Week 5 -- November 12-25 -- Academic Integrity, Web 2.0 Technology Tools, Post Unit Draft

Course Objectives
You will:
  1. Participate in an online course as a student including reflecting on participation and collaboration.
  2. Design a standards-based online instructional unit incorporating research and best practice based principles.
  3. Develop a handbook based on research and best practices outlining rules, policies, guidelines and resources for successful online learning experiences.
  4. Explore project based learning and essential questions then weave the concepts into your instructional unit.
  5. Explore a variety of Web 2.0 tools then weave their use into your instructional unit.
  6. Demonstrate you are a licensed or licenseable teacher (if you want certificate indicating you have completed this course, see Wisconsin State Statue 118.19(13)).

Assignment 1: Academic Integrity (objective 3)
Cheating is a possibility in the online world. It is in the face-to-face one also. Most of the same principles to reduce academic dishonesty hold true in the online world as in the face-to-face. Select real world tasks that require synthesis and original thought. Select real world tasks that require proposing a solution and justification. This will alleviate the ability to copy and paste from other sources or purchase a paper online. Know your students, their writing style, their voice, their habits (just like you do in the "regular" classroom). This will tell you if the work is likely to be their own.

  • To explore this topic further, read Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education. http://www.wcet.info/2.0/index.php?q=node/1212
  • Find and read two more articles on legal, ethical, academic integrity topics.
  • For copyright issues, check out my page of resources on the left. (Thanks WEMTA listserv members! Many came from you.)
  • Include a section in your Policy Handbook dealing with Academic Integrity.

Assignment 2: Web 2.0 Technology Tools (objective 5)
Try at least three of the following online tools (yes, if you find others they would be fine to try). Be creative, try something new. You can see from my examples that they don't have to be long or perfect. Include their use in your instructional unit so I can see the samples. Have your students use them too.

Top 10 Sites/Applications for Creating Screencasts

1. Screen Flow - Simply the best, most robust application for creating screencasts at an affordable price.
2. SnapZpro - While not as many features of Screen Flow, more affordable and easy to use.
3. Jing - One of the more popular free applications for recording screencasts (unpaid version saves as a swf file).
4. Screenjelly - Probably the most user-friendly site to use for recording video and uploading to a number of sites.
5. Camtasia - Great application for Windows, similar to Screen Flow.
6. Screenr - Excellent free site for recording screens with an iMovie type interface.
7. ScreenCastle - One of the best and easiest ways to record a screen and share or embed with others.
8. Sequence - Very affordable Mac application for creating screencasts with the ability to draw or comment.
9. Screenium - A nice Mac application at a nice price.
10. Screen Flick - A Mac application with many export features.

David Kapuler was the media and technology specialist at Greendale (Wis.) School District. Read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.

Yet more tools on my list to explore include:
  • Twiducate
  • Animoto
  • Prezi
  • Glogster
  • Edmodo
  • WallWisher
  • Tayxedo
  • QuickieQ
  • AnswerGarden
  • Weebly
  • CamStudio
  • Blabberize
  • Wordle
  • OneWord
  • ComicLife
  • Pixie
  • Toxbox

Cybrary Man has also compiled quite an extensive list of resources.

Here's my Voice Thread. It's not dissimilar to Fotobabble except others can add comments (I think I made this one public). See if you can add something. Click on either graphic or link.

Assignment 3: Post a draft of your unit. (objective 2)
Send classmates and instructor an email on how they can access your unit.
Review Project - Unit page for details of what needs to be included.