Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Social Media Conference 2011 (#SMC2011) - How We Marketed/Promoted the Event





Readers,

I thought that this would be a great time to share our marketing methods for the conference. 

- Our wonderful Marketing and Communications Department (Tarleton State University) posted an article focused on our conference. - LINK

- A great article was written about the conference by our campus newspaper, the J-Tac. - LINK

- Flyers were distributed across campus

- We were featured on the downtown marquee!

- Every student, faculty, and staff received e-mails from TSMRI in August, September, October, and November reminding them to register for the conference!

- We posted the conference on a WEALTH of social media, information sciences, and communication studies websites.

- We used social media (i.e. - Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, etc.) to communicate with potential attendees and sponsors!

Do you have any suggestions for next year? We would like to make the conference BIGGER and BETTER next November! :)


Sincerely,

J. Edwards

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Social Media Conference 2011 (#SMC2011) - The T-Shirt Design (Thanks AdobeEducation) & Our Social Media Outlets





Readers,

Today, we have THREE more days until the 2011 Social Media Conference and I wanted to show our t-shirts! 


I designed the conference logo this summer using Adobe Photoshop (as part of the Adobe Creative Suite). Yay for great software! 

Here are our social media outlets:


Here are our Twitter hashtags - #TSMRI & #SMC2011


Our blog - http://tsmri.blogspot.com/


Our Facebook Account - http://www.facebook.com/TSMRI


Our Linked In Event - http://events.linkedin.com/social-media-conference-texas-847198


Our Foursquare Check-In Link - LINK

Check us out during the conference! Our faculty and interns are AMAZING!


Sincerely,

J. Edwards


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Social Media Conference 2011 (#SMC2011) - Countdown to the BIG Event!



Readers,

This week, I am focused on teaching my classes while preparing for Friday's Social Media Conference! A few professors and I thought of this idea last May and now the conference week is FINALLY here! Unfortunately, I do not think that I will be able to sleep much this week, but I am EXCITED about this great event!


Here is the registration form for the event!
http://www.tinyurl.com/SocialMediaConference2011Reg/


We have an amazing group of interns and faculty who are dedicated to this great event! More information about this event will be posted soon! :)

Sincerely,

J. Edwards


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Interactive Assignments and Activities for Undergraduate Classrooms (Post 5/5) - "But Why Do I Have to Take This Class"



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Readers,

This week is dedicated to interactive assignments and activities for undergraduate classrooms! :) I am highlighting some activities from our university's 8th Annual Excellence in Teaching Conference.

Here is our five highlighted activity! - "But Why Do I Have to Take This Class" by Tracey Holley (I am so proud of her! She is my colleague in the Communication Studies Department!)

A Small Description of the Activity:

Instructors of General Education courses face an uphill battle with student mentality.  Each semester for twenty-three years I have launched the first day session with an query as to why the students have chosen to take my class.  Each inquiry has resulted in the same response; they did not choose to take my course, it was forced upon them in the guise of a "requirement."  After approximately 186 repetitions of this question I have come to two conclusions: 1) simplified, students do not want to take my class.  If given a choice they would enroll in underwater basket weaving before Fundamentals of Communication. Students do not see an inherent use for the theories or skills associated with Communication studies.  2) It is my job to not only engage the student in a class that begins with a preconceived notion of uselessness, but to inform the student of not only the necessity of obtaining the skills and information the course provides, but the helpfulness of applying that knowledge in their everyday lives.

I plan to present my techniques for involving students in a core class from day one.  These techniques include perception quizzes, critical listening skills, critical reading, and cultural applications of skills. However, these skill are not presented to the student with the single objective of involvement, but also to ensure they understand the link between core classes and critical thinking/reading skills.  A final objective of these techniques is to enable the students to apply their knowledge to various situations, not just academia.

Activity Handouts:
http://online.tarleton.edu/fdi/EIT_SC/Holley_PP.pptx
Supplemental Material:

Ms. Holley used to ask her students why they are taking the course.   However, now she provides the students with quiz questions

- Examples - math, ... brain teasers
- Test their Frame of reference - 'take from' vs 'subtract'
- Critical reading and listening - animals on Moses' ark
- 'A bird in the the Hand' - stereotypes and perception process
- Nonverbal - nickels and coins
- Frames of reference - eg., napkin and serviette
- Repetition signifies importance - wood burning stove
- Gestures = importance
- Thought process
- Show them the necessity for the course and why it is required
- Recommended book to read is The Disappearing Spoon
- (See attached PowerPoint)


What do you think about this activity?

Sincerely,

J. Edwards


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Interactive Assignments and Activities for Undergraduate Classrooms (Post 4/5) - "Using Adobe Captivate in Online Classes"




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Readers,

This week is dedicated to interactive assignments and activities for undergraduate classrooms! :) I am highlighting some activities from our university's 8th Annual Excellence in Teaching Conference.

Here is our fourth highlighted activity! - "Using Adobe Captivate in Online Classes" by Dr. Christopher Guthrie.

A Small Description of the Activity:
Based on my personal experience, I will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of using Adobe Captivate to present course content in online classes.  My overall thesis will be that even thou there are some drawbacks to using this presentation software, the benefits outweigh the liabilities.  I will show pieces of my Captivate lectures to illustrate this presentation.



Activity Handouts:
Dr. Guthrie provided a short demo on how to use Captivate (an eLearning content capture and creation tool) to create interactive tutorials for instructors who design, create, and modify software demonstrations, interactive simulations, branching scenarios, and quizzes.

Features include:
- SWF (shockwave file) commenting
- Professional project templates 
- Customizable widgets
- Roundtrip PowerPoint workflow
- Table of Contents and Aggregator
- Text-to-speech functionality
- Rich animations


Supplemental Material:

What do you think about this activity?

Sincerely,

J. Edwards

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Interactive Assignments and Activities for Undergraduate Classrooms (Post 3/5) - "Microblogging with University Students 24/7: "Twitter Comes to Tarleton""



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Readers,

This week is dedicated to interactive assignments and activities for undergraduate classrooms! :) I am highlighting some activities from our university's 8th Annual Excellence in Teaching Conference.

Here is our second highlighted activity! -  "Microblogging with University Students 24/7: "Twitter Comes to Tarleton" by Dr. Ingrid Graves.

A Small Description of the Activity:
This study presents the quantitative and qualitative results of a Universal Design (Behling & Hart, 2009) modification to a face-to-face blended learning environment intended to quickly disseminate classroom information and provide for a diversity of learning styles.


Activity Handouts:
http://online.tarleton.edu/fdi/EIT_SC/Graves_Handout%20(2011).pdf

Supplemental Material:

What do you think about this activity?

Sincerely,

J. Edwards


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Interactive Assignments and Activities for Undergraduate Classrooms (Post 2/5) - "A System for Developing an Online Class that Works for Me"




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Readers,

This week is dedicated to interactive assignments and activities for undergraduate classrooms! :) I am highlighting some activities from our university's 8th Annual Excellence in Teaching Conference.

Here is our second highlighted activity! - "A System for Developing an Online Class that Works for Me" by Frank Ewell

A Small Description of the Activity:
In the process of constructing online classes over the years, I have developed a procedure that works for me. I believe that this system could work for other faculty in similar disciplines or at least help them plan and construct their online class. This is not a fixed system and I expect it to evolve as new technology becomes available.

Activity Handouts:


Supplemental Material:

What do you think about this activity?

Sincerely,

J. Edwards


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Interactive Assignments and Activities for Undergraduate Classrooms (Post 1/5) - "Ticket in the Door"

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Readers,

I love searching for new activities to integrate in my undergraduate classrooms (either face-to-face and hybrid classroom environments). Every year, our university hosts an Excellence in Teaching Conference that highlights innovative activities that Tarleton professors are integrating in their classrooms.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to attend this annual conference because it always occurs on the same week as the Southern States Communication Association conference. However, under the direction of Dr. Credence Baker and Mr. Doug Hanna, this conference has blossomed and has become one of the primer events on our campus.

This week is dedicated to interactive assignments and activities for undergraduate classrooms! :)

Here is our first highlighted activity! - "Ticket in the Door"

A Small Description of the Activity:
To ensure that students are prepared for class, a Ticket in the Door is required.  The Ticket may be a highlighted reading assignment, questions for group discussion, information from websites that collaborate or dispute information from text, etc.

Activity Handouts:

Supplemental Material:

What do you think about this activity?

Sincerely,

J. Edwards

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

National Communication Association #NCA2011 (Post 5/5) - Walking Around Conference Exposition Halls!

Readers,


I always enjoy strolling around the exposition hall and interacting with the book publishers. This year was special for TWO reasons: I discovered the workbook that I edited over the summertime and my friend Lora and I met with an editor about a book proposal.

Here's a copy of the workbook. We use the workbook in our Fundamentals of Speech, Public Speaking, and Business and Professional Speaking courses.


The exposition hall is always full of freebies and conversation! During my first NCA conference in San Diego, I accepted the preview books with gratitude (and regret when I boarded the plane and had to pay for luggage that was over the weight limit). Now, I scan the book ISBN or cover with my RedLaser app OR I take a picture of the literature with my iPad to avoid walking and flying with more paper that I actually need.



Quick Question - How do you navigate conference exposition halls?

Sincerely,

J. Edwards


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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National Communication Association #NCA2011 (Post 5/5) - Making Your Conference Round Table Presentation Attractive!!!

Readers,


Today, I had TWO conference round table presentations! Both of the presentations were focused on technology (specifically Google Docs).

Presentation 1 - Utilizing an Interactive Activity to Enable Stakeholders to Discover Innovative Ways to Re-frame their Negative Perceptions about Stakeholders

Presentation 2 - Utilizing Google Documents to Write a Training and Development Guide for Local Non-Profit Organizations and Small Businesses (Service Learning)


Usually, when I visit round table sessions, the presenter's display is very dull. This year, I decided to integrate the following elements on my table:

1 - Business Cards
2 - A Note Card with a QR code and link to the activity on Google Docs.
3 - Copies of the Actual Activity
4 - My iPad for additional explanations.
5 - Candy! I knew that my students could spare a few pieces! :)

I've discovered that people like to LEAVE your table with SOMETHING in their hand to remind them about your presentation! :)

How do you make your presentations more appealing?

Sincerely,

J. Edwards

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

National Communication Association #NCA2011 (Post 3/5) - Traveling to Academic Conferences with Posters...


Readers,

My first presentation for the National Communication Association Conference was a competitive poster presentation on Google Documents! I was super excited about this presentation, because Web 2.0 technologies are my passion!

Here is the only negative aspect of a poster presentation... YOU HAVE TO TRAVEL WITH THE POSTER! Unfortunately, it seems that most airlines require passengers count the poster tube as one of two pieces of their carry-on luggage. Since today's airline passengers usually carry all of their luggage on the aircraft, this additional piece of carry-on luggage might place a wrinkle in someone's luggage plans (no pun intended).


So, a few years ago while attending and presenting a poster the annual meeting for the Council on Undergraduate Research in Odgen, UT, I decided to adopt a new approach... I decided to use pieces of paper to create my poster presentation!

This approach enabled me to adapt my poster to the space provided and to add neat details at the bottom of the poster to appeal to my potential walk-though audience members. I always place a business card holder and poster note card at the bottom of each of my poster presentations.



Here's a question for you! - How do you make your poster presentations unique?

Sincerely,

J. Edwards


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

National Communication Association #NCA2011 (Post 2/5) - Pre-Conference Prep!



Readers,

This has been an amazing week so far! Before attending a conference, I have to prepare my students for my temporary disappearance from campus. To help them through this "transition", I still keep my virtual office hours during each and every conference.

Do you keep in contact with students when traveling to conferences?

Sincerely,

J. Edwards


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Submit an Idea for the "Great Ideas for Teaching with Adobe Products" Mini-Contest!

Readers,


Today is the FIRST day of the "Great Ideas for Teaching with Adobe Products" Mini-Contest! 

Participants:
Faculty, Staff, and Students are encouraged to submit an idea! We encourage ideas focused on (but not limited to) the following:
- Classroom Ideas (Face-to-Face or Hybrid)
- Student Activities/Student Affairs
- Student Organizations
- Admissions and Recruitment
- Campus-Wide Events
- Supplemental Instruction
- Learning Communities
- Online Instruction/E-Training

Voting Period
The readers will vote on the best entries from Monday, December 5th to Friday, December 9th. The WINNER of the contest will receive a copy of the CS5.5 Master Collection!

Submit Your Idea Here:




***This contest is a collaborative effort between the Millennial Professor blog and the Communication in Higher Education blog.***

Sincerely,

J. Edwards


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

National Communication Association #NCA2011 (Post 1/5) - Pre-Conference Prep!

Readers,


I am looking forward to attending the National Communication Association's Annual Conference this week! I plan to tweet during the sessions, so please remember to add me on Twitter @COMMTechProf


Also, this conference is always special, because I always catch up with my undergraduate professors and I network/plan with one of my favorite peers in the communication profession, Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason. Follow her on Twitter - @lhelviemason


Also, my students are following me on Twitter via my university account for their extra credit assignment - @drjtedwardsTSU


I will post updates from the conference very soon! :)


Sincerely,


J. Edwards



Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Texas Blackboard Users Conference (5/5) - Dr. Rena Palloff and Dr. Keith Pratt's Presentation


Readers,

The last day of the conference, we had the pleasure of listening to authors, Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt! Here are three of their books:




The Future of Online Education...
- Bandwidth has increased, storage has increased, access has increased, technology is more reliable, and internet access is ubiquitous.
- Collaboration and social networking are becoming the norm.

Barriers to Online Education...
-A percentage of students still dial up.
Some students cannot afford computers at home.
As technology becomes more complex, additional training is needed.
People resist the use of technology that is not simple or that affords clear benefit to them.
Social networking is blurring boundaries.

The Introduction of New Hardware is Driving Online Learning
- iPads and other Personal Access Devices
- Cell Phones - Smart Phones
- Presentation Technology

Games and Virtual Words- We are likely to see increased development and use of applications like Second Life in education.
The ability to use simulation for application activities is likely to increase as a result and move us thruther awway from tests and quizzes to measure competence.

Personalized Learning- Self-paced, modular, and based on individual studnet needs.
- Networks and conversations rather than content.
- Learning Management Systems (LMS) may go away in favor of a collection of tools or applcations to support individualized learning.

Thank you Wiley Publishing for the FREE book! I hope to post a review soon!

Processing Question (from the presentation) - How will you prepare for the future? How can we prepare our students for their future?


Sincerely,

J. Edwards

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Texas Blackboard Users Conference (4/5) - New Developments on Blackboard


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Readers,

Today is the first official day of the T-BUG conference! The opening session (breakfast) was amazing! Plus, they gave away an iPad during the breakfast session! :)

Blackboard Idea Exchange
Also, today I discovered that Blackboard has the Blackboard Idea Exchange (BIE). I hope to join the group soon.

BbWorld
This conference is coming up in July in New Orleans! I hope to submit a session proposal soon!

Also, here are some Blackboard Updates:

1- My Blackboard (an online social learning space similar to Facebook for students)

2 - Google Docs Integration

3 - Learning Project Repository (This is a great for academic departments who need to have embedded question for assessment purposes.)

4 - ePortfolio Updates

5 - Native Editor (You can download and upload documents without having to save separate copies on your system. I am not sure how this works, but we shall see!)
6 - Outcomes System (A tool to evaluate surveys and to post survey content.)

7 - The Blackboard Learn App (Our institution does not have access to this app yet.)


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Sincerely,

J. Edwards


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Texas Blackboard Users Conference (3/5) - Conference Schedule & Our Session (Establishing Collaboration Opportunities in Your Online Class)


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Readers,

Today, I have to examine the T-BUG schedule to figure out which sessions I plan to attend.


I downloaded this PDF schedule to my iPad library for easy access (even without internet or 3G access - which can be VERY spotty in hotels).

Here are the session tracks:


UPGRADE:

Of interest to anyone who is going through an upgrade, about to go through an upgrade, or thinking 
about doing an upgrade.


SUPPORT:
Held Desk, Technology Teams, Student Support Staff,
Faculty Support Staff, Instructional Designers. Of i
nterest to anyone who supports Blackboard users.


TEACHING AND LEARNING:
Instructors, Adjuncts, Teaching Assistants, Course
Designers, Instructional Designers.  Of interest to
anyone who delivers or designs instructional contents.


VENDOR SHOWCASES:
Come see what the vendors are doing and how they 
collaborate with Blackboard to enhance your current
system



Here's our session:

Room: Longhorn IV

Establishing Collaboration Opportunities in Your Online 
Class 

Credence Baker, Tarleton State University
Jennifer T. Edwards, Tarleton State University
In this session, you’ll be introduced to several different free       
web-based tools that can be used to foster collaboration among 
students in your online class. Incorporating collaboration           
opportunities gives students a chance to sharpen their virtual-team 
skills, and allows you to provide students with real-time scaffolding 
and feedback, monitor progress, and keep track of who has      
contributed to a project


Processing Question: Every session seems very interesting! Which sessions should I attend?

Sincerely,

J. Edwards

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Texas Blackboard Users Conference (2/5) - While I am Away from Campus...


Readers,

As I prepare to attend the T-BUG Conference, I have to prepare my face-to-face and online courses for my temporary transition from campus.

Here is my conference to do list for this week:

1 - Remember to bring my iPad and laptop (plus snacks).

2 - Remind students about the "Virtual Assignments" for this week in the daily class agenda that I post on the board before each class begins (while I take attendance).

3 - Post my weekly announcements/checklist for the online students.

4 - Remind students that they might experience a two-hour delay in my e-mail replies,  but I remind them about my Google Voice account.

5 - Create 50 Google Documents for the students to post their undergraduate research reflections.

**I never post a "out of office" message on my e-mail, nor on my voice mail, because usually I am able to respond to messages in a timely manner.**

Sincerely,

J. Edwards

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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Monday, November 7, 2011

Texas Blackboard Users Conference (1/5) - Anticipation and Apprehension


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Readers,

This week, I am excited about attending the "Texas Blackboard Users Group" Conference in Richardson, TX. However, I am slightly apprehensive about integrating Blackboard 9 in my online and hybrid courses, because our university is still in the pilot phase of the LMS integration period.

So, I plan to attend this conference with an OPEN mind and hopefully I will meet some individuals who can change my mind about Blackboard 9. This shall be interesting!

Also, I would like to formally thank Dr. Credence Baker for including me in this awesome opportunity! Here is some more information about T-BUG: http://www.t-bug.org/

Sincerely,

J. Edwards


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.
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