eLearning Resources

Successful teaching and learning in an online environment does not happen by accident.

Over the past decade I have accumulated numerous techniques and strategies from personal experience, working with hundreds of distance educators and support staff nationwide, and active participation in numerous distance education projects (Microsoft, Intel, Hewlitt/Packard, NWREL, NCCE, ISTE, NSBA, OETC, and NCTM).

  1. Is your computer properly configured to work for online courses?
    Check it out at: Is Your PC-Ready-To-Go? You may be surprised! Did your computer pass all 10 tests?
  2. Welcome Letter to parents and students. This letter gets everyone off to a great start.
  3. Learning Styles survey- Is Online Learning for you?
    • Pre-test (self evaluation, auto-grades) that analyzes your learning styles to make sure you're a good fit for online learning.
  4. Plagiarism (definition and consequences)
  5. Online Etiquette (for Email, Discussion Boards, and Yackpack)
  6. Activity Definitions
    • What does your teacher mean when they say: analyze? compare? contrast? describe? discuss? draft? short essay? examine? explain? evaluate? illustrate? overview? revise? summarize?
      Here are brief definitions these and many more typical teacher instructions.
  7. YackPack is a fully web-based audio recording product developed by Dr. BJ Fogg and his team at Stanford University. Staff and students can now record and share audio messages online, and it's fast and simple to use. Example: students can practice their Spanish by recording and listening, re-record to perfection, then hit the <Send> button to send it to their instructor or peers.
  8. Tech Tools for Teachers
    • A host of demonstrations using current technologies to meet the learning needs of all students. This support link is very useful for teachers striving to reach all their online students.
  9. "About Me" Introduction Lesson
    • Great beginning activity for any online course --- instructor and student(s) build an immediate relationship, as well as address basic tech literacy skills. Simply link to this activity to get to know your kids, teach them how to copy/paste info off the internet into their word processor, and education them on the school (online) rules
  10. Online Tutorials
    Converting Microsoft Word to RTF | Using Color in Word | Windows Recorder
    TutorViaComputer (Great tutorial website for Microsoft Office products)

    Video Tutorials (by BJ)

    1. Capturing Images off the Internet and Pasting into Microsoft Word (includes image formatting)
      Windows Media | Flash

    Resource Guide for English (Grammar, Scoring Guides, and much more):

  11. Grading Rubric (RTF) for Student Powerpoint Presentations and Web Pages
  12. Total-Recorder Tutorial and Windows XP Sound Recorder Tutorial
    • Free audio recording software. Simply download, install, and you'll be recording MP3 files in no time at all, or use Windows free (but limited/crude) Sound Recorder.
  13. Course Development Evaluation Guide (Word Doc)
    • This is a sample Course Development guide that contains a set of industry standards used by many content providers, web developers, and editors.
  14. Building W3C Compliant web pages and W3C Standards Check Sheet