Teaching Strategies

Teaching Journal: English 160 (Third Attempt)

Posted by on October 23, 2008

Today I am scheduled to teach English 160 for the third time this semester. Unlike the previous two times (see here and here), I will actually be presenting lecture material to the class on Recommendation Reports. Due to the technical difficulties I experienced last week (there were campus-wide issues with network file storage, preventing people […]

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MITC 2008 — Challenges of Creating Online Content

Posted by on October 8, 2008

Challenges of Creating Online Content (PPT 2007) On October 6-7, 2008, I attended the Morenet Instructional Technology Conference 2008 (MITC). It was an interesting conference focusing on the ways technology is used to enhance learning outcomes in the classrooms. The primary focus seemed to be on K-12 instruction, but there were a number of higher […]

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Is college even necessary these days?

Posted by on September 17, 2008

Dr. Trent Batson has another good article in Campus Technology this week asking if sending students to college is really necessary in today’s networked world. A friend told me recently that people are asking him why learners, in this age, need to ever attend college to become educated. This question undoubtedly has occurred to all […]

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Teaching Journal: After Teaching English 160

Posted by on September 4, 2008

On Tuesday, September 2, 2008, I taught my first actual section of English 160, Technical Communication. I was a bit nervous before hand (understandably so) but I’ve done a fair amount of public speaking and theatrical work in my day, so this wasn’t a huge deal. The biggest challenge is simply to get the students […]

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Missouri S&T now affiliated with TLT Group

Posted by on August 7, 2008

Missouri University of Science and Technology is now affiliated with The TLT Group, a non-profit organization that specializes in helping universities and other organizations with implementing technology in teaching and learning environments. The TLT Group is currently affiliated with about 140 institutions and agencies around the world. Much of the content they have developed has […]

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Video: How NOT to use PowerPoint

Posted by on July 15, 2008

PowerPoint is a staple technology of today’s classroom (at least on this campus in classes that use clickers). However, there is both a "right" way and a "wrong" way to use PowerPoint.

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Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

Posted by on July 10, 2008

It is common today for people, students, to make and share videos to tell stories, complete projects or start debates. The internet and websites like YouTube have helped to make it so much easier to share these video creations. This digital platform allows "old" culture to be transformed into new and for a generation to […]

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Strategies for Establishing E-learning Policies

Posted by on June 3, 2008

In 2004, Educause Quarterly published an article on "The Importance of Policies in E-Learning Instruction" by Shirley Waterhouse and Rodney Rogers. This article is a very good overview of the issues that instructors need to think about when creating online courses. As with any course (traditional or new-fangled technological), it is important to establish from […]

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