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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CITations:Centre for Instructional Technology Blog - eLearning Week


CITations is the Centre for Instructional Technology‘s blog on educational technology.
It incorporates CIT’s latest updates, our IDEAS newsletter and frequent updates on developments in the edtech field.

eLearning Week Preparation Guide;jsessionid=0D26AF1CE9A0A347ECCC79B7473D6725
An eLearning Week will take place at the Faculty of Engineering from 5 to 9 March 2012, Week 8 of Semester 2, AY 2011/2012 .
This will involve all Engineering modules and includes lectures, tutorials and seminars. The Centre for Instructional Technology (CIT), Computer Centre (CCE) and the Faculty of Engineering IT Unit will be managing the preparations and conduct of eLearning Week, under the direction of the Office of the Provost. Staff training will be provided by the CIT and the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL).

Why eLearning Week?

The threat of a pandemic situation leading to campus zoning or home quarantine is real. 1 Other emergencies or accidents may also necessitate temporary measures that require students and staff to stay at home. During these times, eLearning can be instituted so that the University can continue a certain level of teaching and learning.
In 2009, the University's first campus-wide eLearning Week focused on lectures. Subsequently, several Faculties and Schools have conducted comprehensive eLearning Weeks which included tutorials and seminars online.
These were held successfully, and the Faculty of Engineering has been selected to carry out the next full implementation of eLearning Week. This will pose challenges as faculty and students will have to adapt to online methods of conducting tutorials and seminars.
The Office of the Provost hopes that you take this exercise as an opportunity to pick up new skills and to prepare yourself for emergency situations.

University's Objectives

  • Stress test the University's ability to carry on teaching during major disruptions without seriously affecting students’ study plans.
  • Encourage faculty to explore and develop innovative ways of teaching.


Through eLearning Week, CIT hopes that faculty staff:
  • Learn about the options available to them for eLearning.
  • Learn at least one method of delivering a lecture and conducting a class online.

Briefing sessions

In order to ensure a successful eLearning Week, CIT will begin briefing sessions detailing the available eLearning services. You will be informed of these sessions by email.

Early preparation is vital

CIT encourages staff and students to start preparing early for the eLearning Week, particularly if using Web Conferencing, as this will involve two-way communication tools which require installation and some hands-on experience.

Online Lecture Tools

View the comparison chart of Online Lecture Tools.

Online Tutorial & Seminar Tools

View the comparison chart of Online Tutorial & Seminar Tools.


1 Refer to Preparing for a Human Influenza Pandemic in Singapore, pp. 30-31, MHA, 2009.
2 Pre-recorded webcasts are not encouraged as they are not a realistic option for an actual emergency situation.

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General Enquiries

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For questions about specific tools, please contact the person listed on the respective tools' page.

Previous eLearning Weeks

  • AY 2011/12 Sem 1 - Faculty of Science
  • AY 2011/12 Sem 2 - No eLearning Week
  • AY 2010/11 Sem 1 - Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • AY 2009/10 Sem 2 - NUS Business School
  • AY 2009/10 Sem 1 - Campus-wide (Lectures only)
  • AY 2007/08 Sem 2 - Communications & New Media Programme (Trial)
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No one has been thinking strategically about knowledge capture in a classroom as long as John DeAngelo. From flipped classes to sage on the stage, more online instruction is created by faculty in his classrooms than anywhere else.

He’s put almost every lecture capture brand to the test as one of the first college-level CIOs in higher education, personally supervising the acquisition, installation and replacement of some of the largest capture projects in the country.

So if you’ve been thinking that all lecture capture is created equal, he’ll tell you, “Think again.”

After outfitting hundreds of classrooms, and almost a decade-long deep dive into what works, he has created replicable, future-proof academic spaces that maximize the experience of faculty, students and staff.

During this live webinar, you’ll find out why he chose to implement Mediasite at not one, but two different universities on both coasts, and how that decision radically impacted faculty feedback and student outcomes. He will take your questions live, and discuss:
  • Are there meaningful differences in the current lecture capture platforms on the market?
  • What are the most important qualities you should look for when choosing a lecture capture platform? And does that list change as you move from pilot to mass deployment?
  • Does the selection of a particular technology approach to lecture capture have any real impact on faculty and academic support staff?
  • Why is creating an online archive of the knowledge shared in the classroom essential to the success of higher education institutions? 
About the presenter:

John DeAngelo is director of educational technology services at the University of California San Francisco and former associate dean for information technology in Temple’s Fox School of Business. A pioneer in the integration of technology in education, DeAngelo was named one of Computerworld's 2001 Top 100 IT leaders. As one of the first college-level CIO’s in higher education, he provided technology focused academic leadership at Temple University for 37 years and UCSF for the past year. As co-chair of the Fox School Alter Hall Planning Committee, he helped design and implement all instructional elements of the $80 million, 217,000 square-foot building, which included eight million dollars for AV, computing and telecommunications infrastructure. Currently he is developing a ten-year strategic plan for classroom technology at UCSF and planning the technology infrastructure for a totally wireless anatomy lab and a $150 million annex to UCSF’s new hospital. UCSF is one of the world's leading centers of health sciences research, patient care, and education.

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Black Librarian Nation Connecting African American Librarians Nation Wide: New Book by Author, Linda Porter Harrison

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Stuck on Stupid, or Stuck in Stupid: The 25 Mistakes Women Make that Prevent Them from Attracting & Keeping Real Love

I have been pondering whether or not to write a relationship book for women for quite some time. After the release of my first novel, Torn Between 2 Brothas and my first relationship book Think Like A Man, I received numerous e-mails and phone calls from women asking that I write a relationship book for them. Initially, I was taken aback because I never saw myself as a relationship guru.

The irony is that I’ve always been the girlfriend that everyone comes to when it comes to relationships. I don’t think that it is because I have had the best relationships when it comes to men. Believe me; I have had a few that I care not to remember. I must admit, I kissed a few frogs before I found my Prince Charming. However, I do think that it is because I have always been optimistic and objective when it comes to love. Even when I have been in the midst of a tumultuous relationship, I have always been able to find my center, recognize my stupidity, and if not in that moment...very soon afterwards, get out of my circumstance. Afterwards, I brush myself off, evaluate the lesson learned and move on (something many women have trouble doing). Also, I try not to punish the next man that enters my life for the mistakes the previous guy made (huge mistake). For the last ten plus years, I have been paying close attention to the behavior of women and trying desperately to get a grip on why we continue to behave so stupidly when it comes to men. Is it that we just don’t know? Or is it that we do know, but we choose to stay stuck in/on stupid? You’ll have to answer these questions for yourself. Nevertheless, I hope that by the end of this book you will have gained some insight about your behavior and begin to make the necessary adjustments in your life to allow you to experience REAL love.

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Diverse Issues in Higher Education: U.S. Education Secretary Duncan Delivers College Completion Message to Civil Rights Group

April 13, 2012

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The country won’t regain its position as the most college-educated nation in the world unless it eliminates disparities in public education at the pre-school through high school levels, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told a gathering of civil rights activists on Thursday.

“For everything we said we cared about, the fact of the matter remains that there’s tremendous inequality in opportunity for children where it matters the most,” Duncan said to attendees of the 14th annual convention of the National Action Network founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

The convention drew roughly 2,000 people, about 100 of whom attended the “National Education Breakfast” segment of the convention where Duncan spoke.

Citing dropout statistics that are as high as 50 percent in Black and Latino communities, Duncan stressed the need for post-secondary education in order to land a decent-paying job in today’s economy.

“How many good jobs are out there if you’ve dropped out of high school? None,” Duncan said. “One generation ago we led the world in college graduates. Now we’re 16th and we wonder why we’re struggling economically,” he said, lamenting an often cited statistic that roughly 2 million high wage, high skill jobs have gone unfilled because of the lack of skilled workers in the American workforce.

“If you take the high dropout rate, the lack of college success, the high unemployment rate, this is no time to sit idly by and hope for things to get better,” Duncan said, urging those in the audience to get involved in education by doing things such as mentoring and tutoring.

Duncan said socioeconomic inequality stems less today from race and class and more from lack of equality in academic opportunity. No matter how tough of a neighborhood a child is from, he said, if the child receives a quality early childhood education and attends high school where college prep courses are offered, “I’m very optimistic about that young child’s chances in life.”

But if students have less access to rigorous courses than children in more affluent areas, Duncan said, “How do we expect them to be successful to compete if we don’t give them the opportunity?”

Listing a series of investments the Obama administration has made in early childhood education and K-12 reform, Duncan said, “The goal is to graduate children college and career ready” and to make the United States the world leader in college graduation rates.

“We won’t get there unless we improve the graduation rates in our Black and Latino communities, “Duncan said to a mostly enthusiastic crowd.

Despite the crowd’s warm reaction, which was followed by Sharpton’s embrace of Duncan as a “friend of this organization and a partner for progress,” some of the dissonance between Duncan and Sharpton’s followers began to surface as many questioned the education secretary about growing public school closures and the rise in prominence of charter schools. These are two things Duncan has supported both as CEO of the public schools system in Chicago and now as education secretary.

Duncan kept the focus on the need to improve high school graduation rates and to curtail the nation’s dropout epidemic, irrespective of whether those things are being achieved through implementing charter schools or closing failing public schools.

"We’ve fought so many of the wrong battles,” Duncan said in response to questioners who broached the topic of why public money is being spent on charter schools instead of fixing public schools.

“The only enemy is academic failure,” Duncan said. “We have to fight the right fights and fight them with much greater intensity.”

As questioners continued to press Duncan on the issue of supporting charter schools, Sharpton intervened.

“We are concerned about schools being closed for charters, but I am equally concerned that we protect schools that are not working,” Sharpton said, complaining that he didn’t want National Action Network and other civil rights leaders to be used as “cover for schools that are not doing anything.”

The cooperation between Duncan and Sharpton is not new. In 2009, after a meeting between Sharpton and former House speaker Newt Gingrich with President Obama, Obama had Duncan host Sharpton and Gingrich on a tour of cities to discuss the administration’s reform efforts and to discuss problems facing the nation’s schools.

Sharpton noted that Duncan had attended every National Action Network convention since Obama has been in office.


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