Social, educational & open media in an SFU classroom.

I have used Storify to introduce social media before. And I’m not above doing so again. For its sheer ease of use, and how quickly you can assemble a story from a wide assortment online sources, it should be an early stop on your Edmedia quest.

I have tried to keep a robust set material to explore on the Open Educational Resource Page (OERs), but this is a topic that is shifting so fast these days its impossible to keep up but in a cursory way. Unless of course you are leveraging a ‘PLN’ (more on that in class discussion šŸ˜‰

As noted, there has been a more extensive set of learning objectives for this session, but I haveĀ  been updating it for today’s session.

And hopefully many more.

I am hoping by linking to the awesome CC artwork I will be OK as far as licensing goes, but there is a story there.

Also, this video…


Below is a snippet from a Storify story created using found media online.

Introducing… The ‘Faculty Showcase’ and some new posting tips

We consider everyone who passes through the EdMedia program (EMP) to be ‘faculty’, so in this case we are referring to all our participants who have completed an Educational Media project with us, whether they be faculty, staff or students. The “Faculty Showcase” is a new page on the site that will feature all the Open Educational Resources (OERs) that have been created in our program.

The showcase gathers all the posts on this blog that use the category “OER” and displays them on a ‘pinterest like’ grid that can be easily scanned. As I was going through our existing content it was apparent that in order for these posts to look their best, it would be helpful for authors to follow some simple steps to guide their work.Ā  These tips are relevant for all posts and pages on the site.

How to post your content to the Faculty Showcase.

  1. Make a “New Post” and select “OER” as the category
  2. Upload and insert an image of your content into the post.
  3. Embed your media
  4. Upload and set a ‘featured image’
  5. Publish

Well that is the point form version of the steps, but I will add some more details below. Continue reading “Introducing… The ‘Faculty Showcase’ and some new posting tips”

Interactive documents: using audio + visual together

After producing an audio file/”podcast” on how to read a type of university policy document called an “RRSDA” or records retention schedule, I distributed the audio to various folks and asked for feedback.

One frequent piece of feedback was that, for new users, it was simply too difficult to follow along without looking at a sample document. The audio alone was fine for people who have already seen policy documents of this type, but new folks needed to SEE and HEAR in order to figure out what I was talking about.

This led me to ThingLink, an educational tool that allows you to embed sound, video, and links into a static document to construct an interactive experience for the user. The result is below.

If this document is not interactive (i.e., nothing pops up as you mouse over the doc), access it instead on ThingLink.