September 3, 2014
by Greg Walker
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24 TOP TOOLS FOR ONLINE TEACHING

24 TOP TOOLS FOR ONLINE TEACHING

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What are your top tools for learning? The Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies collects responses to this question from learning professionals every year. The result is a list of “Top 100 Tools for Learning,” which runs the gamut from Adobe to Zite.

Last month, I posed a modified version of the question during an Inside Online Learning chat (#IOLchat): “What are your topeLearning tools for teaching?” We came up with 24 relevant and diverse suggestions based on our own experiences and use in online education. I’ve categorized them here as tools for communication, collaboration, proctoring, productivity, and content presentation, but many could be listed under multiple categories.

While most of these tools offer free or no-fee account options, some advanced features are only available through a paid subscription. Others on the list are only available through a paid account, but offer free limited trials. Almost all require users to register for an account with a username and password before getting started.

24 TOP TOOLS FOR ONLINE TEACHING

August 28, 2014
by Greg Walker
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OPEN KNOWLEDGE: CHANGING THE GLOBAL COURSE OF LEARNING

Date:  Tuesday, September 2, 2014 to Friday, December 12, 2014

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Open source, open science, open data, open access, open education, open learning — this course provides an introduction to the important concept of openness from a variety of perspectives, including education, publishing, librarianship, economics, politics, and more, and asks you to discover what it means to you. Open Knowledge is international and multi-institutional, bringing together instructors and students from Canada, Ghana, Mexico, the United States, and the rest of the world. It will challenge you take control of your own education, to determine your own personal learning objectives, to contribute to the development of the curriculum, to reflect on your progress, to learn new digital skills, and to take a leadership role in the virtual classroom. It will also provide you with the opportunity to connect with colleagues from different countries and professions, and to better understand areas where your interests overlap and where unexpected distincts exist. We hope you’ll consider taking this journey with us.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Week 1: Introduction to Open Knowledge
Week 2: Technological Change, Digital Identity, and Connected Learning
Week 3: Participatory Culture, Citizen Journalism, Citizen Science
Week 4: Intellectual Property, Copyright, and the Economics of Open
Week 5: Historical Perspectives: Learned Publishing from Medieval to Modern Times
Week 6: Open Science, Data, Access, Source, Review
Week 7: Open Educational Resources: From Lesson Plans to Instructional Videos
Week 8: Archives, Databases, Encyclopedia: Evaluating Open Collections and Reference Sources
Week 9: Scholarly Publishing and Communications: Journals, Books, and Publication of Research
Week 10: Information Literacy: Overload, Filters, and Developing a Critical Lens
Week 11: Global Perspectives on Equity, Development, and Open Knowledge
Week 12: Student Publishing: Lessons in Publishing, Peer Review, and Knowledge Sharing
Week 13: The Future of Open Knowledge

August 28, 2014
by Greg Walker
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Information Technology Services

Welcome (back) to UH for the fall 2014 semester!  Here’s a brief update and some links to details about UH Information Technology Services.  There’s more information and current news at the ITS website.  And watch for the updated ITS website coming in mid-September.
http://www.hawaii.edu/its

ACCESS

GOOGLE@UH
Students, faculty, and staff have access to Google Apps, including Gmail, Calendar, and Drive, using your UH Username.
http://www.hawaii.edu/google

CAMPUS WIRELESS ACCESS PASSTHROUGH (All campuses except for Windward and Kauai Community Colleges)
UH students, faculty and staff can now register your laptop and mobile devices to automatically pass through the login process for the campus WiFi network. Passthrough coverage may vary per campus.
http://www.hawaii.edu/wireless/

COURSES

LAULIMA
Laulima is the learning and collaborative online environment for the University of Hawai’i. You can review the things every Laulima user needs to know and find out more at:
https://laulima.hawaii.edu

COURSES AVAILABLE THROUGH OCEANIC TIME WARNER CABLE
The University of Hawai’i offers cable courses statewide on Oceanic Time Warner Cable.  Recent channel changes reassigned UH educational programming to digital channels: UHTV channel 355, MCTV channel 354 (Maui county only) and UHVOD (Video On Demand) channel 358.  Students with basic or standard service can obtain a free digital cable box from Oceanic Cable Customer Service to view their classes.
http://www.hawaii.edu/dl/cable

SAFETY

STAY SAFE ONLINE!
ITS will NEVER ask you to provide your username and password in an email. Colleges and universities continue to face a relentless barrage of “phishing” attacks.  These typically involve email that appears to come from a legitimate source – college, university, bank, credit union, credit card company or similar organization.  The email will ask you to provide personal information and/or your account and password, either directly or through a false (but realistic looking) login screen.  DO NOT EVER REPLY!   If in doubt for any email message, do not reply. Ignore it or confirm its legitimacy through other means. Find more information at:
http://www.hawaii.edu/askus/898 or http://www.hawaii.edu/infosec/

FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF & AFFILIATES
McAfee anti-virus software is licensed by the University of Hawai’i for use by current UH students, faculty, and staff. Keep your PC or Mac safe from viruses by downloading and installing your free copy. Windows 8.1 and Mac OS X 10.9 compatible versions are available.
http://www.hawaii.edu/askus/831

REGISTER FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS
If you have not already done so, please provide UH with your emergency contact information.  Your emergency phone/text message information will only be used for one test a semester and in situations that threaten health & safety or for full campus closures.  For those already registered, please login and review your contact information to make sure your information is up to date.
http://www.hawaii.edu/alert

FACULTY & STAFF

DIRECT DEPOSIT OF REIMBURSEMENTS
Faculty and staff can receive travel and some other types of reimbursements more quickly and easily by registering to receive direct deposits rather than paper checks.
http://www.hawaii.edu/epayment

ONLINE PAY STATEMENTS
UH employees can now view their pay statements online.  Your UH Username is required to log on to this application.
http://www.hawaii.edu/paystub

If you have questions or ideas about information technology at UH, send an email or call.  If you are on the Manoa campus, stop by to see me at the new IT Center.

Best wishes for a great semester,

Steve Smith
Interim Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
<steven.smith@hawaii.edu>   808 956-2808

August 27, 2014
by Greg Walker
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Complete Guide to Open Educational Resources

Low-cost, high-quality textbooks may once have been a myth, but no longer: Open educational resources provide a wide variety of free learning content for practically any subject. CT asked three OER enthusiasts for their favorite tips and tools.

OER Defined

“OER are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software and any other tools, materials or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”
— The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a writer who covers technology and business for a number of publications. Contact her at dian@dischaffhauser.com.

August 27, 2014
by Greg Walker
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Try Chair Yoga to Prevent Sitting Disease: The New Health Epidemic

According to Bess O’Connor,

  Sitting is the new smoking. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys report that 50-70 percent of people spend six or more hours sitting every day.

An inactive lifestyle is shown to shorten your lifespan, cause hormonal changes, and increase inflammation. Sitting dormant for hours on end, combined with a lack of exercise has been proven to cause type-II diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.<See more>

Ground your mind and body with this 20-minute chair flow. Perfect for all levels and doshas, chair yoga is a great way to relax from head to toe without the stress of getting out of your chair.This flow is also perfect for those wanting a quick way to stretch your body and relieve tension while at work, without leaving your office chair. Open your hips, move your shoulders and neck, and find length in your spine with this chair yoga flow.

Chair Yoga Flow for All Levels

August 25, 2014
by Greg Walker
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Learn about Creative Commons licenses and how they work

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You: Are an awesome citizen of the web. Want to share your work with others. Want to use stuff that people have shared with you.

This challenge: Will familiarize you with the range of Creative Commons licenses, which grant permission to the world to use creative work in specific ways. Will get you started on the road to CC savvy with a few short videos and activities.

Image: CC on Orange by Yamashita Yohei, CC BY license.

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