Innovations in Online Learning
Steve Faith, Faculty Technology Training Coordinator, University of California, Davis
Tools for the creation of instructional videos are becoming both more widely available and easier to use. Nevertheless, substantial barriers still prevent the majority of our faculty from making effective use of these tools. Addressing a major challenge cited in the 2014 Horizon Report—low digital fluency of faculty—Academic Technology Services at UC Davis developed our Video Initiative: a four-part strategy to integrate a video management and delivery platform, a screen capture tool, lecture capture, and e-learning content. Add the secret sauce, "programming glue" to stitch these tools together, and we have AggieVideo.
OUTCOMES: Identify barriers that prevent faculty from incorporating video and improving engagement * Understand how IT architecture can capture, categorize, and organize videos * Imagine the possibilities of ubiquitously available videos in all aspects of teaching, learning, and outreach
MSU's "Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse" Course: Are You Ready to Survive a New Way of Learning?
Keesa Johnson Muhammad, Instructional Designer/Project Manager, Michigan State University
Come explore and experience MSU's AT&T 2013 award-winning "best fully online course," Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Disasters, Catastrophes, and Human Behavior. This innovative course uses current research on catastrophes and human behavior, with the idea of a zombie apocalypse, to teach students about the nature, scope, and impact of catastrophic events on individuals, families, societies, civilizations, and the Earth itself. Students becoming participants within a story, the instructor becomes facilitator, storytelling replaces lectures, zombies become the catalyst of teaching, a "zombrarian" (librarian) drives research, and the students emerge as digital storytellers as a way of assessing their own learning.OUTCOME: Learn how to engage in creative ways of designing student assignments and create innovative solutions for delivering student assessment in this new era of learning