How To Create a One-Minute Lecture

Faculty spend a lot of time crafting hour long lectures. The prospect of boiling them down to 60 seconds — or even five minutes — may seem daunting. David Penrose, a course designer for SunGard Higher Education who developed San Juan College’s microlectures, suggests that it can be done in five steps:

  1. List the key concepts you are trying to convey in the 60-minute lecture. That series of phrases will form the core of your microlecture.
  2. Write a 15 to 30-second introduction and conclusion. They will provide context for your key concepts.
  3. Record these three elements using a microphone and Web camera. If you want to produce an audio-only lecture, no Webcam is necessary. The finished product should be 60 seconds to three minutes long.
  4. Design an assignment to follow the lecture that will direct students to readings or activities that allow them to explore the key concepts. Combined with a written assignment, that should allow students to learn the material.
  5. Upload the video and assignment to your course-management software.

Here is a sample one-minute lecture:

Click here to view the complete March 6, 2009 article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

New Faculty Blackboard Tools

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A new integrated set of tools is now available in Blackboard for NIU faculty to request new Blackboard courses or shells. The new Blackboard Faculty Tools (BFT) replace the former Faculty Blackboard Course Utilities (FBCU) and provide a more robust and easy to use set of tools for faculty to do the following:

  • Request a New Course in which student enrollment is automatically uploaded and refreshed daily.
  • Request a New Shell for course development long before a course is to be offered.
  • Remove a Shell to purge unwanted development courses.

Note: All requests to the BFT go through the processing server, which runs twice daily every weekday throughout the semester. This means that changes will not appear immediately. Requests will be processed by mid-morning of the next business day. If you do not see the result of your request by noon of the following work day, please contact the ITS Call Center at 815-753-8100 for assistance.

A new 5 minute tutorial highlights the steps to using the new Blackboard Faculty Tools. The free QuickTime player is required to view the high resolution tutorial. It is also available on YouTube or as a podcast.

To learn more about the new Blackboard Faculty Tools (BFT), click here.

Wimba Distinguished Lecture Series – Fall 2008

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The Wimba Distinguished Lecture Series turns eight-years old in September!
Please join creator and host Matt Wasowski, along with fellow education professionals like yourself, for another month of these free online seminars. Register now and if you miss the event we’ll send you a link to the recorded archive which you can view at your convenience. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your friends and colleagues.
My Online Course is Ready – Now What?

Presented by: Carole S. Robinson, Distance Education Specialist, Pasadena City College and Joan D. Van Duzer, Instructional Technologist, Humboldt State University

Date: September 9, 2008
Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm ET (USA)
Place: Online – Register Here
After faculty design an online course they often face the challenge of teaching content and managing students “from a distance.” The Assessing Online Facilitation (AOF) instrument recognizes the different roles of an online facilitator and provides a framework addressing these challenges and promoting online student success.

We’ll present effective online teaching performance indicators, relate teaching performance expectations to online facilitators and provide a companion document to guide peer reviews of online facilitator performance effectiveness.


Communicating in a New Language
Presented by: Dena Faust, Coordinator of Distance Education,
Alvin Community College
Date: Sep 11 Time: 2pm ET Place: Online – Register Here
Digital immigrant instructors, who speak a language of the pre-digital age, are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language. In order to successfully educate this new generation, we must learn to speak their language using tools that foster interaction and communication.

This session will explore the characteristics of the Net Generation, discuss implications for the online classroom and offer practical solutions for meeting these needs.


Best Practices for Enhancing Learning
and Creating Community Using Wimba Classroom
Presented by: Chana Honig, The Lookstein Center
Date: Sep 16 Time: 2pm ET Place: Online – Register Here
Among the fundamental challenges faced by distance education instructors and administrators is keeping learners satisfied and engaged despite the asynchronous and independent nature of online learning.

This presentation will explore best practices for reducing learner anxiety, improving comfort levels with the platform, decreasing Transactional Distance, and creating community, by examining the working strategies of the Lookstein Center online professional development program.

A Vision of Students Today

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This video by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University, creatively and powerfully looks at today’s students and how they are changing the world of learning and education.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o

Do you find these attributes as characteristic of the students you teach? What steps might you take to engage students of the 21st century? Please post a comment with your thoughts and reflections.

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