Open House Raffle Winners

Thanks to all faculty and staff who came to the CETL Open House. Congratulations, to Elizabeth Howard & Gaith Albadarin, you are the lucky raffle winners! Come by the CETL to collect  your prize. If you were unable to attend the CETL Open House, please be sure to check out or calendar and new badge system to see all of the happenings this fall! Hope to see you at the CETL soon.

Addy’s Ch1 Reflections

This week’s book club meeting was great! We discussed Chapter 1 of Seymour Papert’s Mindstorms. Every semester a different CETL staff person identifies the new book for the book club and joins the group for the discussions. In the face-to-face meeting I shared that the reason I selected this book is that, a few years ago, I participated in a New Media faculty and staff seminar where we read and discussed texts from The New Media Reader. According to The New Media Reader website: The texts are from computer scientists, artists, architects, literary writers, interface designers, cultural critics, and individuals working across disciplines. They were originally published between World War […]

App of the week – WritePad

Writepad is an app for iOS and Android that allows you to take handwritten notes in your tablet, which are then recognized with a handwriting recognition software to typed letters. It also offers a spell checker and a shorthand feature that fills-in words that are often used. To download it for $4.99 for iOS click HERE. To download it for Android for $4.99 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 other Texas […]

FERPA FAQ

What if a parent contacts a faculty or staff member with concerns about how his or her child is doing in a particular class or about the child’s overall academic performance or standing? The best approach is for the parent to talk directly with the student. Parent-child communication is not always easy, and young adults are not always forthcoming as parents would like. However, parent-child conversation is the most effective and certainly the preferred method for a parent to learn about his or her child’s performance. What if a parent tells a faculty or staff member that he or she has already talked with the student and still has questions? […]

UTA LINK Lab Fall Speaker Series

Our friends at the UTA Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) lab have invited any and all Wesleyan faculty to participate in their Fall Speaker series. Here’s the information: LINK Research Lab at UT Arlington is pleased to announce the Fall Speaker series. The series will be streamed live and includes prominent national and international researchers and theorists on digital learning and innovation in higher education. Topics range from digital storytelling to learning analytics to addressing the needs of underrepresented students. The public presentations can be viewed online without cost. Full details, including a list of speakers, schedule, and information on joining online, can be found here: UTA LINK LAB […]

App of the Week – Credly

This week’s app of week is Credly. Credly is a free service for awarding and displaying digital badges and accomplishments, which the CETL is using to issue its new professional development badges. While you don’t need the Credly app to accept your badges earned (you can accept badges via email with the email address you have used to create your Credly account), this app allows you conveniently keep track of the badges you have earned, give credit, and share badges from your mobile device. If you don’t have a Credly account yet, go there and create a free account using your Texas Wesleyan email address. When you earn a badge with any […]

Introducing Badges 2.0

This semester, the CETL is revising it’s system of badges to better acknowledge, challenge, and reward faculty and staff who engage in professional development activities. We’ve developed some new badges, introduced badge levels, and tweaked the way badges are earned. We’ve also expanded the way participants can publicly display their badges. A list of all the badges can be found here. Most of these badges now have three levels. The initial level (which we’re calling the “learn stuff” level) is earned simply by participating in professional development activies. These can be CETL workshops, individual consultations with CETL staff, or even opportunities from other sources, like a conference or webinar. Those […]

2014 Fall Book Club Schedule

Book Title: Mindstorms: Children, Computers & Powerful Ideas About: Mindstorms has two central themes: that children can learn to use computers in a masterful way and that learning to use computers can change the way they learn everything else. Even outside the classroom, Papert had a vision that the computer could be used just as casually and as personally for a diversity of purposes throughout a person’s entire life. Seymour Papert makes the point that in classrooms saturated with technology there is actually more socialization and that the technology often contributes to greater interaction among students and among students and instructors. Meeting Times: Mondays, noon- 1:00pm (every other week) Location: CETL Lab […]

THINKLINK

Welcome to the resources page of the TXWES-TCC ThinkLink event of Monday, August 18th 2014. Ben Miller’s Critical Thinking through Writing Chris Parker and Jacqueline Gaffner’s Using Smartphones in the Classroom

Engaging Students and Collaborating with Mobile Devices

Welcome to the resources page for Addy Meira’s presentation at LCU on August 5th, 2014. To learn more about Addy and for contact info click here. Below you will find more details about the apps discussed and links to their websites and videos. ScanLife is a free app that allows users to read QR and bar codes. To create a QR code go to http://qrcode.kaywa.com/, paste your URL on the bar, click “generate,” then right click to save the image and add to any document you want it on (and any presentation).  To download this app for iOS click HERE. To download it for Android click HERE.   Remind (formerly […]

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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