Archives for April 2009

Educational and Tasty — Bacon used to cut through steel

bacon-thermal-lance.png Theo Gray, over at, demonstrates how to use slices of bacon (prosciutto, actually) to cut through a steel pan.  Very cool. He also explains the how and why this is possible.

And for those folks who object to the desecration of bacon in this fashion, he built a vegetarian version of the thermal lance as well. It uses a cucumber rind to contain the pressure of the lance.

Theo essentially demonstrates the potential energy contained in everyday food that we eat.

IMPORTANT NOTE: DON’T try this at home.

BTW: April is National BLT Month.

TLT 2009 Sound Off



TLT Conference 2009: Lauren Oswald

Transforming Informal Learning Spaces

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Classrooms are no longer the only learning spaces on campus. Learning
now takes place wherever the learner is inspired. Missouri University
of Science & Technology has transformed an informal learning space
that enables collaboration, socialization and individual work. This
presentation will discuss the importance of informal learning spaces
and how our campus began the process to transform these spaces.

TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Matt Insall

Wimba, Windows, MathCAD, etc., in Disparate Courses

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We will describe how one may use Wimba (in Blackboard) to help in
teaching very different types of courses. For example, in a Linear
Algebra course, one can use MathCAD in a computer lab; in a Foundations
of Mathematics course, one may use Notepad and Wimba, also in a
computer lab; and in a Global Research course, one may use Wimba and
(of course) Blackboard in a computer lab.

TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Margaret Gunderson

Digital Citizenship – Promoting Academic Honesty and Accessibility

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This session will focus on planning and designing courses to encourage
academic honesty and appropriate accessibility.  The discussion will
revolve around the rights and responsibilities for basic legal or
policy issues impacting students and instructors in higher education
today.  Specific topics will include cheating vs. academic honesty,
 copyright & intellectual property rights, privacy &
confidentiality, universal design & ADA.

TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Laurie Novy

DI for On High! Differentiated Instruction for Online Higher Education

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This presentation will review the basics for Differentiated Instruction
and describe strategies that can be used to enhance the online
experience for college students. Research indicates that student
retention increases when students have a personal connection to the
learning environment as well as active engagement in their learning.
Know what it takes to use DI in your online courses!

TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Suzanna Long, Chris Moos, and Anne Bartel-Radic

Creating a Global Learning Experience: The Role of Multi-Institutional Partnerships in Course Design and Improvement

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Virtual teaming is increasingly important in today’s business
environment. Providing real world opportunities that explore
collaboration across organizational cultures, time zones, and practice
gives students a tremendous competitive advantage and foster
experience-based learning. This session discusses lessons learned from
a multi-institutional partnership of universities in the design and
implementation of a global supply chain management course.

TLT Conference 2009: Malcolm Hays

Challenges of Creating Online Content (2 HOURS)

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Creating online content can be a very daunting task. This presentation
will discuss the foundational knowledge needed to be able to create
useful and effective content online. Topics will include technical
communication principles, images, web page editors, and more.

TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Eli Collins-Brown and Jill Pegg

Integrating Wikis into Courses and Collaborations

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Methodist College of Nursing is integrating the use of wikis in courses
and cross-campus collaborations using the free collaboration tool from
Google called Google Docs. One of our undergraduate courses, Senior
Seminar, will be highlighted with examples of how Google Docs is being
used and why it is so effective. Instructor and student perceptions
will be shared, as will as other used of Google Docs.

TLT Conference 2009: James West

Incorporating Rich Multimedia Content into Web Courses: Video and Audio on a Budget

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How can we keep Web courses from being mere reading courses, and offer
the same multimedia Web resources to our Web students that we do in the
classroom? Moreover, how can we do it with little or no money? This
presentation explores how rich multimedia, including Web videos can be
easily and inexpensively incorporated into Web classes in a format that
even dial-up users can, for the most part, access. The inclusion of
audio in PowerPoint lectures is also explored.