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Archive for February, 2008

Using media materials to set the stage for learning

Posted by Cathy Kelley on February 5, 2008

In a recent issue of the newsletter The Teaching Professor, the lead article discusses how you can use media materials to help motivate and engage students and set the stage for deeper learning. The author describes how audio-visual materials and popular media can be used to stimulate discussion and interest in classes as diverse as business, humanities, nursing, mathematics, and engineering (Belolan, 2007).

It is now possible for instructors at FDU to use some kinds of media very easily in your classrooms. As you know, all of our classrooms have been equipped with overhead data projectors. We also now have a relationship with Films Media Group, allowing you to show many high-quality videos streamed over the internet into your classroom. To find our list of videos, visit the library’s CoolCatNJ page (online catalog) and enter “FMG” as a keyword search.  You can show an entire video, pre-selected clips, or you can create your own clips. You can then show these films using the overhead data projector in your classroom, using your laptop to connect to the campus library. Kudos to the FDU Libraries, University Systems and Security, and NJEdge.net for making this resource available to our faculty.
The Belolan article is not available online. However you can come browse back issues of The Teaching Professor at the Instructional Design Studio located on the first floor of Dickinson Hall on the Metropolitan Campus.

Belolan, C. (2007). Using media materials to set the stage for learning – A strategy for all dsiciplines. The Teaching Professor, December 2007, pp. 1, 3.


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10 tips to keep your online or blended class up to date

Posted by Cathy Kelley on February 5, 2008

A recent issue of the newsletter Online Classroom includes an article that lists 10 great tips for easily keeping your online class up-to-date (Crone, 2007) . These tips will help you achieve one of the Quality Assurance Values identified in the Guide to Quality Assurance for Online and Blended Classes at Fairleigh Dickinson University:

Adaptability – The course is designed so that it will be easy to update, adjust for curricular changes, and to respond to changes within the discipline.

Crone points out that keeping classes updated is getting very difficult, as publishers frequently release more and more new editions of textbooks in order to keep sales up. (a topic for another post or discussion!) Given this reality, how can you design your class so that a new edition doesn’t mean a complete re-working of your class?

Crone makes some excellent suggestions, and some that I would offer with reservations. E.g., Crone advocates putting as much material as possible into your class rather than hyperlinking, as hyperlinks can get stale over time. I would add that you should be careful to comply with copyright regulations before doing this.

This article is not available on the open Internet. However you can find a full-text copy in our campus library’s online research databases. I used the Ebsco Academic Search Premier tool, and did a publications search for “Online Classroom.” From the publication page, simply click down through 2007 issues to the November issue.

We also keep paper copies of back issues of Online Classroom in the Instructional Design Studio located on the first floor of Dickinson Hall on the Metropolitan Campus.

Crone, D. (2007). Ten tips to extend the shelf life of your online class. Online Classroom, November 2007, pp 1, 3.

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