VOKI Avatars: What are they?

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Laurie Jarvis, Instructional Designer, with Learning Technologies led an interesting session on how to create avatars, October 25, 2012.  Many of those present at the sessions had no real idea what an avatar was and how to use it in an instructional environment.  By the end of the session, everyone had created an Avatar and some people had some ideas of how they were going to use them.  The VOKI free software was used to create our Avatars.  Please note that some of the individuals on the site (have graduation hats on) are only for subscribers.

Laurie provided a very thorough powerpoint that will lead you through the process of creating an avatar.  If you are looking for ideas as to how to use an avatar in your teaching check out the lesson plans on the site.

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Here are all the instructions you need to get started.


Recent Copyright Changes: How Do They Affect You?

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Nancy Pardoe, SIAST Copyright Consultant for Kelsey/Woodland spoke to faculty and staff regarding copyright and how individuals need to approach use of 3rd Party Materials.  The Copyright Office website is accessed through the SIAST Library Page or through MySiast Faculty Page.  Nancy recommended that faculty and staff need to be familiar with the Copying Guidelines that are located through MySIAST, Faculty Page, Academic Resources,POP Manual, section 10.2 and the Fair Dealing Guidelines that are in section 10.3.

Nancy stressed to check the terms of use for material on the Internet before copying and reusing material (usually links are found at the bottom of the page). If the terms of use are not stated, the material is protected as “all rights reserved” by default.  In other words, unless it says you can use it, you need permission.  The new Act, when it becomes law, will provide more leeway in the use of Internet material.   A question was asked about Creative Commons (CC) licensing and Nancy said that there are four  main conditions: 1) Attribution – the author must be acknowledged 2) Non-commercial – reuse only for non-commercial purposes, unless permission received from the author  3) No Derivatives – share the material in its entirety (no short excerpts) and 4) Share alike – you must share the new work under the same license.  It is likely that SIAST would not use the Share alike license for course manuals sold through the bookstore.

You can listen to the PODCAST

You can view or print the Copyright Handouts.

Engaging Students with Facebook

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Facebook is a popular social networking service that can help instructors engage students. It’s also a great tool to get students together in an informal online setting to promote learning.  Kelly Burke spoke about how instructors can use Facebook to promote participation and collaboration both outside and inside the classroom.


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SIAST Policy for the Instructor Session

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Susan McIntyre, Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs addressed SIAST IInstructors and Program Heads on September 20, 2012.  The session covered an overview of topics including policies (Student Conduct A-2.5/Student Appeal A-2.7); procedural fairness; student rights and responsibilities; process and preventing misconduct and appeal.

The session was meant to inform the SIAST instructor about key SIAST policy and how it affects the instructor and their students.  The PowerPoint presentation may be viewed.

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Designing Effecive Rubrics: Webinar

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In August, SIAST Kelsey Instructors were able to view a webinar regarding Designing Effective Rubrics.  Debra Runshe, an Instructional Development Specialist at Indiana University was the webinar Presenter.  To view this webinar, please contact your ILDC Facilitator.

Assigning grades to student essays, presentations, and projects can be a difficult task, especially when it appears that many of the students did not understand the task assigned.  Well-written rubrics help students understand what they are expected to accomplish in an assignment or a course of study.  The webinar introduces how to develop rubrics to assist in making the evaluation and feedback process more effective, more objective and more likely to result in deeper student learning.

Resource:  Introduction to Rubrics: An assessment tool to save grading time, convey effective feedback and promote student learning. Dannelle D. Stevens and Antonia J. Levi, Stylus Publishing, 2005