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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

Workshop for Faculty

Presented by: Bruce Rosenbloom

Assistant Director, CETL, CCNY

October, 24, 2007

©2007


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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


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Definitions and Overview

  • Blog—A web log; a webpage for ongoing comments

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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:

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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