I gave a presentation “Creating an Online Course Based on E-Learning 2.0 Concepts” at the 2011 TxDLA 14th Annual Confernce in San Antonio, Texas last week. I want to take the opportunity to share my presentation here with my blog subscribers. This presentation provided an overview of e-learning 2.0 concepts and described the process of designing, developing, and teaching an online course based on e-learning 2.0 concepts. Also, lessons learned and students’ feedback regarding their opinions and experiences on taking my online courses based on e-learning 2.0 concepts were discussed in the presentation. Below is an online version of my presentation at the 2011 TxDLA Conference. Please feel free to provide suggestions and comments. Thanks.
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This video is interesting and informative. In this video, National Geographic examines the specific challenges and solutions we face as the worldwide population reaches 7 billion people in 2011. Also in the March issue of National Geographic is “The Surprising Face of Seven Billion,” a poster showing a composite face of the world’s most typical person. For more information and photos about Seven Billion, go to National Geographic at http://bit.ly/hhYz3m.
The advent of Web 2.0 technologies allows teachers to empower students and create exciting new learning opportunities. Students can use Web 2.0 tools to create, contribute, share, collaborate, connect, and participate in a global learning community. Already, many teachers took advantages of Web 2.0 technologies and implemented them into teaching and learning. However, many researchers have found that perceived usefulness, or the extent to which an individual believes that the use of technology will enhance performance, has a positive influence on behavioral intention. Thus, studies of teachers’ perceptions and interests are critical because teachers’ perceptions are significant to the implementation of technology innovations in teaching and learning.
Yesterday, I gave a presentation on our recent research study at the 2011 Creating Futures Through Technology Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi. In this presentation, my co-presenter, Patrivan Yuen and I discussed the findings of our study that examined Mississippi teachers’ perceptions, interests, and use of Web 2.0 tools in education. The population of this study was Mississippi teachers at all levels. Participants at the MECA and CFTTC conferences in 2010 were invited to participate in the study. A total of 368 participants completed the questionnaire online.
You can view our Slideshare to learn more about our research study and its findings. Also, please feel free to provide suggestions and comments. Thanks.
A survey report, “Instructors and Students: Technology Use, Engagement and Learning Outcomes,” was recently released by Cengage Learning. The survey was conducted by research and consulting firm Eduventures and was administered to 751 students and 201 instructors across the United States in December 2010. This is the second Cengage Learning/Eduventures survey designed to uncover how educational technology impacts overall student engagement and learning outcomes.
According to survey results, students and instructors do agree that educational technology can enhance engagement, which can lead to improved learning outcomes.
- A majority (58 percent) of instructors believe that technology in courses positively impacts student engagement.
- Seventy-one percent of instructors that rated student engagement levels as “high” report seeing a great benefit to learning outcomes as a result of using technology in courses.
- Seventy-one percent of students who are employed full-time and seventy-seven percent of students who are employed part-time prefer more technology-based tools in the classroom.
In addition, students and instructors have seen technology improve engagement in the past 12 months.
- 79 percent of instructors and 86 percent of students have seen the average level of engagement improve over the last year as they have increased their use of digital educational tools.
- Additionally, 67 percent of students reported they preferred courses that use a great deal of technology, a nine percent increase from the previous year.
- Similarly, 58 percent of instructors said they prefer teaching courses that use a great deal of technology, a 10 percent increase from 2009.