This past week has been so interesting. At Tillamook Bay Community College, we had our final visit from the accreditation team. If all goes well, we will be full accredited by Spring 2014. The visit went well; we just don’t get the final nod until late in Winter term. About mid-week, I was told that they’re going to start hiring the staff that will drive the Title 3 grant use for the next several years, this month, including the instructional design position. I’ve been waiting for a position like this for several years, so I am beyond excited. I didn’t sleep that night. I know that there’s a possibility that I won’t be the most qualified for the job when it is posted, but I’m excited to have the opportunity come up.
Toward the end of the week, I started working on a basic tutorial to introduce co-workers to Moodle. We’ve been using this LMS for a while, but we don’t really have any documentation for the usage of Moodle. I know there are a lot of good things out there, already, and I have permission to use the Moodle tutorials from Pacific University as an example/basis for my tutorials, but they use a more recent version of Moodle and there are going to be differences. I’ve completed the text and screenshots for the first section, but I have a few video clips I want to record as well, using TechSmith’s Camtasia and/or SnagIt. If you have some time, please provide a link in the comments or tell me about your favorite Moodle resources that you have seen – I would really appreciate it.
This fall, I am teaching Math 20 online through Southwestern Oregon Community College. We’re using software from Hawkes Learning for homework and each of my students is at a different place in the class. I am sort of enjoying it, though I feel the need to send more group emails to my students, in an effort to make the class feel more engaging. I’ve thought about this, though, and I think that the addition of discussion forums or chats might over-complicate a class full of people just getting started in math, and in many cases, taking their first online class. I’ve been answering email promptly and there don’t seem to be any major issues in the class, so far.
This brings us to the weekend. I listened to a very talented friend play some original music on Saturday and this afternoon I showed a up a week early to an AAUW event in town. Homework hasn’t been at the forefront of my mind, this week. I did change my MM 231 grade option to Pass/No Pass, and I’m planning to get caught up early this week. Flash is difficult software for me to use, and I can’t afford to get too far behind. For this week’s animation site fodder, I consulted a long-time favorite website of mine: Pointless Sites. Please enjoy the following picks for Week 3:
- Nested – based on Java/Script and not really animated per se, but lots of clicking interactions. Just odd.
- Ana Somnia – this is ridiculously cool. Block the light from your webcam and Ana goes to sleep and an elaborate dreamscape begins to fill up the screen. If you unblock your webcam, Ana wakes up because it is isn’t dark enough for her to fall asleep. The animation is lovely.
- Medijate – there are some cool mouse interactions on this site. I like the color-scheme a lot. I am not crazy about the sounds.
- Click to Remove – fun click-to-remove animation. Not much to it: you click on each of the letters and they go away. You need to refresh the page in order to start over.
- Going to the Store – someone made this video and it is insane.
Sometime this week, will try and get a post that isn’t related to my animation class posted. I have a few ideas about what I’d like to write about, but I can’t seem to make the time or I feel like the posts must be long to be substantial. A couple of my ideas are to talk about Open Educational Resources, accessibility in online classes, and sharing my first Moodle tutorial, when I’m done with it. I don’t know that the topic matters too much, but I tihnk those are well-suited to a short post.