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Volume 8 Issue 3 - The Making of a Podcast (Part 2)
Written By: Virgil E. Varvel Jr.
After experiencing a new found appreciation of the possibilities of podcasts, Virgil presents an overview of the process of starting your own podcast from start to finish.
Keywords: Podcast, Audio Recording, Syndication, RSS, mp3

Volume 8 Issue 2 - The Making of a Podcast (Part 1)
Written By: Virgil E. Varvel Jr.
After experiencing a new found appreciation of the possibilities of podcasts, Virgil presents an overview of the process of starting your own podcast from start to finish.
Keywords: Podcast, Audio Recording, Syndication, RSS, mp3

Volume 8 Issue 1 - Keybooard Choices
Written By: Virgil E. Varvel Jr.
In this pointer article, we look at alternative keyboard layouts that are currently available.
Keywords: Data Entry; Keyboards; QWERTY; Dvorak

Volume 7 Issue 6 - Online Instructor Competencies
Written By: Virgil E. Varvel Jr.
This pointer lays out a long list of competencies that have been found to improve practice and student learning and satisfaction in online education. The alignment of these competencies with MVCR courses is also included.
Keywords: Competency, Online Instruction, Online Education, ELearning

Volume 7 Issue 5 - Increasing Online Interactivitiy through the Use of a Database-Driven Lesson
Written By: Leaunda Hemphill and Jing Yu
Database-driven activities can be used to enhance the interactivity level within a course and develop a more learner-centered educational environment. This article provides an overview and examples for putting database-driven lessons to use in your own courses.
Keywords: Web-based Interaction; Instructional Design; Database-Driven; Interactivity

Volume 7 Issue 4 - Creating Authentic and Engaging Assignment in Your Online Course
Written By: Lisa Bathe
In this Pointer, Lisa Bathe asks the question, "How do I ensure that the assignment I create is authentic?" 6 criteria are relayed that one should consider when creating an assignment. A before and after example is discussed followed by steps to create your own authentic assessments.
Keywords: Authentic Assessment; Student Motivation; Online Teaching

Volume 7 Issue 3 - Teaching with Podcasts Learning Team Report
Compiled By: Douglas Mills
Douglas Mills presents a report from the Teaching with Podcasts Learning Team at the 2006 Illinois Faculty Summer Institute.
5 Podcasts are presenting by the Learning Team Participants including What is Podcasting, What Is Involved in Podcasting, What Makes a Good Podcast, How to Podcast, and When and Why to Do a Podcast.
Keywords: Online Education; Teaching; Podcasts; How To

Volume 7 Issue 2 - Using the Information Mapping Method to Create Online Courses
By: Norma Grassini-Komara
This brief article presents the informtion mapping method and how it can be applied to online course design. Step-by-step instructions and an overview diagram are provided.
Keywords: Online Education; Information Mapping; Instructional Design; Course Design

Volume 7 Issue 1- Marketing your online courses and programs
By: Teri Karpman
This brief article provides some quick win tips for marketing your course and/or program

Keywords: Online Education; Marketing; Advertising

Volume 6 Issue 6 - Explicative analysis of several features between the Library Experimental Education Program and the Module Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE) Course Management Systems
Virgil Varvel & Emily Rogers
This article takes a careful look from both a student and instructor perspective of how these two systems compare with particular attention to communication.
Keywords: LEEP; MOODLE; Course Management Systems; LMS; CMS; CSCL; Asynchronous Communication; Online Education; Asychronous Online Communication; Syncronous Online Communication

Volume 6 Issue 5 - FERPA Overview for Online Educators
Virgil Varvel
Privacy can be an important issue to many individuals. For example, most people would not want their academic record posted on the Web for anyone to see. Many also would not want their class time streamed as a video online without their consent. For some, a shift to online education may even be due to a desire for anonymity and privacy. In the online era within a Web initially designed to share information, we must consider that not all information should be shared in the same way. In many circumstances, privacy can be considered an individual right that government should serve to protect. By providing guidelines in listed situations, this article will address specific issues of online privacy in an educational context and regulations that the government and other institutions have put in place to protect that privacy.
Keywords: privacy; online education; online privacy; compliance; educational records

Volume 6 Issue 4 - Webquests
Leaunda Hemphill
As the Web became more prominent in schools, Webquests were invented as a way to use this new resource in an inquiry-based educational activity. In this article, the instructional practice of Webquests are explored and their usefulness in online education.
Keywords: pedagogy; instruction; webquest; inquiry-based

Volume 6 Issue 3 - Moodling
Kevin Johnson, Michael Lindeman, & Virgil Varvel
The Open-Source and free course-management system Moodle is discussed including what it is and how to use it.
Keywords: Moodle; Open-Source; Course Management System; Learning Management System; Virtual Learning Environment; Open Learning; Distance Education

Volume 6 Issue 2 - The Promise of Podcasting
Susan Manning
This article will explain in layman’s terms how the technology works and what promise it holds for online teaching and learning.
Keywords: podcasting; webinar; online learning; communication; audio recording; streaming audio

Volume 6 Issue 1 - Honesty in Online Education
Virgil Varvel
This article attempts to critically analyze the arguments on both sides of the online cheating debate while presenting techniques for circumventing and alleviating issues related with online education.
Keywords: academic honesty; academic integrity; cheating; copyright; plagiarism; copying; community

September/October 2004 - Using Storyboards in Online Course Design
This pointer article describes the usefulness of storyboarding in an online instruction context. Why they are used, and how they are used will be discussed.
Keywords: instructional design; storyboards; multimedia design; flowcharts; course design; online education; online courses

July/August 2004 - Using Microsoft Producer with MS PowerPoint Presentations
This issue of Pointers and Clickers, we see a quick outline of how one can go from a standard PowerPoint, import it into Producer, narrate with audio, and then public for the Web. Use the link below to view the presentation in SWF format.
Keywords: Illustrated Audio; Multimedia; Presentations; Content Delivery

May/June 2004 - Course Redesign Process
This month, Virgil walks us through the concepts applied while redesining a course to be more in line with various exemplary course rubrics commonly in use. Everything from the basic architecture of the course to the assessment decisions are discussed in this 3 part multimedia presentation.
Keywords: instructional design; online teaching; exemplary courses

March/April 2004 - Rubrics
Virgil Varvel discusses the principles of rubrics including creation, usage, and evaluation of rubrics.
Keywords: rubrics, assessment

January / February 2004 - Discussion Board-Based Group Work in a Large Enrollment First Semester Organic Chemistry Lecture Course
Tyson A. Miller shares results for a large online discussion showing methods of success and offering student survey results.
Keywords: chemistry; large enrollment; online course; online education; discussion board; group work; organic chemistry

November/December 2003 - Effective Use of PowerPoint in Education
Virgil Varvel shares years of presentation experience with a PowerPoint within a PowerPoint demonstrating effective presentation techniques.
Keywords: Online Learning; Presentation Software; Effective Presentations; Tutorial

September / October 2003 - The Nature and Characteristics of Online Learning in Illinois Colleges and Universities
A report for the Illinois Virtual Campus prepared by Dr. John S. Washburn, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale showing changes in the institutions that participate in the IVC focusing on the nature and status of online learning, how institutional representatives perceive their institutions' support for online learning, and implications for state and local policy/planning.
Keywords: Online Learning; Statistics; Illinois; Illinois Virtual Campus; Online Courses

July / August 2003 - Top 10 Copyright Issues in Higher Education.
Virgil Varvel present some common issues in higher education today, along with resources for more information on the TEACH act in higher education.
Keywords: Copyright; Intellectual Property; TEACH Act

May / June 2003 - Web Logs (Blogs): A Primer and Applications in Education.
Ray Schroeder, Professor Emeritus/Director of the Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning, University of Illinois at Springfield takes a look at the present and future of blogging and how the technique can be effectively used in education.
Keywords: Web Logs;, Blogs;, Education; Archiving

March / April 2003 - IVC Tutor - Help at Your Fingertips
Teri Karpman tells us about the Illinois Virtual Campus online tutor program.
Keywords: Tutor, Illinois Virtual Campus, Student Support, Online Education, Distance Education

January / February 2003 - Are Your Virtual Classes as Successful as They Could Be?
Christina Morfeld looks at 3 strategies to make the most out of your online courses.
Keywords: Virtual Classes; Success; Blended Learning; Collaborative Learning

November / December 2002 - Facilitating Discussions: Importance, Design, Facilitation and Evaluation
Tracey Smith discusses facilitation discussions.
Asynchronous – occurring at different times
Discussion – an exchange of ideas, facts, and opinions
Asynchronous Discussion – An essential tool for teaching and learning online.
Keywords: asynchronous communication; facilitation; evaluation; discussion forum

September / October 2002 - WebCT Tutorial for Instructors
Virgil Varvel provides a WebCT tutorial.
WebCT is a very complex tool when you begin to think about all of its features. This Flash-based tutorial helps explain how to set up the various features of WebCT from an instructor's viewpoint.
Keywords: Course Management Systems; WebCT; Tutorial

July/August 2002 - Merged with September / October

May/June 2002 - Curbing Academic Dishonesty in Online Courses
By Mike McNett
How can you be sure that the person taking the test is actually your student? And that they are acting alone, without the book?
Keywords: Online Courses; Academic Dishonesty;, Plagiarism

March/April 2002 - Review of Educational Uses of Flash on the Web
By Virgil Varvel
A look at how Flash is being used on the Web in an educationally effective manner.
Keywords: Macromedia; Flash, Online Education; Multimedia

January/February 2002 - Ice Breakers
By Virgil Varvel
Activities at the start of a class session can serve many purposes. Learn some of these purposes and how ice breakers work.
Keywords: Ice Breakers; Orientation

November/December 2001 - Whose Words? Who Owns Student Posts in an Online Course
By Virgil Varvel
As online education continues to grow, a new question begins to appear from faculty and students alike. Who owns the words that students enter into an online course discussion forum?
Keywords: Education; Copyright; Student Rights

September/October 2001 - Guest Lecturers in the Online Environment (Part 2 of 2)
By Virgil Varvel
Where can you find a good guest lecturer? What do students feel about guest lecturers?
Keywords: Online Education; Guest Lecture

July/August 2001 - Guest Lecturers in the Online Environment (Part 1 of 2)
By Virgil Varvel
Learn the benefits of bringing in the outside lecture into your online courses.
Keywords: Online Education; Guest Lecture

May/June 2001 - Creating Dynamic Online Lectures with Real Presenter
By Lynn Ward
Take you lectures to the next level using Illustrated Audio with Real Presenter.
Keywords: Real Presenter; Real Audio; Multimedia; PowerPoint

March/April 2001 - Facilitating Every Student in an Online Course
By Virgil Varvel
Learn techniques to make your Web course work for every student.
Keywords: Online Education; Facilitating; Online Course Design

January/February 2001 - Creating printer-friendly documents for your online course
By Michael Lindeman
Learn why an online instructor should consider creating printer-friendly versions of online course materials. 10 tips are presented on how to create web pages that can be printed easily and efficiently.
Keywords: Usability; Accessibility; Printing

November / December 2000 - Accessible Online Course Design
By Virgil Varvel
When a few simple rules are followed, an enabled environment can be created that provides all individuals with useful access to the information presented on any web site.
Keywords: accessibility; web design;, enabling technology; online course design

October 2000 - Wireless - Approaching Anytime, Anywhere Learning
By Virgil Varvel
Wireless networking is a hot topic in educational computing today. In this month's Pointer and Clicker, find out what wireless is and why it is becoming popular.
Keywords: Internet Service; Access; Wireless

September 2000 - Free Internet Service - Get Your Students Connected
By Michael Lindeman
Institutions need to take an active role in helping their students find affordable computers and Internet access. A first step is to tell students about free Internet service providers. In this month's Pointer and Clicker, three popular FREE ISPs are evaluated. Find out which service ION recommends.
Keywords: Free Internet Service; Access, Digital Divide

August 2000 - Online Response Time
By Patricia Phillips-Batoma
Are you always racing the clock when you teach an online course? In this month's Pointer and Clicker, we describe time management tips to integrate into the design of your course. Specifically, we discuss online response time for three areas of online courses: e-mail messages; asynchronous conferencing and homework/tests.
Keywords: e-mail; asynchronous conferencing; assignments; exams; postings; discussion threads; response time; course design

July 2000 - Marking Up Students' Texts Electronically
By Patricia Phillips-Batoma
Have you been printing out your students’ papers and then marking them up using a red pen? Well, those days are just about gone, because now you can give students that important feedback faster and more efficiently by marking up their texts electronically. In this month’s pointer and clicker, we will discuss two different ways to do this: Using Microsoft Word™ Using Markin™ .
Keywords: electronic mark-up; strikethrough; HTML; DHTML; Rich Text Format (RTF); Annotations; Comments; Feedback; Grades

May 2000 - Bookmarks
By Heidi Krahling
Bookmarks are a wonderful time-savers and organizers for Internet users; this months Pointer and Clickers suggests ways that someone can take their bookmarks from computer to computer.
Keywords: Bookmark; bookmark list; hotlist; favorite

April 2000 - Student Support Centers
By Vincent Donahue
The Illinois Virtual Campus offers services that are extremely beneficial for students taking online courses, thus making teaching online courses more effective. One of these services is IVC's Student Support Centers.
Keywords: Illinois Virtual Campus (IVC) , Student Support Center (SSC), student advising, access to computers, access to libraries, technical assistance, proctoring tests and exams, marketing

March 2000 - Judging Sources for Courses
The Internet is a fount of informational resources, but also a fount for misinformation and faulty resources; because of the bounty of sites as sources, ION recommends some evaluative rubrics for assessing the trustworthiness of web sites.
Keywords: Source, sponsor, URL, credibility, content, currency, boundaries, quality control, refereeing

February 2000 - Graphic & Design Tips For Online Courses

January 2000 - Cookies Online
A "cookie" is a small piece of information sent by a web server to store on a web browser so it can later be read back from that browser.
Keywords: Cookie, magic cookie, persistent cookies

December 1999 - Beating Cheating Online
Preventing plagiarism & cheating in online courses.
Keywords: Plagiarism, shoddy scholarship, cheating, tests & quizzes cheating, ringer, proctoring, alternative assessments.

November 1999 - Chat as a Teaching Tool
Chat as a teaching tool calls for pedagogical uses of chat, chat room management techniques, as well as coping strategies for instructors and students.
Keywords: chat, chat room, oral quizzes, "debriefing" exercises, transcripts as a study tool, brainstorming, small group work, guest speakers, virtual office hours, chat etiquette.


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