Innovate June/July Issue

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_Innovate_ [1] is published bimonthly as a public service by the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University and is sponsored, in part, by Microsoft.

The June/July issue, guest edited by Steve Bronack, Owen Kelly, and Roni Linser, provides a glimpse of the kinds of engaging, quality teaching, learning, and investigation going on today in the area of virtual worlds, simulations, and education. We begin the issue with a thoughtful exploration by Clark Aldrich that suggests a framework for thinking about virtuality and the place of virtual environments in the learning process. This framework provides a guide for educators considering the bewildering spectrum of virtual worlds, games, and simulations. See http://tinyurl.com/kk66dj [2]

Catheryn Cheal is one such educator; her study hints at the importance of a common understanding of the shared and differentiating attributes of games, virtual worlds, and simulations. Cheal found that her students were frustrated by their virtual world experience in an undergraduate course, in part because they saw Second Life as play. Cheal’s discussion suggests that educators must think carefully about how to use exercises using tools that do not have real-world analogues in their classes. See http://tinyurl.com/lsnn2j [3]

Whether your environment is a game, a simulation, or a virtual world, Paul Wallace and James Maryott offer a reminder that the behaviors of learners immersed in such spaces are likely to be motivated by the same beliefs and biases that motivate their real-world behaviors. Wallace and Maryott’s exploratory study of the influence of cultural assumptions and biases on the ways students present themselves as avatars, and how they react to the avatars of others, provides a framework for future research into the human factors that ultimately decide whether this technology is successful. See http://tinyurl.com/mr75my [4]

Baba Kofi Weusijana, Vanessa Svihla, Drue Gawel, and John Bransford explore how Second Life enables students to understand their own process of learning in ways that are generally inaccessible. Their innovative model uses the virtual world to offer not only a concrete experience to complement an abstract theory under investigation, but also a practical model for using virtual worlds, role play, and simulations to enhance classroom experiences. See http://tinyurl.com/nw9lm9 [5]

Because Second Life has come to dominate the public understanding of virtuality, it is not surprising that Victoria L. Walker and Amanda Rockinson-Szapkiw also use Second Life to provide online counseling students with opportunities for practice. In a domain where many question the legitimacy of human-to-human contact mediated by avatars, Walker and Rockinson-Szapkiw suggest that virtual worlds enable safe, discipline-specific, hands-on practice activities similar to those available to on-campus students. See http://tinyurl.com/loec49 [6]

While many useful ready-made virtual tools are becoming more available, using them in teaching remains difficult and intimidating for many. Penny de Byl describes the creation of a set of tools that teachers can use without needing special technical expertise, and without simply porting their old pedagogical ideas into a new framework. See http://tinyurl.com/nvswao [7]

BTW, we are delighted to announce that Innovate is co-sponsoring a virtual worlds workshop led by two of our special issue editors, Stephen Bronack and Owen Kelley, at the WCET annual conference this coming October in Denver. See http://tinyurl.com/l8hyhk [8]

In the From Our Sponsor section, I interviewed Ralph Young, Microsoft\’s vice president, worldwide communications sector, about the future of higher education. Young describes the challenges that lie ahead for higher education; discusses the strategies, approaches, and solutions that are being developed across the world; and outlines the role technology will play in the future of higher education. See http://tinyurl.com/mtmpnr [9]

We have extended the deadline for our upcoming special issue on the future of the textbook. Submissions will be accepted through July 31, 2009; the projected publication date is December 2009/January 2010.

We hope that you enjoy this issue. Please use the discussion board within each article to raise questions or provide additional commentary. Your comments will be sent to authors for their response, which will become part of the record for their article. Also, please forward this announcement to appropriate mailing lists and to colleagues who want to use IT tools to advance their work and ask your organizational librarian to link to Innovate in their resource section for open-access e-journals.

Thanks!

Jim
—-
James L Morrison
Editor-in-Chief, _Innovate_
http://www.innovateonline.info [10]
Fischler School of Education and Human Services
Nova Southeastern University
http://www.schoolofed.nova.edu/home.htm [11]

Links:
——
[1] http://www.innovateonline.info
[2] http://tinyurl.com/kk66dj
[3] http://tinyurl.com/lsnn2j
[4] http://tinyurl.com/mr75my
[5] http://tinyurl.com/nw9lm9
[6] http://tinyurl.com/loec49
[7] http://tinyurl.com/nvswao
[8] http://tinyurl.com/l8hyhk
[9] http://tinyurl.com/mtmpnr
[10] http://www.innovateonline.info
[11] http://www.schoolofed.nova.edu/home.htm

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April Innovate-Live Webcast Schedule

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_Innovate [1]_ is published bimonthly as a public service by the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University and is sponsored, in part, by Microsoft.

Innovate-Live webcasts, produced as a public service by our partner, ULiveandLearn, allow you to synchronously interact with authors on the topics of their articles.

You may register for the April/May webcasts at http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/ [2]. Webcasts will be archived and available in the webcast section of the article and in the Innovate-Live portal archive shortly after the webcast. All times are New York time. You may use the world clock at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ [3] to coordinate with your time zone.

Schedule

April 22, 2009

11:00 A.M. Eastern Time
Meeting the Needs of All Students: A Universal Design Approach to
Computer-Based Testing
Authors: Michael Russell, Thomas Hoffmann, and Jennifer Higgins
See http://tinyurl.com/dx67lz [4]

2:00 P.M. Eastern Time
Innovate-Ideagora: A Call for Sustainable Development in
Instructional Technology
Authors: Denise Easton and Al McCord
http://tinyurl.com/dewyqb [5]

6:00 P.M. Eastern Time
A Learning Theory for 21st-Century Students
Author: Marie Sontag
http://tinyurl.com/dhprfx [6]

Innovate-Ideagora Webcasts

In addition to the webcasts with Innovate authors, Innovate Ideagora editors Alan McCord and Denise Easton will conduct an open access Innovate-Ideagora webcast interview in the Innovate Live Portal at http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/ [7] on April 22, 2009.

1:00 PM Eastern
Can the CrowdSPRING Model Help Education?
Interview with Crowdspring’s Ross E. Kimbarovsk

This interview is described at http://innovate-ideagora.ning.com/notes/Upcoming_Ideagora_Live_Interviews
[8]

Finally, if you are considering submitting a manuscript on how you use Microsoft technology to enhance the educational experience for publication consideration in the “From our Sponsors” section, please make sure that it conforms to the publication guidelines described in the “Contribute” link on the navigation bar at http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=contribute [9]. Also, please note that Microsoft has partnered with Lenovo to offer ThinkPad laptops pre-loaded with Windows Vista Ultimate and Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 with a substantial discount to the higher education community. (See http://www.microsoft.com/education/highered/ultimatepc.aspx [10] for the details.) Note that this offer is currently available only in the United States, but it may be extended internationally.

Best.

Jim
—-
James L Morrison
Editor-in-Chief, _Innovate_
http://www.innovateonline.info [11]
Fischler School of Education and Human Services
Nova Southeastern University
http://www.schoolofed.nova.edu/home.htm [12]

Links:
——
[1] http://www.innovateonline.info
[2] http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/
[3] http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/
[4] http://tinyurl.com/dx67lz
[5] http://tinyurl.com/dewyqb
[6] http://tinyurl.com/dhprfx
[7] http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/
[8] http://innovate-ideagora.ning.com/notes/Upcoming_Ideagora_Live_Interviews
[9] http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=contribute
[10] http://www.microsoft.com/education/highered/ultimatepc.aspx
[11] http://www.innovateonline.info
[12] http://www.schoolofed.nova.edu/home.htm

[Innovate] April/May Issue

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Innovate [1] is published bimonthly as a public service by the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University and is sponsored, in part, by Microsoft.

The April/May issue opens with an interview with Phil Long, who describes a multi-year MIT project that contributed to a number of groundbreaking developments, including a complete redesign of the way MIT teaches introductory physics and a Web-services-based utility to support online laboratory experiments. See http://tinyurl.com/d37axw [2]

Next, Marie Sontag offers a new learning theory to shape K-12 teaching. Sontag\’s social and cognitive connectedness schema (SCCS) theory recognizes the changes in the way students obtain and integrate new information and offers a structure for instructional design that fosters learning by accessing students’ strengths in these areas. See http://tinyurl.com/dhprfx [3]

Jacob Schroeder and Thomas J. Greenbowe also suggest that educators consider meeting students where they are. Frustrated by students’ lack of engagement in WebCT discussion forums, Schroeder and Greenbowe tried something else with an organic chemistry class: a course Facebook group. Although not all students joined the optional group, participation among those who did was far more dynamic than activity in the WebCT group. See http://tinyurl.com/ddwxy6 [4]

Pam Wright argues that barriers to adopting such technologies may arise from teachers’ resistance to seeing those technologies as educational; this is particularly true for gaming, which many teachers see as, at best, an add-on to the central curriculum. To combat this attitude, Wright designed a unit on educational gaming to help her preservice K-12 teachers assess the value of gaming in the classroom. Although her students’ attitudes remained mixed, the online unit did prompt students to consider games in ways they might not have otherwise. See http://tinyurl.com/ddg8wf [5]

Our next two articles describe technological solutions to specific challenges. Mark Rabinovich details the development of the iPass online tutoring system at Queensborough Community College’s writing center. The system, which allows students and tutors to interact asynchronously across multiple drafts of a project, has helped students earn higher grades in writing-intensive classes and improved pass rates on the college’s remedial writing exam. See http://tinyurl.com/cuyoeg [6]

The computer-based testing system described by Michael Russell, Thomas Hoffmann, and Jennifer Higgins addresses a critical challenge for K-12 schools: delivering standardized tests in a way that can efficiently and flexibly accommodate students’ special needs. Russell, Hoffmann, and Higgins used the principles of universal design to create a computerized solution that allows schools to offer individualized accommodations easily and equitably, increasing test validity. See http://tinyurl.com/dx67lz [7]

In Innovate-Ideagora this month, Alan McCord and Denise Easton report on developments in our social networking community, which now boasts over 400 members. As members considered ways to support sustainable, accessible technologies, discussion coalesced around rumors of a $10 laptop and what such a development might mean for education. In webcast interviews, Nibipedia founders Troy Petersen and Terry Schubring discussed their vision for collaborative video learning, and Miriam Scurrah, the training and development designer for Kmart Australia, described her use of three-dimensional animation videos to create engaging training programs for the company. See http://tinyurl.com/dewyqb [8]

We have extended the deadline for our upcoming special issue “The Future of the Textbook [9].” Submissions will be accepted through May 31, 2009; the projected publication date is December 2009/January 2010.

Microsoft, _Innovate_’s sponsor, has upgraded their offer to the senior authors of the top three papers published prior to June 2009. Instead of the opportunity to present their papers at the Microsoft Global Exchange summit in July 2009, they will receive the Lenovo X60 Tablet PC loaded with Windows Vista Ultimate and Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007. This is the same computer included in the new Microsoft and Lenovo Ultimate Academic Personal Computer Program designed specifically for college and university students, faculty, and staff; under this program, Lenovo will offer four different ThinkPad laptops loaded with Windows Vista Ultimate and Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 at a substantial discount. (See http://tinyurl.com/cslpnk [10] for the details.) This offer is currently available only in the United States, although it may eventually be extended internationally.

We hope that you enjoy this issue of _Innovate_. Please use the discussion board within each article to raise questions or provide additional commentary. Your comments will be sent to authors for their response, which will become part of the record for their article. Also, please forward this announcement to appropriate mailing lists and to colleagues who want to use IT tools to advance their work and ask your organizational librarian to link to _Innovate_ in their resource section for open-access e-journals.
Thanks!

Jim
—-
James L Morrison
Editor-in-Chief, Innovate
http://www.innovateonline.info [11]
Fischler School of Education and Human Services
Nova Southeastern University
http://www.schoolofed.nova.edu/home.htm [12]

Links:
——
[1] http://www.innovateonline.info
[2] http://tinyurl.com/d37axw
[3] http://tinyurl.com/dhprfx
[4] http://tinyurl.com/ddwxy6
[5] http://tinyurl.com/ddg8wf
[6] http://tinyurl.com/cuyoeg
[7] http://tinyurl.com/dx67lz
[8] http://tinyurl.com/dewyqb
[9] http://innovateonline.info/?view=special_issues
[10] http://tinyurl.com/cslpnk
[11] http://www.innovateonline.info
[12] http://www.innovateonline.info

March Innovate-Live Webcast Schedule

Innovate (www.innovateonline.info) is published bimonthly as a public
service by the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova
Southeastern University and is sponsored, in part, by Microsoft.

Innovate-Live webcasts, produced as a public service by our partner,
ULiveandLearn, allow you to synchronously interact with authors on the
topics of their articles.

You may register for the March webcasts at
http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/. Webcasts will be
archived and available in the webcast section of the article and in
the Innovate-Live portal archive shortly after the webcast. All times
are New York time. You may use the world clock at
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ to coordinate with your time
zone.

Schedule

March 25, 2009

2:00 PM Eastern Time
Innovate-Ideagora: Connecting Students to Leverage Learning
Authors: Alan McCord and Denise Easton
See
http://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=709&action=article

Innovate-Ideagora Webcasts

In addition to the webcasts with Innovate authors, Innovate Ideagora
editors Alan McCord and Denise Easton will conduct a number of open
access Ideagora webcast interviews in the Innovate Live Portal at
http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/ on March 25, 2009. The
interview schedule is below:

1:00 PM Eastern
Nibipedia Makes Video Even Cooler for Education!
Interview with Nibipedia’s Troy Peterson

2:00 PM Eastern
Ideagora Mash Up
Denise Easton and Alan McCord

3:00 PM Eastern
Can the CrowdSPRING Model Help Education?
Interview with Crowdspring’s Ross E. Kimbarovsk

6:00 PM Eastern
Avatars Turn Corporate Training Around
Interview with iClone’s Miriam Scurrah

All interviews are described at
http://innovate-ideagora.ning.com/note/Upcoming_Ideagora_Live_Interviews

Finally, Microsoft, Innovate’s sponsor, has upgraded their offer to
the senior authors of the top three papers published prior to June
2009. Instead of the opportunity to present their papers at the
Microsoft Global Exchange summit in July 2009, they will receive the
Lenovo X60 Tablet PC pre-loaded with Windows Vista Ultimate and
Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007. This is the same computer included in
the new Microsoft and Lenovo Ultimate Academic Personal Computer
Program designed specifically for college and university students,
faculty, and staff where Lenovo will offer four different ThinkPad
laptops pre-loaded with Windows Vista Ultimate and Microsoft Office
Ultimate 2007, each with a substantial discount. (See
http://www.microsoft.com/education/highered/ultimatepc.aspx for the
details.) Note that this offer is currently available only in the
United States, but it may be extended internationally.

[Innovate] February/March Webcasts

Innovate (www.innovateonline.info) is published bimonthly as a public service by the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University and is sponsored, in part, by Microsoft.

Innovate-Live webcasts, produced as a public service by our partner, ULiveandLearn, allow you to synchronously interact with authors on the topics of their articles.

You may register for the February/March webcasts at http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/. Webcasts will be archived and available in the webcast section of the following articles and in the Innovate-Live portal archive shortly after the webcast. All times are Eastern (New York) time. You may use the world clock at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ to coordinate with your time zone.

Schedule

February 23, 2009

1:00 PM Eastern
H. Sapiens Digital: From Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom
Author: Marc Prensky
See
http://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=705&action=article

5:00 PM Eastern
What’s Wrong with Copyright: Educator Strategies for Dealing with Analog Copyright Law in a Digital World
Authors: Patrick McGrail and Ewa McGrail
See
http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=630&action=article

February 26, 2009

1:00 PM Eastern
Learner-Interface Interaction for Technology-Enhanced Active Learning
Authors: Neelu Sinha, Laila Khreisat, and Kiron Sharma
See
http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=622&action=article

4:00 PM Eastern
Integrating Digital Learning Objects in the Classroom: A Need for Educational Leadership
Authors: Annick Janson and Robin Janson
See
http://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=581&action=article

Innovate-Ideagora Webcasts

In addition to the webcasts with Innovate authors, Innovate Ideagora editors Alan McCord and Denise Easton will conduct a number of open access Ideagora webcast interviews in the Innovate Live Portal at http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/ on March 25,  2009. The interview schedule is below:

1:00 PM Eastern
Nibipedia Makes Video Even Cooler for Education!
Interview with Nibipedia’s Troy Peterson

2:00 PM Eastern
Ideagora Mash Up
Denise Easton and Alan McCord

3:00 PM Eastern
Can the CrowdSPRING Model Help Education?
Interview with Crowdspring’s Ross E. Kimbarovsk

6:00 PM Eastern
Avatars Turn Corporate Training Around
Interview with iClone’s Miriam Scurrah

All interviews are described at
http://innovate-ideagora.ning.com/notes/Upcoming_Ideagora_Live_Interviews

Thanks!

Jim
—-
James L Morrison
Editor-in-Chief, Innovate
http://www.innovateonline.info
Fischler School of Education and Human Services
Nova Southeastern University
http://www.schoolofed.nova.edu/home.htm

[Innovate] February/March Webcasts

Innovate (www.innovateonline.info) is published bimonthly as a public
service by the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova
Southeastern University and is sponsored, in part, by Microsoft.

Innovate-Live webcasts, produced as a public service by our partner,
ULiveandLearn, allow you to synchronously interact with authors on the
topics of their articles.

You may register for the February/March webcasts at
http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/. Webcasts will be
archived and available in the webcast section of the following
articles and in the Innovate-Live portal archive shortly after the
webcast. All times are Eastern (New York) time. You may use the world
clock at
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ to coordinate with your time
zone.

Schedule

February 23, 2009

1:00 PM Eastern
H. Sapiens Digital: From Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives to
Digital Wisdom
Author: Marc Prensky
See
http://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=705&action=article

5:00 PM Eastern
What\’s Wrong with Copyright: Educator Strategies for Dealing with
Analog Copyright Law in a Digital World
Authors: Patrick McGrail and Ewa McGrail
See
http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=630&action=article

February 26, 2009

1:00 PM Eastern
Learner-Interface Interaction for Technology-Enhanced Active Learning
Authors: Neelu Sinha, Laila Khreisat, and Kiron Sharma
See
http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=622&action=article

4:00 PM Eastern
Integrating Digital Learning Objects in the Classroom: A Need for
Educational Leadership
Authors: Annick Janson and Robin Janson
See
http://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=581&action=article

Innovate-Ideagora Webcasts

In addition to the webcasts with Innovate authors, Innovate Ideagora
editors Alan McCord and Denise Easton will conduct a number of open
access Ideagora webcast interviews in the Innovate Live Portal at
http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/ on March 25, 2009. The
interview schedule is below:

1:00 PM Eastern
Nibipedia Makes Video Even Cooler for Education!
Interview with Nibipedia’s Troy Peterson

2:00 PM Eastern
Ideagora Mash Up
Denise Easton and Alan McCord

3:00 PM Eastern
Can the CrowdSPRING Model Help Education?
Interview with Crowdspring’s Ross E. Kimbarovsk

6:00 PM Eastern
Avatars Turn Corporate Training Around
Interview with iClone’s Miriam Scurrah

All interviews are described at
http://innovate-ideagora.ning.com/notes/Upcoming_Ideagora_Live_Interviews

[Innovate] January 2009 Webcast Schedule

Innovate (www.innovateonline.info) is published bimonthly as a public service by the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University and is sponsored, in part, by Microsoft.

Innovate-Live webcasts, produced as a public service by our partner, ULiveandLearn, allow you to synchronously interact with authors on the topics of their articles.

You may register for the January webcasts at http://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/. Webcasts will be archived and available in the webcast section of the article and in the Innovate-Live portal archive shortly after the webcast. All times are New York time. You may use the world clock at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ to coordinate with your time zone.

Schedule

January 14, 2009

11:00 AM Eastern
Knowledge-Driven Design of Virtual Patient Simulations
Author: Victor Veggara
See http://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=579&action=article

2:00 PM Eastern
e-Learning and Action Research as Transformative Practice
Author: Margaret Farren
See http://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=543&action=article

5:00 PM Eastern
Using Second Life with Learning-Disabled Students in Higher Education
Author: Stephanie McKinney
See http://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=573&action=article

6:00 PM Eastern
Hacking Say and Reviving ELIZA: Lessons from Virtual Environments
Authors: Rochelle Mazar and Jason Nolan
See http://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=547&action=article

January 16, 2009

Innovate-Ideagora Interviews and Discussions

11:00AM Eastern
Interview with Ed Gehringer: “How social networking can be used to promote learning”

12:00 PM
Innovate-Ideagora: What’s Going on in the “Agora” A conversation with co-editors Denise Easton and Al McCord

1:00 PM
Interview with Tim DiScipio, Co-Founder of ePals, the Internet’s largest global community of connected classrooms (see http://www.epals.com/)

Please note that the deadline to submit manuscripts for the special issue on online simulations, role playing, and virtual worlds is January 30, 2009. The deadline to submit manuscripts for the special issue on the future of the textbook is May 1, 2009. For details on each special issue, see
http://innovateonline.info/?view=special_issues

Finally, if you are considering submitting a manuscript describing how you use Microsoft technology to enhance the educational experience for publication consideration in the “From our Sponsors” section, please make sure that it conforms to the publication guidelines described in the “Contribute” link on the navigation bar at http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=contribute

.