Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TGIF: Building Gamification into your Blended Course, FridayLive

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Second issue, Volume Eight
 TLT Group TGIF 9.10.14
 From TLT Group World
We are grateful to our members who helped us launch our new "Keeping Up" series on FridayLive! last week: Douglas Eder, Penny Kuckkahn, Henry Schafer and Nicki Ugalde. This series will continue the first Wednesday of every month for TLT members. Join us on October 1st. See our planning document.
Tell us what you would like to contribute or what question you would like to have answered using this survey.

                                                                                   Be sure to register for the
Book Discussion and How to Series “Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread” which is starting soon. It is a great time to renew your TLT membership or to become a member.

TLT Membership
You can become an individual member for $75.00 (USD).
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  • if you have participated in or registered for TOL4B you will receive a $25 discount. Enter discount code TLO4B.
  • if you have retired you will receive $40 discount. Enter discount code RETIREE.
  • if you are a current student you will receive a $50 discount. Enter discount code: STUDENT.
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Blog post from Michelle Pacansky-BrockVoiceThreading Learning Opportunities Ahead!
  Members Exchange,THURSDAY
 Adjusting and Experimenting with Headsets
Date: September 11, 2014
Time: 3-4 pm Eastern
Presenters: Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey and others
Register Here

One of our goals is to encourage TLT Members to use voice online and to create opportunities to experiment in a safe environment. This session will focus on the basics of setting up a headset and the necessary adjustments and readjustments that are involved.
In addition, we will include activities for people new to using headsets that you might use with your students and with colleagues.

As always, we invite you to become a TLT member if you are not already. Join us by following this link. Direct your membership questions to Sally Gilbert

Upcoming Member Exchange events
September 18th: Learning Out Loud: “How to Humanize Your Online Course with VoiceThread”
September 24th: Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: BEYOND THE BASICS (Book Discussion and “How To” Series)                                                                                      
October 1, 2014 Keeping Up
 We've Got Game - Strategies for Building Gamification into Your Blended  Classroom
 September 12, 2014
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET - free to all
Presenters: Stephen Kaufman & Jill Phipps from The University of Akron, Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey, TLT Group and others
Register Here
Gamification is a popular trend in the business world to reward customers for their loyalty and activities. It seems that everywhere you look, you are earning points, credit, or reputation based on your actions. Why do businesses do this? They want to create a sense of pride, achievement, and belonging for their customers. These intentions seem to parallel the same goals for higher education. We want our students to take pride in their work. We want them to demonstrate and share their achievements, and most importantly, we want them to feel a sense of belonging to a community.

The intention of gamification is not to turn your course into a game, but to reward and encourage behavior that is in line with achieving your learning objectives. We are already gamifying our classrooms through participation points. We reward students for raising their hands, contributing to conversations, and for demonstrating proficiency in subject matter. However, do these points only have to add up to a total score in the grade book? Or, could it lead to something more?

In this session, we will be discussing: - Strategies and ideas to integrate a sense gamification into your course - Promoting student engagement and active learning - Leveraging of existing social media platforms - Tying learning objectives to achievement badges - Utilizing gamification to motivate not only students, but faculty as well.
September  FridayLive! line-up
September 19th Learning Out Loud: “How to Humanize Your Online Course with VoiceThread”
September 26th Good Enough for Other People’s Children?
 Book Discussion and “How To” Series  Book Discussion and “How To” Series, Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread

Synchronous events
: Sept 18th, Sept. 24th, Oct.15th 2014 at 3:00 PM ET

Asynchronous discussions will take place each week using VoiceThread to support your learning of content introduced in our synchronous events.
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Presenters: Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, and others

Register Here for the Series

The series will be anchored around Michelle Pacansky-Brock's eBook,
How to Humanize Your Online Class with VoiceThread. Using voice in an online environment has many benefits one of which is to create a more "real," a more human, online experience for our learners.

The events will include one webinar that will be free and open to the public (FridayLive, Sept 19th) followed by a series of deeper dive experiences designed to engage participants in group dialogue and reflection about the eBook's narrative which is designed to support an individual's pedagogical growth, experimentation and development..

This series is open to members of the TLT Group and will include:

  • 3 synchronous events (2 how-to VoiceThread webinars with TLT staff and one online conversation with Michelle Pacansky-Brock). See dates below/
  • A complimentary copy of Michelle's eBook, “How to Humanize Your Online Course with VoiceThread”
  • An opportunity to apply your new VoiceThreading skills in a TLT VoiceThread group (a minimum of a free VoiceThread account is required).  Group members will have access to a series of VoiceThreads that I've designed to support a reflective conversation about the eBook chapters, as well as provide opportunity to actively apply some of the skills demonstrated in the eBook.

After Oct 15th Continue the learning in the VoiceThread Google+ Community.  

Below are the dates of the synchronous events:
  1. September 18, Thursday, 3 PM ET. Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: The Basics.
  2. September 24, Wednesday, 3 PM ET Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: Beyond The Basics Conversation will continue via VoiceThread
  3. October 15, Wednesday, 3 PM ET
Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: A Conversation with Author Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Continue the conversation using VT Google+ Community

All TLT Group Members and subscribers are welcome to attend and participate. We invite you to become a member, if you are not already. Join us by following this link. Direct your membership questions to Sally Gilbert

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