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Learning@Richmond November 2012

November 2, 2012 Lead Story, Learning@Richmond, Teaching and Learning Comments Off

As part of her 3D Design class, Fiona Ross regularly provides her students with a wide variety of experiences in examining, designing, and constructing objects that have a visual purpose.  During the fall and spring 2012 semesters, Ross added 3D modeling using Google’s SketchUp application to her list of required student competencies.  The virtual objects were then printed using the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology’s MakerBot 3D printer.

CTLT Liaison, Nick Cammarano discusses the potential for 3D printing across the curriculum and also addresses its limitations head-on.  For the latest news on 3D printing at the CTLT, please visit: http://blog.richmond.edu/ti3d

Plus the CTLT Calendar of Workshops and Events, Blackboard Tip o’ the Month, and another 2¢ from the CTLT Liaisons!

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Learning@Richmond October 2012

September 24, 2012 Lead Story, Learning@Richmond, Teaching and Learning Comments Off

October 2012 Issue

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During the Spring of 2012, Dr. Val Vendrzyk utilized Adobe Connect (a web conferencing platform) to remotely teach her Accounting Information Systems course for several weeks. These digital meetings went beyond screen sharing or Skype-like conversations, enabling far more effective collaboration and communication between Dr. Vendrzyk and her students. This technology allows instructors to quickly add narration, animation, interactivity, and simulations to PowerPoint slides. “I liked that students could ‘raise their hands’ and that I could activate their microphones so that they could communicate directly with the class.” This has the added benefit of requiring students to present their ideas in writing clearly and concisely.

CTLT Liaison, Dr. Ken Warren explains the pedagogical implications of using web-conferencing programs, and the differences between Adobe Connect and Skype.

Plus the CTLT Calendar, Blackboard Tip o’ the Month, and another 2¢ from the CTLT Liaisons!




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Learning@Richmond August 2012

August 15, 2012 Lead Story, Learning@Richmond, Teaching and Learning Comments Off

August 2012 Issue

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Dr. Kristin Bezio, Assistant Professor within the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, will teach an FYS entitled, “Dystopia, Revolution, and Leadership.” The twist?  Video games, specifically “BioShock” will be used as a major course text.  Gaming has become a common experience for today’s students, like reading a book or watching a film, but it’s also something they tend not to think about as being ‘worth learning’ in a classroom. However, to Dr. Bezio, games are a powerful tool used to “comment on society and leadership.”

CTLT Liaison, Dr. Matthew Trevett-Smith presents the case that in technology-enhanced courses, like Dr. Kristin Bezio’s, students are presented with opportunities to participate in and to develop the cultural competencies and social skills needed for full involvement within new media. These competencies can also be extended into Web 2.0 platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, etc., and virtual worlds like Second Life, World of Warcraft, and (he argues) BioShock.

Plus the CTLT Calendar, Blackboard Tip o’ the Month, and another 2¢ from the CTLT Liaisons!

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Learning@Richmond May 2012

May 2012 Issue

This past year, Dr. Berry utilized multiple modes of inquiry, including science, literature, film, art, song, and current events to spark student interest in human aging and development.  When approached from a pedagogical perspective, DST becomes a succinct and integrative teaching and learning tool. It challenges students to synch narrative with visual images. Digital storytelling “allows students to learn in a very efficient, focused manner.”

At the end of the semester, it is strongly recommended that instructors export their BlackBoard Grade Center to an Excel file because all student information (including their grades) are removed from Blackboard sixty days after the semester ends. This issue will provide you with eight easy steps to export your Blackboard Grade Center.

Plus a word from CTLT Director Kevin J. T. Creamer, and what your CTLT liaison has planned for this summer.

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CTLT Liaison Blog
LearnDST.Richmond.edu
Free PDF Version of “Being Fluent with Information Technology”

Learning@Richmond April 2012 Issue

March 30, 2012 Lead Story, Learning@Richmond, Teaching and Learning Comments Off

April 2012 Issue

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Jan French was among the first University of Richmond faculty to redesign a course around the Apple iPad2.  The iPad was used in Dr. French’s 200 level Ethnographic Field Methods course in which eight students worked together to research, understand, and produce a presentation of how UR students use, feel, and think about the library.   The iPads served as an “all-in-one” tool – the students used it to photograph, record and video interviews and focus groups, take notes, read articles, and draw maps.

Did you know that ‘Prezi Meeting’ is included with all Prezi licenses? This feature allows you to edit, create, and show prezis with others in real time. We’ll help you can get started using ‘Prezi Meeting.’

Plus a word from CTLT Director Kevin J. T. Creamer, the remaning Spring CTLT Calendar, and which mobile apps your CTLT liaison uses the most.

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If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for future issues, please contact the Learning@Richmond editor, Dr. Matthew Trevett-Smith.

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CTLT Liaison Blog
CTLT Spring 2012 Workshop Schedule
CTLT Training & Classes
Pizza & Pedagogy Schedule

The CTLT liaisons are the bridge between teaching and technology. The liaison group collaborates primarily with University of Richmond faculty to effectively incorporate technology into the teaching and learning processes. We deal with diverse technologies, and are happy to work with any skill level.

Jon Messer Corrina Waxman