Category Archives: General Education
In December, 2012, Fast Company published an article entitled, “A Google Researcher Reveals 4 Crucial Things “Average Users” Should Know But Don’t”. One section of the article looked at “basic” search techniques that could make the “average” computer user’s life simpler should they employ these tactics. I took a very informal poll of several techies [...]
As the costs of printing increases for both faculty and students, it is important to point out that Blackboard Learn offers a number of tools that will allow your course to go nearly paper-free. Here are some ideas to help reduce the amount of paper that your course may use during the term: Post Your [...]
is a web based writing and peer assessment tool developed by the ITAP Informatics Team at Purdue University. It allows students the opportunity to practice reading and writing skills using course-specific scholarly material. Students are first asked to respond to a question submitted by their instructor. Next, students are provided with three structured writing prompts, [...]
As we embark on another academic year, I think it’s important to consider how we can create the best environment for learning. In 1987, Chickering and Gamson put forth a brief article titled Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education. This document has become a touchstone for educators and instructional designers over the past [...]
One of the common technology disconnects we see is faculty expectations compared to student abilities. One of the possible reasons for this is the types of technologies student most commonly use compared with the types of technologies we want them to use. Student Tech Use First off, some students have significantly more computer experience than [...]
You know the old saying: ”those who can’t do, teach?” In the world of higher education, it may be more accurate to say “those who can’t do, administer.” In all honesty, I don’t put much stock in either saying: the larger truth is that the best teachers are those who “can do”, and the best [...]
Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge (TPACK) is a theoretical framework for examining the funds of knowledge which educators use in order to design and develop lessons infused with technology (see the figure below for a graphic representation of TPACK). The term was originated by Dr. Punya Mishra and Dr. Matt Koehler. According to these researchers, [...]
In my previous post, I discussed how there exists a shared responsibility between the University and its students with regard to their success. In this post, I’d like to share a list of resources to which students can be referred. Academic Advisors A student’s academic advisor can often provide the best information with regard to [...]
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Recently I have noticed that more people seem to be having difficulties getting microphones set up for teleconferencing etc. One reason for this might be the increased number of users of this type of technology. There may be other reasons as well.