Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Superhero Window Washers at children's hospitals! Generous, charming deeds - great story, photos, video!

"Comic book heroes lift spirits, fight grime at Children’s Hospital"
"..window-washer Rick Boloinger dressed as Spider-Man ...and a crew of costumed washers from Allegheny Window Cleaning Inc. descended [REALLY DESCENDED!] upon Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville." Article + nice photos with captions  & photoblog

 James Knox, Tribune-Review & Adam Smeltz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Staff Reporter Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:01 a.m. Updated: Friday, October 26, 2012
Video:  http://bcove.me/urqzna1a

 
Also, ABC News story  "Window Washers Give Children's Hospital Patients a Superhero's Surprise" Katie Kindelan Oct 24, 2012, 2:25 PM

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

TGIF -- FridayLive: Seven Futures of American Education


Read below for TGIF with links, or you can view TGIF on the Web...Click here




Fuorth issue, Volume Six

TLT Group TGIF 1.29.2013           
From TLT Group World Headquarters
  • Up-coming Member Exchange Events:
    • Using LinkedIn for Silver Cloudian Consulting 1/30
    • VoiceThread: Social Media/Networking Tools/Resources 2/6
    • Online Exploration Smart MOOCs Higher Education Research Subgroup (sMOOChers) Starts

    Check out the TLT website for all 2013 events including FridayLive!  Free to all.

    Become a TLT member. Click here to find out how
     
More from the TLT-SWG Blog:
Member Exchange Events

Members Exchange
Using LinkedIn for Silver Cloudian Consulting
(This session is free to TLT Group Members $75.00  to others)
January 30, 2013 2:00pm EDT
Leaders: Steve Gilbert, Charles Ansorge, Michael Dabney, Dale Parker, and others

LinkedIn: Michael Dabney and Charles Ansorge will share what they have learned about how LinkedIn may be helpful for collaborative consulting efforts.

Diigo: Dale Parker will demonstrate this online tool, Diigo, might support the work of Silver Cloudians

IDEA: Steve Gilbert will report on work of IDEA and the emerging connection for Silver Cloudians

Brainstorm: future topics.
Plan: February 13th event

Members Exchange
Voice Thread Social Media/Networking Tools/Resources  
This session is free for TLT Group Members Fee for others Register here.
February 6, 2013 2:00 PM ET

Join Penny Kuckkahn, Instructional Designer, Nicolet College as she teaches our designated learner, Robert Voelker-Morris: Faculty Technology Consultant, Univ. of Oregon.  Your pre-work involves setting up a VoiceThread account, bringing along an image, and taking a look at this link to give you some background information.

FridayLive!
Seven Futures of American Education:  Improving Teaching and Learning in a Screen Captured World
February 1, 2013  2:00-3:00 pm ET - free to all.  Register in advance

Steve Gilbert interviews John Sener who offers the perspectives of author and parent; of observation, theory, and immersion.  Sener is the author of this thoughtful book about the influence of technology on the future of higher education AND  the parent of a son who is now half-way through his freshman year of college.
Excerpts from book description:
"... digital technologies....are...redefining knowledge, redistributing access, and renegotiating authority -- while education's growing importance is changing expectations about its performance. This combination offers a spectacular opportunity to improve education....by various scenarios -- Free Market Rules, Free Learning Rules, Standards Rule, Cyberdystopia, Steady As She Goes -- whose influences would be disastrous in the extreme but can be beneficial in moderation. ...Online learning ...can also lead the way ...Strategies for re-empowering learning and teaching, such as learning-centered engagement, learner-generated content, and sensible assessment can enhance the value of the interpersonal interactions which are at the heart of learning and teaching."

Up-coming  FridayLive! schedule:

February  8  TBD
February 15 Live from Lilly Greensboro
February 22 Thinking About Violence in our Learning Spaces – Preparation Matters (Steve Bell)
March 1 John Sener returns

       
      MOOCs Round Two Week One Begins

      sMOOChers  Smart MOOCs Higher Education Research Subgroup Online Exploration

      January 25, 2013 through March 1, 2013
      PLUS FridayLive! report on March 8, 2013. 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern

      This series of meetings is free to TLT Group Individual Members.$100 for non members.  [Although you are welcome to become an Individual Member for $75 and attend for free.  Check your institution's status here if you have your membership through an institutional subscription.]  Register here.

      Our second cohort will participate in a Coursera course:
      E-learning and Digital Cultures      and meet together to discuss the course content as well as the process
      Almost weekly online synchronous sessions in the TLT Group's Adobe Connect classroom - Fridays, January 25, February 8 and 22, and March 1, 2013. 1-1:30 PM ET.

      E-learning and Digital Cultures
      Jeremy Knox, Sian Bayne, Hamish Macleod, Jen Ross, Christine Sinclair U Edinburgh
      This course will explore how digital cultures and learning cultures connect, and what this means for e-learning theory and practice. Follow this course at #edcmooc.
      https://www.coursera.org/course/edc

      Register both for the MOOC and for this TLT Group cohort
        
      Encourage. Enable. Engage.

      Saturday, January 26, 2013

      Learning JING using the Designated Learner Approach

      This link will take you to a summary from the TLT 1/23/13 Member Exchange.  In the post, and below is a photo I enhanced using JING.  This was one thing I did to reinforce the lessons Irene Knokh shared during the session. I hope you will respond to this post and share some of the next steps you have been taking so we can continue to learn together.

      Speaking of learning together, our next Member Exchange is February 6th, 2:00pm ET.  Penny Kuckkahn will teach us about Voice Thread. This link will take you to the registration page. On March 6th Irene will be back to teach us more about JING.

      Looking forward to hearing from you.   Beth


      Friday, January 25, 2013

      Revamp the Sacred Credit-Hour? Caveat - Need to Clothe the Emperor?

      "Carnegie [Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching], the Founder of the Credit-Hour, Seeks Its Makeover" - The Chronicle of Higher Education December 5, 2012 By Dan Berrett Excerpts:

      "The credit hour... creator is asking whether it deserves to remain on its throne.
      ...Instituted..in 1906, the unit is traditionally defined as one hour of faculty-student contact per week and two hours of outside work over a 15-week semester. Though it was initially invented chiefly to determine faculty members' eligibility to receive a pension, the credit hour has assumed an importance it was never meant to have....A likely alternative is to base a standardized unit on some measure of competency instead of time spent in class, as has been popularized by such institutions as Western Governors University. But ...no single, competency-based metric is likely to replace time as the standard unit of measure.
      ... Other forces drove Carnegie's decision to reconsider the credit hour, ..including technology, which allows students to learn at their own pace; improved measurement methods; and new insights into how students learn. "
      http://chronicle.com/article/Carnegie-the-Founder-of-the/136137/



      MAGE selected and cropped by Steve Gilbert 20120504
      Photo of "Cliff jumping in Busan, South Korea circa 1993. Date 17 May 2005 Source http://flickr.com/photos/bzo/14417381/ Author by bzo
      ...This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license."
      https://sites.google.com/a/tltgroup.org/fise/home/dangerous-discussions-questions-queries/fq-for-fi/fqanswers/1024px-Korea-Busan-Cliff-Bunji.jump-01Croppedswg20120504.jpg?attredirects=0
      http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AKorea-Busan-Cliff-Bunji.jump-01.jpg
      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ea/Korea-Busan-Cliff-Bunji.jump-01.jpg
      By by bzo (http://flickr.com/photos/bzo/14417381/) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons



      MAGE  selected by  Steve Gilbert 20120606
      Drawing or etching for the story "Emperor's New Clothes" "Pour la source voir : fr:Discuter:Contes_d%27Andersen Vignette de fr:Les Habits Neufs du Grand-Duc par Bertall repr├ęsentant le Grand Duc et son nouvel habit..." 4 April 2006 (original upload date) Author Bertall (1820 - 1882); Original uploader was Sapcal22 at fr.wikisource
      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4f/Bertall_ill_Les_Habits_Neufs_du_Grand_Duc_duc.png/500px-Bertall_ill_Les_Habits_Neufs_du_Grand_Duc_duc.png
      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4f/Bertall_ill_Les_Habits_Neufs_du_Grand_Duc_duc.png
      Permission
      By Bertall (1820 - 1882);Sapcal22 at fr.wikisource (Transferred from fr.wikisource) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons This image is in the public domain.
      This is a faithful photographic reproduction of an original two-dimensional work of art. The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason:
      This image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.
      Bertall ill Les Habits Neufs du Grand Duc duc.png

      Wednesday, January 23, 2013

      TGIF -- Member Exchange Events: Join Us


      Read below for TGIF with links, or you can view TGIF on the Web...Click here




      Third issue, Volume Six

      TLT Group TGIF 1.22.2013           
      From TLT Group World Headquarters
      • Member Exchange Events:
        • Silver Cloudians: Exploring Consulting Avenues for Silver Cloudian Consulting 1/30
        • JING: Social Media/Networking Tools/Resources 1/23
        • Online Exploration Smart MOOCs Higher Education Research Subgroup (sMOOChers) Starts 1/25
        • Voice Thread: Social Media/Networking Tools/Resources 2/13

        Check out the TLT website for all 2013 events including FridayLive!  Free to all.

        Become a TLT member. Click here to find out how
         
      More from the TLT-SWG Blog:
      Member Exchange Events JING: Social Media/Networking Tools/Resources from TLT Group Plus Designated Learner Experimentation  
      This session is free for TLT Group Members Fee for others Register here.
      January 23, 2013  2:00 PM ET
      February 13, 2013 2:00 PM ET (Voice Thread)

      During our Member's Exchange - Designated Learner session tomorrow, Irene Knokh will teach us how to use JING. Please review this handout information.  Bring it with you to our session.

      Preparation work:
      For this workshop, we will assume that you have the following "in hand" by class time:
      Screencast account
      ·         Go to screencast.com
      ·         Set up a free account (2GB)
      Go to techsmith.com
          Jing downloaded to your PC desktop
             Download Jing for PC: http://www.techsmith.com/download/jing/default.asp

      More about Irene Knokh, M.A., M.Ed
      Instructional Design  Consultant  (Instructional Learning Senior)
      Professional Development and Education (PDE)
      University of Michigan Health System
      MERLOT Information Technology Section Editor

      _________________________
      Silver Cloud Workshop
      Exploring Consulting Avenues for Silver Cloudian Consulting
      (This session is free to TLT Group Members $75.00  to others)
      January 30, 2013 2:00pm EDT
      Leaders: Steve Gilbert, Charles Ansorge, Michael Dabney, Dale Parker, and others
      LinkedIn: Michael Dabney and Charles Ansorge will share what they have learned about how LinkedIn may be helpful for collaborative consulting efforts.

      Diigo: Dale Parker will demonstrate this online tool, Diigo, might support the work of Silver Cloudians

      IDEA: Steve Gilbert will report on work of IDEA and the emerging connection for Silver Cloudians

      Brainstorm: future topics.
      Plan: February 13th event

      Dealing with Disruptive Students Online:  Setting the Tone
      January 25, 2013  2:00-3:00 pm ET - free to all.  Register in advance
      Presenters: Michael Dabney, Mary Chin, Steve Gilbert and others

      We all know that in face to face classrooms, disruptive students can be difficult and that there are skillful ways to manage them.  Is the same thing true in online classrooms?  Do the same techniques work online as in face to face?  Can our experience and wisdom translate?

      This session will be a Forum - a guided shared/mutual exploration of Disruptive Student Behavior in online courses - sharing examples from our own experience, making them up, raising questions together.

      We already have one major recommendation:  It's important to clarify students' expected specific civil behaviors of fellow students and of teacher via discussion [synch or asynch]  - including instructor's own strong restrictions, include (emphasize) positive behaviors similar to "giving [almost] 100%"

      Up-coming  FridayLive! schedule:
      February 1 The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World

           
          MOOCs Round Two

          sMOOChers  Smart MOOCs Higher Education Research Subgroup Online Exploration

          January 25, 2013 through March 1, 2013
          PLUS FridayLive! report on March 8, 2013. 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern

          This series of meetings is free to TLT Group Individual Members.$100 for non members.  [Although you are welcome to become an Individual Member for $75 and attend for free.  Check your institution's status here if you have your membership through an institutional subscription.]  Register here.

          Our second cohort will participate in a Coursera course:
          E-learning and Digital Cultures      and meet together to discuss the course content as well as the process
          Almost weekly online synchronous sessions in the TLT Group's Adobe Connect classroom - Fridays, January 25, February 8 and 22, and March 1, 2013. 1-1:30 PM ET.

          E-learning and Digital Cultures
          Jeremy Knox, Sian Bayne, Hamish Macleod, Jen Ross, Christine Sinclair U Edinburgh
          This course will explore how digital cultures and learning cultures connect, and what this means for e-learning theory and practice. Follow this course at #edcmooc.
          https://www.coursera.org/course/edc

          Register both for the MOOC and for this TLT Group cohort
            
          Encourage. Enable. Engage.

          Saturday, January 19, 2013

          Members Only Exchange - Social Media/Networking Tools/Resources from TLT Group Plus Designated Learner Experimentation, January 23, 2013




          This week's Members Only Exchange is Social Media/Networking Tools/Resources from TLT Group Plus Designated Learner Experimentation on January 23, 2013 2:00pm ET


          Leaders: Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey, Irene Knokh and others

          We keep learning about new tools and resources from our members.  In this session one of our members, Irene Knokh, will teach us how to use JING in a PC environment using our evolving "Designated Learner" instructional strategy.  No previous experience is needed.  This link will take you to the lessons we learned from our last session.  

          We are looking for someone to assume the designated learner role for this session. Contact Beth Dailey of if you are interested (dailey@tltgroup.org) Here are the qualifications:
          • little to no experience with JING,
          • headset and microphone
          • willingness to learn in front of others and ask questions  

          Pre-session information and activities will be sent 2 days prior to the event. 
          More about Irene Knokh, M.A., M.Ed
          Instructional Design  Consultant  (Instructional Learning Senior)
          Professional Development and Education (PDE)
          University of Michigan Health System
          MERLOT Information Technology Section Editor

          This session is free to TLT Group Individual Members.
          $75 to others.
          Check your institution's status here if you have your membership through an institutional subscription.

          As always, we welcome your attendance and your participation.

          Register here.

          Beth



          Tuesday, January 15, 2013

          TGIF -- TLT Member Only Events - So Many Reasons to Become a Member


          Read below for TGIF with links, or you can view TGIF on the Web...Click here




          Second issue, Volume Six

          TLT Group TGIF 1.15.2013           
          From TLT Group World Headquarters
          • Become a TLT member. Click here to find out how.
            • These Members Only events are described below:
              • Silver Cloudians:  1/16 and 1/30
              • Social Media/Networking Tools/Resources Plus Designated Learner Experimentation: 1/23 and 2/13/13
              • Online Exploration Smart MOOCs Higher Education Research Subgroup (sMOOChers)
          • Check out the TLT website for all 2013 events including FridayLive!  Free to all.   
          More from the TLT-SWG Blog:
          Online Workshops Members Only Exchange
          Social Media/Networking Tools/Resources from TLT Group Plus Designated Learner Experimentation    
          This session is free for TLT Group Members Fee for others Register here.
          January 23, 2013  2:00 PM ET
          February 13, 2013 2:00 PM ET

          In this session one of our members, Irene Knokh, will teach us how to use JING in a PC environment using our newly evolving "Designated Learner" instructional strategy.  This link will take you to the lessons we learned from our last session.  We are looking for someone to assume the designated learner role for this session.  Here are the qualifications:
          • little to no experience with JING,
          • headset and microphone
          • willingness to learn in front of others and ask questions  

          Pre-session information and activities will be sent 2 days prior to the event.

          More about Irene Knokh, M.A., M.Ed
          Instructional Design  Consultant  (Instructional Learning Senior)
          Professional Development and Education (PDE)
          University of Michigan Health System
          MERLOT Information Technology Section Editor



          Members Only Exchange Silver Cloud Workshop -
          Planning Session for Exploring Consulting Avenues for Silver Cloudian Consulting
          (This session is free to TLT Group Members $75.00  to others)  Register here.
          January 16, 2013 2:00pm EDT
          Leaders: Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey, Charles Ansorge, Ilene Frank, Michael Dabney and others
          We'll be discussing how to proceed especially with respect to the January 30th session.  See rough planning doc.
          A.  Linkedin
          B.  IDEA Center
          C.  FEW online  tools for supporting collaborative consulting-like activities for TLTG Silver Cloudians' initial collaborative efforts and select one and only one for our next work
          D. Identify and select purposes for our next collaborative service steps.. just 1 or 2 or 3 as we get started, and perhaps identify only ONE to pursue next.  e.g., a specific area of consulting;  finding ways that higher ed retirees can help similar colleagues and other retirees to take advantage of online tools to continue making meaningful contributions to society even when living in retirement facilities.

          Teaching through Students' Physical and Virtual Eyes -A Comparative Look at Student Ratings of Instruction in Online and Face-to-Face Courses
          January 18, 2013  2:00-3:00 pm ET - free to all.  Register in advance
          Presenters: Steve Benton, Senior Researcher the Idea Center

          How do students see instruction? What do students say about what helps them learn in face to face and online environments. This presentation will summarize research based on a nationally available student ratings instrument. Using data collected through online surveys between 2002 and 2008,
          5,272 on campus classes from 38 institutions will be compared with 13,416 online courses from 67 institutions.


          Participants will learn about specific teaching methods and approaches that facilitate student progress on specific learning objectives in traditional and online environments regarding teaching methods, student learning, and student characteristics. A number of key questions important for faculty development and evaluation will be addressed.

          Up-coming  FridayLive! schedule:
          January 25 Dealing with Disruptive Students
          February 1 The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World

               
              MOOCs Round Two

              sMOOChers  Smart MOOCs Higher Education Research Subgroup Online Exploration

              January 25, 2013 through March 1, 2013
              PLUS FridayLive! report on March 8, 2013. 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern

              This series of meetings is free to TLT Group Individual Members.$100 for non members.  [Although you are welcome to become an Individual Member for $75 and attend for free.  Check your institution's status here if you have your membership through an institutional subscription.]  Register here.

              Our second cohort will participate in a Coursera course:
              E-learning and Digital Cultures      and meet together to discuss the course content as well as the process
              Almost weekly online synchronous sessions in the TLT Group's Adobe Connect classroom - Fridays, January 25, February 8 and 22, and March 1, 2013. 1-1:30 PM ET.

              E-learning and Digital Cultures
              Jeremy Knox, Sian Bayne, Hamish Macleod, Jen Ross, Christine Sinclair U Edinburgh
              This course will explore how digital cultures and learning cultures connect, and what this means for e-learning theory and practice. Follow this course at #edcmooc.
              https://www.coursera.org/course/edc

              Register both for the MOOC and for this TLT Group cohort

                

              Encourage. Enable. Engage.

              www.tltgroup.org