Selecting Technologies for Successful Online Learning
Profession our. Speaker. For this. Presentation is. Dawn. Becca Newton who, is director, of academic, technology at. The, OU u College, of Professional and, continuing studies and John I know I just asked, you the, correct correct, pronunciation, of your name ten, minutes ago and probably just butchered. It so that just goes to show that, I'm. Having, one of those weeks so, sorry about that if I got it wrong but um I'm. Gonna go ahead and turn, it over to you for your presentation, on selecting, technology, for successful, online learning, great. Go. Ahead and. Share. That with, everybody. Hello. Everyone. Hi, everybody I'm dr. John Buchan Hogan I'm, the director of academic technology here. For the College of Professional and, continuing, studies at, the University, of Oklahoma. It. Is my, primary. Job, to make sure that, our. Programs. Both, live, and, online. Have. Access, to our LMS. Which. We are currently using as canvas and, so. I, have a great working relationship. With oh, you IT and. Asked. They asked if I wouldn't mind doing a little presentation. Talking. About some. Of the technologies, that we use in, our. Different. Courses now we have five, bachelor's. Degree programs and five master's degree programs that, are 100%, online and, we. Are kind of going through a. Metamorphosis. We are originally, the College of Liberal Studies and, now. That, we've. Gone through this change, we've added more. Departments. And. With, the new departments, and new missions we've got a new name now professional, continuing, studies so, we're looking at adding more courses both live and online, to our so we're gonna be looking at some of the tools like. I said that we use. I. Want. To talk a little bit about some. Of the different types of technology and then as you can see these are some. Basic. Examples that, we use. You. Will, see, some. Of them before if, you've gone to different conferences, you shouldn't be familiar with softchalk, and so forth but some of these other ones you may not be familiar with like salsa, it's specifically, designed for canvas, and I'm going to show a couple of things I know that Oklahoma, State University. Is getting ready to roll into canvas and I, think other. Institutions. In Oklahoma may start looking at that overall, it's a great product and, there's. A great community out, there that supports. Canvas. And so I hope to be a resource. For you too if you have any questions, and such you'll, be happy to email. Me and I'll be happy to work with those. So. To get started it a little bit what, I want to talk about is. Three. Different types of technology. That we currently use, I have, something what we call our freestanding, or standalone, programs, it's it's, a product, that you would purchase you. Get your license for it it stays on your desktop, or your laptop and. You, work with it and then you'll import, that material, into in, our, case our LMS. Second. One I'm going to talk a little bit about is, specific. Plugins that you build, that you push into your to. Your learning management system, and, salsa. Is a, program, that deals with syllabus. And I'll. Talk a little bit about that, and why we decided to go with that technology, and the. Last thing I want to take a little bit about is a, web base and I say web base it's either. Your log in to a website you're, going to use that facility, of that information and, either download. It and import it into your course or there. Might be a possible, of this plugging, into your, LMS. And so forth and then, I want to give a shout out to Google, Drive there's a lot of different things that we do with Google and. Their, keep getting better and better they keep integrating. Things into the systems so much more and so I want to show you a couple of things that we have done to help us globally. Make, some changes, and some challenges, and so forth. So. For to talk about a softchalk. So. Softchalk. Is a, as, a standalone, program. If. You go to softchalk. Cloud comm. You'll. Be able to get an account now they have a great. Education. Discount. And of, course they also build their there's, there you can do individual licenses, or you can do, an enterprise license, based off of your FTE, we. Only did. 2,000. FTE even though you, know oh you has a lot more than that that, number definitely, helps our college and so we're able to do a lot more things, what.
Softchalk. Is. It's. Kind of a hybrid, of its. Its own standalone. Kind. Of course shell, it. Is, a, ability, to, design. Different. Items, that, you can have internally. Or externally, into. An. LMS. Or so forth and you can see here this is the website you. Can see down here towards the bottom there's a list of all the different LMS is that it does plug into I've. Been using this tool for, about. Oh, my. Goodness 10, maybe 12 years now back. When it used to be a free-standing. System. Where it didn't connect to other. LMSs, now. They've added this whole cloud issue and, you're able to interact and so forth so. What I want to show a, couple, of things with softchalk. First. I want to do is I, want to show you, the. Capabilities. You, have these things called lessons, and you. Can build out lessons, as. Activities. You can build lessons out of this quizzes, these, are all these micro, little things that you can build and I believe there's 22 different items that you can do and the nice thing about this is is that allows you to export it out and you can drop it into courses, we use it in a couple of our undergraduate. General. Studies courses, quick. Little things, to use, some. Of them have to deal with like, vocabulary. So if they're series of things that you want people to remember or to use you, can build these certain activities, we've, gone as far as. A little, bit more interactivity, using. These items the. Far side that you can do with softchalk is you, could actually build a standalone. Shell. A fully. Integration. And we use that for our Navy, at sea program so, when, those sailors, have to go out to sea and they don't have internet access they, can still take courses from the University of Oklahoma and it's all bundled together on, one little package and it still gives them the interaction. Like it's on a website, but. It is completely, self-contained and, I can show a sample that in a minute. But I just wanted to show. Some. Ideas, of what. The tool will do so after you get an account and you're, able to open. Up the account, you. Get this thing called soft called softchalk, create and in, here. You. Have a lot of power, there's a lot of different things that you can do you can create. Your. Own styles. And profiles so I created, a University of Oklahoma so, every time I want to build out either a course or I want, to use a particular tool. It, will always dump, into my Oklahoma. Template, and as you can see there's a lot of different, other templates, that it can do. And. There's. More and more that. It. Will provide. Here. So, this is where I'm talking a little bit about activities. As. You can see there's like 21 different assignments, 21 different activities, that you can do as of, right now most. Of these will work on a mobile device, softchalk. Is transitioning. From flash, into, html5. The. New softchalk. 11, which will be out at the end of April, should. Be 100%. Html5. Compatible, so, we don't don't worry about browsers. Like Chrome. Saying, I'm sorry we don't have flash capability. Anymore. But in the meantime when, that before that comes out I'm gonna show you a couple of things here there's, some nice activities. That you can do this. First one here is this drag-and-drop and. Every. Single one of the assignments. Or or activities. Softchalk. There's a wonderful job, of. You could see where as three different tabs one of the tabs is how to and, they, always, give you one an example, of one will looks like online and also, they give you some wonderful step-by-step. Tutorials, so, you've never had to do it you've never learned how to do it follow, the tutorials, it's very simple so. What, this particular tool, will do is you can in. This. Case we're going to create a. List. Of. Column. A could be and in my case is going to be animals, and column. B is going to be items. That. Associate. With them so. What. I have here is. Just. A notepad, I have. Dog and, then, I use. The. Bar and then I have ball and I have district flick so I can create a, text. A notepad, I can put all these different items in here turn, around and, I, don't have to manually, enter these in unless I want to I'm. Going to import, it in here just to show you how, easy, it is, to. Import. So. Boom all the items are in here they're imported, or ready to go so now I want to take a look at what, does this activity really going to do for me so I'm gonna click OK, I'm, gonna save temporarily.
And The nice thing about softchalk, akiles, gives you a browser view so. It's gonna turn around that's going to create it see how it dropped, it into my template, that I created so. This, is just a generic, here's. A listing isness as drag items from the bottom into the correct slots so, I can come over here and I'll say okay if a baboon is gonna swing notice. That if you heard the sound that little acknowledgment. That you got it right but, if you turn around and do the wrong it. Gives you the sound. That you did it wrong and it drops back and so, this is a great vocabulary, tool, it doesn't have to be a single word it could be a sentence, it, can be definitions. But, it's that repetitiveness, with, a particular assignment hey I just want to make sure that. Students, can remember, different. Concepts, and they do it in a fun interactivity. That. Allows them to. Get, excited. About. Successfully. There. He goes, passing. Dada. And so, you, can also tell, to reset, and there's other options that you're able to do with. This tool I. Can. Modify I can. Set, up show. Answers. If I wanted to I can base on points, it can do a self-test, which, is another great thing that will integrate with canvas for. Example where most LMS is is that, you can set this up where if you actually want it worth points, that, go towards the gradebook you, can set this up where it will dump that information, integrates, or if you just want to do it as a self-test you, can say oh I four there are seven answers so I'm gonna give them seven points, so every, answer they get correct you know they'll get a point and so forth. To, show that that's just one. Activity. That. Is, available. You. Can use. Here. Crossword. Same. Thing I can put in different words I can put in sentences, notice, it has that import, list so, I can go back and create I. Can go back to that same. List. That. I created, a minute ago and. I. Can import, that in there and then, I can tell it to create the puzzle, so. As it creates me, the puzzle. It. Will do its very best it's gonna look at all the words and it's gonna try to generate. The. The, most words, with. The, than. The letters which are the most yeah based off the letters that are there so, notice that three. Of them are coming up because it's the best option. Now you can always click on generate a new puzzle and it, will come up with another flag you know code and oh there's another one and here's another one and there's another one so you can decide.
Which. Ones that. Were able to work and, then whatever that's the one then you'll be able to select it and then you'll be able to support that and push that out to, your. Course but. This is great it's a good opportunity then, the nice thing else about this is that down. The road if you decide to change this semester, after semester you. Can either put in a whole new set of words or. You can just come in here and click on you'll create a new puzzle and I want it to be a different design and so, that's a great feature that. Softchalk. Allows, us to do. Word. Search. You. Know there's another option here. Or seek a word. This. Time I have just, a. Sheet. A document. That has just, single, lists of items. Same. Thing click, on here, save. And. Voila. Now. It's created a word search so you here again these could be particularly vocabulary. Words that you want them to find they're, able to search through the, system and find them. This. Is just, great at all levels this is more than just k12, this is good k20 you, know there are lots of vocabulary words in English, history. Science. Sometimes. These activities, make things a little bit fun to do so. That it's not the same boring materials. That the students might get time and time again online, the. Last let's. See another. Thing that you can do which. I've, used and one of my courses is you. Can create a jigsaw puzzle and, under. The option, there's. Areas where you can describe you want them to do certain things so, I've set this up as a, as. An. A. Activity. Slash assignment. In one of our, courses. Where, I can choose the difficulty level, of pieces, so I'm going to start off with with four pieces just to make it kind of easy right now and then, I'll show you how you can change it and then, I'm going to upload the file here in a second, but what, I've done in the past is have, some type of question, that they have to figure out what. The answer might be and, then they put the puzzle pieces together and it gives them the answer or, we've. Also done it where the. Puzzle piece may be a chart or a graph that they have to put together and, then based off of that information, they're. Able to solve the problem, so, I'm gonna run over here I just have a couple of images. There. Yes. They're. Just spaced one. Okay. So. I'm gonna save. And. I'm gonna put the puzzle on, and. So, this is the easy four-piece puzzle as, I, said before you know you can have much, more information upon the top or, you can have. Directions. And such and all they have to do is just currently. They just drag they. Drop, put. The image together now. They got the image and then they said that we have graphs and charts in one of ours so now they're able to see this and then based off this information, they're able to go answer some, questions, either, in a quiz or in, another assignment, and so forth and. Let me just show you how, crazy. This, can get. Over. Here and modify, change. That to 81, pieces. Okay. Save. And. So. There you go look at that if. You're really in the puzzles my goodness. I have, no idea where that piece would start but. You. Can see. That. You. Know you could get very elaborate, with this particular piece. Here and. Flashcards. Every. A lot of LMSs have their own built-in flash cards, the.
Activity. Flashcards, that are here, in, softchalk. Are, pretty nice. Again. I'm going to go in and I can import, from. That. Original. Multiple. Activities document. That I created and. Then. I can set up for lamp parameters. And. Okay, so again, I can have either the, term or I can show the definition, first whichever one I want to do and then, by guessing which one it is I can tell it to show and then I can move on to the next one move on to the next one and the next one and the next one we, have a professor, that uses this in a science course and so, he has all these great formulas. So you see the image or so you can put pictures, or images down, here so you see the chemical equation. For you, know particular a. Chemical. Joo, blank I'm sorry like ammonia or something and then they would be able to say oh that's ammonia, and they'd click on show and oh yeah I got it right same thing you could have worth points, you can have it as a self test you, could have it as a part of the actual assignments. That tie back in to. Canvas. Or any, LMS. So. That. Is. Softchalk. To. Give you an idea, oops. Of. What it will do I. Will. Show you an, example. Of. Sorry. I have to change the, system here for a second. So. This is an example of softchalk, as a self-contained, unit, that we have so. Student. Would be able to click. On this start, here which is an HTML, start file and then. This, is where they would get so they would be able to go to the introduction, and. Again. This would all be considered offline. But, you could also have an online but so, they have the interaction, we've, got PDF, files we've, got videos, that they can watch we've got audio files and so, this is all 100%. Self-contained. All within. The. Unit here and so, this is a pretty cool idea of, what softchalk and the power of softchalk, of what. It will do. Plug. In to LMS is, so. About. Year. And a half ago oh you decided, to move from desire2learn, to, canvas. And one. Of the things that. We've. Learned over the time is, again canvas, is a huge. Wonderful. Platform, there's so many different things that you can do with it there are so many ways of tapping, into the, system itself to, allow you to do, so, many, different things, and. Bring. Up. So. If you logged into our. Our. Instance, of canvas and those. People who are familiar with it when you log in you hit your dashboard, where you get to see some different courses and so forth. I'm, going to go ahead and click on one of the courses that I'm currently teaching. And. It's one of our history courses and. Inside. Canvas. Is. They. Have a syllabus, page and. The. Basic. Syllabus. Page. Let. Me show you. What. It looks like. So. Inside, canvas what, it will do is on this, top part here isn't as an area that you can edit, you could put, in with your own comments. Your own information right, up here and then, down over here, in this area is every. Time you create an assignment or an assessment, and it log that's, four points and, it shows up on the calendar, it shows up here in the syllabus and it shows up under, assignments. Or discussions, and quizzes, and so forth what. What. We found, lacking. In what, the original, canvas was was, a better syllabus, product, we felt that it didn't really, help us enter grade to, what we really wanted it to be. So. One. Of the things that we did is, that. We went out to. The. Canvas community and. Those. People who are members of, or. Who have canvas and if you've not been to canvas. Community you definitely. Need to go there this is a great place to get resources, to get information, everything. From as an admin, to an instructional designer to a teacher to a faculty, member there's. So much information here people ask a bunch of questions people get help you, want to change something in canvas there's a way a process, you get enough votes you'll, be able to see you'll see when the changes, come place come, through but, this is a great. Great. Opportunity to show you that so, to show, you what we've done in our what. Salsa, does is. Salsa. Integrates, into canvas or allows us to create, a. Platform. Where. We can have our, basic. Information, that you would see in a standard, syllabus.
It's. Here, we put in our outcomes, our, resources, that. What activities, we're doing basic, breakdown of grades our learning outcomes for. This and then of course our boilerplate. Teaching. Philosophies, to our policies, and so forth and then, down here here's. What I was showing you a minute ago these are all active. Assignments. Quizzes. Discussions. And all, this interacts, with in canvas. So. What. Salsa, does is. This. Is a template, that we have we. Turn around and, we created. These, areas. That, can be edited in, areas, that can't be edited to give, us a flexibility. Now what normally, what's what salsa, is designed to do is that's, for that faculty member, or that, teacher to create their own syllabus. And then, I want to walk you through real quickly how, you connect, it to your LMS and then, how, it shows up into well you saw how it shows up on the canvas but, what we at my, college the, college. Decided. That we wanted to be able to provide a, standard. Look, and platform, and also the information that the Provost requires us to have in our syllabus so, my department. Works. Very closely with, the. Department of academic programs where. They oversee, the content, we all receive the technology. And we work together on trying, to, help. Our faculty to streamline. The. Work that they have to do in the work that we do so, we're able to go in here we're able to Ed in all most, of this information, notice. This is not editable, which is fine because it's a standard information. Go. Into our outcomes, we, can create more, and more outcomes, we. Can turn around and add additional sections, if we wanted to in this. Which is great same. Thing with our resource. We've allowed an, edited, area of resources. You. Can as many resources as you want you can add additional again, sections, and settings for those this, is where we put our tivities, grades. This is great this is where we go ahead and we put in different. You, know this is our assignment you know one unit two and the nice thing about this is every. Time, you. Do something it automatically, adds over. Here, I can continue to expand that add more, notice. That. Once, I go, past a. Hundred. It, will automatically. Go through and, set up our. Percentage. And point value that you have to do that now there's some set up behind the scenes that we set up what our 90. 80 70 and, sixty you know will do but, this is a great we love that this feature is there so we can add as many items as we want, we've. Had fat you know and. It doesn't matter the point value. It, will just continue to. Do. The. Calculations. For us so. Where we put in all our different assignments. You know this is where we put our outcomes, and then. Our boiler, plates this. Is great we can build this once we don't have to build it again. We can go in and make changes if, we want it'll globally, affect the, different things that we do, once. We've built out, this particular item. Then. What we need to do is we have to connect to our, LMS, so this is behind-the-scenes, shaking. Of the hands and so we, just click on it it's going to ask me to verify, Who I am I, also say, yes I me now, what it does is it goes in and it looks in we, build all of our courses.
In A pre, production, area. So we we, use that standard, rotation. That, a lot of computer programmers will do we have a dev system, where we develop, we play with we see how things are go when, that's done we've rolled into our pre-production which. Is the last final, cleanest, version, of that particular, course and then, we roll that into production. Which, is the course that the students, see and be able to have that process, we're able to. To eliminate. Changes. That, are problems. That may flare up because we missed something and then, being able to roll that same content, into multiple, sections it's, a lot easier for us to process that so once it's done again. You can see that all of the different pre-production, courses, that, we have I, can assign this too so, I've got a course I've called John tests and so, now I've clicked on it and you'll see here it says John tests it is, linked, to it now I go. Ahead and I click on save I want it to save and does a timestamp last. Thing I do is I tell it to publish, and. When I publish, do a couple of things one. It's. Going to give me a special. HTML. View of the. Item, that I just created it's also going to give me the edited look of that so if I want to go back and make some edits I can, click on here also. It gives me the message that was sent to canvas, so if everything. Turns. Out right I. Should. Be able to jump, back over to my. Dashboard. I, should be able to go into John tests I, should. Be able to click. On, syllabus. And. There it is a minute. Ago there was nothing there and now it's here and the, reason why this is showing in this way is because I didn't put any data into. This box if I would have put data then it would automatically close this. For. Us so. Solstice. Right. Now it's in this, is not something we created this is something that, you. Know Utah, State University which. Works very closely with canvas, their headquarters, is in Utah. They, worked very closely with canvas, building out this tool and a gentleman, left, the. University, to open up his own business and he. Had the. Rights to this particular tool he, is this is now still, in beta so. We're kind of using, it you, know while west here, hoping.
That It, doesn't break on us but there's going to be a final version should, be out sometime this year it's. Got some major updates it's, been great we've been working with the developer, giving that person insight. And what we've been able to do and changes that we want to do. Or the system but this is a really great opportunity for, us. Allows. Us to interact with canvas, a little bit better there's, a secondary, tool that's called syllabus. Tracker which, once you put something into. Canvas. Then, you're able to go to what we call the syllabus tracker and it will then bring up. Previous. Terms, and current terms. Syllabi. And you'll be able to look, at that and if. Here. And. Syllabus. Tracker. You'll. See to. Retrieve, data. What's so syllabus, tracker here is showing us each, one of the, degree. Programs that we have it tells. Us how. Many syllabi. Are currently. Running and active, so, we have there's, 216. Out of 238. So 90% of our. Syllabus, pages have content, 22, do not have content, and so they're in red and that could be because of different reasons and then, the system will break down each. Individual. Program and, show, us the. Syllabi so, the, ones with green checkmarks, this is great so you hover it and it takes you a link to that syllabi. Then. If you want to go directly to the course I can have this arrow and it takes me there and the, last thing is it tells me who the instructor is so. This is a great tool that our advisors. Are using now and. Let's see this will show you multiple instructors, so. A, student. Calls up and say hey I'm really interested in taking. LST. D100, 3 but I really like a copy of the syllabus great. The instructor. Are our advisors, come here they can, come over here they can click on the few syllabus, they could download it so. They click on it, brings. Them up into a print mode I can save it as a PDF I, can print it out as a Word document send. It to that student, and they have the information that they need for the syllabus and so. That's a great tool. And a great opportunity that, we've taken something that is built. Into. And able, to. Exploit. It and use it and this is just one of many different things, that, can. Be plugged into a canvas site, and. Speaking. About Candace. So. I'm. Going to talk to you about is, these web-based things so I mean Google Drive everybody likes Google, Google's, a great integration, with canvas that's a great integration with a lot of different things and. What. We've been able to do. Is. Let. Me go. Should. Be our test system, yeah. Okay so, this, just shows you this, is an example of one of our templates, that we use for our undergraduates. Administrative. Leadership program so. What. We wanted to do is, we, wanted to figure out a way of being able to make global changes being. Able to do, what we need so, we don't have to touch every single class and go back so. We turn around and we created, our Google Drive and inside our Google Drive we. Have a canvas folder, inside, the folder we. Have our, different. Programs and so. Within. Each of our programs we, have, common. Buttons. And. So. We build out all these common buttons we put them here in the Google Drive or we. Have specific. Programs. Our. Graduate, and here, there are different courses. And. It, shows their, imagery. Like. The. Ones here. This imagery and all these button imagery so what we've done is we've turned around we, occur we built some tools we created, this if we, threw it in our Google Drive then, we turn around and, inside our Google Drive we. Get. The. Shareable. Link. Bringing. Up this, WordPad, so. We turn around we grab our shareable, link. And. All. We need is, this, code here, okay. Because. What. We've done, is. Inside. All, of our pages. On. Our HTML, editor. Here. Is. Image. So. That's going looking for a Google let's go into our Google Drive and here's that code right there so. If I don't like or for. Example when we had to change from. Going, from the College of Liberal Studies to, the College of Professional continuing. Studies instead. Of going into every, single course I'm having to change this header showed. Up on all these different pages all we, had to do was go into our Google Drive grab, the new item. Upload. It into Google and then, it pushed it out and then all of these globally, changed, we. Can do the same thing for any of these buttons we, could do the same thing for, the.
What They've seen or, different. Types of technology, or any questions, about different. Ways we may have integrated, things into, canvas, and so forth, so. Let's. Take a look I. Don't. Think. Just. A reminder to everyone mics, are disabled, so if you have a question, please, type it in the chat box. John. While we're waiting to see if we have any questions. You. May have a slide on this but in case someone, has needs. To connect with you later on or watches, this as a recording, what would be the way. To reach, you. Good, point here let me make sure I will put it back on, to. This. Slide here. There. We go. There. We are so. That's my oh you email address and then that's my direct line into, my office, and, you'll be able to contact us but this is a great. Technology's. Been fun technology's, been great I've, been doing this for I've, been, an instructor and dealing with online for, over 15. Years I've, been dealing you, know I've been here at OU you for three years before that I was, at the University, of Florida. For 13 years, there's. So, much advancements, are going on I just came back from a conference where. We were talking about virtual reality and how, close, that is for. Online. Learning and the, ability, to build, out different. Actual or even, just three-dimensional, modeling, of different items so, we're going to take a look at some of our science, courses take, a look at some of our criminal justice courses to, see what else we can do to. Enhance that, online experience. For our students. Okay. Any. Questions, come up does. Not look like we have any questions, at this point. This. Was a great, presentation, a lot of fun stuff in there I really want to go out and make a little animation myself, now so that's not that's, really a neat, thing so, thank, you so much John for this great, presentation and. You. Can all see there he. John, has email and phone number up so, thank. You once, again for, for joining us for this and I hope to see everybody over. The next couple of weeks. Great. Thank you all thank, you bye.