Archive for the ‘Teaching Technologies’ Category
Monday, May 5th, 2014
I recently had to complete some online training. I put it off as long as I could and now it had to be done. There were 4 modules and a test after each. Things were moving along pretty well; I was making progress. Then, I started module 3. OMG! Noooo! It was all text. Not a picture in sight. Not a “try this” button to click on. I groaned. Yes, out loud. I advanced to the next slide. I groaned again. I felt like a kid in grade school who didn’t want to do their homework. Mom, do I have to?
So, what gives? Why was I able to make my way through the first two modules without too much whining, only to feel like I had hit a brick wall when I got to #3? I’ll tell you why…no interactivity. The first 2 modules asked me questions and gave me the opportunity to test myself as I went along. I was also presented with some matching and I had to move some items around the screen to answer questions. All of which held my interest and kept me engaged. Module 3 on the other hand was long, text heavy, hard to pay attention to and easy to become distracted from.
While it may not always possible to create interactive training modules, I have been to the other side and back and am here to say: please try. Here are some tools that can help:
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
When designing a class, it’s important to have learning objectives that indicate to the student what they will be expected to learn and how you will assess their achievement. Bloom’s taxonomy is one of the most commonly used methods for writing clear learning objectives and the NTC often refers to it when writing objectives for our own classes.
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School has designed an interactive online tool based on the updated version of Bloom’s taxonomy to help you choose outcome verbs and match instructional to assessment questions for each level of the pyramid.
Take a minute to explore Bloom’s Taxonomy in Action, and I think you’ll find it useful the next time you are preparing a class.
Bloom’s Taxonomy in Action
And many thanks to a student in one of our classes for alerting us to this great tool!
Monday, November 25th, 2013
In October, the Pew Internet & American Life Project posted a new report on the use of online video. You can read the full report here or, conveniently, you can watch an online video summary on the rise of online video:
Here are a few highlights:
- 78% of American adult internet users watch or download online videos
- The most widely viewed video types are comedy, education, and how-to videos
- The percent of American adult internet users who upload or post videos online has doubled in the past 4 years from 14% in 2009 to 31% today
Do you use videos in teaching and training, or are you planning to? Many users expect to find answers precisely when they need them, and videos can be a good way to address these just-in-time needs. Knowing that education and how-to videos are among the top three types of videos viewed, your efforts to create videos will likely be appreciated by your users. You could use videos to address frequently asked questions, take virtual visitors a tour of the library, or provide tutorials on how to accomplish common tasks.
A few tips to consider in making videos:
- Keep it short
- Make them shareable and post them on your social media channels
- Be sure they are easy to find
- Ensure that they work on mobile devices
- Make them accessible
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Recently the NTC has been trying out a new tool for creating tutorials, called Guide on the Side.
Guide on the Side was developed at the University of Arizona, and it received the ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award and an award from the American Library Association for cutting-edge technology. Guide on the Side is free tool that allows you to create tutorials with an interactive instruction panel on the left side and a live website on the right side. In the instruction panel you can give directions for interacting with the website, embed quiz questions, and link to additional resources. The content can be divided into chapters to make it easy to return to a particular point in the tutorial. The two panel tutorial makes it easy try out what you’re learning right away and avoids the inconvenience of flipping between instructions and a website. Creating the tutorials is simple — it uses a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor.
Those who have tested the NTC Guide on the Side tutorials have indicated that it’s a fun and easy way to learn about a database.
You can view a sample tutorial from the University of Arizona Libraries, or the ChemIDplus tutorial from the NTC.
For more information on how to install Guide on the Side or the technical requirements, visit the Guide on the Side site.
Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Are you looking for some fresh alternatives to PowerPoint and Keynote? A recent post in the Free Technology for Teachers blog lists alternative programs with different features, some of which may be new to you: Empressr, SlideRocket, Prezi (which now allows you to embed audio in the presentation), Google Slides, and Haiku Deck (for iPads).
Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
How can we adapt training for the “gaming generation”? Becky Pike discusses a few ideas for incorporating games into training, whether in-person or online, high tech or low tech. Ideas include a matching game, simulations, quizzes with “points” awarded, or having students blog questions and answers. If the games are tied directly to the content being presented, even those not part of the “gaming generation” may find game activities fun and rewarding.
Thursday, April 25th, 2013
What does it mean to be a “networked student” in today’s learning environment? How can students use technology to connect with others? Watch this fun video (5 minutes 10 seconds) to follow along with a student as he builds his knowledge base through tools like Google Scholar, social bookmarking, blog posts, RSS readers, podcasts, and video conferencing with experts around the world. Along the way he must evaluate the information he finds and then share his “virtual textbook” with others.
(Thanks to Jessi Van Der Volgen for pointing out this video).
Monday, September 24th, 2012
Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) trainers as they share “aha moments,” tips, techniques and research-based recommendations from three recent professional development conferences. We will discuss:
- Presentation skills, including better PowerPoint design
- Tips for creating participant-centered training activities
- Distance learning recommendations
Date: November 7, 2012
Time: 3 – 4 pm ET
Place: Adobe Connect; web address will be sent to registrants
Register here: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/schedule.html#class501
Monday, September 10th, 2012
Join us for an online class taught from October 8 – November 9, 2012: “Teaching with Technology: Tips, Techniques and Tools”!
In this class, you will learn about using technology tools for teaching distance learning courses. We will discuss options and best practices for asynchronous and synchronous distance classes, as well as “blended” classes that offer both in-person and online options. Adult learning principles will be reviewed. We will examine and discuss examples of software and website tools in teaching.
The class is taught “asynchronously” using the Moodle course management system, so you can complete the classwork at a time convenient for you. Allow approximately 2 hours per week for independent classwork. There are 4 weeks of assignments, readings, and discussions, with the 5th week saved for a “catch-up” week. Upon completion of the class you will receive 8 MLA CE credits.
The class is free and open to residents of the U.S. Class enrollment is limited, so we do ask that you check your schedule to be sure you have time to complete the class.
To register: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/schedule.html