Video Conferencing Guidelines for Faculty and Students in Graduate Online Courses — from jolt.merlot.org and California State University, Fullerton; by  Gautreau, Glaeser, Renold, Ahmed, Lee, Carter-Wells, Worden, Boynton, & Schools

Excerpts:

Abstract

A review of the literature revealed that established guidelines were not available to assist faculty who use video conferencing in their online graduate courses. In an effort to address this need, a self-evaluation study was completed with faculty who teach such courses. Drawing on the results of this study together with published Netiquette guidelines and a survey of other extant literature, a set of Video Conferencing Guidelines was created.

Video Conferencing Guidelines for Online Graduate Students

  • Guideline #1: Remember you are on camera and live. The advantage of video conferencing is that you can take advantage of facial expressions, inflection, and tone of voice. Remember to think before you respond to make your thoughts and ideas clear and coherent to the video conferencing participants.
  • Guideline #2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior during the video conferencing session that you would follow in real life.
  • Guideline #3: Be mindful of all video conferencing participants. Allow other participants time and opportunities to contribute to the discussion and share their ideas with the group.
  • Guideline #4: Video conferencing provides synchronous opportunities to share knowledge. It is important to consider opinions from other participants who are engaged in the video conferencing session. Strive for a fairly equal balance among the participants.
  • Guideline #5: Be mindful of your tone and expressions during the video conferencing session. This is not an anonymous session. Your voice and video are viewed by all who are participating in the chat session.
  • Guideline #6: Share your expertise and knowledge. Be an active contributor during the video conferencing session.
  • Guideline #7: Remain professional in your communication with participants.
  • Guideline #8: Respect the context of the video conferencing session. Keep video conferencing sessions within the context of the conversation. If the session is recorded do not post isolated comments that may be taken out of context. Synchronous discussions take on a life of their own; therefore, it is important to keep conversations in context.
  • Guideline #9: Be forgiving of mistakes during the video conferencing session. Video conferencing is a new communication platform. There are bound to be technical glitches; be patient with the participants during the session.

InDesign FX: How to create a puzzle with InDesign — from blog.lynda.com by Mike Rankin

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How to create a puzzle effect using InDesign

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Also see:

  • How to hook your reader from the very first page — from blog.lynda.com by Lisa Cron
    Excerpt:
    Think stories are just for entertainment? They’re not. Stories are simulations that allow us to vicariously experience problems we might someday face. Think of them as the world’s first virtual reality—minus the geeky visor. Story was more crucial to our evolution than opposable thumbs. All opposable thumbs did was let us hang on. Story told us what to hang on to.
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    The great feeling of enjoyment we get when a story grabs us is nature’s way of making sure we pay attention to the story.

From DSC:
First of, when I saw the article:
Lynda.com acquires online video training rival Video2brain to boost its international expansion — from thenextweb.com

…it reminded me of taking a class with Lynda Weinman years ago out at SFSU’s Multimedia Studies Program.  She relayed a lot of very valuable information in a short time.  She knows how to explain things well — using helpful techniques and understandable vocabulary.  She struck me as not only a creative person with a heart for teaching and learning, but she surrounds herself with people who also can effectively teach others.  Our institution gives a thumbs up to this solid resource and I wish Lynda & all of the other entrepreneurs at Lynda.com all the best.

 

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Nuance Communications Inc. : Nuance introduces PaperPort Notes 2.0, new iPad app unites speech recognition and text conversion — from 4-traders.com
Most complete notetaking app can now grab text from images taken with iPad camera

Excerpt:

BURLINGTON, Mass., – November 20, 2012 – Nuance Communications, Inc. today launched version 2.0 of its PaperPort Notes app for the Apple iPad, introducing the ability to capture text from an image taken with the iPad’s built-in camera and instantly transform the words into accurate and editable notes. With a simple tap of a finger, it is easy to grab text from a picture or image of a sign, PowerPoint presentation, business card, receipt, or a handout.

 

Description (from iTunes)
PaperPort Notes is a digital note taking tool for the iPad that is transforming the way people create and share information. Now you can combine documents, web content, audio, typed text as well as hand written notes into a single document that you can easily organize and share with anyone.

PaperPort Notes brings you a complete note taking experience on the iPad that you won’t want to ever be without.

  • Quickly take typed and/or free hand notes
  • Leverage Dragon voice recognition to capture your ideas and notes simply by speaking
  • Convert scanned documents from the camera or photo albumn into editable text using the Nuance OmniPage Cloud service
  • Leverage powerful annotative tools to quickly mark up documents
  • Never miss another detail by adding audio page by page within your notes
  • Combine full documents, individual pages, content from the web and notes into a single document.
  • Powerful search, copy/paste, reordering and bookmarking tools allow you to quickly navigate your notes while staying organized
  • Access and share content using your favorite cloud storage services
  • PaperPort Anywhere connector provides access to files stored online or within PaperPort Desktop
  •  Much more… Follow us on twitter for tips and updates @PaperPortNotes

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40+ super secret iPad features and shortcuts — from ipad.appstorm.net by Joel Bankhead

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Discover Living Actor™ Presenter Version 2 -- announced Feb 22, 2012

Per Benoît Morel:

We just launched a new release of Living Actor™ Presenter, a 100% online tool that generates video animations from an audio or text file, automatically animating a high quality 3D full body avatar. This new version is more powerful, offers more multimedia, and is faster to use.

Good to know [from Google]

 

From DSC:
I originally saw this at elearningexamples.com.

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How I use Google Docs as a student — from Google’s Student Blog by Shep McAllister

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5 brainstorming strategies for writers— from DailyWritingTips.com by Mark Nichol

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Create Khan Academy style video tutorials with ScreenChomp — from the digital inspiration blog by Amit Agarwal

Some of the products that Amit mentioned in the posting include:

 

 

*  Also see
Drawing on the iPad: 12 touchscreen styluses reviewed
— from Macworld.com

 

Update / addendum on 4-17-2012 from posting w/ same date:

Sal uses a PC with:

Camtasia Recorder ($200)
SmoothDraw3(Free)
Wacom Bamboo Tablet ($80)

Prior to that, he used:

ScreenVideoRecorder($20)
Microsoft Paint (Free)

Mac users: In lieu of SmoothDraw, Autodesk Sketchbook Express works (free with a Wacom)

 

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