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Monday, February 28, 2005

Audioblogger recording about blogs in English class

Here is an interview with Scott Warnock, one or our English faculty at Drexel.
Scott talks about how he has used public blogs in his classes.

This was also a test of Audioblogger using 3-way calling. I'll have to get a better phone next time but Scott came out pretty well, I think. Audioblogger cuts off after 5 minutes but there is an option to continue recording a new entry immediately. Not bad considering that it is a free service, including the mp3 storage. The alternative would be to use Skype. But from the reports I have seen so far there does not seem to be a turn-key solution with that technology.

this is an audio post - click to play

Thursday, February 17, 2005

interview with student about e-learning

During the past few days I have been talking with a few students who are taking the fully online option of my class, Organic Chemistry II. Those of us who are interested in augmenting the educational process with technology need to understand how the technology is being used. This class has archived lectures (avi's), some lecture modules (sections of the lectures by topic), podcasts of the lecture audio (mp3's), online quizzes, tests and exam. Some students like to keep up with the lectures while others spend one day a week listening to consecutive lectures. Most of the students I interviewed took notes while they watched the recorded lectures (in the same way they would in class) and made good use of re-listening to a part of the lecture they didn't understand the first time. The voluntary quizzes tended to be used right before a test to prepare for it. The availability of an asynchronous online class was most appreciated by commuters and those students with scheduling conflicts.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Opportunities for E-Learning in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University

My presentation on Jan 19 to CoAS faculty at Drexel is now available for download as an mp3 or to view streaming. I discuss a low risk strategy to migrate a class to an online environment. Screen capture, podcasting and the use of quizzes is discussed.

Streaming Video Version (rm) You will need Real Player to view

Audio Version (mp3)


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