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.
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
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…Continue Reading Self and Peer Assessment: Feedback on Group Work
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…Continue Reading Pen Technology in Education
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…Continue Reading Are we ditching finals? (weep) Alternative Assessment Ideas
Apple Computers and Projectors on Campus
Editors Note: This week we welcome guest Blogger Michael Grossfeld. Michael is an avid Mac OS X user and has been giving the ATC lots of great advice for troubleshooting Mac laptop connections in our eClassrooms. We invited Michael to post the instructions that he gave us to our blog and hope that they are just as helpful to WPI’s growing…Continue Reading Apple Computers and Projectors on Campus
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