Interesting data on social media and the American Public’s news sources from Pew Research. A majority of Americans now say they get news via social media, and half of the public has turned to these sites to learn about the 2016 presidential election. See PewResearchCenter, Social Media Update 2016,


Media Literacy-The Need Is NOW!

No matter the discipline or topic, ALL educators need to take some class time to discuss media literacy issues. Facebook and other social media forums are being scrutinized for “Fake News.”   A PewResearch survey reported that 62% of U.S adults get their news on social media and two-thirds of Facebook users (66%) get their news on the site.  That’s over half the U.S. population looking to social media for local and national information.   Social Media users often taint their news posts with their personal opinions and embellishments. It becomes Fake News.  We saw the effects during our last Presidential Campaign.  Many folks, particularly our youth, aren’t able to analysis news stories or know how to recognize credible news sources.  They can’t discern what is real and what is fake.   Just because the news comes from a major network broadcast operation, doesn’t mean it’s credible.  Public Radio Internation CEO, Alisa Miller provides an excellent segue into a media literacy class activity with her Ted Talk on the power of the news to distort our worldview.  Media Literacy must be included in our core curriculums.

How the News Distorts Our Worldview
A must see TedTalk by Alisa Miller, CEO, Public Radio International (PRI)As the CEO of Public Radio International, Alisa Miller works to bring the most significant news stories to millions — empowering Americans with the knowledge to make choices in an interconnected world.

Creative Interaction in Online Courses

The Critical Component of Interaction and Collaborative Learning in Online Courses
3:00-3:45pm AKST ( 7:00pm EST, 4pm PST)
Elizabeth Dennison, Professor, History, UAA & Nancy Wozniak, ROLL Instructional Designer
Interaction and social factors play a significant role in regulating student retention and success in an online course. Research has shown that designing an interactive online course with collaborative activities provides stability for the online learners and decrease feelings of isolation. As a result, success and retention rates are increased. We will demonstrate how to create a rich, collaborative learning environment using collaborative tools for online student-engagement. TAGS: Student Engagement, High Impact Practices JOIN GOOGLE HANGOUT HERE .


eTech Presentation for 11/7/2016


November 7, 2016 eTECH Presentations  Alaska Standard Time (add 4 hours for EST and 1 hour for PST)

10:00am-10:30am, Gmail Unveiled,
Lee Henrikson, Instructional Designer, CTC
Confused about label vs folders? Archive vs trash? Where to customize your Gmail? Want to learn some Gmail shortcuts? After an overview of how Gmail is structured, we’ll talk about making Gmail work for us.TAG: Google Apps for Ed JOIN GOOGLE HANGOUT HERE


11:30am-12:45pm, Time Saving Tips for Building in Blackboard
Kitty Deal, Assistant Professor, Education
Tune in to this session to learn time-saving tips for building new courses in Blackboard (Bb) that lead to consistent and easy navigation for students! Learn building shortcuts to move, copy, link, embed, and navigate within and between Bb shells. TAG: Blackboard 101


1:30-2:30 Stump the Instructional Designers: Google Edition
Lee Henrikson, Instructional Designer, CTC, Katie Walker, Advanced Education Technology Coordinator, COE & Heather Nice, Instructional Designer, SON
Come with questions designed to stump the IDs as we attempt to answer your most difficult Google Questions. No question too hard! No problem too simple! We’re here to help you; if we cannot answer your question, you’ll win a badge and a follow-up call TAG: Google Apps, ExpertID’s JOIN GOOGLE HANGOUT HERE


2:00pm-2:45pm, How eLearning & Distance Student Services Supports Your Online Students
Brittani Chu, eLearning & Distance Student Services
This presentation will detail how the UAA eLearning office supports students taking online classes at UAA. We will go over what support services we are currently offering as well as projects on the horizon. Come with ideas of additional support that you and/or your students would like to see offered. TAG: Student Success JOIN BB COLLABORATE HERE


ASU TeachOnline Blog Site

WOZ’s Blog of the Week

One of the best online teaching and learning best practices and support sites is Arizonia State University’s (ASU) TeachOnline Resources for Teaching Online.   The group includes timely, useful  information on Course Design, Tools, Tutorials, Gaming, Social Media, and a Faculty Showcase.  Of particular interest to me is the post, Integrating Technology with Bloom’s Taxonomy, Obiageli Sneed, May 9, 2016.  Sneed explains, “The purpose of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy is to inform instructors of how to use technology and digital tools to facilitate student learning experiences and outcomes.” Included is an infographic by Ron Carranza demonstrating activities with digital tools and outcomes.  Excellent!


Infographic by Ron Carranza, Arizona State University

The site is full of up-to-date tips and best practices for the online professor.  Instructional Designers will fully appreciate Marc Van Horne’s and Robert Kilman’s, Introducing the ASU Instructional Designers, infographic and outline of the tasks and talents of an instructional designer.  Spot On!


Blog Post by Marc Van Horne and  Infographic Design by Robert Kilman Arizona State University

The freshness and creativity of this site makes it this week’s WOZ Blog of the WEEK.  Outstanding job Arizona State University!

5 Digital Tips for Infusing Cultural Responsiveness in Your Course-2 


Culturally-responsive design strategies allow students to realize they are important as participants in the class community and respected as unique individuals.  Please contribute your ideas and designs for creating cultural responsive learning in your face-to-face and/or online classrooms.

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