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Using Blogs & Wikis in Your Teaching Workshop for Faculty Presented by: Bruce Rosenbloom Assistant Director, CETL, CCNY October, 24, 2007 ©2007 What will be covered? Definitions and Overview Why Blogs? Blog Examples, Create a Blog Why Wikis? Aesthetics Steps to Complete PP

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using blogs wikis in your teaching

Using Blogs & Wikis in Your Teaching

Workshop for Faculty

Presented by: Bruce Rosenbloom

Assistant Director, CETL, CCNY

October, 24, 2007

©2007

what will be covered
What will be covered?
  • Definitions and Overview
  • Why Blogs?
  • Blog Examples, Create a Blog
  • Why Wikis?
  • Aesthetics
  • Steps to Complete PP
  • Prepare for Presentation
  • PP Standards, Best Practices
  • Additional resources
definitions and overview
Definitions and Overview
  • Blog—A web log; a webpage for ongoing comments

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why blogs
Why Blogs?
  • Simple method of web publishing
  • Students can be expressive, creative
  • Professor can post items outside of Blackboard that are available to anyone on the web
  • Generally free or inexpensive
  • Must check for intellectual property protections
  • Can incorporate sound, video, graphics
  • Can contain internal and external links
  • Becoming an essential skill for faculty and students

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blog examples create a blog
Blog Examples, Create a Blog
  • Blog Examples:
  • To create a Blog is a very easy process
  • Go to http://www.blogger.com
  • Create an account
  • Start blogging
  • OR- use the Blog within Blackboard

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aesthetics
Aesthetics
  • Choose appropriate theme
    • Not too flashy, appropriate to content
  • Choose subdued colors
  • No more than 1-2 clip art per slide
  • Can find more non-standard themes online
  • Balance of text and graphics
  • Tasteful use of animations (at most)
  • Good photos or other learning objects

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process to complete presentation
Process to Complete Presentation
  • Work with a general outline
  • Break down topic into subtopics (each will become a slide and TOC entry)
  • General to specific structure
  • Know approximate number of slides
  • Locate good graphics
  • Make points clearly and effectively
  • Review and revise

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how to prepare for the presentation
How to Prepare for the Presentation
  • Review whether slides are on point
  • Time for presentation?
    • Dry run may be needed for first PP presentation
  • Instructor notes—print out
  • Consider making the PP available prior to class, and after the class via Blackboard
  • Print handouts?
  • Locate additional resources for follow-up to lesson

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powerpoint standards best practices
PowerPoint Standards, Best Practices
  • Bullet points, not expository
  • Talking points, not detail
  • Less is more per slide
  • Amount of time/ # of slides=

average time per slide

  • Review effectiveness post class
  • Convert to PDF file to protect from modification

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exercises
Exercises
  • Determine topic and create structure
  • Insert slides and determine theme
  • Search Google images for relevant graphics and save into folder
  • Create a TOC linked to specific slides
  • Create a return link to the TOC
  • Enter text for each slide and a graphic
  • Slide transitions, sound, animations
  • Save files to desktop, email to yourself

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additional resources
Additional Resources
  • What is a Blog?
    • http://www.blogger.com/tour_start.gPowerPoint FAQ
  • PowerPoint Tips
    • http://www.computertips.com/Microsoftoffice/MsPowerPoint/aheader.htm
    • Free PowerPoint Templates
    • http://www.soniacoleman.com/templates.htm

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