10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


ELearn 2016 Part 1

Presenting new research from our collective paper, “Civic Participation Public Sphere Pedagogy & Blended Learning In An Intergenerational Town Hall Meeting” at the  in Washington,

Our paper reflects the writing collaboration of four generations: Chris Kyker, Dr. Charlie Pruett, Helen Teague, and Ashley Bryan. The paper addresses the sociological, interdisciplinary, and blended learning of the 2016 and 2014 Texas Silver-Haired Legislature’s Town Hall Forum. Over 220 students and Texas residents participated in the Town Hall forum.

Here is the Paper’s Abstract:

Abstract: This paper describes an Intergenerational Town Hall Meeting including six generations of participants.  This paper establishes the protocol of the Town Hall forum mediated by intergenerational, civic participation, blended learning technology and social media tools for pre-service, pre-certification students at a private, Southwestern U.S. university. A partnership between a university research center, state advocacy group, and state, county, and local community organizations provided the Public-Sphere Pedagogy of the Town Hall Meeting. Qualitative pre-event survey data and post-event reflective data was collected and analyzed. These data sources found a correlation between a Town Hall Meeting learning experience and increased awareness, empathy, engagement, and yearning toward civic participation for both students and older adults. This study’s findings are transferable to other higher education departments.

ELearn 2016 in Washington DC


Simulations in Blended Learning Webinar

Learning a lot from talented educators in my webinar addressing the learning potential of simulations in blended learning for the Blended Learning Professional Group at James Cook University, Queensland. Just admiring the technology of clearly hearing each other with no delay from over 8548 miles between us. If you would like to have a customized version of this presentation delivered to your group, please contact me.

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e-Learning Vocabulary List

I’ve been spending a little time doing some online course set-up and coding. Some changes in terminology caused me to smile. For instance, the group of developers used to measure and track the number of readers “visiting” an internet site. Today the word used as a measure of traffic is  “eyeballs”. The word shift indicates a shift in intention eerily reminiscent of Dr. T.J. Eckleberg.

There are other shifts too, especially in the words and phrases used to describe and explain online courses and eLearning.

Here are the first ten words I would include on any eLearning Vocabulary List. See how many you already know:

1. Asynchronous Learning: When learners participate in an online learning course at different times, it is known as asynchronous learning. This might also be called eLearning or web-based training (WBT). Asynchronous learning allows learners to go through a course at their own pace and on their own schedule.

2. LMS: Learning Management Software – Online software platforms, such as Moodle and D2L that publish content, manage activity, track results, and create reports for online courses and training. An LMS is accessible 24/7, so learners can work on their courses online at any time.

3. Blended Learning: Blended learning is an instructional approach that includes a combination of online and in-person learning activities. For example, students can complete online self-paced assignments by a certain date and then meet on-site or online for additional learning activities.

4. Upload vs. Download – Not strictly confined to eLearning, often these terms are switched or not clearly understood. Uploading takes a document or image or link from your computer to the web or LMS. Downloading takes it from the web to your computer.

5. Chunking – Borrowed from Gifted Education pedagogy, this is the concept of grouping meaningful pieces of e-Learning content into concise, bite-size pieces that learners can easily digest and understand.

6. Roundtripping – The ability to use two separate e-Learning tools together to create and update an e-Learning course to cut down on development time.

7. Mobile Learning / mLearning – Mobile learning, or mLearning, is a major trend in the e‑Learning industry. With mLearning, learners use heldheld technology such as smartphones and tablets to complete training and courses.

8. Dropbox – An online virtual storage utility allowing user to make his/her files accessible from almost anywhere in the …

9. Storyboarding – A term originally applied to webpage design, Storyboards provide an outline to identify the text, visual and audio elements, branching and more for each step of the development process. Storyboards are created before the development process begins.

10. Wizards, icons and templates describe the tools you can use to build e‑Learning courses quickly

For a super comprehensive list, see the eLearning glossary at The eLearning Coach
Some content from this article: 11 Terms to Know for Rapid eLearning


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