects
  5. replace overhead projectors

The TLTC has Ladibugs and other document cameras available to help you create your own.

Rapid e-Learning: Building a House Without an Architect

Click here for a link to a blog about rapid e-learning

Jing Screenshot Capture

December 5, 2014

The TLTC frequently assesses new software. We post parts of our internal reviews on our blog, but we do not necessarily endorse the technologies presented here. Please use this post for information only.

This one is perfect for screen captures. Jing gives you option to choose the exact place on your desktop, mark it and capture what you need.

You can download Jing Screenshots Capture here: www.techsmith.com/jing

iSpring Presenter

December 5, 2014

The TLTC frequently assesses new software. We post parts of our internal reviews on our blog, but we do not necessarily endorse the technologies presented here. Please use this post for information only.

E-Learning Authoring Made Easy™

iSpring Presenter works as a PowerPoint add-in. It transforms your PowerPoint into a high-end e-Learning authoring tool for creating engaging and interactive Flash-based e-Learning courses that can be viewed on virtually any computer or platform.

  • Fine tune and optimize the appearance and playback of your presentations
  • Distribute courses in the popular Flash format
  • Upload learning materials to SCORM/AICC compliant LMSs, FTP sites and web servers right from PowerPoint.

More information: http://www.ispringsolutions.com/products/ispring_presenter.html

i>Clicker

December 5, 2014

Spark classroom discussion and enhance evaluation with the i>Clicker response system

 

Clickers are a form of audience response system. They allow you to combine wireless response hardware with your regular presentation software (like PowerPoint presentations) to pose questions to your audience and display their answers. Typically these questions and answers are in multiple choice format.

There are dozens of these clicker systems out there, and are generally not interoperable. The TLTC was asked to recommend a system that the college could trust and which the TLTC would support through training.  The ability to work in some way with LEARN, the College’s Learning Management System, was part of the mix. The TLTC selected iClicker as an easy to use and flexible system.

Red River College’s bookstore handles iClicker purchases they same way they do textbooks.

 

Click here for information on using iClicker with LEARN (Desire2Learn)

http://www.iclicker.com/

Elmo Document Camera

December 5, 2014

The TLTC frequently assesses new software. We post parts of our internal reviews on our blog, but we do not necessarily endorse the technologies presented here. Please use this post for information only.

Elmo is a multimedia document camera that can spin around and get any angle you’re trying to achieve. It’s designed for educators looking to incorporate 21st century classroom technology to create dynamic lessons that enhance learning, interaction, creativity and academic performance of students.

 

elmo-pic

 

This document camera is a valuable addition to your class in demonstrating documents or enlarging small objects by powerful zooming, and performing other functions like:

Elmo document camera has connection options to projector, PC and TV. You can take images or record your presentation on a computer that later can be used to create high-impact teaching materials. Also, this document camera can be used for creating Microvideo.

More information on the Elmo Document Camera other options can be found here: http://www.elmousa.com/

The TLTC has Elmo Document Camera and other document cameras (Ladibug) available to help you create your own Microvideo.

If you are interested to learn more about Tools for Making Microvideo click here.

Debut Video Capture

December 5, 2014

The TLTC frequently assesses new software. We post parts of our internal reviews on our blog, but we do not necessarily endorse the technologies presented here. Please use this post for information only.

 

 

Use this software when you need to record Talking Head Microvideo or to capture computer’s screen. For Talking Head Microvideo, download Debut, add a web camera to your computer and record.

Debut records good quality image and can produce different export formats – we recommend saving your files as MP4 because this format works with LEARN website best.

You can download Debut here: http://www.nchsoftware.com/capture/