2013 Horizon Report

Emerging technology forecast

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Each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years.

HR2013.pdf (application/pdf Object).

The areas of emerging technology cited for 2013 are:

Time to adoption: One Year or Less

  • Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCS)
  • Tablet Computing

Time to adoption: Two to Three Years

  • Games and Gamification
  • Learning Analytics

Time to adoption: Four to Five Years

  • 3D Printing
  • Wearable Technology
The areas of emerging technology cited for 2012 were:Time to adoption: One Year or Less
  • Mobile Apps
  • Tablet Computing

Time to adoption: Two to Three Years

Time to adoption: Four to Five Years

  • Gesture-based Computing
  • Internet of Things


The areas of emerging technology cited for 2011 were:
Time to adoption: One Year or Less
  • Electronic Books
  • Mobiles

Time to adoption: Two to…

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“Liberate 250K”- OERs save students money

A Wikiversity Logo for Open Educational Resour... A Wikiversity Logo for Open Educational Resources. It was first used for the German OER-project (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Textbooks can be very expensive.  Tacoma Community College is using Open Educational Resources(OERs) to allay some this cost.  They are already saving students thousands of dollars. Their goal is $250,000 in savings for students by Academic Year 2014.  In first two quarters, they have saved student $128.000.Using OERs faculty at Tacoma Community College are discovering replacements for their textbooks.  oer project – home.

Watch this video of the faculty who are making a difference in their students’ lives. Spoiler Alert! There is a bonus for the faculty, too.Faculty on OER in Teaching

The article outlines the courses and savings this pilot has netted: ‘Liberate 250K’ – Tacoma Community College’s OER Project

Information on OER
OER Finding Aids

If you are interested in incorporating OERs in your classes and you would like some assistance, please contact me.

I wonder what is the effect on learning?

Blackboard Innovation Conference 2012 at HWC November 9, 2012

On Friday November 9th I attended the Blackboard Innovation Conference 2012 at HWC.
It was nice wrap up to the week’s Bb Listening Tour campus visits.
The conference started with “Why use Digital Tools in Teaching and Learning” with David Gibson from Bb. A preview of the upcoming upgrade to service pack 9 and multiple session choices presented by experts from across CCC and Bb.  During the conference, it was tweeted, “Getting some good tips of things that I can incorporate into my classes. I just need to make the time to do them. #castBbfa12’
Ephrem and the Cast crew did a fantastic job hosting this event.

David Gibson from Bb mentioned three resources that might be useful to you:  Bb video tutorials- http://ondemand.blackboard.com/ , faculty best practices using Bb- http://go.blackboard.com/faculty, and Bb feedback- http://www.blackboard.com/Contact-Us/Feedback/Overview.aspx.
Remember Coursesites is available to test the newer versions, Respondus and Collaborate-

Mark your calendar for 2013’s TiE Day at HWC April 12, 2013.


To use Bb, or not to use Bb

In her blog post ‘Google Apps for Education: When Will It Replace the LMS?’Posted on April 26, 2012, Audrey Watters enthusiastically rings the death knell for Blackboard.  She points to CSU’s lackluster use of Blackboard(Bb) as an example of extreme wastefulness.  Most the Bb tools used have free or open source software counterparts. While Bb tools could be replaced, more creativity, effort, motivation and desire must accompany the use of tools not out of the box.

If an LMS like Bb wasn’t available and supported, would there be an online element in as many classes? As plodding as it sounds having most everyone on the same page is easier. Support can be done by many people throughout the college. As it is we send students here and there to get answers . can you imagine the run-around and the new blame game? Training can be more comprehensive.  We do not do a bang up job with one option for online issues as it is. Do you really think we can do train and support disparate solutions as well as we ought?

Having a common challenge is uniting. Bb offers common challenges. Your office neighbor can offer solutions and commiserate with you.

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Flipped Teaching = traditional classroom based teaching and “homework” time are reversed.  Lectures, readings and videos can be delivered prior to class. The students can discuss and do activities based upon what you learned.

Isn’t this an old concept with new delivery methods? Read before class and we will discuss is now view or listen to the class lecture and then we will discuss.

Good in theory, but does it work in reality?  A general rule of thumb for college classes is that you should expect to study about 2 to 3 hours per week outside class for each unit of credit. Do students really devote themselves to homework for these prescribed hours?  Or does everyone think that is a good rule for somebody else?  We are all special just like everyone else? I was probably one of the worst offenders devoting myself to ‘homework’ time when it was convenient…

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I love Ted Talks. These funny, inspirational, thought-provoking talks are often my go-to source for refocusing myself.  I use these light, informational videos to inspire, educate and enlighten.

Ted Ed ties these and other videos to online interactions.  With Ted Ed’s suite of tools: videos, quizzes. and conversational prompts, these learning modules exist premade, customizable or blank for you to mold it to suit your own needs or style.



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Jing is powerful little desktop application that copies and pastes parts of screen into image or video. I use it to provide swift, specific support.

It is often said  ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’  Using Jing, I can use less text if I use pictures.  Pictures can offer reassurance that everyone is looking at the same thing.  It is easier to help remotely if we are at the same place.

Jing is the Chinese word for ‘essence.’ Being allowed to capture a portion of the screens and the five minute video limitation, it captures the essence of the solution provided.   Instead of showing a generic video that offers some support and a lot of extraneous information, Jing allows me to capture portions of the screen for quick, explicit directions.  The Jing sunburst sits on desktop ready to use with the click of my mouse.

Try Jing! http://www.techsmith.com/download/jing/

by keningilbert on May 14, 2010

Twitter for Development

Hearing about Twitter for the first time less than six years ago, I thought, ”How dumb.  140-characters to text something pithy like-Had a latte at Starbucks-How pretentious and who cares?”  But now I’m a Twitter lurker.  It is one of my go-to-tools for professional development. I use Twitter to follow leaders in Instructional Technology/Support and Blended Librarianship, for general academic news, and for the occasional inspirational quote. It provides a snapshot for ideas and topics that the academic community is actively discussing. It is yet another way to keep current.

By shortening urls and adding images, you can circumvent the character restrictions.  A teaser message is tweeted and you can choose to investigate further by following the link and #hashtags.  This teaser message is effective for me.  Being able to quickly switch focus at a moment’s notice coupled with my short attention span make Twitter an ideal tool. My mother-in-law describes this phenomenon as behaving like ‘a fart in a lantern.’ I believe she may mean ‘a firefly in a lantern.’  Regardless often I feel as though I am caught in the lantern.  I find myself flitting around and losing myself in the ripples of information, culling it, repackaging, and sending to hopefully interested parties.

Twitter is like a treasure hunt for information. Finding the right guides to follow is key to finding treasures quickly. I have chosen to follow people who are prominent and prolific tweeters and then add the people they follow.

I don’t use a twitter manager like TweetDeck or HootSuite. I don’t use my phone to text my twitters. I go directly to http://Twitter.com on a computer.

There some exciting uses of Twitter in your classrooms like running commentaries for in class movies, field trip tweets, real time reactions, etc.  Look at http://storify.com to collect feeds into a cohesive group.

Try Twitter!

25 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom, By Degree Of Difficulty
Edudemic (28 March 2012)by Jeff Dunn
20 Terrific Twitter Tips
Laptop (28 January 2011)by Anna Attkisson
Twitter Theory and the Public Scholar |
Scholarship | HYBRID PEDAGOGY (22 March 2012) by Pete Rorabaugh
6 Reasons Twitter is Becoming My New E-mail – Forbes
By Steve Cooper (10 April 2012)

My not-so earth shattering  lurker Twitter account is @mo_boland