Active learning yields knowledge in action

The Chronicle has a nice article reflecting on the deluge of data we’re awash in every day. Specifically, it draws attention to the failure of colleges to adequately prepare graduates for effectively working in and with this data in critical, in-depth ways: Many employers said their fresh-from-college hires frequently lack deeper and more traditional skills […]

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Learning about education from liqueur

This commercial from UK company, Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd, is making the rounds among educators. It was shown at a keynote during last week’s CLAC conference. As Carissa Peck points out in her blog post, there are many things to take away from this ad. Enjoy! When I showed it to my family–who all liked […]


Creative collaboration spaces at my alma mater

The Methodist Theological School in Ohio has embraced educational technology. Using Sakai, all of their courses are now hybrid, offering some amount of content and interaction online. Plus, several of their teaching spaces are now rigged for collaboration. Here are pics from Gault Hall Room 150. When I was a student there (2007 grad) this classroom […]

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My CLAC Lightning Presentation

Yesterday I gave my lightning presentation (limited to 10 minutes) at the 2014 CLAC conference at Denison. My topic was “Are Tech Trends Driving Better Education?” My Prezi is available here. I used PollEverywhere to ask a single question, “How do you see technology influencing education at your college?” Below are the responses in word […]


Add-on tools to make Google Apps for Education even better

I just learned of a few tools, thanks to Ryan Gjerde and Jedidiah Rex, to make Google Apps easier for teachers to use for online assignments and grading. Doctopus (document + octopus) essentially acts like a giant photocopier which can send files out to individual students, project groups or the whole class. Goobric allows for rubric-based grading […]

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Nice Infographic on Google Glass

Found at elearninginfographics.com, this one gives a nice summary of the whole topic, including several possible uses in education.  


More digital scholarship at OWU

NITLE has just published a nice article on using digital scholarship in the tenure and promotion process. It’s certainly worth a look and some reflection if you’re on the Faculty Personnel Committee, one of the Academic Affairs staff, or on the Celebration of Scholarship planning team. We could use more digital scholarship here at Ohio Wesleyan, […]

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Final BlendKit 2014 reading response

Chapter 5 nicely wraps up the BlendKit 2014 course with a discussion of quality assurance in blended learning. This one was particularly relevant because it talked about the institutional motivations and standards for online and blended learning, as well as evaluating teaching effectiveness. Here at OWU I am the primary advocate for blended learning and […]


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Elise Braden at Carleton College has put together a nice compendium of mobile, online, and desktop apps for enhancing any instructor’s teaching repertoire. She calls it @apps for Instructors and it boasts over 250 listings “and counting.”   

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BlendKit Reading response for Week 4

This week’s topic is blended content and assignments, another good reading. I liked the emphasis on integrating the online and face-to-face components of the course to make one, seamless experience for the students. There was a helpful discussion of learning activities with and without technology. I’d say the many apps and sites and services under […]