My Humanizing Reflections

In the courses that I design (four weeks, ten hours in total), I have to admit some of the techniques seem just a little bit 'too much' for me. I think I won't use techniques such as the superhero an soundtrack of your life, since I think this would simply cost too much time. Also it seems to me using VoiceThread and listening to all those comments seems to use a little bit too much time. However, some of the techniques and tools mentioned in this course were actually very useful. My takeaways form the course are:

- Make the course accessible for everyone, also for example for the hearing impaired. I will try to make subtitles for the videos I use or a transcript of the video. Also this will help some people who simply prefer to read the transcript rather than watch the video. For the same reason I will try to reduce the questions in these classes to one per page. This  was said to be easier for people with attention disorders.

- I am going to try to implement some of the tools that are discussed. Animoto seems to be a nice tool to create videos, although I am not sure whether I want to pay for an account. I like creating a banner with Canva a lot and I think this would help to improve the design of the classes. Haiku Deck looks like a wonderful presentation tool. I am not sure if I will be able to use it in my online courses, but I will at least try to use it in some 'live' presentations. I also really like the liquid syllabus, manly because it looks very appealing. Finally I think Tackk is a very easy to use tool that creates a page which looks very nice.

- Even though there are a lot of tools that I could use, I fins how to integrate them in Blackboard. I'm not sure if all methods will work without complications and have a nice professional look in this platform. Since the whole university works with Blackboard I don't want to be the only person using something else, since I think this will only make things more complicated.

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2 years ago
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Hi Helena. A couple of things 1) you don't need to pay for an Animoto account! You just need to request a free Classroom account. This will remove the branding from your videos and allow you to create unlimited full length videos for six months. Then, if you want another classroom account, just request one! Here is the link: http://www.animoto.com/education/classroom

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2 years ago
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2) This class was definitely a buffet! If you find just a couple of things that tasted good and you want to use, that's terrific!

2 years ago
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3) In our final live session (tomorrow), I'm going to provide a live tour of one of my online classes designed in Blackboard so you can see how I integrate some of these tools. I hope that will be helpful!

2 years ago
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Hi Michelle, Thanks a lot, your comments are very helpfull. I will definitely apply for a free animoto account! I am also looking foorweard to the session today. Thanks a lot for your course, it is very helpful!