Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Its all about Me: Adding Digital Personality to Online Courses

This workshop is talking about letting the instructor personality shine through in a course to increase student satisfaction. They are presenting this in the context of the requirement that all of their courses have to pass a checklist based on Quality Matters before it can be taught. So, they are saying that a quality course is not enough for a quality student experience, the instructor personality needs to shine through.

Informal text based approach

  • quotes
  • jokes (humor)
  • news flash
Audio, video (keep at 1 - 3 minutes) and avatars.

SitePal - makes avatars, but pretty expensive at $9.95 a month or $2500 for a site license.

Voki - animated avatar (I looked at this tool recently, after seeing it recommended on Jane's elearning pick of the day - very, very cool. I'm hoping to use it in my class this summer, but as I write, the site is not coming up, hmmm.)

Green Screen video - looks cool - I wonder if we have this technology already. Not sure how, pedagogically, it is any different from using a webcam in ones office.

Suggestions from the audience:

  • Panopto - similar to Jing - capture and publish every element of a presentation
  • Tokbox - Free Video Chat - includes a video about how teachers use the tool


At June 14, 2010 at 3:59 PM , Blogger Todd Conaway said...

Thanks for attending the session. here is link to slideshare:

Sorry, no audio. here is link to Ning site:

I hope you find some uses for your courses. Blogging but each session is a great idea. Nice way to create portfolio of information and it would serve well as the "conference evaluation" for work!


At June 14, 2010 at 4:33 PM , Blogger Todd Conaway said...

Wow, I just realized you are in Georgia and not in Las Vegas at EduComm. I just presented a session last week abut Digital Personality! If you found any useful links (other than the ones you already noted) please let me know @



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