Group Work

In this post I have a several resources on managing group work for both classroom and online instruction. While I’m not a fan of using technology simply for the sake of using something “cool”, the productivity value of collaborative documents can certainly make life easier for students completing their work. …

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Technology is a TOOL not a learning outcome

You may be familiar with the image below if you have attended one of my workshops. (In fact, you’re probably sick of seeing it by now!) Bill Ferriter posted this image to Flickr in July 2013. (If you’re on Flickr he’s a good one to follow: www.flickr.com/people/plugusin.) I use this …

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Designing videos with student learning in mind

An article in this month’s issue of The Teaching Professor provides a fantastic primer for faculty expanding their video collection. I thought this article would be a great way to build upon last week’s post (which provided a starting point for developing online lectures) by moving into design considerations. Video …

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Engaging Students on Snow Days

Faculty often lose class days due to university closure and/or delay during the first part of Spring semester. Students enrolled in a first-half of spring semester course are most often impacted. When classes are cancelled right before an exam or major project, you might consider providing an alternative activity to …

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Developing Online Lectures as a Supplement to Classroom Instruction

Faculty often approach me, with a technology already in hand, requesting technical assistance in producing a recorded lecture for online distribution. Before diving into the technology how-to’s, most of our time together is spent planning the project, identifying a clear and measurable objective, developing a script/outline, deciding how to engage …

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Barbi Honeycutt: Resources for Flipping Your Classroom

Barbi Honeycutt, frequent Magna Publications contributor and owner of FLIP It Consulting out of Raleigh, is one of my favorite Flipped Classroom advocates. Her articles and presentations share effective strategies and activity ideas for both in and out of the classroom (many of which are low-technology solutions). If you have …

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When students aren’t discussing it may be time for a Blog

The dreaded, threaded discussion! One original post and two replies is a routine way of facilitating a discussion activity for students outside of the classroom. But so often a well intended activity turns into repetitive “I agree” and “good point” posts, rewording the original poster’s argument or summary. There are …

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Sakai Workshops

The Learning Management System Team invites faculty to attend the following workshops on Sakai LMS and accompanying tools. Please visit the PDC website for dates, times and registration: pdc.wfu.edu/?q=sakai Introduction to Sakai This hands-on workshop includes navigation of Sakai, creating a new site, selecting tools within Sakai, how to get …

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Blog, Wiki, or Discussion?

Most faculty have a fairly good idea of the differences between a Blog, Wiki and Discussion Forum, but which one will help you and your students collaborate and communicate effectively? The chart below can be used as a guide to point you towards one tool over the others. I have …

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