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Twelve Apps of Christmas

For those who are interested in new and different e-learning apps, you might want to check out 12 Apps of Christmas. This is an initiative put on by BC Campus to have post-secondary educators try out different apps and discuss them. They have a contest going to keep the comments going, on-topic and engaging.

So far they’ve tried out a favourite here, Padlet, as well as two tools from Google. It’ll be  interesting to see what’s next.

Trailers? Trailers!

One of the things a lot of the technology coaches have been working on through the summer is helping faculties and their members produce trailers for their courses and programs.

A trailer? Why would you do that?

The simple truth is that students, either current or prospective, often don’t have time to read through the stack of paper they get at the beginning of the semester. Calendar entries are couched in the vocabulary of experts in a particular area – there’s no real effort to explain to somebody who doesn’t know anything about the field yet what a particular course or program is all about.

Enter the trailer

The solution a lot of post-secondaries have hit upon is to produce a course trailer – a short video which explains what the course is all about to people just starting the course or who are starting to think about it.

Think about how movie studios advertise their films to the public – they’re able to produce 30-second “spots” which are incisive, informative, and (hopefully) capture the spirit and plot of the film to encourage the audience to go see the entire work once it’s released. This is the educational equivalent.

There are a lot of course trailers out there already – here are a couple of my favourites:

At the University of Calgary

I spent part of my summer working with my colleagues, Haboun Bair and Ykje Piera getting people onto the course trailer bandwagon. We’ve done two mini-workshops with the Learning Technologies Coaches to show them how to make them, as well as another one with faculty members here at the Taylor Institute. We’re likely to hold more as we go.

We’ve also had two course trailers finished and released. While they’re not posted for public consumption yet, the reception has been really good. We’re looking forward to seeing where people run with this project.

 

Introducing the technology coaches

This blog is intended as a channel for coaches working in the Learning Technologies Faculty Support Program at the University of Calgary to share any of the cool things they’re working on which can be made public.

Over the last year, our coaches have been working hard with the faculties who’ve hired them to understand the needs of their faculty members and staff. I’m excited to have them share what they’ve been working on!