Conferences and Consultations with Instructional Designer, Lisa Hammonds

Our very own Lisa Hammonds, Instructional Designer, presented at T-BUG (Texas Blackboard User Group) Conference this past week in Houston, TX. T-BUG is an organization for those who use Blackboard products and the group facilitates sharing of best practices and solutions to problems. Lisa’s presentation, “Blackboard Three R’s – Rewards, Retention and Rubrics,” highlighted how to incorporate Blackboard’s achievement, retention center and rubrics features to increase communication with students, engage students with course content and keep them on track for success. On November 7th, The Center for Digital Education, in conjunction with the North Texas Community College Consortium and the National Convergence Technology Center, will host the 10th Annual Texas Community […]

Framing for Critical Thinking

    Setting up a frame for your class, perhaps through an essential question or two, is a good way to help students make connections and deeply learn material. A key element of critical thinking is making connections. This ability is captured in Bloom’s Taxonomy as synthesis, but even if you have some issues with Bloom’s (like me), it’s hard to argue that seeing how things fit together is a component of thinking. This is especially true when those things don’t obviously relate to one another. Seeing relationships where none obviously exist is an important thing. It’s also a hard thing, especially for students new to a class or discipline. […]

Teaching Non-Traditional Students: An Asset-Based Approach

If you were unable to attend the live webinar yesterday, please check out the recording along with the handouts. This Magna Online Seminar you will learn how to face the challenges of an increasingly diverse campus by leveraging the assets that all your students bring to the classroom. You will also learn how to design inclusive, accessible courses that enable non-traditional and traditional students alike to succeed and thrive. LINK TO SEMINAR AND HANDOUTS Click the links below to access the recording of this presentation and seminar materials. (You may also copy and paste the URLs into your browser’s address bar). On demand access will be available for 30 days after the […]

App of the Week – Stickyboard 2

This week’s app of the week is Stickyboard 2. It is a tool to create advanced organizers by creating sticky notes on a digital board and then annotating on that board. It could be great for note taking and for brainstorming sessions. The free version only allows users to have one board. The paid version ($4.99) allows for multiple boards, colors, and choices for typefaces. When you are done you may share the board via social networks or email. To download the free version for iOS click HERE. To download the paid version click HERE. To learn more about this app, watch the video below. If you have used this […]

Teaching Thought: Take a Breather — The 10-2 Lecture Method

Taking a short break every ten minutes or so when lecturing or presenting new material can help students better learn the material. In last week’s post, I pointed toward some research that suggested students who write their notes by hand learn the material better than those students who take notes via laptop. This week, I want to continue on a similar path, but suggest a teaching strategy that dovetails nicely with handwritten note taking. It’s easily incorporated, takes very little time or planning, and could produce big gains for your students. After every ten minutes or so of lecturing, pause for two minutes and instruct students to review the notes […]

App of the Week – Swivl

This week’s app of the week is the Swivl app. Early this week we featured a review of the most recent CETL purchase, which was the Swivl device. It is a device that when paired with users’ iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches allows them to record lectures and slides while the device moves 360 along with the presenter. The app itself is free. However, the Swivl is not. If you would like to use the Swivl in your class you may reserve it at the CETL. In addition, you will need a to create a Swivl cloud account. To learn more about that please read the post  we wrote about […]

Using Swivl

This past week the CETL has acquired a lecture capture device called Swivl. It allows the user to record 360 video and audio with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. To learn about it works please watch the video below: In the interest of really testing it out, I created a video myself. I followed all the steps and created a slide presentation that you can see by going to this link: http://cloud.swivl.com/v/18c6c2bbc4ae7225f77a4bf400b2c190 or below with the slideshare embed feature plus a video to go along with with (embedded below via youtube): *** 9/25/2014 3pm UPDATE: To see the presentation (It is working! click here)   After creating this video, Swivl […]

Teaching Thought — Note Taking as Critical Thinking

Recent research shows students who take written notes as opposed to on a laptop have higher retention of material. We ought to encourage quality note taking in our classes for learning and critical thinking. A recent article in Scientific American is an excellent summary of research on how students take notes and how that method impacts their rendition of material. Simply put, students who take notes on their laptops retain and remember less than students who write their notes by hand. This is because, the researchers hypothesize, students who take notes by hand are forced to synthesize while writing. Those who type on the laptop can type faster than they […]

App of the Week – Storehouse

This week’s app of the week is the Storehouse app. Storehouse is a free visual storytelling app for iOS that allows you to create stories using a combination of images, videos, and written narrative. Once you are done creating your story you can share it through the app or through your social media accounts. To download it for iOS for free click HERE. To learn more about this app, watch the video below. If you have used this app in your life or 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 […]

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