May 16th, 2019 is the 8th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities. According to the World Health Organization, “More than one billion people in the world live with some form of…Continue Reading 8th Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Poll Everywhere as Back Channel Space for Questions
Have you ever wanted to capture questions from students during a lecture? Do you just know students have questions about the content, but there is always silence when you ask them? I’d love to share a really cool and interesting way of using Poll Everywhere in your classes to solve this problem. Dirk Albrecht is…Continue Reading Poll Everywhere as Back Channel Space for Questions
The app that we’ve all been waiting for is here! Echo360 for Tablets!!
Over the past few years, the ATC has fielded requests from many instructors concerning how they might record annotated videos using their tablets. And have them publish to their myWPI site using Echo360, our lecture capturing system. For the earlier, we always recommended the iPad app “Explain Everything.” However, for the latter, we never had a great…Continue Reading The app that we’ve all been waiting for is here! Echo360 for Tablets!!
But what WORKS? Vocabulary and Debate in Education
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…Continue Reading But what WORKS? Vocabulary and Debate in Education
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…Continue Reading That’s What We Are Here For!
The more things change…use of media in the classroom.
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…Continue Reading The more things change…use of media in the classroom.
Conducting an Online Survey? Qualtrics is the tool for you.
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 @wpi.edu email address! How do I get there? https://wpi.qualtrics.com Where can I learn more?…Continue Reading Conducting an Online Survey? Qualtrics is the tool for you.
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…Continue Reading Collaborative Writing: Tools and Techniques: Workshop on June 6th
Lets get this discussion off the ground!
I recently attended a presentation entitled “Hitting the mark creating questions that generate critical thinking discussion” given by Drs. Barbara Fennema and Lou Anne Manning. Their presentation was based off of the Elder and Paul Critical thinking framework but it referenced a resource that I had not previously been aware of: The Miniature Guide to The Art of Asking Essential Questions” (http://www.amazon.com/Miniature-Asking-Essential-Questions-ebook/dp/B0062QCP5O)….Continue Reading Lets get this discussion off the ground!
Echo360 Acquires ThinkBinder, an online collaboration tool for student project teams
Echo360, the company that powers WPI’s lecture capturing technologies, published a press release late yesterday announcing their acquisition of ThinkBinder, an online collaboration tool intended for student project teams. ThinkBinder allows teams to have private, group-only discussion boards, file repositories, whiteboard space, and video chats – all hosted in the cloud – for managing project-related work. This news is hot…Continue Reading Echo360 Acquires ThinkBinder, an online collaboration tool for student project teams