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Polling Systems: Creating Student Engagement

Clickers are not a new educational technology: the hand-held personal response devices have been commercially available for use in college classrooms since the 1990s and are now commonplace in large lecture courses;  they have been used in a wide range of disciplines to promote student interaction with the course content and each other. On the surface, […]

The Science of Good Teaching: Program Invites Wide-Ranging Innovation

Action! It’s 2 o’clock on Monday of Week Nine. Professor of Biology Judith Eisen and Associate Professor of Chemistry Andy Berglund’s Biology/Chemistry 140: “Science, Policy, and Biology” students—just over 90 of them—are settling into pod-style tables dotting HEDCO 220. Today’s topic: genetic testing and gene modification. This is one of 21 new or significantly revised courses […]

Revisiting Twitter as an Educational Tool

Twitter, the popular microblogging site that allows users to post 140-character “tweets,” both intrigues and irritates faculty, according to a Faculty Focus survey. Some embrace it as a clever way to teach concision and get students writing, thinking, and connecting with the course material and one another. Others consider it distracting and antithetical to sophisticated […]

TEATalks: Wii-Mote and Pedagogy

Last Friday we had the pleasure of learning about a unique teaching tool known as a Wii-Mote. David Chamberlain, Professor in Classics described to us how he uses this tool in his teaching of courses such as Latin.  David began his presentation demonstrating how one sets up a Wii-Mote. But before that, one is probably […]

TEATalks: Tablet Devices in the Classroom

In our last TEATalks session Professor Greg Bothun (Physics) presented on his instructional use of the XOOM tablet device.  Greg broke down nicely the positive attributes along with the limitations of using a tablet device in the classroom. Why?  The Positive Attributes: Mobility:  Using a lightweight tablet device frees one up from having to haul a laptop to […]

TEATalks: ESRI, ArcGIS and “Our Digital Earth” By Professor Chris Bone

Professor Chris Bone from the Geography Department was our guest presenter at last Friday’s TEA Talks. He gave a very detailed demonstration on Geographic Information Systems, how the science of geography has changed over time, and then he showed us the up and coming tool created by ESRI (the maker of the software ArcGIS) known […]

TEATalks: Blackboard World and Best Practices

Our last meeting was hosted by Nargas Oskui, Manager of the Center for Media and Educational Technologies Consulting, who presented on her findings, and workshop experiences from the last Blackboard World conference (http://www.bbworld.com/2011/BbWorld/content.asp?id=1773). Nargas discussed various best practices for the following areas: Effective Practices Snapshot: Student Services for Online Learners  Making Mashups within Blackboard Using Blackboard for university employee […]

TEATalks: VoiceThread (Online content and presentation tool with voice annotations)

Last Friday, Marilyn Williams, Director of Education Secondary Instructional Service and Adjunct Instructor Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership, presented on the unique tool known as VoiceThread. VoiceThread is many things,  including a presentation tool, a document sharing tool, video and image sharing tool, too. The unique thing about VoiceThread is that it simply allows individuals to add […]

TEATalks: Mendeley (reference manager and academic social network)

In our session last Friday Christopher Lee, Ph.D student in Lillis Business College presented on his use of the Mendeley bibliographic citation tool (Mendeley site: http://www.mendeley.com/).   Chris discussed how Mendeley works as a both a free reference manager and academic social network.   What was particularly interesting was how this tool functions as an individual research platform that also […]

TEATalks: Collaborative Applications and Collaborative Learning

In our second TEATalks meeting we focused on collaborative applications and learning.   The main area we explored was the idea of using technologies like Google Docs, word processing documents, and wikis for creating collaborative learning spaces for students. We hope to continue this collaborative learning discussion through all of our future sessions.   As part of this […]