Annotated Artifacts

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Adventures in Corporate Education Blog

  • Who: Gina Minks
  • What: Blog used to discuss learning theories, social learning, and corporate education.
  • When: Spring 2008 – Current
  • Competencies Illustrated
    • Communication
      I have been writing the blog for two years. The blog has over 450 subscribers, and it has had 13,820 page views. People from 115 countries have read the blog.
    • Technology Integration and Media Applications
      This blog is hosted by Edublogs.org, but I maintain the posts, widgets, and plugins to the Wordpress instance on which the blog resides.
    • Management and Implementation
      Since my organization has started to participate in social media, my blog is sometimes used as a vehicle for announcements. I develop the project plans for when the announcement should be written, and how it should be released in conjunction with other marketing methods.

Greenwashing Research Project

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  • Who: Sarah Clammons, Lorrie Etheridge, Lea Ann Gates, Gina Minks
  • What: This paper was the final project for the Inquiry and Measurement of Instructional Systems course. I took this course in the Spring semester in 2009.
  • When: Spring 2009
  • Competencies Illustrated
    • Communication
      This paper was a collaborative work between myself and three other people. It is proof of my ability to write, edit and revise professional documents in a team setting.
    • Evaluation and Research
      This paper analyzed information from literature as well as from a survey that was administered to individuals in the Tallahassee, Florida area who professed to be living in an environmentally friendly way. Our findings were presented in this paper.
    • Technology Integration and Media Applications
      I was the group leader of one of our group sections, and I was the technology lead for the group. I created and managed the group wiki, which is how we organized our research activities.
      I created a template on the wiki so that we could share the burden of responsibility of leading the group activities.

Social Networking Tools Research Paper

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  • Who: Gina Minks
  • What: Research Paper entitled Using Social Networking Tools to Enhance Learning in a Corporate Environment.
  • When: Spring 2008
  • Competencies Illustrated
    • Communication
      I researched and developed this paper on social networking tools. I defined the term social networking tools, provided examples that would be appropriate for use in corporate organizations, and noted the barriers to adoption. I wrote this paper at the time my company embarked on the journey of using social media as a business process, so this paper was socialized in my department as well.
    • Evaluation and Research
      I researched current literature for information on using social networking tools in a corporate environment, and presented my findings in this paper.
    • Technology Integration and Media Applications
      This paper helped me increase my understanding of the application of social networking tools. I was able to present the strengths and weaknesses of these tools for an enterprise environment in this paper.

Executive Functioning Wiki on Moodle

  • Who: Gina Minks
  • What: This wiki was created as a “Produsage” project for the Web 2.0 Learning and Performance course. I took this course in the Summer of 2009. There were no special conditions during the work done to create this paper. I have a daughter with Asperger’s Syndrome, so I am very familiar with the subject matter.
  • When: Summer 2009
  • Competencies Illustrated
    • Design and Development
      This wiki was built for an audience of adults on the autism spectrum. That is why I choose Moodle to host the wiki, it presented a way to require a log in to edit the wiki. The wiki was also built to be part of a bigger social learning area about Autism Spectrum Disorders.
    • Technology Integration and Media Applications
      I built a Moodle instance to host this wiki. Moodle is open source LMS software. The wiki and moodle instance are served up from my domain (http://portfolio.ginaminks.com/moodle/). I pre-staged the wiki, to help get the conversations going. I also announced the wiki on my blog.
    • Management and Implementation
      I created the project plan that allowed me to acquire, download, install, and configure the Moodle software within the time constraints of the assignment.

eLearning Module – Determining a Node’s IP Address

  • Who: Gina Minks
  • What: This eLearning module, pre-test, and post-test was created for the Introduction to Instructional Design course. I took this course in the Fall Semester 2008. There were no special conditions during the work done to create this paper. I am a technical SME at my job for this subject, so I am very familiar with the subject. I created all of the graphics for the project, using PowerPoint and Flickr images.
  • When: Fall 2009
  • Competencies Illustrated
    • Analysis
      Roles at EMC were examined to determine if the content of this module – understanding how to determine a network node’s IP address – was a required skill to perform the roles. Learners from the roles analyzed were then tested using a pre-test to see if there was a skills gap that would be closed with this module. After taking the module, the learners were tested again to determine if the module had any effect on their ability to determine a network node’s IP address.
    • Design and Development
      Objectives were created for the module that clearly addressed the learning objective. The lesson was devised to create an emotional desire to read such dry material, and feedback to the learner was also designed into the lesson.
    • Management and Implementation
      I recruited individuals from my workplace to interview for the information about job roles. These people graciously took the pre-test, the training module, and the post-test. I developed a time line that worked with their busy schedules, but also allowed me to turn the assignment in on time. I hosted the

CSCL Project

  • Who: Puaykng Low, Sharon McCormick, Gina Minks, Jack Sen Ng, Elvia Zuazo
  • What: Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Project was completed for the Designing Online Collaborative Learning course. I worked with a team to create a clickable mind map that was hyperlinked to a wiki. The wiki hosted a page for each node in the mind map, the pages contained our group’s research for the topic on the node.
  • When: Summer 2008
  • Competencies Illustrated
    • Technology Integration and Media Applications
      I was the technical lead for this group. I created, managed, and organized the wiki. I created the mind map, and the HTML code required to make the map clickable. I also created a subdomain on one of my domains to host the map (http://cscl.ginaminks.com/)
    • Management and Implementation
      The group took turns as leaders during the project. In my turn as leader I was responsible for scheduling and running group meetings, and keeping the group on task. I had additional management duties as the technical leader of the group.
    • Evaluation and Research
      The group worked collaboratively to create a theory of how CSCL works. We each created an individual mindmap, which we combined into one map. We based our decisions on the research we had done on other CSCL theories.  Our combined map and our research are available here.

Class Blog

  • Who: Gina Minks
  • What: This blog was a course requirement for the Web 2.0 Learning and Performance Course.
  • When: Summer 2009
  • Competencies Illustrated
    • Technology Integration and Media Applications
      This blog is a hosted instance of Wordpress that is served up by Edublogs.org. I burned a feed using Feedburner so my classmates could subscribe to my blog’s feed, thereby extending and connecting our Personal Learning Networks.
    • Communication
      I had a hard time with the content of the book for this course. There were many times that I had to reword my required posts so that my comments did not appear to be unprofessional. Additionally, I backed up the reasons I disagreed with the assigned chapters by linking out to other experts and research. Blogging is a great tool to reflect, and a great tool for learning how to write about controversial topics in a professional manner.

Podcasts

  • Who: Gina Minks
  • What: A series of instructional podcasts, developed for the Multimedia Development and Design Course.
  • When: Spring 2010
  • Competencies Illustrated
    • Technology Integration and Media Applications
      For this assignment, three podcasts were produced that covered learning objectives related to one lesson. The lesson chosen was Introduction to Microsharing. One podcast was an interview with eLearning expert Jane Bozarth that was a recorded Skype call. I edited the recorded call using Camtasia, and inserted intro and exit music. Another podcast was a combination of instructional slides and screencasts that were also created with Camtasia. The final podcast was filmed using a flipcam, and edited using Camtasia. The videos were all uploaded to YouTube. I created a page on my domain to host the videos, and burned an RSS feed with Feedburner so that learners will be alerted when new videos are added to the series.
    • Management and Implementation
      The intent of these podcasts was to re-use them for my internship. Because of this, I had to work with my internship supervisor to ensure the objectives were correct. I also had to arrange time to interview and film the podcasts so that I would have time to edit them.
    • Design and Development
      I developed the learning objectives for the podcasts based on discussions with my internship advisor about the the needs of her audience. Some of the interactivity was designed to be physical, so learners were asked to write things down on a piece of paper. This was to make the module interactive, and also to provide a job aide to the learner.

eLearning Module – Twitter for Business

  • Who: Gina Minks
  • What: This eLearning module explaining how Twitter can be used for business was developed for the Multimedia Development and Design Course.
  • When: Spring 2010
  • Competencies Illustrated
    • Technology Integration and Media Applications
      This module was created using templates provided by the Rapid eLearning blog. The module was authored in PowerPoint and produced using the Articulate Suite.
    • Design and Development
      This module was designed to conform to Mayer’s Multimedia principles including the signaling, modality, coherence, and voice principles. The module was also designed to be interactive by having learners create a job aide as they progressed through the lesson.

Digital Natives Timeline

  • Who: Gina Minks
  • What: Multi-media instructional tool, shows how old digital natives were when key internet technologies were created.
  • When: Spring 2010
  • Competencies Illustrated
    • Technology Integration and Media Applications
      The timeline was created using a Google spreadsheet and MIT’s SIMILE script, as well as a bit of hand-coded HTML.
    • Communication
      This timeline is a good demonstration of how to communicate using multi-media. The timeline was designed so that the learner can slide the middle bar, and the generation bars (Gen-X on the top and Digital Natives on the bottom) would move along with the main timeline. It is easy to visualize when the generations were alive in comparison to the major events in web history.