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Week 1 Course Advisory

January 9, 2012

NEW: We’ve added Jeff Bush, a C&I doctoral student, to the course. We’re at 8 plus me. Jeff is doing an independent study with me on the process involved in designing/producing a short documentary on an educational topic. My suggestion that the three products to be developed would be (a) a treatment document, (b) the video, and (c) a teaching guide summarizing what educators should know.

This is the first official weekly advisory and posted on my WordPress blog. NOTE: I won’t be emailing on MIX for these weekly advisories, so you need to check this blog each Monday. In my email settings to postings I have included an email address where an email is sent to you alerting you to each of my postings. I will be posting other examples of the use of visuals during the week.

LET ME HEAR FROM YOU IN THESE WEEKLY ADVISORIES, esp at the beginning of the semester – Enter Comment box below.

Enrolled in this course: Sonya Ashby, Tracey Beckley, Atsuko Ishimine, Steve Lusher, Lori Ogden, Lee Silverman, JoJo Ullom, Jeff Bush. Sonya is the only person I do not know. She’s a newly admitted IDT-master’s student. She’s a Technology Integration Specialist, meaning she helps teachers in public schools make sense of technology.

View this video from me about the course

note 1: 12 min or so. I may begin to embed these videos, but I have to spend $$ to have that capability.

note 2: if you see a BAR at the bottom of the screen, click on CC on the bottom of the screen to de-select Closed Caption. There’s a funny thing in 5 sections in the video within this video using the CC feature.

What’s due: midnight Tue January 17:

1. Comment on the firrst weekly advisory posting from me. A second one will arrive on Tuesday January 17 (MLK Day is on Monday).

2. WordPress blog up and running. Send me the URL so I can share with others. See Sonya’s site.

3. Post on your blog one or more pictures of your workspace with explanatory text to understand you/your interests/how you work. These visuals introduce you to the rest of us, but also signal your interests and how you work.

4. I would carefully review the Visual Activities Guidelines PDF. In particular V11 – TED Talk should be something you begin to think about now. I make reference to the TED Talk at the end of the video clip.

I leave you with this question: What’s your big idea? What do you want to be known for? If you had 20 minutes what would be your message to the world?

Links from the video clip:

Association of College & Research Libraries

Reading Online article: What does it mean to be X-Literate?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2012 8:26 pm

    I have my blog up finally and posted my work place pic. The URL is I still haven’t got a feel of WordPress yet, so many things I would like to do but not knowing how just yet.

    • January 10, 2012 6:12 pm

      WordPress has many features. I spent several weeks getting mine up, so don’t fiddle too much early. Develop over time. Learn some features. Share with me, as there’s a lot that I haven’t figured out yet.

  2. Lori Ogden permalink
    January 10, 2012 10:29 am

    Greetings! I am looking forward to working with all of you. I know Jeff from previous classes and several names look familiar (from previous online classes). I have not yet stared my wordpress blog but forward the link ASAP.

  3. Jeff Bush permalink
    January 10, 2012 12:35 pm

    My WordPress page is up, but needs to be customized. workplace photos coming soon. I’ve been thinking about the “big idea(s)”, and as with most grad students, I need to channel this down and focus on “big idea in 20 minutes”

    Looking forward to this course. My URL is

    • January 10, 2012 6:10 pm

      I am aware that having you think about a BIG IDEA is a good way to go totally paralyzed, so don’t over think it. Just know that it’s something to mull over.

  4. January 10, 2012 7:21 pm

    My blog is up. Sorry, I worked ahead a little. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s work. =)

    • January 11, 2012 8:49 am

      of course, I HAVE TO CHECK MY OWN BLOG! This will take a while for us to get used to – a low enrollment is helpful, although 7 of us or is it 8? Is enough for us. So have fun with this course – there IS plenty to do, but mostly a NEW way of doing it.

  5. January 11, 2012 10:27 am

    I’m dusting off my old WordPress blog at I should have all the changes made later tonight.

  6. January 11, 2012 10:54 pm

    Hello. I am excited to get started. Here is my url…..

  7. January 16, 2012 11:58 pm

    Greetings. My blog is now posted at and I can already tell this can get addicting. I keep changing the themes and playing around with the different settings. The closest things to visual I’ve accomplished in the past include a Shutterfly site for my kids and a PhotoShow project I completed when my father passed away. That particular project was interesting because I felt it easier to express myself visually than verbally at that time. Given the various hats I’m wearing right now (professional, student, mom, etc.), I find that my mind is pretty divided into many compartments with a lot of little ideas bouncing around throughout the day. Coming up with one big idea seems a little daunting right now, so I’m putting the subprocessing units of my brain to work. I look forward to getting to know everyone better online.

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