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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"Hello? Is anybody out there?"

Posted by on July 8, 2008

I was steered towards a web site hosted by Illinois Online Network that offers a number of general and specific strategies for promoting online communication among students. The General Strategies page discusses some common-sense approaches to engaging students in online communication. Ironically, students often have much more experience at online communication than many of their […]

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Campus License Agreement for Respondus Software Application

Posted by on June 30, 2008

Missouri S&T now has a campus licensing agreement for Respondus. Respondus is a software application that allows instructors to create tests, quizzes, and other assessments for use in their course. Respondus is compatible with Blackboard and other learning management systems. Instructors who have already purchased a license for Respondus will not need to renew their […]

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Are Your Distance Students Paying Attention?

Posted by on June 27, 2008

The Wired Campus (blog of The Chronicle of Higher Education) has a posting up that describes a new technology instructors can use to determine if distance students are actually paying attention. A YouTube video about the technology is posted below. The sample size used in this study was only 8 subjects, but definitely seemed to […]

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Do Conversations Matter in Web 2.0?

Posted by on June 27, 2008

Dr. Trent Batson, who also wrote an article on the irrelevance of paper-based instruction, has written a new article for Campus Technology–"Learning in the Webiverse: How Do You Grade a Conversation?" Dr. Batson first introduces his article with an anecdote of a colleague of his who monitored students’ postings to Blackboard. Students who simply posted […]

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Educational Technology Offers Clicker Training for Instructors on Thursday, June 26, 2008

Posted by on June 18, 2008

On Thursday, June 26, 2008, Educational Technology will be hosting two training sessions for instructors who use clickers (or will be using clickers) to teach courses this fall. IT will be releasing TurningPoint 2008 in conjunction with Office 2007 this fall, so EdTech strongly recommends ALL clicker faculty attend at least one of the two […]

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Next-Gen.Edu Classrooms

Posted by on June 4, 2008

This month’s issue of Campus Technology has an article by Dian Schaffhauser (Incubating Next-Gen.Edu) wherein she discusses how universities across the country are learning from each other to create new technology-enhanced classrooms to enhance the student learning experience. "Incubator classrooms", as she calls them, usually have a number of distinguishing features: multiple projector/video displays, pods […]

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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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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Podcasting…But Were Afraid To Ask!

Posted by on May 29, 2008

"Podcasting" is a term that actually encompasses a number of different technologies, all working together to deliver audio and/or video content on a particular topic. A podcast is different from a normal audio file (such as a music file) in that they also allow a user to subscribe to a podcast feed, such that as […]

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