Erin

Instructional Technology Specialist at WPI

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Mid-term Course Feedback

Filed in In the Classroom, Tools for Teaching by on October 16, 2012 0 Comments

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 […]

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Tips for Teaching Adult Students Online

Filed in Tips for Teaching with Technology, Tools for Teaching by on September 28, 2012 0 Comments

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. […]

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What do new WPI faculty need the most?

Filed in Tips for Teaching with Technology by on September 6, 2012 0 Comments

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 […]

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Welcome & Welcome Back!

This is our busiest day here in the TTL group and we are thrilled to see all of the new and returning students and faculty!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year! On Monday, we were able to meet with the new faculty on campus, and compiled a list of our most frequently asked […]

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Hammering home your (power)Point – Presenting Part II

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 […]

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Blackboard 9.1 Trainings

Filed in Tools for Teaching by on July 18, 2012 0 Comments

Jes’ fantastic sessions will get WPI faculty prepared for the “New Blackboard” – hope you can make it! For a list of dates and times and to register, see:  http://www.wpi.edu/webapps/regi/atc.html If you’re unable to make a training but would like to set up a time to go over the new version, email myhelp@wpi.edu.

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If Powerpoint is the hammer, is my presentation the nail?

If Powerpoint is the hammer, is my presentation the nail?

Maslow said, “I suppose it is tempting, when the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”  We constantly hear phrases like “Death by Powerpoint”, but is it Powerpoint’s fault that it just happens to be a really good hammer?  I think not. I recently had the […]

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Trends in Online Education: More predictions

It must be the season for predictions!  Jes posted yesterday about the Horizon Report, and there is more to come!  In the meantime, our neighbors to the north have some thoughts as well.  Sir John Daniels of Ontario’s Distance Education Network Contact North introduces three trends he thinks will have a high impact on higher […]

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Motivation and the medium

Filed in In the Classroom, Multimedia by on February 29, 2012 0 Comments

In the book “Distance Education: A Systems View”, authors Michael Moore and Greg Kearsley discuss the various ways to deliver instruction. One statement that particularly resonated with me was the idea that “Motivation is a more critical variable than the medium…” The variety of instructional tools that are present today can provide both instructors and […]

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3, 2, 1…Explain!

Filed in Multimedia, Tools for Teaching by on January 25, 2012 0 Comments

My favorite “Explainer”, Lee Lefever, just posted a new blog about the new age of the video explanation.  In it, he postulizes that perhaps 2012 will usher in a new genre for video:  “Drama, comedy, documentary, advertising and explanation.”  Lee does a great job of explaining (no surprise there) why this trend is being enabled and adopted globally, […]

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