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If you are unsure which sections you are teaching for your upcoming course, please go to Student Admin and log in (if prompted).  Under Course Mgmt on the left hand side navigation panel, choose Class Rolls.  You can see the courses you are teaching and the section numbers associated with the course there.  

by Lori Smith, COTP. Happy Friday! Ok, maybe it’s Friday when you’re reading this, maybe it isn’t. However, if it’s not a Friday, let’s pretend that it is.   You’d like your Adobe Captivate eLearning module to greet the learners with “Hello!

Starting an online learning business is not a walk in the park. Though, if your organization is ready, it can be a very rewarding development. Before you start, ask yourself: Who are you targeting? Who is managing the content being developed for your business? Who is your competition?

According to Branford et al., “technology does not guarantee effective learning” and inappropriate use of technology can even hinder it.[161] A University of Washington study of infant vocabulary shows that it is slipping due to educational baby DVDs. Published in the Journal of Pediatrics, a 2007 University of Washington study on the vocabulary of babies surveyed over 1,000 parents in Washington and Minnesota. The study found that for every one hour that babies 8–16 months of age watched DVDs and Videos they knew 6-8 fewer of 90 common baby words than the babies that did not watch them. Andrew Meltzoff, a surveyor in this study states that the result makes sense, that if the baby’s ‘alert time’ is spent in front of DVDs and TV, instead of with people speaking, the babies are not going to get the same linguistic experience. Dr. Dimitri Chistakis, another surveyor reported that the evidence is mounting that baby DVDs are of no value and may be harmful.[162][163][164][165]

In last week’s webinar, we took a look at a new approach to eLearning Brothers templates: styles. These are a small change to the eLearning Brothers library that is very exciting! The post Webinar: Introducing eLearning Brothers Styles appeared first on eLearning Brothers. MORE

University of Flordia provides a “portal” for the University known as myUFL which provides a variety of services and applications for the university community. This portal myUFL is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the business process and access for the students, faculty and staff and others who would like to avail the services.

Even if the system creates the rosters automatically you will not receive an email letting you know that the roster has been created until the LSS Staff member manually sends the email. This happens only during regular business hours.

MERGE COURSE TOOL The Merge Course Tool is now available in eLearning. Faculty can use this tool to merge their U17 courses. Courses that are officially cross-listed in Orion will be automatically merged on… More Tuesday, March 9. TUTORIAL: How to use the Merge Course Tool EARLY STUDENT ACCESS TO U17 COURSES IN ELEARNING Courses will automatically become available to students the morning of the first day of the semester (May 30). If you would like your students to access your course before the first day of class, please complete the eLearning Early Course Access Form.

Improved Internet functionality enabled new schemes of communication with multimedia or webcams. The National Center for Education Statistics estimate the number of K-12 students enrolled in online distance learning programs increased by 65 percent from 2002 to 2005, with greater flexibility, ease of communication between teacher and student, and quick lecture and assignment feedback.

FloridaShines (Florida’s Student Hub of Innovative Educational Services) is a service of the Florida Virtual Campus. FloridaShines works with the state’s 40 colleges and universities and other partners to help you succeed in school and beyond. Whether you’re in high school or college, or you’re already working and ready to earn or complete your degree, FloridaShines can help.

Formative assessment is more difficult, as the perfect form is ongoing and allows the students to show their learning in different ways depending on their learning styles. Technology has helped some teachers make their formative assessments better, particularly through the use of classroom response systems (CRS).[187] A CRS is a tool in which the students each have a handheld device that partners up with the teacher’s computer. The instructor then asks multiple choice or true or false questions and the students answer on their device.[187] Depending on the software used, the answers may then be shown on a graph so students and teacher can see the percentage of students who gave each answer and the teacher can focus on what went wrong.[188]

Even though eLearning is not a new concept, those who favor ILT are not convinced that online training is effective at producing the desired outcomes. So, here are several reasons why eLearning really does work for learners. If you’re still not sold on eLearning, try a blended approach. MORE

Educational technologists and psychologists apply basic educational and psychological research into an evidence-based applied science (or a technology) of learning or instruction. In research, these professions typically require a graduate degree (Master’s, Doctorate, Ph.D., or D.Phil.) in a field related to educational psychology, educational media, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology or, more purely, in the fields of educational, instructional or human performance technology or instructional design. In industry, educational technology is utilized to train students and employees by a wide range of learning and communication practitioners, including instructional designers, technical trainers, technical communication and professional communication specialists, technical writers, and of course primary school and college teachers of all levels. The transformation of educational technology from a cottage industry to a profession is discussed by Shurville et al.[198]

Turnitin has announced a planned outage for Saturday, December 3, from 9am-1pm CDT. During this time, Turnitin will be undergoing essential maintenance and will be UNAVAILABLE. (Students will not be able More submit Turnitin assignments during this maintenance period.) Please contact elearning@utdallas.edu if you have any questions. (PLEASE NOTE: This affects Turnitin assignments only, NOT regular eLearning assignments.)

Computer-aided assessment (e-assessment) ranges from automated multiple-choice tests to more sophisticated systems. With some systems, feedback can be geared towards a student’s specific mistakes or the computer can navigate the student through a series of questions adapting to what the student appears to have learned or not learned. Formative assessment sifts out the incorrect answers, and these questions are then explained by the teacher. The learner then practices with slight variations of the sifted out questions. The process is completed by summative assessment using a new set of questions that only cover the topics previously taught.

Virtual classroom learning and microlearning have become commonplace in corporate training. Both options adapt beautifully to the modern classroom , which strives for adaptability, flexibility, and accessibility. At face-value, though, the connection between this EdTech option and this design model seems ambiguous at best. As training professionals, we do our best to keep up with current trends in the field. MORE

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