I am a professor within the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. My work centers around multimedia learning and learning strategies. I teach a variety of courses in two programs: Learning & Instruction doctoral and Educational Technology master's programs.
Below you will find links describing in more detail the six key courses I teach at USF. The School of Education offers graduate courses on 9 teaching weekends each semester. Typically teaching weekends are two weeks apart. This means each class session is longer (than meeting weekly) but also allows students a practical way to complete a graduate degree.
ETK 604 explores how to make educational audio. This includes simple podcasts as well as richly layered radio stories. You'll learn to record, edit, mix, and share.
ETK 606 explores how to create effective screencasts. These are videos of anything that can be displayed on a computer screen. Screencasts are great for supporting student learning.
ETK 610 explores how to create professional websites You will create your own professional website that can be tweaked, extended, and enhanced by you after the course is over.
L&I 700 explores the research behind nine key learning strategies. It is a required course for first-year L&I doctoral students.
L&I 732 explores the research into intrinsic motivation. We look at ways to enhance student's motivation to learn by supporting more empowered learners.
GEDU 706 explores foundational statistics. You will get plenty of practice going from data to analysis to creating meaning.
This website provides a blog for sharing the latest news on educational technology tools, content about markdown (a highly effective way to write in general and for developing web content), and mind maps (great for planning and conceptualizing difficult concepts or projects).
The blog focuses on educational technology, markdown, and mind mapping issues. I will also do short reviews of some apps and gear associated with creating good audio or screencasts.
In essence this is a mini-course about using markdown. Markdown is a very simple "code" that allows one to work with mind maps, regular text (e.g. MS Word), and direct HTML for web content.
Mind maps are effective tools for visualizing concepts, theories or even designs (such as creating a web design). Mind maps can be easily shared and transformed into text documents via markdown.