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DC1 Final Projects: Fantastic UWB Student Work!

Ever wonder what first-year UWB students are doing in their Discovery Core classes? Well, now that Autumn Quarter 2011 is over, you can take a look at students’ final projects from two very interesting, technology-enhanced courses:

First is a video from BCUSP 110B: Digital Thinking: Animation, Video Games, and the Social Web, a 5-credit DC1 class taught by Kelvin Sung. The video tells the “story” of the class from the beginning of the quarter to the end. The students start off without experience, then build up to basic animation exercises, get more advanced while learning about digital art and how games work, until finally producing a (very cool) video game final project! Check it all out here:

Another batch of great projects comes from the Discovery Core series BCUSP 104G/107G: American Idol(s): How Stories Shape Culture and Identity, taught by Amoshaun Toft and Kari Lerum. The course focused on personal storytelling and the study and analysis of storytelling in popular culture and academia. Additionally, about half of this course focused on students’ production of their own stories. The final project was a showcase of the digital storytelling skills students had learned in the form of a 3-5 minute video. In it, students were asked to tell a personal story while incorporating visuals and extra sounds. Students wrote, recorded, edited and exported their stories, which turned out wonderfully. To see some of the stories, visit the Films section of the class website.

Great job to students and faculty this quarter!

Chronicle of Higher Ed: Students Assess Their Professors’ Technology Skills

The Chronicle of Higher Education interviewed four tech-savvy students to get their viewpoint on how professors use technology in the classroom. More information about the interview can be found here.

Tips on Teaching Classes Online

uw bothell students laptopThe following tips are excerpts  from Michelle Everson’s 10 Things I’ve Learned About Teaching Online article about teaching online. The full article is at http://www.elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=best_practices&article=57-1

  1. Teaching online is a lot of work.
  2. Students appreciate regular communication and timely feedback on their progress.
  3. Many great tools exist but aren’t always necessary.
  4. Assignments and activities take more time online.
  5. Students need extrinsic motivation.
  6. Give deadlines.
  7. Online courses are not right for all students.
  8. Ask students what works and what doesn’t.
  9. Share ideas, collaborate, and commiserate about the online teaching experience.
  10. Teaching online can inform what you do in the classroom if you have opportunities to teach both online and classroom-based courses.

SlideShare Introduces Zipcast

This February, Slideshare launched Zipcast, a new tool for online conferencing. Zipcast provides a space on the internet where users can present and hold meetings, all without downloading any additional software. The presenter is broadcast over webcam, while the viewers can phone-in or use the chat feature on the meeting page.

To use Zipcast, you must first register for an account on SlideShare. The basic account is free, but there are certain limitations (advertisements present, no private meetings). Paid accounts available include silver ($19/mo), gold ($49/mo), and platinum ($249/mo). The further you upgrade, the more features available to you.

So far, Zipcast seems to be a success. Upon entering a live Zipcast, everything seemed to be running very smoothly. The accessibility of the tool is definitely one of the biggest “pros”. Zipcast makes web conferencing quick, easy and inexpensive.

Interested in how Zipcast could be helpful to you? Here are 10 Ways to use Zipcast, from the SlideShare blog.

Social Media Class Skypes with Internet Celebs

At the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, students enrolled in the course Social Media Optimization & the New Web learn and become “experts” on web applications such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. They stay up-to-date on the latest trends on the Internet by reading and thinking critically about the industry and reporting on the changes that are occurring.

An interesting part of the class is that students get to Skype with several industry leaders:

Craig Newmark – founder of Craigslist
David Meerman Scott – author of the New Rules of Marketing & PR
Guy Kawasaki – author of The Art of the Start
Zadi Diaz – host of Epic Fu
John Batelle – founder of Wired

Find out more at Inside Higher Ed: Social Media Class Skypes with Internet Celebs