App of the Week – Idea Sketch

Idea Sketch is a free app for the iPhone and iPad by Nosleep Software. According to the website‘s description “Idea Sketch lets you easily draw a diagram – mind map, concept map, or flow chart – and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use Idea Sketch for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more!” To create your own diagrams you can copy the text from documents, web pages, or just type into the app and when you are done organizing the content of your idea you can quickly share these diagrams via email […]

Optmizing images for web with Ribbet

A short video on how to optimize images for web using the free app www.ribbet.com.app.

2013 Fall Book Club

Following up a very engaging and fruitful 2013 Summer Book Club where the focus was on Collins and Halverson’s Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology. The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America the CETL is pleased to announce the 2013 Fall Book Club. The Fall Book Club will showcase Kathleen F. Gabriel’s Teaching Unprepared Students. Amazon.com’s description describes the book as follows: “As societal expectations about attending college have grown, professors report increasing numbers of students who are unprepared for the rigors of postsecondary education—not just more students with learning disabilities (whose numbers have more than tripled), but students (with and without special admission status) who are academically at-risk […]

This Week at the CETL – 07.29.13

Greetings all, I am back from California with so much critical thinking knowledge they confiscated some of it at the airport. Wait, that was the wine. But I have LOTS of critical thinking materials and ideas to share with everyone. It all begins at the Fall Kickoff! The CETL Fall Kickoff will happen on August 15th, beginning at 8:30 am in the Baker Building. Our theme this year is “student engagement” and we have several sessions that focus on engaging our growing international student population for their academic success. We’re proud to bring in Mark Algren, director of the Applied English Center at the University of Kansas to speak on […]

2013 Fall Kickoff

The CETL is pleased to announce the 2013 Fall Kickoff that will take place August 15th, 2013 from 8:30pm – 4:30pm at West Library and the Baker Building. The theme for this year’s kickoff is ENGAGING WITH STUDENTS and will include a series of events, workshops, and discussions about the theme. The keynote speaker for the fall kickoff is Mark Algren – Director of the Applied English Center at the University of Kansas and you will find his bio below along with a tentative schedule of events/sessions. Fall Kickoff  RSVP HERE. Keynote Biography (from http://aec.ku.edu/) Mark Algren, Director of the AEC, received his M.A. degree in ESL from Southern Illinois […]

App of the Week – Show Me

This week, the app of the week is a wonderful free app called Show Me. The Show Me app allows you to create lessons in an interactive whiteboard though your iPad. Also, it allows you to share your creations with the Show Me community as well as with social networks, email, and embed into other websites. To learn more about this app watch the video embedded below. To download this app click HERE. If you have used this app in your classroom please let us know by commenting on this post! We would love to learn about your personal experiences and we would love to share them with other Texas […]

This Week at the CETL – 07.22.13

Hello everyone! Greetings from Berkeley. This week I am attending the 33rd annual International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational reform. It’s only been one day, but I’ve already picked up lots of good things to share with you all as we begin Think On!, our critical thinking QEP. More on that later. Right now, I wanted to remind you about two great workshops happening this week. On Wednesday, July 24th, at 11:00 am, Addy will lead a workshop called “Being Visual.” Addy’s a gifted graphic designer, so she wants to share some basic design principles you can incorporate into your classroom materials, including presentations and handouts. A little knowledge […]

Busting Myths about Online Learning

An infographic from Digital Learning Now! that covers online learning myths and realities. From networkedblogs.com.

App of the Week – Strip Designer

Have you ever thought about giving an assignment to your students where they would create a comic strip? Well, you should! For that task, you can recommend the use of this great iPad app called Strip Designer. This is an app created by Vivid Apps (priced today as $2.99) that allows you to create a comic strip using the photos from the iPhone or iPad photo album or camera. For a quick demo of this app watch the video embedded below. To download this app click HERE. If you have used this app in your classroom please let us know by commenting on this post! We would love to learn […]

This Week at the CETL – 07.16.13

Better late than never, they say. And better a plain text email than no email at all. I don’t know who says that, but it’s true. We’ve got the Open House for Staff happening TODAY, July 16th. Drop by and encourage all the staff members you know to come as well. CETL is offering two great workshops tomorrow (our Workshop Wednesday). “Using Turnitin Effectively” begins at 10:00 am; “Face to Face to Online Transitions” follows at 11:00 am. Next week, we’ve got a fun workshop on incorporating visual design elements into your course materials such as the syllabus, Powerpoints, and other elements. “Being Visual” happens at 11:00 am on Wednesday […]

About the CETL

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University (CETL) promotes a student-centered university by providing resources and professional growth opportunities to faculty on enhancing instructional practice, integrating technology, and promoting essential student skills.

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