Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Intro: New online environment for social & collaborative learning/teaching worldwide CourseNetworking

CN (CourseNetworking; is a very new (still "beta") online environment that emphasizes and supports social and collaborative learning and teaching - worldwide.  CN has begun to enable teachers AND LEARNERS to use online tools and resources that support teaching and learning.  CN facilitates continuing interaction among diverse participants - participants who may live in different parts of the world, be different ages, be prepared for different levels of responsibility for teaching and learning: for sharing information, for guiding the learning of others, and for managing their own learning. TheCN activities often begin around course-like initiatives.
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Call for Proposals for Lilly Conf on College & Univ Teaching Sept 20-23 2012 Traverse City, MI

What could they be doing in there?
Proposals due June 3 - but if you need an extension contact Todd Zakrajsek 

Copy of reminder email with more info:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

LTA Snipping Tool - [Windows Vista, 7, free, easy screen shot] #TLTGltas see:

LTA=Low-Threshold Applications/Activities.  See
"Snipping Tool captures a screen shot of anything on your desktop, like a picture or a section of webpage. Snip a whole window, a rectangular section of the screen, or draw a freehand outline with your mouse or tablet pen (or your finger, if you're using a PC with a touchscreen). Then you can annotate, save, or e-mail the image using buttons right in the Snipping Tool window."  

Avail for Windows Operating Systems Vista & 7, not for XP or earlier.
The image at the right was captured using "Snipping Tool" from browser view of Web page  I then used the annotation tool to add the subheading.  The quality of the handwriting reflects my clumsiness with my right-handed mouse (I'm left-handed).
This is the easiest to use, simplest screen capture tool I've found to date.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

“Creative Commons, Copyright, Open Education” Interview with Cable Green: Slides, Chat Transcript #TLTGFrLv 2012524

"Creative Commons, Copyright, Open Education..." Interview with Cable Green
Please find below: Text chat transcript (including many links shared by FridayLive! participants) and links to other resources (slides, archives)

Cable Green, Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons

Digital Archive
Full recording of this online session, which includes audio, slides, and text chat. If you registered in advance for this FridayLive! session you will automatically receive a copy of the link to the archive at the same email address you used to register. if you are a member of the TLT group you can always use this link to access the full collection of available archived sessions.
Slides for this session available published separately

Text Chat Transcript...

Friday, May 18, 2012

EDUCOM Code - 1987 - still useful! "Software and Intellectual Rights "Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise. ..."


"Software and Intellectual Rights

"Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise. This principle applies to works of all authors and publishers in all media. It encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgment, right to privacy, and right to determine the form, manner, and terms of publication and distribution.

"Because electronic information is volatile and easily reproduced, respect for the work and personal expression of others is especially critical in computer environments. Violations of authorial integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, and trade secret and copyright violations, may be grounds for sanctions against members of the academic community."

- In the late 1980s I had the privilege of leading a lively working group of more than 100, including a variety of faculty members, librarians, lawyers, and other academic professionals and representatives from the emerging computing and software publishing industries - as part of ESI [EDUCOM Software Initiative] and EUIT [Educational Uses of Information Technology]. We developed and published hundreds of thousands of copies of the "Using Software" brochure which included what became "The EDUCOM Code." The full text of the brochure is available today [May 18, 2012] from Educause at:

The brochure included permission to republish so long as appropriate attribution was included etc. Very similar to Creative Commons licenses 2.0 and 3.0.

My thanks to all who participated, especially to Brian Kahin, who generously and thoughtfully contributed many of the ideas and much of the best wording.


Sent from my iPhone


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Polls for TLTGroup's FridayLive! 5/11 2pm ET FREE "Ethical E-Research” Using Online Interviews #TLTGFrLv

'Truth and Wisdom assist History in writing.'
"Ethical E-Research” Using online interviews in undergrad course projects, thesis/dissertation research, etc.
 2 Poll Questions [below] and related resources from presenter Janet Salmons
Are you interested in e-research (interviews via Internet) because you are PRIMARILY a/an:

  • undergraduate faculty member
  • graduate faculty member
  • librarian
  • instructional designer
  • graduate student
  • faculty development professional
  • tech support
  • academic administrator
  • other

Have you used or supported any of the following as ONLINE activities in a course?

  • Collaborative or team learning
  • Service-learning
  • Library research
  • Research in social media communities
  • International communication initiated by students

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Diagram of Anton Tolman's Model of Student Resistance (to "active" "learner-centered" teaching) #TLTGFrLv 5/4/2012

Image provided by Anton Tolman, May 2, 2012

Taxonomy, Tags, or Full-Text-Search? Rubin's "Going paperless: tips for...your digital file cabinet [via Evernote]"

Going even somewhat paperless?  In this ever-more-Googlish world, when is it worthwhile to create and use a taxonomy (hierarchical filing system) and/or tags ("flat" non-hierarchical metadata keywords) instead of relying on full text search?

Jamie Todd Rubin provides an excellent explanation of why and how he developed his own effective hybrid system  (both hierarchical AND search-based) within Evernote as part of his effort to "go paperless".  Thanks again to Ilene Frank for tweeting/posting this excellent description of one person's effective use of Evernote's tags, full text search, and nesting of "notes" inside "notebooks" inside "stacks":  

"@chericson: Going paperless: tips for organizing your digital file cabinet"

Disclosure:  I've become an Evernote user and fan - at first gradually

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Tolman's Metacognitive Instruments re “Overcoming Student Resistance” to learner-centered methods #TLTGFrLv May 4, 2012

Anton Tolman's Metacognitive Instruments based on Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM) Oct-Dec 2011. Following excerpts are from "Read First: Explanation of Metacognitive Instruments for Helping Students Become More Effective Learners" Anton Tolman, Utah Valley University

"Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM) as described by Prochaska and DiClemente.  This model describes three inter-related concepts:  Readiness to Change (the degree to which the person is ready to adopt new behaviors and to make genuine changes in his/her life), Self-Efficacy (the set of beliefs of the person about their ability or capacity to make a change) and Decisional Balance (the person’s own assessment of the benefits and costs of making a change -- whether they feel inclined to approach or avoid the change).  All three of these constructs are useful in understanding student behavior and motivation in classes and their reactions to active learning assignments and courses. "

..."Instruments and Procedures in this Collection:

"The way I use these instruments in my classes is generally as follows: