Fri, 12 September 2008
The OP-TEC Advanced Technological Education Center was launched in August 2006 with funding from the National Science Foundation.
Under the direction of Dan Hull, the Center engages a consortium of
two-year colleges, high schools, universities, national laboratories,
industry partners, and professional societies. The participating
entities have committed to join forces in creating a
secondary-to-postsecondary “pipeline” of highly qualified and strongly
motivated students and empowering community colleges to meet the urgent
need for technicians in optics and photonics.
The project has four goals:
OP-TEC is establishing a national infrastructure for developing and supporting widely disseminated educational programs in cutting-edge, high-demand technologies that require photonics. That infrastructure encompasses both the secondary and postsecondary levels and will involve collaboration between educators and industry personnel.
Dan and his team are doing excellent work. In July I had the chance to interview him (on his birthday!) at the SAME-TEC 2008 Conference in Austin, TX.
You can get more information on the OP-TEC National Center located in Waco, TX here.
Fri, 12 September 2008
This is a series of interviews Dan Greenwood, Brookdale Community College's Instructional Designer, recorded with Mike. This is part of Dan's Project Emit (Engaging Methods in Teaching) podcast. You can find Dan's podcast at http://www.brookdalecc.edu/pages/613.asp
Here are descriptions for the interviews, which we've combined as one podcast.
Associate Professor Michael Qaissaunee of the Engineering and Technology Department shares some of his innovative ideas on using video in courses. In Part 1 of this interview topic, Mike explains how both students and faculty can become involved in creating videos to improve learning.Links mentioned in the podcast:
In the second part of our Video conversation, Mike shares some excellent examples of using video. We also discuss the use of video hosting services and Mike provides some ideas on how you can get started creating your own video content.
Our conversation continues with Professor Qaissaunee explaining what viral videos are and the concept of viral PowerPoints and how they can be used with online course materials.