Day 2 of the June Summer Institute kicked off with a presentation from Gary Muir, head of CILA. Gary gave us a brief history of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), which are a relatively new development in the field of distance learning. A MOOC is a course that is typically free, credit-less, and allows open enrollment, often on a large scale (anywhere from 100-50,000). MOOCs have been on the rise in recent years, and institutions such as Harvard and Yale have even begun offering them.
Following a discussion of the benefits and pitfalls of the MOOC, Nancy Aarsvold introduced an alternative type of online course known as a SPOC (small private online course). Professors Tina Garrett of St. Olaf and Chad Topaz of Macalester have used this term to describe their Online Course in Applied Calculus, which is being offered this summer and is limited to 20 students.
Next, Perrin Bishop-Wright (IT) led a workshop on screencasting using Apple’s Quicktime Player. We explored the Quicktime interface and the flexibility it allows for recording lectures, presentations and tutorials. After lunch, we continued our exploration of digital audio and video as library staff members Beth Christensen, Kasia Gonnerman, Alexis Logsdon and Ken Johnson gave us a tour of the wide variety of streaming audio and video databases available through the library’s website.
The afternoon iPad Workshop began with a tutorial from Nancy Aarsvold on how to create slideshows and recorded presentations with ease using Keynote or Explain Everything – both popular apps for creating and playing presentations on the iPad. Next, Erin Chambers(WLC/IT) walked us through iMovie for the iPad, which allows users to record video clips with their iPad and then easily edit and combine those clips to create movies with titles, transitions, voice overs and more. Finally, Phinehas Bynum (IT) gave us a demonstration of GarageBand for the iPad, which is a mobile version of Apple’s popular recording and editing program. GarageBand supports external microphones and instruments while also offering Touch Instruments to provide users with a full-featured recording studio right on their iPad.