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Module 2 of 4 MODULE 2 OF 4 (¡Ahora en Español! translation by Dr. Carlos Miranda)


In this module, we will examine the use of various forms of electronic communication like podcasts and Skype along with the use of various tools like PowerPoint and screen shots. We will discuss how to encourage students to participate, how to understand taxonomies, how to handle intellectual property rights, how to understand ethical issues, how to use grading scales, quizzes and surveys, and how to create a rubric.


This document contains all the information needed to successfully complete the second of four modules for the online certification.   

ASSIGNMENTS/ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW (details are listed below) 





The Internet offers a variety of communication venues. We’ll discuss web journaling, weblogs, discussion forums, and chat. Web journaling is similar to a diary, usually read-only, created by one author and published on the Internet for viewing by the public, or kept private. A weblog, or blog, is created by one person, but contributed to by many. Blogs can be moderated and private, or published for others to post thoughts and opinions. Chatting is live communication between two or more individuals. A discussion forum is an area where all members within a designated group go to talk freely, no public access, like a club. There are two concepts that may help to clarify the nature of interactive learning and the need for communication – Panitz  

In general, all LMS software provides discussion posts, email, weblogs, and chat rooms as methods of e-communication. Other options are available, but these are the main sources, and since email and discussion posts are common, we’ll focus on chat rooms and weblogs. 
Chat Room Window
Chatting is usually available within many LMS. Below is a typical chat window, this one is from Blackboard.

Web Blogs are similar to a discussion post, but blogs are usually open to the general public - although the creator of a blog can choose to moderate and even make the blog accessible by invitation only.

Visit Blog Drive, a free blog site.

Although advertised as blogs, some are more on the order of a web journal. Use the search box if available. In one instance ‘family issues’ and ‘technology’ were entered – one blog appeared involving a family dispute and another on how to catch flies.
Since there are no Internet police, anything goes and often blogs and journals can be offensive, BUT, according to Education World, children as young as 5 are blogging - set up and moderated properly, blogs can be tools for creative writing, question/answer session, or opinion seekers.

Blogging setup sites:


There are tricks and tips to encourage students to do more than lurk in an online course. One method is to offer point values for students and specify that comments should include more than ‘nice job’ or ‘I agree.’  Another tip is to make it fun – create a blog or ask students to answer the post directly below or directly above their post, or find two things in common with a classmate.


Taking a screen shot of a web page and pasting it into a document to ‘show’ students what to do, is sometimes far more effective than trying to explain a concept using text. Tutorials can be created easily without purchasing any software. Look for the ‘Prt Scr’ button on your keyboard, above the number key pad.

Try this:


PPT is a program made up of individual slides that culminate into a professional, organized, and logical presentation or slide show. PowerPoint helps organize and clarify material in classrooms, for personal use, or for training and instructional ed in the business world.
Explore alternatives to PowerPoint (multimedia tools) if you do not have Office. Download and try a trial version of ProShow Gold or Camtasia.

Reasons for Presentations

General Rules

How to Get Music CDs into the Clip Organizer and Play on a PPT Slide

E. CAMTASIA – creating video tutorials

(Word 2010 has the video feature built in)

A slide show works very well in the teaching/learning environment, but creating a video from a slide show is sometimes more appealing. Camtasia allows users to create a flash video from a PowerPoint. Download a trial version of Camtasia and follow the directions below.

Create a Camtasia video from a PowerPoint presentation:


Grade books in LMS are comprehensive and provide many options; but, at times instructors prefer to also have a grade book independent from the LMS (to keep personal notes without having to be online, to have a hard copy for files, i.e.). We won’t cover Excel in this course because unlike PowerPoint, the program will most likely not be used to create online course content. For a step by step guide visit this document provided by St. Joseph's College web site.


(For student/instructor use, online forms/surveys for assessing are discussed in Module 4)

Online surveys are often free, and very useful to online learners and instructors. Surveys are easy and fun to create and to take. The uses for online surveys are unlimited:  Visit this link and answer the questions – this survey was created to show what students will see, and do, when taking a survey that was created using a free online survey creator  - took only 5 minutes to set up:

Web sites for creating surveys:
Kwik Surveys
Survey Monkey

Creating a survey is easy, intuitive, but determining the web address of the survey (so you can give it to students to access) may not always be as easy as creating the survey. Click on the help and the frequently asked questions on either of the web sites listed above for assistance.   


Using Word to create a form for students to complete might be helpful, to gather data for a course evaluation for example. The following directions are for Word 2010 but forms can be created using earlier versions of Word as well.

The developer tab, used to create a form or use a form template, is hidden, and must be revealed prior to starting. Follow these steps to reveal the tab (taken directly from the Help in Word):

Reveal the developer tab

To start with a form template

To start with a blank template

To enter information:
On the Developer tab, in the Controls group, click Design Mode, and then insert the controls that you want to use to enter information.


Technology has caused havoc with copyright and fair use laws. Fair use relates to exceptions to property rights for education. Copyright was originally set in place to protect the rights of artists and writers, but the law has gone through remarkable changes as it attempts to keep up with technology. Intellectual property rights pertain to any product of the intellect that has value.  These change constantly and are complicating - stay current and research - multimedia has different rules than print material. Visit the Teaching Effectiveness Program website for more information.


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Last Updated May 25, 2013.  © Catholic Distance Learning Network.
"The program was excellent. It was a very generous idea to make it available to students. It provides a clear understanding of the advantages and limitations of the online environment. Anyone interested in learning more about distance learning would benefit greatly." - Carlos Miranda, Ph.D. - certification completed in winter 2012 through the graduate program at Holy Apostles College & Seminary (read more)