Master Asynchronous Tools for the Blended Classroom

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Asynchronous Tools Jun 2012
Blended Teaching and Learning
Sloan-C Certificate Program Eligibility: 

This online workshop can be counted toward the Sloan-C Certificate.

Workshop Description

There are many asynchronous teaching tools available for the blended classroom and mastering them can be a challenging learning curve for any educator. But it’s not that difficult and the payoff can be dramatic. Using the concept of scalable instructional design, participants will explore how to incorporate basic through advanced online asynchronous tools for a diverse spectrum of users.

Resources Provided: 
  • Presentations, readings, web links, discussion threads and other materials, viewable online for 1 year
  • 1-Hour Live Workshop Orientation - Learn about Moodle 2.2 and BlackBoard Collaborate. Navigate the workshop space
  • 1-Hour Live Panel Discussion - Participation in Live Q&A
  • Viewing of Live Sessions available for 1 year
Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand the process of scalable instructional design
  • Understand how to incorporate high-level learning in the blended classroom
  • Explore various options for student learning outcomes as facilitated by asynchronous tools

Carol Johnson, The Virtual School of Music
Carol Johnson serves as a consultant for Sloan-C and is the Director of The Virtual School of Music, an innovative and technologically-based online music school. She is an active technology educator and musician throughout North and South America. Her previous university teaching appointments include Belmont University, Nashville, TN and Taylor University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, as well as various K-12 public school positions. Currently, Ms. Johnson is completing her Doctor of Musical Arts in e-learning technology. An established educational writer, Ms. Johnson has published numerous music book series for elementary through professional music students.

Pricing and Cancellation Policy

Price: $495 Each
Sloan-C Member price: $345 w/coupon code* (you will enter the coupon code on the payment page of your shopping cart process)
College Pass Member Pricing: No Cost w/2 coupon codes* (you will enter the coupon code on the payment page of your shopping cart process)
*Members receive unlimited discounts with membership and College Pass holders receive 100 (50 or 25) "free" seats in the entire Sloan-C Workshop series.

Cancellation Policy: 

If you register and pay for a Sloan-C workshop and are unable to attend or if Sloan-C reschedules/cancels a workshop, we will be happy to apply your payment to another Sloan-C workshop/seminar at your request. However, no refunds will be given. This offer is good for one year.

Technical Requirements/Minimum System Requirements

Combining the capabilities of industry leaders Wimba and Elluminate, Blackboard Collaborate provides a comprehensive learning platform designed specifically for education. It is helping thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations worldwide deliver a more effective learning experience through online, blended, and mobile learning.

System Requirements:

  • Click here to check the system requirements and support browsers for using Elluminate
  • Click here to find out if your computer has the right Operating System and Java version installed to run Elluminate and to configure your system.

Sloan-C uses an open-source LMS called Moodle for the asynchronous component of workshops. Moodle provides a flexible and user-friendly set of asynchronous collaboration and learning tools. As with most open-source technologies, the Moodle software is free, making it a very cost-effective software package for any institution or company, without sacrificing quality. Moodle is a robust environment that is dynamic, interactive, and provides cross-platform learner access through a standard web browser.

System Requirements

Moodle will work in any modern web browser, however, moodle works best in a range of specific browser types (see below). Your browser should also have both cookies and javascript enabled. These are typically enabled by default, but if you think these settings might need enabling, check the documentation for your particular browser for how to do these.

To make best use of what moodle has to offer, it is recommended that users choose a browser that supports moodle's in-line HTML editor. This is a WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor with an interface much like you would see in most word processing packages.

This in-line HTML editor will only appear if you use one of a specific range of browser types that knows how to start the editor. If you do not use one of these browser types, you can still use moodle just fine, but without the luxury of a WYSIWYG editor. Luckily, there is a supported browser that will work on all major operating system types. The list of supported and not supported browsers is shown below:

Browsers that support the HTML editor Browsers that do not support the HTML editor
Recent versions of: 

Internet Explorer (v5.5 or later) 
Firefox (all versions) 
Mozilla (v1.7 or later) 
SeaMonkey (all versions) 
Netscape (v7 or later) 
Any versions of: 



Register now for session: 
Asynchronous Tools Jun 2012