Pizza and Pedagogy lunches

September 23, 2010 Events Comments Off on Pizza and Pedagogy lunches

Please join CTLT liaisons Allison Czapracki, Kenneth Warren, Jon Messer and Hil Scott for a new lunch series, “Pizza and Pedagogy.” They will be collaborating with UR faculty to facilitate conversations and explore topics about teaching with technology, and new Web 2.0 tools for classroom innovation, social media and privacy, and more. Find out what your UR colleagues are doing, and come share lessons learned and best practices over lunch!

Registration is required for each lunch so we know how much pizza to order.

This semester’s lunches:

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Effective Student Presentations

Join the CTLT Liaisons and Linda Hobgood, director of the acclaimed Speech Center, in Wednesday’s lunchtime discussion about what makes an effective student presentation. Should class time be allotted for students to work on presentation skills? What would you tell your colleagues whose students are at risk of falling down the technology black hole when crafting their presentations? Share tips and gripes about student presentation techniques and styles with your fellow faculty.

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Skype and Webconferencing

The CTLT liaisons will partner with faculty and staff who have used Skype or other videoconferencing tools in their teaching. If you’d like to see a videoconferencing demonstration or learn more about the educational uses of these tools or how the CTLT can help you implement them into your classrooms, don’t miss this interactive lunch.

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Collaboration with Technology

The CTLT liaisons and faculty who have used collaborative technologies will show you they can help make your in-class time more effective by using tools such as Google Docs and wikis outside of the classroom.

Blogs vs. Discussion Boards

September 22, 2010 blogs, Teaching and Learning Comments Off on Blogs vs. Discussion Boards

“Why should I use a blog in my course?” I’ve been receiving feedback lately from faculty who were adamant that the Discussion Board was king and blogs were basically useless for them — likely because they weren’t familiar with blogs and haven’t seen them used in an academic context. What’s the best way to respond to such a question? A little bit of googling brought me to an excellent post, Discussion Board vs. Blog from the blog.

Author Dan Lewis differentiates some key attributes that distinguish a blog from a discussion board, which can apply to the use of these tools in higher ed:

  • Organization: Lewis points out that blogs are organized chronologically, whereas discussion boards are organized by topic.
  • Purpose: “A discussion board is used to solicit feedback from others and is a great tool for generating dialogue between users in a group. … A blog, however, is intended for a specific person or a specific group to post ideas, thoughts, and articles. Generally, the posts are considered expertise …  A blog’s purpose isn’t to start dialogue, but is meant to deliver a message.”

I don’t totally agree with this last point — I think plenty of bloggers use their posts to spark dialogue, but he is dead-on when he says that blogs are meant to portray messages to readers.

He also gives a helpful, visual example of a scenarios where you might use each tool.

An instructor might use a discussion board to pose a question that students respond to and challenge each other’s thoughts on. Students might use blogs to discuss their research that semester, or synthesize their thoughts on topics presented in their course.

Thanks, Dan, for clearing that up!

Note-taking with Livescribe

September 20, 2010 Teaching and Learning Comments Off on Note-taking with Livescribe

Have you ever wanted to include an audio component to your note-taking? With the Livescribe Echo Smartpen, it’s possible. You can record everything you hear and replay it by tapping on a spot in your notes in a Livescribe Dot Paper notebook. You can also upload your notes to your computer and search them! The pen even has its own app store, where you can purchase apps like a Spanish-English dictionary.

If you’re interested in seeing the Echo Smartpen in action, come to Allison’s technology office hours, or make an appointment with your technology liaison.

Check out the following article for an in-depth description of how the Echo works:

Livescribe, the Pen that Never Forgets [NYT]