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Instructor Update - September 2017
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Instructor Update

This Friday... URL Change

AEA PD Online is going away forever!

Well, not the program, just the name.  In October, we become AEA Learning Online to better reflect the services that we offer.  As a result, our websites are changing to reflect the new brand.

This Friday (9/22), the Moodle server will be unavailable starting at 1:00, as we update the server to its new URL - http://moodlesw.aealearningonline.org.  The server will probably be down for a couple of hours total.  When it comes back online:

• All the old links, including to the course, will re-direct.  So if I've bookmarked http://moodlesw.aeapdonline.org/course/view.php?id=1582, it will automatically link me to http://moodlesw.aealearningonline.org/course/view.php?id=1582, the new course address.

• Our new logo will be at the top.

• Nothing else will have changed.

We anticipate there being little to no issues when students log in, given that the old addresses are redirecting to the new ones.  However, you will want to check your future emails to students to make sure you have updated links in them.

Future Look: New Login

While the login won't be changing this Friday, it WILL be changing sometime later this fall.  And, it will be changing for the better.  This will be going away:


As will this:


Now when you click on "Login", you will get this screen:



This will allow you a true single-sign on experience, as you will log into the SAME Moodle account regardless if you use Google or your AEA Training System login.

We are testing this out on our Test System presently, and looking to implement it after the brand transition during a time of less usage (November or December).  We will have more details as we get closer.

A Closer Look: Lessons vs. Resources or Tutorials

I want to take a moment to go in more detail on a confusing issue we see often on course proposals.  What is the difference between a "Lesson", a "Resource" and a "Tutorial"?

The first thing to acknowledge is that, when it comes to online learning, teachers often use different definitions for the same terms.  What is a lesson to one teacher is often something different to another.  In the confines of your course's Moodle space, what you want to label them is up to you.

On the course proposal, this is a slightly different matter.  If an item is marked "tutorial" or "resource", I will consider it an out-of-class activity, whereas a "lesson" is an in-class activity.

A "lesson" is 1) instructional content that is 2) created by you.  It might include resources that are a part of it, but the majority of the content is your own instructional creation.  It would be the equivalent to the lecture-via-power-point you may have given students had this been a face-to-face class.  Online, it could be delivered via video, via a SoftChalk lesson, via an embedded power point, or a lot of other ways.

A "resource" is something developed by someone else.  It could be a video or an article or a webpage.  But it is by someone else.  If I am using a Ted Talk video, that would be a resource, around which I could structure my own activity for my class.

A "tutorial" is something that either you or someone else created that is not instructional in nature.  That is, it is used to teach you a basic feature of the online course (how to check your grades, how to use Google Drive, how to embed your final project in a forum post).  This gets a bit dicey in a technology course.  So in, say, a Google Drive course, videos that teach you how to use Google Drive = tutorials.  Videos (that you create) that teach you how to use Google Drive in the classroom for teaching & learning = lessons.

As mentioned, it is a common practice to include resources and tutorials in lessons.  This is okay, and you don't have to list them separately on the course proposal.  Just keep in mind that if I were to audit the course you have built, I should be able to see that items marked "lessons" are indeed lessons within the course.
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