Year: 2012

A Media in the Classroom Case Study: MediaKron

At the beginning of this past Fall, Professor Jill Rulfs incorporated a pilot media management system designed by Boston College into her freshman seminar class. The course is designed as an interdisciplinary study of the 1854 outbreak of cholera in London. Students in this course study a bit of history, science, engineering, politics, and economy and the role that each of these elements played in that epidemic, as well as in similar recent epidemics (such as in Haiti, in 2010)….Continue Reading A Media in the Classroom Case Study: MediaKron

Teaching Naked: a Review

Disclaimer: If you found this blog post by Googling, you may or may not be in the right place since the title of this blog post, and the book being reviewed, may seem somewhat… “controversial”…   However, I assure you that the only thing that you might find that is even remotely controversial, but certainly not…Continue Reading Teaching Naked: a Review

Mid-term Course Feedback

We have been hearing some chatter from both students and faculty on the benefits of collecting feedback students in the middle of the term.  Students appreciate the opportunity to give faculty feedback on how the course is going, and faculty appreciate the opportunity to get this feedback while there is still time to adjust!  The…Continue Reading Mid-term Course Feedback

Tips for Teaching Adult Students Online

Demographic studies of distance learning students indicate that they are older than students in traditional campus-based programs, they usually work outside the home, and many are married with families. Most students take courses on a part-time basis while holding down a job, with the intention of pursuing education to help them advance in their careers….Continue Reading Tips for Teaching Adult Students Online

The MOOC and You!

Communities of Practice have been long standing features at Higher Education Institutions; Journal Clubs, Special Interest Groups, User Groups, and even Study Groups are all examples of how we come together in academia to form focused groups interested in learning and developing together.  I do not think that anyone out there would argue with me…Continue Reading The MOOC and You!

The online quiz feedback conundrum

Giving feedback to students taking online quizes can be tricky.  While it is very easy to provide feedback to students immediately this is not always desirable;  sometimes you want to wait until after the quiz is over to provide feedback to only those students who took the quiz.  In the past this was a fairly manual process, but…Continue Reading The online quiz feedback conundrum

What do new WPI faculty need the most?

A few weeks ago, we in the TTL team met with WPI’s newest faculty members, and the excitement was palpable.  I shared some of the FAQ’s from that session here.  As we prepare to support these folks throughout their (hopefully very long) careers at WPI, I am wondering what your thoughts are about the things…Continue Reading What do new WPI faculty need the most?

Hammering home your (power)Point – Presenting Part II

In my last post, I shared some ideas from EDUCAUSE’s Malcolm Brown on presenting.  I ran out of time and space before I had a chance to finish!  Here are some more of my thoughts on his tips. Idea 15:  Who do you think you’re talking to?!?  Though it is impossible to address your entire…Continue Reading Hammering home your (power)Point – Presenting Part II

Use of the WeBex Chat Window during student presentations

Editors Note: This week we welcome a guest Blogger Professor Wally Towner from the School of Business.  While Professor Towner was using a tool called WebEx his methodology can be applied to any web conferencing tool including Wimba Classroom, the WPI Supported Web Conferencing tool.  We here in the ATC were excited to hear of…Continue Reading Use of the WeBex Chat Window during student presentations