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TED launches TED-Ed

Just last week, TED launched it’s new education initiative, TED-Ed on YouTube. For those not familiar with the organization, TED is a conference-turned-nonprofit that is well known on the internet for their 18-minute-or-less TED Talks–high quality videos of public speakers discussing “ideas worth spreading”. TED-Ed plans to zero in on education by working with teachers and animators to publish lessons, which are a fraction of the length of a TED Talk. According to their site, “TED-Ed’s mission is to capture and amplify the voices of great educators around the world.”

With that said, TED-Ed is also accepting nominations for educators and animators to work with the new initiative (you may nominate yourself). They are also accepting suggestions for future lessons.

Currently, there are 19 videos listed on the TED-Ed YouTube page. The categories include “Awesome Nature”, “How Things Work”, “Playing With Language”, “Questions No One (Yet) Knows the Answers To”, and “Inventions that Shaped History”. Fast Company reports that there has even been hints of interactive tools in the future.

UW Bothell Faculty Members Experiment with Tegrity

UPDATE (2/13/2012): Dr. Kim Williams-Guillén reports that her class attendance remains at 90 percent, even with the availability of the recordings.

“Even though I have all the lectures posted on Tegrity I have been averaging above 90% attendance rate for the quarter, so it’s not like all the students abandoned ship once the lectures went online!  Partly that is because we actually do a lot of activities and group work in class that Tegrity is (not yet, at least) able to capture,Williams-Guillén wrote.

Since the Tegrity lecture capture system arrived on campus Winter quarter, Dr. Carol Leppa, Interim Director and Professor of Nursing, Dr. Kim Williams-Guillén, Acting Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Robert Turner, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science, have all made forays into using the technology and all report positive results.

Tegrity is lecture capture software that allows instructors to capture video of themselves, audio of their voice and computer screen activity, such as Web browsing or PowerPoint presentation slides. Lectures (construe this term broadly) can be captured as they take place in front of a room of students or privately in one’s office as a way to create a video lecture for students to view outside of class.*

[Note: if you are interested in learning more about Tegrity as an instructional tool, contact Learning Technologies at learningtech@uwb.edu.]