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Join us for the Apple Learning Tour. Reshaping content. Engaging Students.

CRDC and CAETL present the Apple Learning Tour 2012

Technology makes this a magical time to be a student. And a powerful time to be an educator. The Apple Learning Tour is an opportunity to experience how you can transform learning with innovative new tools for creating, curating, and deploying content.

Engage students. Explore apps, interactive books, and Multi-Touch textbooks.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Discover amazing interactive iBooks. Immerse yourself in the world’s largest online catalog of free education content in iTunes U. And experience some of the thousands of education apps for iPad.

Learn how to create your own interactive Multi-Touch books with Mac and iBooks Author. Discover how a course is built with iTunes U Course Manager using interactive learning materials. Then see how it all comes together with an overview of ownership and deployment models for content.

Learn by doing. Create courses with iTunes U Course Manager.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In this hands-on session, you’ll learn how to build a course by exploring all the capabilities iTunes U Course Manager has to offer. Experience the ease of pulling together content such as audio, video, iBooks textbooks, and over 500,000 resources in iTunes U into an organized syllabus. Make available all the assignments, quizzes, and materials for your students or anyone who’s interested in the topic — whether in your class or anywhere in the world.

Apple Learning Tour 2012

Room B716
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Join us for a session. Or for all of them.


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Moodle 2.0 Tutorials: Setting up a Quiz

Moodle has the ability to create robust quizzes that can be used to assess your students. Quizzes can be written in a lab during class time, as a scheduled test within the UofL testing centre, or as take home quiz. It becomes your preference as to where and how to test your students, but the quiz module within moodle can help facilitate your quiz, and can be modified to meet most of your testing preferences.

If you will be using the testing centre, your exam must be booked in by the CRDC before the exam date.

The instructions in this tutorial will cover how to add a quiz activity, and will cover all the attributes that can be modified within the quiz settings. If you have already created a quiz and are looking to add questions, please see the question bank resources and the question type resources.

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Video in the Classsroom

With the advent of much smaller and simpler video and audio recorders capturing course content has become much easier and accessible. Here at the CRDC we have 2 Pocket Cameras available to Faculty who would like to use video in their class. Some faculty have used these to capture guest lectures so that students can access the content at a later date. Some have recorded introductions to course topics and sections so students can have a summary of information to be covered in upcoming classes. Where self evaluation is important student presentations can be captured and released to individual students. Whatever their purpose the videos can be uploaded to our video server and embedded into the U of L Learning Management System for easy access to students.

If you would like more info on how you can use video in your class please contact the CRDC.

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CRDC & CAETL Open House

The CRDC & CAETL invite Faculty and Staff to our Open House. Drop in to L1126 anytime between 1 – 4 pm on Dec. 10, 2010 and enjoy some wine and cheese while learning how we can help you. Hope to see everyone there!

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IT: Classroom Technology Training: Crestron Controller

This video provides instruction on how to use the Crestron touch panel to control the technology in the classroom. It covers the set up and use of the Data Projector, Audio System and Microphones, and DVD and VCR controls.

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Skype Part 1: Consumer tool, Professional use

While my tendency with learning technologies is to explore an approach rather than a specific technology, I have to break with tradition on this one. The approach in question is video communication. The application is Skype. This is part one of a look at an often underrated tool.

Many of you may already be familiar with Skype. Some may use it every day to keep in touch with family and friends. It is a simple (and free) application that allows voice, video and text communication in real time. You can run it on practically any computer with a webcam and a microphone. And now days most laptops and even a few monitors or all-in-one computers (notably the iMac) have built in webcams and microphones. Combine that with a free Skype account for you and your friends and you are good to go.

Great for home use, but where does that fit in at a University? Lately we have been seeing an increase in the need for face-to-face meetings over long distances. When these meetings require multiple different locations to connect to the same meeting, traditional hardware based videoconferencing is needed. But when there is only one party at the other end, that is where Skype steps in. And it does the job well. On many connections the audio and video quality are excellent. Good enough to have one user comment that it was better than the $80,000 videoconference suite he had used previously.

In other situations the remote party may not have access to expensive videoconferencing hardware or the networks required to have a good quality conference. Skype requires only that your computer has an internet connection and is designed to work over varying network conditions.

At the CRDC, we have been using it since the beginning of the year for everything from Faculty meetings, to classes bringing in instructors from across the country, to job interviews around the globe. Once you look at what it can do, Skype quickly becomes elevated to a professional tool, capable of taking on the tasks needed in an ever evolving post-secondary learning environment.

To sum up, Skype is free, accessible and most importantly it works! In my eyes that is a winning combination for a video communication tool.

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Macmillan’s DynamicBooks Lets Professors Rewrite E-Textbooks –

As Amazon, Sony, and Apple redefine the book market, we are slowly starting to see publishers realize that they have to change their sales models to accommodate users or these gadgets and the new web. Motoko Rich explores the text book publisher Macmillan’s attempt to adapt to this changing market.

Instructors who have tested the DynamicBooks software say they like the idea of being able to fine-tune a textbook. “There’s almost always some piece here or some piece there that a faculty person would have rather done differently.”

via Macmillan’s DynamicBooks Lets Professors Rewrite E-Textbooks –

We want to know what you think. Do you feel this is a positive change for the publishing industry or are these changes only going to cause a technology deficit?

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Prezi: Not your mother’s PowerPoint

This tool has the potential to allow more freedom in classroom instruction than your standard presentation tools like PowerPoint of Keynote. Through a non-linear approach Prezi could help foster more open discussion and better engage your students.

Here is more info from their Website:

Prezi is zooming sketches on a digital napkin.

It’s visualization and storytelling without slides. Your ideas live on stage and on the web.

Have you ever wondered about presenting your thoughts as free as they come? Ever got tired of creating a slide show? It’s been said, that the best innovations come from people who are unhappy with the tools they use. We realized that our ideas won’t fit into slides anymore. Putting together creative thinking and technology expertise, we have created Prezi, a living presentation tool.

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The Challenge of the the Personal Learning Environment

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