One of the interesting Emerging Technology for Online sessions surrounded the 2012 Horizon Report through the idea of F.A.C.E.S and Power tools. The 6 areas discussed from the Horizon Report were:
1. Mobile Phones – how will they be used
2. Tablets – will they replace paper entirely?
3. Educational Games – the use of simulation and virtual reality in education
4. Learning Analytics – are we continually assessing what students are doing (i.e. evaluating activities in courses, evaluating how students are accessing courses, are we evaluating course scores, evaluating how often they are engaging through the use of discussion boards, blogs, journals) in an attempt to ensure the correct tool is being used?
5. Power Gestures – will the movement of ones body be used in education, how, when?
6. Internet of Things – how will non-computer based devices connect to applications, connect to the internet and store information (ex: Google TV, Nike+ sneakers)?
As a group, we were asked to think about how these 6 topics could lead to a better online learning experiences. The presenters took these Horizon report topics and brought up a great acronym (F.A.C.E.S) as their way of creating a virtual classroom that has the same impact as face to face instruction.
F = Facilitated: how is the course facilitated? Learning Management system using weekly modules?
A = Assessed: how is student comprehension being assessed? Are there online quizzes and exams similar to an in-class component?
C = Communicate/Collaborate: how will students communicate and collaborate online? Will there be a tool for online collaboration such as Blackboard Collaborate, Adobe Connect or a Google+ Hangout option?
E = Engaged: how are the students engaging in the course? Will discussion boards or blogs be used, will commenting in these tools be used?
S = Student-Centered Learning: are the tools being used appropriate? Don’t give the students a discussion board when you want them to chronicle their learning for the week; use a journal instead.
This concept was present as an idea for attendees to take back and use when viewing their course. The idea is to have an online course that is as engaged and personalized as a face to face course. One way to conceptualize F.A.C.E.S in your course, is through the use of some tools. While Blackboard provides most of the tools you would need to keep the content inside of the course, the following tools are a way keeping the data current in only one location. Links to the tools would reside in Blackboard. Updates would be done once and available from wherever the link lives.
Instructor information: ePortfolio.org or Google Sites – create a portfolio of your infomation
Course: Blogger or WordPress – use a blog for the description of the course
Objectives: SnagIt – repeat, repeat, repeat
Resources: Spreadsheets, Wix – comprehensive list of tools, apps and accounts that will be used in the course
Schedule: Google Calendar, Zoho Calendar – it is important to physically display the dates of assignments, etc.
Teaching: Blackboard Collaborate, Adobe Connect, Camtasia or Captivate videos – how will the course be facilitated; asynchronous or synchronous?
Assessment: feedback on the course (USM has course evaluations to be used)
Remember, Blackboard offers built in tools similar to those listed above. Use of tools should ONLY occur when you find the need arise, and should seek out any support from Course Designers in CTEL. The easiest way is not always the best way!!