Monthly Archives: December 2012

E-Learning and Online Teaching – Google+

Courses begin January 2013

E-Learning and Online Teaching – Preparing online teachers for the 21st Century – Welcome to the Google+ Homepage of the University of Wisconsin-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program. 

Earn a certificate in as little as 10 months. 

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Here’s our Google+ homepage.   Make a comment, request a hangout, as a question

See on plus.google.com

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50 Education Blogs You May Not Know About But Should

f you are an teacher, student, parent, or administrator, you should be following education blogs. Why? Simply because blogs are an ever-increasing way to spark ideas, creativity, and innovation. The following list is a compilation of blogs for those interested in education.

Written by parents, administrators, businessmen, teachers, and administrators, these blogs stand out with their unique style and excellent content.

Read more: http://newsroom.opencolleges.edu.au/features/50-education-blogs-you-may-not-know-about-but-should/#ixzz2GblOUZ9b

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

I’m always looking for good sources for information.  End of the year lists like this are a great source for new ideas.  Who kinows, perhaps one of these 50 blohd might hold a key waiting just for you! 

See on newsroom.opencolleges.edu.au

Assistive Technology Success Stories: Opening the World of Education to All Students

With an assist from interactive phonics programs, one student’s reading and writing skills improved dramatically.

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

Anyone who has worked with the disabled understands they work much harder than most to get to their goals.  Assistive technology begins to level the playing field. (But don’t kid yourself. The disabled have so much more to do than most, the tech is just a means to an hard won end.)

See on www.edutopia.org

DoIT – How I See IT

Keynote Presentation, CIC Accessibility Conference, June 13, 2011

In this video, Dr. Timothy Cordes relays stories about his journey. He contrasts and compares the standard model of accessibility—an if-then statement: If the student minus the disability plus the accommodation is greater than or equal to the task—to a Computational model and to the Journey model.

See on www.doit.wisc.edu

Are you ready to MOOC? A conversation with George Siemens

In this episode of the Learning Revolution podcast I talk with George Siemens, one of the leading thinkers on how technology is impacting learning and education.

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

I know I’m not ready to Mooc.  So far I’ve been unable to finish a Mooc as a student.  Hardly a track record I can count on to run a mooc as a teacher. 

See on www.learningrevolution.net

100 Diagrams That Changed the World

A visual history of human sensemaking, from cave paintings to the world wide web.


Since the dawn of recorded history, we’ve been using visual depictions to map the earth, order the heavens, make sense of time, dissect the human body, organize the natural world, perform music, and even decorate abstract concepts like consciousness and love.

100 Diagrams That Changed the World by investigative journalist and documentarian Scott Christianson chronicles the history of our evolving understanding of the world through humanity’s most groundbreaking sketches, illustrations, and drawings, ranging from cave paintings to The Rosetta Stone to Moses Harris’s color wheel to Tim Berners-Lee’s flowchart for a “mesh” information management system, the original blueprint for the world wide web.

But most noteworthy of all is the way in which these diagrams bespeak an essential part of culture — the awareness that everything builds on what came before, that creativity is combinational, and that the most radical innovations harness the cross-pollination of disciplines.

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

So often when we understand a concept or the relationship of big ideas, we say “I see!” .  Infographics help us see, and be seeing help us think.  This collection of diagrams have impacted the world we live in.  Take a look, perhaps you’ll see…

See on www.brainpickings.org

Lead Teacher (Lead Edupreneur) Position, Lead Teacher – Multiple Positions

Opening our first school in August 2013, Venture Academy is a new public charter school based in Minneapolis with the mission to ignite the passion of every young person to become an innovator and entrepreneurial leader who will change the world.

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

I know there are a lot of Minnesota based graduates of our E-Learning and Online Teaching program who might find this a good fit!

See on doconnor.edublogs.org

Behance :: eLearning and Curriculum

Showcase and discover the latest work from top online portfolios by creative professionals across industries.

Dennis T OConnor‘s insight:

E-Learning portfolios are an essential for any online teacher looking for an online job.  These examples show the skills of professional designers.  As teachers, we aren’t expected to be designers. However the more creative and innovative your work is, the better!  Think about your online presence! 

See on www.behance.net