Ten Years of Online Learning – OLC Report

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In 2012, the Online Learning Consortium released a report based on ten years worth of data collection.  The results aren’t startling, in that they report what is already evident — online learning is growing in institutions of higher education around the United States, and the world.

To provide some background, the consortium began its mission as the Sloan Consortium, providing early online educators with original research, leading-edge instruction and best-practice publications, to community-driven conferences and expert guidance.  Since their beginning, the consortium has provided foundational data and research in technology enabled learning.

 To summarize some of their findings, here is some of what they learned:

  • Over 6.7 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2011 term, an increase of 570,000 students over the previous year.

  • Thirty-two percent of higher education students now take at least one course online.

  • Seventy-seven percent of academic leaders rate the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face.

To learn more, go to:
Ten Years of Online Learning – OLC Report

CarmenConnect: A Tool for Teaching

For faculty wanting to bring outside expert speakers into their class, there are many challenges.  Time, travel, and money can prohibit speakers from being able to even consider it.  That’s where technology can become a real asset.

CarmenConnect is a university-wide online tool that operates much like other webinar systems, allowing you to share live audio and video along with computer content for a media rich experience.  With these capabilities, it’s a perfect fit for bringing in external guest speakers, but it can be much more than that.  It can also be used to collaborate with others, offer virtual office hours, or even to teach to remote students.

Watch this video of one instructor’s experience using CarmenConnect to bring in a guest speaker from Slovenia.

To learn more about what CarmenConnect can do, go to:
ODEE CarmenConnect Resources

To get trained on how to use CarmenConnect, contact the ITS Helpdesk at: 2-8976

Defining Fair Use in Education

In today’s digital age in education, many faculty have questions about what materials they can use in their classrooms and online and not be in violation of copyright.  While there are some gray areas in these matters, the doctrine of fair use is the most common criteria to consider when approaching the use of copyrighted material in an educational setting.

What is Fair Use?
Fair Use is the practice of using copyrighted material in a limited way that does not infringe on the copyright holder’s rights and takes into account these four core criteria:

The Purpose and Character of the the Use

  • Non-profit educational purposes are favored over commercial

  • For the purpose of criticism, commenting, news reporting and scholarship or research

The Nature of the Copyrighted Work

  • Using published works over unpublished works is more favorable

  • Generally avoid “first publication” material

  • Commercially published material is unlikely to be considered fair use

The Amount or Substance of the Portion Used

  • Using smaller portions of works is better than larger portions

  • Exclusive content or the “heart of the work” should be avoided

The Market Effect of the Use

  • Avoid any use of material that will negatively affect the marketability of the work

Resources on Fair Use in Education

OSU Copyright Resource Center

Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Resource Site

Meet the EdTech Staff

This is the first blog entry without our colleague and main blogger, Jacob Bane. Jacob has moved onto ODEE and we wish him all the best! Future blog posts will rotate among EdTech staffers. Here is a brief introduction of our team:

Doug Carraway ( produces marketing and educational videos for Fisher College. He also coordinates video conferences and webcasts in Mason Studio.

Christiana Cordiano ( is an eLearning Instructional Developer who works closely with faculty to achieve their pedagogical goals developing online video content. She also works on Fisher’s distance learning program supporting faculty and staff in coordination of this program.

Randy Spears ( is the Associate Director for Educational Technology providing oversight to Fisher’s distance learning program, delivering training on instructional design best practices and technology used in teaching along with managing video production for the college. He also represents the college at campus-wide events in the area of technology and communication.


eBook Cost Savings

The movement towards digital content continues to grow around education. In many cases this movement means more affordable content for students. The Springboro Community City School District near Dayton, Ohio has started a movement towards ebooks and has reported an $800,000 savings compared to the hardback option.

Springboro Community City Schools

This same lower pricing can be found throughout education and means lower priced texts for higher education students.

The full article on the Springboro Community City School District conversion can be found here.

To learn more about ebooks, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.


Dayton Daily News (2014, August). Schools opt for e-books.
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Video Engagement

Educational video can be engaging and support student learning objectives in the physical as well as the virtual classroom. Despite the upside, educational video can also detract from positive learning experiences if not deployed with best practices in mind.

Educational Video

In a recent paper “How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos” Philip J. Guo, Juho Kim, and Rob Rubin explore best practices in educational video. They highlight seven major findings and recommendations. The first highlighted aspect is that student engagement drops drastically if a video is longer than 6 minutes.

To view all of their findings and recommendations in the full article, select here.

To see how educational video can be used in your course, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.

Source: (2014, March). How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos. Retrieved from

Bloom’s Taxonomy Interactive Model

The learning objective is the basis for Instructional Design. Bloom’s Taxonomy is a classification system for learning objectives that can aide in the design of goals and objectives.

Blooms Model

Iowa State University has created an interactive model for Bloom’s Taxonomy that blends a cognitive process with knowledge acquisition. The model does a fantastic job of offering example learning objectives for each intersection.

To view the full model, please select here.

To learn more about Bloom’s Taxonomy, learning objectives, and instructional design, please contact the Fisher ITS Help Desk.

Quality Matters Rubric Fifth Edition

Quality Matters (QM) is an international standard for online and hybrid course design. QM began in 2003 and has since spread worldwide to include over 800 subscribing institutions. A full interactive map of subscribing institutions can be found here.

QM Logo

QM updates their rubric every three years to include new research and best practices in course design. The Fifth Edition of the rubric was released on August 1st. You can read more about the rubric and download the new version here.

To learn more about QM, course design, and how it can benefit your course, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.

ISTE 2014

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) hosts a large conference each year. ISTE 2014 recently ended and represented a record for attendance with over 16,000 registrations. The conference highlights new educational trends and technologies.

ISTE 2014

Melissa Greenwood and Kanoe Namahoe were at ISTE 2014 and broke down the conference into 7 key takeaways:

  1. Recognize struggling students and intervene.
  2. All-in-one solutions are in vogue.
  3. One size does not fit all.
  4. Active and project-based learning is alive and well.
  5. Rethink the learning space.
  6. New conversations around BYOD and one-to-one are surfacing.
  7. Give students what they need.

The full synopsis of each takeaway can be found here.

To learn more about how educational technology can be used in your classroom, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.


SmartBlog on Education (2014, August). 7 takeaways from #ISTE2014.
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What is a MOOC?

The topic of MOOCs (Massively Open Online Course) has been discussed in this blog in past posts. Despite the continued rise of the MOOC throughout 2013 and now into 2014, there are still some who have not heard of this educational trend. Alex Cusack of has developed a solution to this problem.


Alex has developed an infographic completely outlining the basics of MOOCs in a visual format. The infographic does a great job of outlining the major players in the MOOC field and the reach of MOOCs. If you would to see the full infographic, select the link below:

MOOCs Infographic

If you have any questions about MOOCs or in general, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.