Module 3 :

Software and Technology

Learning Objectives:
Review free software products that are useful in the eLearning program.
Demonstrate creation and conversion to pdf format.
Develop a working knowledge of Camtasia and SnagIt.
Identify and become familiar with resources for Moodle and other software.
Evaluate the accessibility of eLearning courses for all students..

Instructional
Activities:

Section 1 - Software FREEBIES and Tools

"Picasa is a FREE photo management software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the photos on your PC. Picasa automatically locates all your photos (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual folders organized by name, size, or date. You can drag and drop to arrange your folders and make albums to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your photos are always organized." Get it FREE from Google.
Pearson Education Browser Tuneup is excellent to help you or your students determine if your computer has the listed browser plug-ins installed.
Moodle is a software course management system (CMS) designed to help educators create effective online learning communities.
"Web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application." Check out SeaMonkey FREE.
The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web.
"Cool Text is a free graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you need an impressive logo without a lot of design work." This tool created the EDCI 489C title on the course homepage.
Review Online Tutorials for The Virtual Professor..

Section 2 - Adobe PDF

Johns Hopkins University offers some PDF basics. What does PDF stand for? 
PDF is the file format of choice for use in eLearning. Adobe Acrobat is expensive and your students may need FREE alternatives to Adobe Acrobat. Go to PDF Editing & Creation: 50+ open source/FREE alternatives to Adobe Acrobat.

Section 3 - Camtasia Studio, SnagIt, and Camtasia Relay

Camtasia Studio Learning Center.
Read the article Drexel Puts Course Capture to Work on Desktops.
"Camtasia Studio allows you to record anything that you can view on your computer screen; including software applications, web pages, PowerPoint presentations, and much more." Review Getting Started, Recording, Editing, and Produce and Share at their Learning Center.
The SnagIt Learning Center has video and written tutorials that can help you get started capturing anything on your PC screen. Proceed through the tutorials so you will know how to use SnagIt.
Camtasia Relay is the latest tool adopted for use at Louisiana Tech and should be operational by the Winter Quarter.


 Section 4 - Moodle, Podcasting, and Other Tutorials

Moodle at Louisiana Tech. Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) administers Moodle at Louisiana Tech, with technical support from the Computing Center. Helpful Links.
Board of Regents Moodle Webinar Resources.
Moodle Essential Training for Teachers (videos)
Moodle Essential Training for Students (videos)
Additional Moodle Tutorials: Educating Educators
Moodle for Instructors and Learners
Go to Online Teaching Tips and click "Blackboard" on the menu bar to view tips and tricks for using Blackboard as an instructor, as well as tutorials developed by other colleges and universities.
Utah State University offers a fantastic Software Tutorial website covering the following software: Adobe Acrobat, Connect, Photoshop, and Presenter, Camtasia, Digital Photography, FTP Programs, Impactica, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Blackboard Vista, Macromedia Flash, PowerPoint, Office 2007, Omnipage, Respondus, Scanning Photos/Slides, Spaces,and Wimba.
Need online office hours or host a meeting of students, DimDim is free for up to 20 users.
Skype offers web conferencing.
Review the article Teach Digital: Curriculum by Wes Fryer/Podcasting.

Assignments:

If you have not had Camtasia Studio and SnagIt downloaded on your computer, contact Allen Husband and he will install it for you. Use SnagIt on your computer to experience the various ways of capturing screen shots.
I recommend that you print each of the above instructional activities and place them in a three-ring binder under the heading Module 3. This will provide access should the hyperlinks change or if you prefer to highlight sections for later review.
Assessment - once you have reviewed, become familiar with, and completed each section of the instructional activities, e-mail, jamess@latech.edu, the following "I have successfully completed Module 3." Be sure you enter your name in case you are not using your La Tech e-mail address. Thanks, James Smith.


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