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But what WORKS? Vocabulary and Debate in Education

Filed in In the Classroom by on April 9, 2014 0 Comments

A recent post on Chronicle of Higher Education by Casting Out Nines blogger Robert Talbert addressed the need for some common definitions of flipped classrooms and flipped learning.  We have spoken about flipping the classroom here before, and since this initial post more and more WPI faculty have been experimenting with these models.  Many lessons […]

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That’s What We Are Here For!

Yesterday I had one of what we call our “great meetings”.  I met with two faculty (don’t worry, they shall not be named here) who identified some of their teaching challenges.  We spent our time discussing the following topics: 1.  Grading multiple choice exams.  How can we cut down on grading time while also gathering […]

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New Resource! Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series

Filed in In the Classroom, Tools for Teaching by on December 11, 2013 0 Comments

Blackboard, the software behind myWPI, has hosted a series of webinars over the past few months focused on how to best use the tool for teaching.  The series is now available on YouTube:  Click HERE! These recordings are hosted by a variety of individuals, including Blackboard experts and faculty.  The topics vary from “Best Practices […]

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The more things change…use of media in the classroom.

Filed in In the Classroom, Tips for Teaching with Technology by on November 6, 2013 0 Comments

This term I am taking a course that covers the history of educational technology.  You may hear more from me on the topic!  One of the themes that keeps striking me repeatedly is the pattern we have suffered in this field.  The challenges I face in my role today, such as a lack of a […]

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Conducting an Online Survey? Qualtrics is the tool for you.

Filed in How-to, In the Classroom, Tools for Teaching, Useful Tools by on October 3, 2013 1 Comment

What is it?  Qualtrics’ Research Suite is an online survey software solution for WPI Students, Faculty, and Staff that allows users to collect, analyze and act on relevant data. Who is eligible to create surveys?  All WPI Community Members with an email address! How do I get there? Where can I learn more? […]

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Welcome to our New Faculty!

On Wednesday, we were able to meet with the new faculty on campus, and compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions, which I thought I’d share here.  Let us know if you want to add to the list! What if I want to learn more about myWPI? The myWPI help pages can be […]

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Collaborative Writing: Tools and Techniques: Workshop on June 6th

Google Docs or Dropbox? SharePoint or myWPI? Researcher or Editor? Project Manager or Writer? WPI Project teams make a host of decisions behind-the-scenes of their actual project work, deciding how to organize roles within their group, and which tools will be best for their needs.  Should we have a calendar to keep track of our […]

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Self and Peer Assessment: Feedback on Group Work

Self and Peer Assessment: Feedback on Group Work

I’m not kidding when I say that three faculty members have approached us very recently with a similar teaching challenge:  How can I use technology to help with team assessment?  And here in the TTL group, we LOVE a challenge. Each professor has slightly different needs, however all centered around the desire for students in […]

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Pen Technology in Education

The use of pen-based technology at WPI breaks into three categories, as far as I can tell.  I am open to argument about this, though! 1.  Our amazing Interactive Media and Game Development courses.  I wish I knew more about what you do, but everything I see is beautiful! 2.  Writing in Class The process of […]

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Are we ditching finals? (weep) Alternative Assessment Ideas

Are we ditching finals? (weep)  Alternative Assessment Ideas

My own undergraduate experience, which was so long ago that we didn’t even know the word “blog”, was full of midterm and final exams.  But of all of these tests, I remember only one: my Introduction to Biology final.  I remember it because it was multiple choice questions from the exams we had taken over […]

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