Author: ghess

ATR 2500 – A Great Voiceover Mic

I’ve been making screencap videos for 卵のアレルギーについて sometime now and audio has always been a bit a of problem. I’ve tried a lot of different solutions among them the iMic, various inexpensive headsets, and an SM-57 connected to my audio interfaces and #EDCMOOC-We’re none of them have really provided satisfactory sound for my voice. Well I finally decided it was time to try a #FOEMOOC-Reload USB mic and I am so glad I did. Audio Technica’s entry level USB mic, the ATR2500-USB is great voiceover mic. The sound is clear, clean and warm, and suits my bass voice perfectly....

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#EDCMOOC Week 2: MOOC Pros and Cons

This is a good liberal arts class. It’s very entertaining and thought provoking. I’m 10k not sure I’m going to walk away with anything of any real importance, but it is fun. The main problem I’m having here is with the scale. I’ve yet to connect with a small enough group of people to have any meaningful discussions. I’m on the Facebook and Google+ pages and off follow Twitter, but so far I really haven’t engaged much. This is somewhat ironic, because I am very engaged with a group from the Fundamentals of Online Learning course, which crashed very publicly, due in no small part from the instructor’s attempt to create those small groups. Week 2 materials start to establish the connection between the class and e-learning. The Corning and Microsoft videos are fun. I thought Corning’s vision to be the more interesting and more realistic. The Microsoft video looked more like a combination of Windows 8 and fantasy. Neither offered any interesting uses for education, though I can imagine many possibilities particularly with the Corning products. The two sci-fi videos were entertaining, but they didn’t inspire any original ideas. Sight reminds me a little of Total Recall and The Matrix. Charlie 13 is a variation on the theme in Logan’s Run, though not nearly as chilling. The videos have little connection to education, though they clearly relate to...

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Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Preparation, offered by Georgia Tech is a six week course. It is designed in much the same way as one would any online course. Each week there are video lectures, suggested readings, assignments and multiple choice quizzes. We are to discuss some questions in the discussion forums and then complete the assignments and quizzes which are graded automatically. The final project is to create your own online class. The title of the course is filled with irony. Clearly, this course has been ported over from either an existing online or blended course. This has caused some problems as I suspect Coursera and the course management system Размер (CMS) that was originally used have some incompatibilities. For example, links to the video lectures that are found in the weekly descriptions link to huge files that simply won’t play or take much to long to download. However the links to what should be the same files under the Video Lessons tab open smaller, streaming files. Even then the HTML5 versions wouldn’t play correctly on my MacBook Pro and I had to use the Flash versions instead. (go figure). As I mentioned in the review of the other course, most learning in an online course should happen in peer-to-peer Sinuplasty interaction and that sorting the huge number of students into smaller, more manageable groups was the...

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#EDCMOOC-We’re off

I’m enrolled in two MOOCs–massive open online courses–offered through Coursera. Appropriately enough both are about online learning. Over the next six weeks, I’ll be offering my views about both classes and MOOCs in general. E-Learning and Digital Cultures. is a four week course run by the University of Edinburgh. For the most part, this is a philosophy course concerned with Good the pros and cons of technology. The course is divided into two two-week blocks. Each week we are to watch a series of videos related to the overall topic and discuss them through various social media channels.  The final project will be to create some type of digital presentation (“artifact”) and post it online. The remaining authors/instructors clearly put a lot of thought into how to deal with 40,000+ (no typo) students. The Twitter hashtag, Google+ and Facebook pages were all up and active immediately. There are no lectures, instead all of the resources are posted on the Coursera site and students are encouraged to discuss them in the course forum and various social media. So, there is little Website actual interaction with the instructors, though some are posting on Twitter and they have planned a G+ hangout (which soul unfortunately will be at 2 am here.). While I think Owies they are on the right track here, as most of learning in online courses occurs in peer-to-peer interaction,...

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