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JeffThis is the personal site of Jeff Lebow. I am not a very active 'blogger', but do spend a lot of time online building Worldbridges communities, teaching at BUFS, and LearningCall.  Currently, my 'bridge building' is focused on keeping Koreabridge chugging along and bringing Englishbridges back to life, but I also spend time webcasting at EdTechTalk, talking about webcasting at the Academy, MOOC'ing, and lately hanging out a lot with Google+.  Most of my content will posted elsewhere in the Worldbridgosphere, but I will sometimes post significant webcasts and project updates here. 

 

COOLCast#1 - September 14, 2011

 
 
COOLCast#1 
Collaborative Open Online Learning
Sept. 14, 2011
Participants: Lisa M LaneVance StevensKate RobbinsSanford Arbogast, Jeff Lebow



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Next Scheduled COOLCast - Sept. 21 1400GMT global times
 
Some links mentioned: 

MOOCast name change > Launch of COOLCast

 

This past summer, I experimented with several different webcast topics and formats. One of the most enjoyable was 'MOOCast'. It was done in conjunction with EduMOOC 2011 and was "an open-ended opportunity for EduMOOC'ers to share resources, ideas, and feedback about assorted eduMOOC topics and/or the MOOC itself".  Despite that fact that it was a 'no-prep' show (or perhaps because of it),  a diverse parade of talented educators showed up to participate and we had some really interesting conversations.  

I think MOOC's are great, but as we discussed on the final MOOCast, I'm not a fan of the name itself. Aside from just not liking the sound of the word, I see MOOC's as part of a larger movement toward educators and learners working together and sharing resources online.  'Massive' learning events like Change,  MobiMOOC , & Stanford's AI  have a valuable impact on those that participate and play an important role the evolution of instructional design. I see these as the 'big hit' portion of the long tail of open education. I think the truly 'massive' potential of open education happens when courses of whatever size are opened up online. Of course this is already happening in variety of ways, but continuing to figure out ways to share and remix resources, collaborate with other educators, and help our learners connect with each other, is essential to reaching the truly massive potential of open learning. 

 
With this kind of 'Collaborative Open Online Learning' in mind, I'm happy to announce the launch of COOLCast. Much like MOOCast, this will be an open ended discussion that will include feedback about about current MOOC's. It will also be an opportunity for educators to explore how to work together to open up their own courses. All are welcome.  
 
  The first show is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 1400GMT (global times at:  http://bit.ly/pxnqB3 ). The show will be streamed at http://edtechtalk.com/live . Those who just want to 'lurk' and participate via text chat can tune in there. For those who'd like to join the conversation, we'll be using Google+ Hangout to connect.  This basic hangout guide provides some info for those who have not 'hung out' before.

Looking forward to some 'cool' conversations...

EdTechWeekly#198 - 'New Format' & Constuctivism in Education

 


EdTechWeekly #198
September 11, 2011
 

Participants:   Jennifer MaddrellJeff Lebowdave cormierJohn SchinkerAnne Marie Cunningham 

Featured Topic:   Constructivism - Is it an evil lie? Does it work as a Learning Model? Does it presribe a Teaching Model? How is Jen going to finish her dissertation?

Other Stuff:  Figuring out our 'new' show format, Change MOOC & COOLCast starting up

Next Week's Topic: Google+ in Education
To share feedback or suggestions for future shows, please comment below.

Chat Log Here

Korea News Talk - Economic Downturn, Union Protests, & Sodium Levels

Korea News Talk#3
August 20, 2011

A collaborative project brought to you by 
KoreaBusinessCentral.com & Koreabridge.net

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Participants: Adam Cave, Stafford Lumsden, Charles Ahn, Daniel Lafontaine, & Jeff Lebow

Topics: The effect of  the U.S. credit downgrade and global economic downturn on Korea, SC First Bank and Hanjin Union issues,  HomePlus/Tesco Success,  Samsung's pass on Android, & Korea's sodium standing

EduMOOC 2011 Gradcast

 

The Final EduMOOC Webcast

August 17, 2011

 

ParticipantsVance StevensLisa M LaneAlison SnieckusOsvaldo RodriguezRowan Fairgrove, & Jeff Lebow

 

 Topic:  The future of MOOC's and online education ... and acronym alternatives to MOOC, including 

   SOOC - Scalable Open Online Course 

   MILE - Massive Informal Learning Experience 

   COOL - Collaborative Open Online Learning

 

Osvaldo's EduMOOC Survey

 

 

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Chat Log Below

Guide to creating and joining a Google+ Hangout

 

In order to use Google+ Hangout, you will first need to install the Google Talk plugin.  This can be downloaded and installed at: http://google.com/talk/

You will also need to have a Gmail address and join Google+.  


To start a Google+ hangout, look at the right side of your main Google+ page and click 'start a hangout'



You can invite specific circles or individuals to join the hangout
Google Hangout Guide
 


Joining a Hangout
For those participating in one of my 'Hangout webcasts', I will start a hangout and invite participants.  Those who've been invited, should then see a 'Jeff Lebow is hanging out' post in your Google+ Stream.  You will also see a red number indicator in the upper right of the screen. You can click that number and then click 'hangout'.


In either case, click 'Join this hangout'. 


A new window (like the one below) will pop up. Click 'Hang out'.
Google Hangout Guide

Once you have joined the hangout, you can click 'settings' to adjust camera, microphone, and speaker options. 
Google Hangout Guide
 If the changes don't 'take effect', you might need to adjust chat setting via your gmail account (Mail Settings/Chat). 

The options at the bottom of the hangout window can be used to mute your mic or video, invite others into the hangout, watch a YouTube video together, or text chat with those in the hangout.
Google Hangout Guide

Pointers to maximize audio quality during a hangout webcast:

  •  If you have been watching the webcast before joining in,
    MAKE SURE TO PAUSE OR MUTE THE WEBCAST before 'joining the hangout.  
     
  • USE A HEADSET MIC.  On board mic's work fine for one on one hanging out, but with large hangout groups, not using one can lead to a lot of echo and background noise. 
     
  • Use the MUTE MIC option if you're going to be typing.  Even with a headset, we will hear typing sounds and other background noises unless you mute your mic. Unmute whenever you'd like to speak. 
     
  • Avoid using the Hangout text chat.  During webcasts, we always have a public text chat available next to the live stream (pages like Koreabridge.net/live or EFLBridges.net/live  It is better to use those because Google+ does not yet have an option to mute system noises.  As such, we get a lot of 'dinging' noises if participants use the Hangout chat.

Other  Hangout Guides

The Penultimate EduMOOCast - August 10, 2011

Week#6 MOOCast - August 3, 2011

 

Participants: Maria Droujkova, Rob DarrowJoel Josephson, Rebecca HogueAlison Snieckus, Chahira Nouira, & Jeff Lebow

Topics discussed include PLN's, MOOC wiki page, depth of social media.

 

 

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Koreabridge Hangout - Tech in Korea

Korea Business Talk - July 30, 2011

Korea Business Talk #2
July 30, 2011

A collaborative project brought to you by 
KoreaBusinessCentral.com & Koreabridge.net
 
Participants:  Jeff Lebow,  Joshua DaviesHyungsik YoonAdam H Cave

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Topics & Chat Log Below

 

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