In the fall of 2013, a new course was piloted on the East Campus of Valencia College. The one credit course was SLS2930 – Digital Learning Strategies, and the goal of the course was to help students identify learning technologies that would enhance their learning experiences in college. Sent out through email, Twitter, and Facebook, the trailer below was used to market the course to students.
In the spring of 2014, SLS 2930 was expanded into a three credit hour course and two new student success/digital professors continued to build and expand the model. The team is currently working on best practices for infusing these technologies into Valencia’s New Student Experience courses. This post is the outsourced memory for the team’s presentation at NISOD 2014. If you were able to make our presentation, thanks for coming, we hope you enjoyed our presentation and found some things you might be able to use at your colleges. If you have just stumbled onto this page, feel free to take a look at the the trailer, our prezi, or any of the learning technologies shared below.
Student Blogging with WordPress – Model best practices for life long learning by having students post their assignments from their own blogs. You can still read their re-posts inside of Angle, Canvas, or Blackboard, but using this method, they will always have their resources stored on their blogs and will not lose them when they lose access to the school’s learning management system.
Life in the Cloud with One Drive, Google Drive or iCloud – Teach students to collaborate and store information in the cloud. No more thumb drives, no more forgetting files on the desktop. Welcome to life in the cloud.
Evernote – introduce a new form of notetaking that harnesses the power of ubiquitous computing
Google Hangouts – meet with groups of students through video conference or have students meet and stream their panel discussions to YouTube.
ScreenCast-O-Matic – Don’t write the instructions, record your screen and make a video of your instructions, or better yet, have your students record their screens to demonstrate their knowledge of content.
Pixlr – this is basically a free, cloud-based version of image editing software that works a lot like Photoshop. Students can use this to create and edit Information Graphics
TouchCast – You kind of have to see this to believe it, let’s just say that it could be the future of interactive video and the Internet.
ECAR Study 2013 Check out this report on undergraduates and technology to learn a little more about how things are shifting.