Polling in the Classroom: Tech Tool for Student Engagement and Learning Assessment

Are you looking for a way to increase student engagement during a lecture?  Or are you wanting feedback on whether students grasp a difficult concept during class?  ZSR Library has been using an audience response system, or “clicker,” to enhance instruction in the classroom since 2006 (click here for ZSR …

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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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Qualtrics Insight Platform – Basic Training Classes

If you are new to Qualtrics , we are offering an introduction to using their new Insight Platform.  We will focus on creating and building a survey utilizing basic and intermediate techniques (Logics, Triggers, Validation, Quotas).  We will discuss distributing your survey using anonymous links, email, and social media as well …

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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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