Faculty-Centered Conferences on Technology

Conferences, Un-Conferences and Consortiums Instructional Technology staff have found their attendance at the following faculty-centered conferences to be extremely valuable. Faculty who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in the area of instructional technology will also find these conferences valuable as they begin their journey into new instructional possibilities. …

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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

Snow day class poster

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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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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Blogger – A part of the Google campus

Did you know Blogger.com is a Google tool which you and your students can access with your Wake Forest username and password? Blogger is a robust blogging platform that is incredibly easy to set up and has plenty of flexibility to provide private or public-facing content created and curated by …

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Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a teacher-centered interface to Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) and allows you to easily manage student work in the cloud. Google Classroom is not a learning management system. However, Google Classroom is a nice alternative to Sakai’s Assignments tool when you need a collaborative, cloud-based file …

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