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April 20, 2017

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

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E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

Summer Online Courses at UW-Stout

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 02:09 PM PDT

Summer Time and the learning is engaging:

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EDUC 651 Project-based Learning in the Flipped Classroom
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/flippedclassroom.cfm
Instructor: Maggie Rouman

EDUC 656 Bullying in Schools
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/safeschool.cfm
Instructor Shannon Mersand

EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/elearning.cfm
Instructor: Maggie Rouman

EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/assessonlineclass.cfm
Instructor: Maggie Rouman

EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/onlineclass.cfm
Instructor: Dr.MaryRuth Hicks

Comprehensive List of All Summer Courses:

http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/

E-Learning Graduate Certificate

March 31, 2017

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

Yet another item from Wednesday’s inbox…

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program


Top Tech Tools for Online Instructors

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 01:13 PM PDT

In This Issue

Summer Classes Are Filling Quickly – What’s New
Our Instructors Favorite Tech Tools for Creativity
Tech Tip: Finding the Right Tech ToolsFeatured Resource: Video Project Rubric
Editor: Shannnon Mersand
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Top Tech Tools

Check out the creativity tech tools our team of online instructors uses and recommends.
 
 
“Canva has become my favorite go-to tool for creating professional quality collaborative graphics from infographics to invitations, newsletters, and posters.”
– Shannon Mersand
Canva is a free web-based graphic design app that allows you to design presentations, social media graphics, infographics, menus, posters and more. Additional features can be purchased. Canva works on all platforms.
 
“I love Adobe Spark. It’s an easy tool for creating videos, basic portfolios and infographics.”
– Maggie Rouman
Adobe Spark is a free web-based graphic design app that allows you to create social graphics, web stories and animated videos. Adobe Spark works on all platforms.
 
“Visio is great for diagrams and to bring an image or a word/phrase from Word and save it as a .gif for icons or other purposes.”
– Jane MacKenzie
Visio is a fee-based diagramming program connected with Microsoft Office and Office 365 that allows you to create robust data-linked diagrams. Visio is available for Windows 7 and above.
 
Audacity is a neat free app for recording and editing sound when introducing modules, adding commentary to web pages, and providing audio feedback to a student.”
– James Erbe
Audacity is a free, open source, downloadable program that allows you to create and edit simple and multi-track audio files. Audacity works on all platforms.
 
“This is useful when creating podcasts and embedding audio in our courses. Free accounts provide 180 minutes of audio storage.”
– Dennis T. O’Connor
SoundCloud is a free hosting platform for audio files. You are able to create a global audience or share your files with only specific individuals. You can also create a SoundCloud of your favorite podcast and musicians. Additional features and storage space can be purchased. Playlists work on all platforms.
 
Flipgrid

“I can make a short video and then send the link to students. Students may ask questions, and it works well with complex project assignments to help reduce confusion.”
– Dr. Mary Beth Crum
Flipgrid is a free web-based platform that allows you to create a discussion where participants respond in video format from their laptop, iOS or Android device. Additional features can be purchased. Flipgrid works on all platforms.
 
“I live by Jing and screencasting for giving student feedback.”
– Susan Manning, Ed.D.
Jing is a free downloadable app that allows you to create unedited screencasts of up to 5 minutes, as well as mark up images and save them locally or host the image on Screencast.com for easy sharing.
 
“I use Screencastify for creating videos. It’s a Chrome extension that allows you to screencast then upload to Google Drive and/or YouTube.”
– Maggie Rouman
Screencastify is a free app for use with Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and the Chrome Browser. Additional features can be purchased. Screencastify works on all platforms that can run the Chrome browser.
 
FastStone Capture 

“FastStone Capture is shareware worth buying. I use it primarily for screenshots. You can ‘draw’ on top of the FastStone to create quick how-to screens. The scrolling page screenshot lets you capture a long page when you need to. Faststone is good for brief screencasts too.”
– Dennis T. O’Connor
Faststone Capture is a fee-based downloadable app that allows you to capture and annotate images of anything on your screen. It also allows for editing and annotating videos. FastStone Capture is available for Windows OS only.

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March 6, 2017

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

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E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program


Career Center: E-Learning and Online Teaching

Posted: 05 Mar 2017 01:59 PM PST

Learn more about the UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program!

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February 24, 2017

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

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Our Instructors’ Favorite Time-saving Tech Tools

Posted: 21 Feb 2017 10:39 AM PST

Spring Online Courses with Openings
Our Instructors’ Favorite Time-saving Tech Tools
Tech Tip: Finding the Right Tech Tools
Featured Resource:
       Time Management Best Practices for Teaching Online
Spring Courses with a Few Openings

Editor: Shannnon Mersand

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Top Tech Tools

This newsletter features the favorite productivity Tech Tools our team of online instructors uses and recommends.
“I use Beyond Compare to compare files/folders on my two computers and sync them for backing up internally.  Then when I get a new computer, I can easily transfer my data from the old to the new as well.”
~ Jane MacKenzie
Beyond Compare is a fee-based utility that allows you to compare files and folders to help identify and fix differences in documents, images and folders, even when they are in ZIP archives or on FTP sites. This product is available for Windows and Linux.
“I use Carbonite for backing up to the cloud. It provides automatic and continuous backup of all my files.”
~ Jane MacKenzie
Carbonite is a fee-based Cloud backup service that automatically backs up all of your data, and allows you access to it from anywhere, at any time. The basic plan is available for Windows and Mac, the Plus and Prime plans are available only for Windows 7 and above.
“I use Google Keep to help track my long To-do lists. I’m able to check off things I have accomplished, share my lists with others, and set reminders for very important tasks. The best part is that it travels with you, from computer to phone to tablet. The same lists in all places!”
~ Shannon Mersand
Google Keep is a free web based note-taking service that allows you to take notes, set reminders, make to-do lists and share notes with others. It is available as a web-based app, and also on tablets and smartphones for seamless task mongering. Google Keep works on all platforms.
“I use G Suite to collaborate with colleagues and students from around the world. There is nothing easier than sharing and editing documents that update in rea- time to ensure that everyone has the latest files for a project.”
~ Shannon Mersand
G Suite (known as Google Drive for personal use) is a free collection of tools from Google, including Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Drawings, Forms and many other tools that allow for real-time collaboration online. Changes appear instantly in the documents, and save automatically. G Suite works on all platforms.
“Freemind is a must for mind mapping, brainstorming, and job task analyses. I encourage my students to use it for their Work Breakdown Structure and for their Job Task Analysis.”
~ Jane MacKenzie
Freemind is a free downloadable Java program that allows you to create mind maps, outlines and other organizational documents on your computer. Freemind works on all platforms.
“I use Quicken for tracking home finances and QuickBooks Pro for my business.”
~ Jane MacKenzie
Quicken/Quickbooks Pro are fee-based programs that allow users to track personal and business finances. Both offer the ability to track income and spending, as well as create budgets and track where your money is going. Quicken products work on Windows and Mac OS.
“I use Roboform as my password manager.  With hundreds of password-protected accounts to navigate, Roboform saves me time and frustration.  Includes lots of features. Complex to use but it more than returns the time you spend learning the system.”
~ Dennis T. O’Connor
Roboform is a free or fee-based password management system that allows users to safely and securely store and manage passwords to all of their online accounts. It also helps users create unique strong passwords. Available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.
“Pocket is aptly named. The browser-based Pocket icon makes it easy to click on ‘stuff’ in websites I want to revisit. It’s quicker than making a bookmark. You can tag pages for later organization. Pocket is a social platform that sends you a daily update on pages you ‘might’ like based on your choices.”
~ Dennis T. O’Connor
Pocket is a free app that allows the user to quickly and easily save videos, images and text they wish to visit later. It allows for tagging of content and offers suggestions of other sources users may be interested in. Available for all platforms.

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February 23, 2017

Our Instructors’ Favorite Time-saving Tech Tools

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In This Issue

Spring Online Courses with Openings
Our Instructors’ Favorite Time-saving Tech Tools
Tech Tip: Finding the Right Tech Tools
Featured Resource:
       Time Management Best Practices for Teaching Online
Spring Courses with a Few Openings

Editor: Shannnon Mersand

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Top Tech Tools

This newsletter features the favorite productivity Tech Tools our team of online instructors uses and recommends.

“I use Beyond Compare to compare files/folders on my two computers and sync them for backing up internally.  Then when I get a new computer, I can easily transfer my data from the old to the new as well.”
~ Jane MacKenzie

Beyond Compare is a fee-based utility that allows you to compare files and folders to help identify and fix differences in documents, images and folders, even when they are in ZIP archives or on FTP sites. This product is available for Windows and Linux.

“I use Carbonite for backing up to the cloud. It provides automatic and continuous backup of all my files.”
~ Jane MacKenzie

Carbonite is a fee-based Cloud backup service that automatically backs up all of your data, and allows you access to it from anywhere, at any time. The basic plan is available for Windows and Mac, the Plus and Prime plans are available only for Windows 7 and above.

“I use Google Keep to help track my long To-do lists. I’m able to check off things I have accomplished, share my lists with others, and set reminders for very important tasks. The best part is that it travels with you, from computer to phone to tablet. The same lists in all places!”
~ Shannon Mersand

Google Keep is a free web based note-taking service that allows you to take notes, set reminders, make to-do lists and share notes with others. It is available as a web-based app, and also on tablets and smartphones for seamless task mongering. Google Keep works on all platforms.

“I use G Suite to collaborate with colleagues and students from around the world. There is nothing easier than sharing and editing documents that update in rea- time to ensure that everyone has the latest files for a project.”
~ Shannon Mersand

G Suite (known as Google Drive for personal use) is a free collection of tools from Google, including Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Drawings, Forms and many other tools that allow for real-time collaboration online. Changes appear instantly in the documents, and save automatically. G Suite works on all platforms.

“Freemind is a must for mind mapping, brainstorming, and job task analyses. I encourage my students to use it for their Work Breakdown Structure and for their Job Task Analysis.”
~ Jane MacKenzie

Freemind is a free downloadable Java program that allows you to create mind maps, outlines and other organizational documents on your computer. Freemind works on all platforms.

“I use Quicken for tracking home finances and QuickBooks Pro for my business.”
~ Jane MacKenzie

Quicken/Quickbooks Pro are fee-based programs that allow users to track personal and business finances. Both offer the ability to track income and spending, as well as create budgets and track where your money is going. Quicken products work on Windows and Mac OS.

“I use Roboform as my password manager.  With hundreds of password-protected accounts to navigate, Roboform saves me time and frustration.  Includes lots of features. Complex to use but it more than returns the time you spend learning the system.”
~ Dennis T. O’Connor

Roboform is a free or fee-based password management system that allows users to safely and securely store and manage passwords to all of their online accounts. It also helps users create unique strong passwords. Available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.

“Pocket is aptly named. The browser-based Pocket icon makes it easy to click on ‘stuff’ in websites I want to revisit. It’s quicker than making a bookmark. You can tag pages for later organization. Pocket is a social platform that sends you a daily update on pages you ‘might’ like based on your choices.”
~ Dennis T. O’Connor

Pocket is a free app that allows the user to quickly and easily save videos, images and text they wish to visit later. It allows for tagging of content and offers suggestions of other sources users may be interested in. Available for all platforms.
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