Next Semester Will Be Different

Each year, I end the semester giving finals, grading make-up work, helping students work through last-minute stressors, and feeling as if I'll never get all the grading done on the amazing projects students create.  All while trying to relax and enjoy the holiday season I have barely started preparing for.  Similar to a New Year's …

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Feedback loop de loops

Written by Andrew Peterson Education can learn a lot from game design and development. Let's talk about feedback for a moment. Oftentimes when I'm feeling silly, I like to imagine a game that is designed to give feedback like a poorly designed or facilitated course. Allow the player to do anything in the game, and …

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Teach Technology, Teach Democracy

There is more to the digital divide than simple ideas of those with technology and those without (DiMaggio, P. & Hargittai, E., 2001; Warschauer, 2003), or conceptions of Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants (Prensky, 2001).  If those of us in education do not teach how technology is used to communicate information, we inadvertently become assistants …

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How do Technology Trends Impact Online Learning?

One constant with technology today is change--and deciding how the frequent, incremental changes in consumer technologies affect our teaching practice can be a challenge.  Amy Greene, Executive Director of Online Learning, and I put together this overview of technology trends set against the backdrop of what research says is needed to implement these trends.  Click …

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Using Social Media to Foster Class Culture and a Sense of Community in Online Courses

Building a sense of community and reflecting university culture in online courses is a consistent challenge for higher education faculty. Although it’s clear that student-faculty interactions both in and out of the classroom enhance student learning experiences and success in college (Astin, 1993; Pascarella, 1980; Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991, 2005), faculty often struggle with replicating …

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