April 18, 2013 0

Going visual

From the royalty free website of retro vector art. http://retrovectors.com/

From the royalty free website of retro vector art. http://retrovectors.com/

Welcome to session 4! “Going visual”, in which we will explore our creative side and explore in context what it means to be facilitate your classes using 2d visuals whether they be graphics, drawings or otherwise.

What kind of visuals do you use in your class? Are they online or face to face? Typically visual elements for course materials fall into the “asynchronous” category of media. That is they are pre-designed and created and embedded on your course website. Sometimes however visual elements are incorporated into the class “synchronously” or in real time.

Some examples

Educational Technology and Media open online course – http://etmooc.org/

Effective use of online whiteboard

T1S1 – Introduction to Connected Learning w/ Alec Couros (Jan 21, 7pm)

Check out 26:18 @ ETMOOC – Blackboard collaborate sessions

Further break down

From Bates, A. (in press) Technology, e-Learning and the Knowledge Society, London: Routledge

From Bates, A. (in press) Technology, e-Learning and the Knowledge Society, London: Routledge

Tony Bates has suggested that “asynchronous is (generally) better than synchronous teaching“.

In particular, despite the different ‘affordances’ of different media, there are some common advantages across all asynchronous technologies. In particular, students have greater control over asynchronous technologies, enabling them to fit their learning more easily into the rest of their lives, and also to repeat, and practice, until they can achieve mastery.

 

Meet the Elements of DESIGN

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For reference purposes, here is a link to our presentation on the elements and principles of design. We will be going over this in the workshop.

For a more detailed look at typography, here’s a handy presentation that breaks the subject down quite simply.

If you are interested in the elements and principles of design, there are a great many resources available online. One concise online textbook from Cornell Universityis available at this link.

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