Physics Simulations Available from Unversity of Colorado at Boulder

I found a suite of physics simulations (one of the simulations is a chemistry simulation) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. These are Java-based simulations so if you want to view them you will need to have the proper Java Runtime … [Continue reading]

Morphing web sites

Network World has an article in their latest online issue that discusses the use of "morphing web sites" for increasing sales revenue for advertisers. The basic idea is that a web site "shapes" itself to a user's preferences as … [Continue reading]

Paper-based instruction an archaic (and obsolete) tool of the past?

In an article in the latest issue of Campus Technology, Dr. Trent Batson argues that paper-based instructional tools--i.e. the "traditional" means by which students learned in the past--are no longer much relevant in a Web 2.0 world. The … [Continue reading]

Archiving Your Blackboard Course

It’s the end of the semester and while we are looking forward to summer, there are a few things you can do to help prepare for next year. One of those is to archive your Blackboard course to be ready to use the material in coming … [Continue reading]

And now for something completely different…The famous presidential debate on Blogs v. Wikis

I found the following video on YouTube (of course). Since this is a highly-charged political year, I thought this might be an entertaining diversion. When it comes to providing content online for students, particularly when using a Web 2.0 … [Continue reading]

Using Facebook for Creating Study Groups

Some time ago, Campus Technology published an article about a student in Toronto who set up an online study group inside Facebook. At its peak, his group included 146 students. However, the instructor for the class didn't approve, so punished the … [Continue reading]

"7 Things You Should Know About…" Series from Educause Learning Initiative

Since 2005, the Educause Learning Initiative has been releasing a series of briefs--one a month--outlining new and emerging learning technologies. Each brief starts with a plausible scenario that introduces the technology in question. The brief … [Continue reading]

NASA’s Attempt at Educational Gaming

An article in Campus Technology discusses how NASA is approaching the idea of introducing a gaming element into education. Massively multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft are hugely popular, especially with college students and high … [Continue reading]

Blackboard Upgrades over Summer

Blackboard will be upgraded to version 8.0 over the summer of 2008. This includes vast improvements in functionality and features. Here are just a few of the features that will become available: • Grade Center – A new and much improved … [Continue reading]