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Chris Mark's Blogfolio

Blogfolio for IT 644 November 25, 2010

Filed under: Blogs and Education,PhD,Uncategorized — Christine Mark @ 8:52 am
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This blogfolio is part of the course requirements for IT 644, Advanced Hypermedia Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.  This is a required course for my program, the PhD program in Instructional Design/Instructional Technology.  IT 644 is an advanced course which is concerned with the development and use of interactive, animated hypermedia products.  The emphasis of the course is using this technology for learning and sharing information.  Multimedia can be used in instructional design projects, lectures, presentations, and multimedia events. During the course i learned about many types and uses of multimedia on producing applications incorporating text, audio, graphics, animation and digitized video which effectively communicate to the user.  During this course I created several multimedia projects which I will be blogging about.

I am also an instructor at The University of Southern Mississippi in the College of Business.  I teach in the Management and International Business Department.  I teach Introduction to Management, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior and Introduction to Business.  I am interested in using technology in my classes and so far in my PhD program I have learned many things that I have been able to apply.  I created my own Website where students can go to get additional resources, PowerPoint presentations, videos, etc.  The address to my website is:

 http://ocean.otr.usm.edu/~w813743/homepage.html

 This has been a great resource for my students and I keep adding to it and improving it each semester.  I also used a Wiki for class discussions, until this summer.  I used Ning, a social network for classroom communication.  I used it for discussions, email communications, posting pictures and videos and for group work.  This has worked very well and the students like it because it is much like Facebook and they are used to this sort of format.  These are just a few examples of the things I was able to integrate into my teaching from my PhD program.

I am looking forward to sharing information about my journey into emerging technology.  Please feel free to leave comments.

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Final Refelections on IT 860… July 23, 2010

I can’t believe the semester is coming to an end.  It went very fast, I think due to the magnitude and variety of things learned.  I think the course was designed very well with maximum exposure to Web 2.0 tools.  In addition to the tools that projects were completed for, the exposure to a new social network, Mixxt was also valuable.  Since Ning began charging this month, the class social network was changed.  I like Ning better, but  Mixxt proved to be good, free alternative. 

I liked the assignments dealing with the Web 2.0 tools the best and getting the hands-on exposure.  I was disappointed when ScreenToaster became unavailable, but I think it just went to show that there are many other choices and one has to remain flexible.  My favorite project was Second Life which probably comes as no surprise to anyone.  I have been a resident of SL for over two years and enjoy its many features.  It is a great tool for teaching and learning and I hope to be able to teach a complete class in this virtual world someday. 

I also appreciated the interaction between class members as well as with our instructors, Drs. Yuen and Mark.  I think they both did a great job making this class not just another online class, but one that felt inclusive and had a sense of community.  Most online classes are so cold, impersonal and one-dimensional.  It was fun meeting for training as a class in Second Life and seeing everyone’s avatars.  It truly did feel like we were meeting in person in a classroom. 

The class did make me realize how many great, useful Web 2.0 tools are available for free.  The problem is trying to determine which ones are useful and then how to integrate them into teaching.  This class really helped me sort this out.  I am going to try to use Twitter and Voice Thread in my classes during the upcoming year.  I have already integrated and used a personally designed Website, YouTube videos, Wikis and social networks (Ning) and the students were very receptive.  I am always looking for ways to improve my course content and increase student engagement and courses such as IT 860 definitely help!!!

 

The “Social” Implications of Social Bookmarking July 17, 2010

Filed under: PhD,social bookmarking,Teaching with Technology,Web 2.0 — Christine Mark @ 2:42 pm
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As part of my class, IT 860, Emerging Technology, I learned about Diigo bookmarking.  Diigo which stands for the “Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff,” has been around since 2006.  Diigo is a Social bookmarking website which allows users to bookmark, highlight and tag web-pages.

I did not know much about social bookmarking before this assignment.  I read many articles and viewed some videos.  The Common Craft video was especially helpful.  Here it is:

I signed up for an account with Diigo and joined the group for my class.  I then audited my toolbar to include an icon for Diigo so that when I found something I wanted to keep I could easily bookmark it.  I found Diigo to be extremely easy to use and understand.   I bookmarked several articles which may help with my research for my paper in this class.  Here is the URL for my Diigo library: 

http://www.diigo.com/user/christinemark

The reason this is called “Social” Bookmarking is that people can share their bookmarks.  We all spend inordinate amounts of time sifting through the billions of web pages available and to be able to get a complete list of bookmarks that are of interest is valuable.  There are many uses in education.  I for one can see using it when doing research.  For instance, I am researching the use of social networks in the corporate recruiting process.  I know a colleague is doing research on organizations using social networks as a means of checking applicant’s backgrounds.  Even though our exact niche area is different, many of the same resources would apply to each area.  So if we share our bookmarks we may find pertinent resources we would not have otherwise found. 

I believe social bookmarking could also be used by students for group projects or anything requiring collaboration.  This is a great way for students to share information and learn from each other.  Diigo allows users to highlight and leave sticky notes on pages.  This allows other students to read the comments and add comments of their own to the web pages. 

I think, above all, the main advantage of social bookmarking is that the bookmarks are kept on the Web so they can be accessed from any computer or Smartphone.  This allows users to tag, highlight and annotate pages from any location.

 

Introduction to Blogfolio for IT 860 July 15, 2010

Hello Bloggers:

My name is Christine Mark and I am a PhD student at The University of Southern Mississippi in Instructional Technology.  As part of my program I am taking IT 860 – Emerging Technology in Instructional Technology.  As part of this course I am blogging about the various assignments I am doing as well as overall impressions of the various types of emerging technology.

I am also an instructor at The University of Southern Mississippi in the College of Business.  I teach in the Management and International Business Department.  I teach Introduction to Management, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior and Introduction to Business.  I am interested in using technology in my classes and so far in my PhD program I have learned many things that I have been able to apply.  I created my own Website where students can go to get additional resources, PowerPoint presentations, videos, etc.  The address to my website is:

 http://ocean.otr.usm.edu/~w813743/homepage.html

 This has been a great resource for my students and I keep adding to it and improving it each semester.  I also used a Wiki for class discussions, until this summer.  I currently use Ning, a social network for classroom communication.  I use it for discussions, email communications, posting pictures and videos and for group work.  This has worked very well and the students like it because it is much like Facebook and they are used to this sort of format.  These are just a few examples of the things I was able to integrate into my teaching from my PhD program.

I am looking forward to sharing information about my journey into emerging technology.  Please feel free to leave comments.

 

Final Thought on IT 780 May 1, 2010

I can’t believe the semester is over.  So much has happened in the last few months.  IT 780 was a very good experience for me both personally and professionally.  Personally it was a valuable experience that I will not forget.  The opportunity to meet so many other people with a similar interest in technology and teaching was wonderful.  I had the opportunity to socialize with some of the other students in my class.  We went out to dinner which proved to be a great opportunity to get to know each other and our interests in education.  I also had the opportunity to attend and present at two conferences during the semester where some of my fellow students were also attending.  This was a great opportunity to further get to know them and we supported each other in what we were doing. 

This class also helped me professionally by introducing me to so many great Web 2.0 tools.  By learning the advantages of this technology and its uses for education and learning I was able to integrate these tools into my classes immediately.  I am using a Wiki in my Human Resource Management class.  We have discussion of cases, communication, etc.  I also incorporated the social network Ning into a new class I am teaching, Introduction to Business.  The Ning is a wonderful tool that has allowed my class to have discussions, work together in groups and stay connected.  The class also helped me professionally as far as developing new ways to communicate and stay connected.  For instance, this blog contains a great variety of information that I can share with my colleagues and students.  I intend to continue adding things to my blog for a long time to come.  The class also allowed me to see many different tools and techniques that I never knew existed.  The only problem is there is not enough time in the day to check out all that is available. 

I am sure this will end up being one of the classes that I look back at and say I learned a lot and am actually using and applying what I learned to be a better teacher!!!

 

Introduction to Blogfolio February 12, 2010

This blog was created as part of my class, a Seminar in Instuctional Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  During the semester I will be posting entries to my blog discussing the various topics covered in class as well as my reaction to the assignments.  I have been meaning to start a blog and this is a great opportunity to get started.  After this class I plan on continuing the blog and possibly coming up with ways I can use it in the classes I teach.

 

Who Am I? February 11, 2010

Hello…I am Chris Mark. I created this blog for my PhD class, Seminar in Intructional Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi.  I am planning on using it for my class and then continuing it for blogging about education and technology.

I am originally from Toledo, Ohio. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Toledo in Business (Accounting) and I have an MBA also from the University of Toledo in Management and Industrial Relations. I have over 20 years of experience in the Human Resource field. I always wanted to teach business and especially Human Resource Management at some time in my life. I got that opportunity two years ago when I was offered an Instructor position at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. I taught Intro to Computers for 2 years in the College of Business. Meanwhile, my husband, Steve, was offered a great position here at USM in the Technology Education Department. I was also offered an Instructor position here at USM. I teach Intro to Management, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior and Business here in the College of Business. I really enjoy the students and love being able to relate my actual experience to the things we are studying.

I am in the Instructional Design PhD program. I took Dr. SteveYuen’s class last semester and learned how to create a website. I am so excited to be using my website this semester as a resource for my students. I also use a class Wiki for discussions that has worked very well. I also use a lot of You Tube videos in my classes as I think it adds interest and outside content. It is amazing what is out there.

We bought a house in Hattiesburg last August and love the area. When we are not working we enjoy riding our Harley-Davidson motorcycles and exploring the area. Since I had never been to Mississippi before there is a lot to discover.