September 2008

Accessible Online Presentations with Adobe Presenter

In searching of the answer to the question "Are Breeze presentations accessible", we did some digging on the Adobe website and other websites. We were glad to find out they can be accessible!

Quality - What are the students looking for?

What makes a quality online course? This question guides us at LearnDAT daily, and is the basis of every aspect of our work. As producers, artists, and programmers, we're constantly searching for answers to this question, and finding them in a variety of places: the voices of faculty members, research papers, journal articles and best practices. However, one of the most valuable assets in this quest is often the most overlooked: the students themselves.

Digital Attendance via Nokia N800 and Skype

I had the opportunity in the past week to test out the Nokia N800 at a conference presentation. My part in the experiment was to operate the physical device and configure it so a coworker from across the country could attend digitally. The major difficulty during setup was with the protected wireless network that I was using and not with the device itself. The N800 worked very well in browsing the internet and operating Skype. Naturally, navigating the N800's operating system, clicking, and typing with the stylus makes tasks more cumbersome than their full-size counterparts.

Brown Bag - September 26

From Byron Brown:

This week's session of the Explorations in Instructional Technology brown bag seminar series will feature the first of three panel discussions this semester on topics of interest to the community. The panel leading the discussion will be composed of Danielle DeVoss, MSU Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, Scott Schopieray, MSU College of Arts and Letters, and Doug Walls, MSU student. Their topic is "Hacking Space: A discussion about new technology-rich learning spaces, and MSU's place in the spectrum."

LearnDAT Breakfast Series - September 24, 2008

MSU Learning Design and Technology (LearnDAT) invites you to attend the next session in our ongoing Breakfast Series: Conversations on Online Pedagogy and Best Practices

DATE: Wednesday, September 24, 2008

PLACE: Main Library, North Conference Room, 4th Floor, West Wing

Time Management in the Online Realm

Over the past few weeks, several of the faculty members I work with have approached me with a similar quandary, paraphrased here:

The students in my class are asking about time management in online classes. Do you have any articles that hold answers for them?

Free Cross-OS Screen Recording | Jing

Jing was created by Tech Smith,  the maker of an array of recording applications, including Camtasia Studio. It takes the form of a desktop application that allows users to capture screenshots and screen recordings, then save them as .swf files or host them on

Web Accessibility - A Campus Concern

Accessibility has been a topic of discussion for many months, as faculty, staff and students alike have grappled with how to address the issues of accessibility, resources and options. As of July 1, 2008, the MSU Web Accessibility Policy is in effect for MSU, and many faculty members are wondering what this means for their courses. LearnDAT has put together some resources, including a basic tutorial on creating an accessible syllabus, and a brief statement on what accessibility means and where to go for information. The links below offer a good starting point: