June 11, 2013
One of my favorite apps for the iPad and iPhone is called AppsGonefree. It is a great download for new and experienced iOS users. The folks over there got there hands on the latest operating system for Apple’s mobile devices, and they put together a quick video to highlight all the changes.
As you’ll notice in the video below, Apple has made some very big changes to the overall experience in iOS 7. All of the apps have been redesigned, new features have been added, and it’s safe to say that this is the biggest update to iOS we’ve ever seen.
June 10, 2013
Apple is planned to announce a new operating system, new iOS, new software, and new hardware during today’s event. For all the latest information please refer to this live steam at the San Francisco Chronicle.
May 10, 2013
Inside this issue:
Postdoctoral Fellow of Psychology Karen Kochel was looking for a way to encourage students enrolled in her Child Development course, to become active participants in their learning. In an effort to enhance her students’ academic experience, Dr. Kochel decided to pair mobile technology (the iPad2) with community based learning.
CTLT Liaison, Matthew Trevett-Smith discusses the importance of tablet computing in higher education.
Plus the CTLT Calendar of Summer Workshops and Events, and the Blackboard Tip o’ the Month!
December 12, 2011
Campuses across the country are taking different measures to prevent students from infringing on copyrights when downloading movies, music and videos. The University of Alaska has taken a rather unique tactic… According to an Associated Press report, the university will slow Internet connections in campus dorms from 10 megabits per second to 2 megabits per second.
A university IT official said that complaints from the recording and entertainment industry triggered the decision. There were 878 complaints last year, the official said, and more than 95 percent of those involved illegal downloads taking place in on-campus housing. A student-education campaign didn’t control the problem, he said.
Rich Whitney, in charge of computers and telecommunications services at UAA, told The Associated Press, “We don’t want to be the Internet police. This is just a practical amount of steps to be taken to try and get under control these complaints.”
It is important to note that while the vast majority of UAA students are going to school and using their Internet connections appropriately and legally, there are “a relatively small number of infringers,” Whitney said.
Students aren’t pleased by the slowdown. One undergraduate started a “Take the Internet Back” page on Facebook to protest the university’s decision. “I felt they were punishing us all for the actions of a few,” he told the student newspaper, the Northern Light.
December 2, 2011
Professor of Art, Tanja Softic’s teaching methods are rooted in hands-on, experiential studio learning that is informed by the history and contemporary practice of the media she teaches, principally printmaking and drawing.
In printmaking, some very old print technologies (etching, silk screening, etc.) interface with digital means of image production and printing. When working on a photo-etching, for example, her students begin with a digital photo image that is then exposed onto a plate, etched and hand-inked, wiped and finally printed manually on an etching press. “Printmaking demands that one considers the meaning of the medium itself.”
Plus a preview of the Spring CTLT Calendar, a note from our director, how to archive your Blackboard course, and what your CTLT liaison plans to do this winter break.
If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for future issues, please contact the Learning@Richmond editor, Dr. Matthew Trevett-Smith.
Links featured in this issue:
November 29, 2011
Join the CTLT liaisons for this week’s Pizza & Pedagogy event: Student Voices on Technology.
The classroom technology that professors enthusiastically attempt doesn’t always get a warm welcome from the students out in the lecture hall, especially when gadgets feel gimmicky or class time is wasted as instructors fumble with gear. To get a sense of just what students think of their professors’ classroom technology use, the CTLT will invite four tech-savvy students to weigh in on the best—and worst— moments in classroom technology they have seen.
We will meet Thursday, December 1st at 12:00 noon in Boatwright Library, Room 311 (Nostrae Filiae Room). Pizza and Soda included.
Please register: http://cygnet.richmond.edu/events/pizza/
August 29, 2011
One of the most popular initiatives we have had in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology has been Digital Storytelling (DST). As part of our learning philosophy at the CTLT, each of the liaisons has produced a DST of our very own. I will share mine with you in a moment.
But first, some of you may be asking yourself, “What is digital storytelling?”
According to the Center for Digital Storytelling, a digital story is a short, first-person video-narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds. Joe Lambert, one of the pioneers of this project-based multimedia activity, describes digital storytelling as a process that infuses new media and technology tools with a compelling written narrative. Jason Ohler, an advocate of multimedia pedagogy in the classroom, indicates that digital storytelling is the ideal vehicle for blending traditional (reading, writing and speaking) and emerging (information technology) literacy development. In order to understand the composition of, and ultimately produce, a digital story, Lambert provides a conceptual framework of seven elements that serve as a guide throughout the production process. They include: point of view, a dramatic question, emotional content, the gift of your voice, economy, pacing and the power of a soundtrack.
Some fantastic student made DSTs can be found at: http://learndst.richmond.edu
To better understand the the 5-step process (writing, recording, searching, producing, and publishing) of digital storytelling, liaisons Hil and Matt created DSTs of their own.
Without further adieu…
“Despite popular misconceptions, our students’ online social networks closely align with their offline social networks.”
“My digital story interprets when I was eight or nine and my father arrived home early one day with the first Polaroid Land Camera we had ever seen. And the world changed.”
August 19, 2011
Join your colleagues, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, and Next Generation Learning Challenges for the last webcast of the summer learning series dedicated to the transformative role that technology can play in fostering student success.
Please note we will meet in Tyler Haynes Commons Conference Room #310 for this webinar which starts at 1pm. Arrive early and bring your lunch. A local discussion of the topic will follow.
The next event (on August 23, 2011) will feature Dr. Patrick McAndrew, Associate Director of Learning & Teaching at Open University. The subject of his presentation will be, “Using Openness to Bridge Success.”
Dr. McAndrew is the director of the Open Learning network (OLnet) and of Research and Evaluation for OpenLearn, open content initiative for a two year period 2006-2008 along with his core role as a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET). As Associate Director (Learning & Teaching) he is a member of the executive team for IET. From 2002 to 2005 Patrick was Head of the Centre for Information Technology in Education. His blog is here: http://openpad.wordpress.com/
The Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at the Open University connects innovation and expertise in learning and teaching and uses this collective power to change the face of education.
IET’s programme of work is at the heart of the Open University’s mission to be a world leader in the design, content and delivery of supported open and distance learning through the innovative use of technology.
August 11, 2011
Join your colleagues, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, and Next Generation Learning Challenges for the next webcast dedicated to the transformative role that technology can play in fostering student success.
Please note we will meet in Tylor Haynes Commons Conference Room 310 for this webinar.
The next event (on August 16, 2011 at 1 pm) will feature Candace Thille, Director of the Open Learning Initiative. The subject of her presentation will be, “The Open Learning Initiative.”
The Open Learning Initiative uses knowledge from learning science and the affordances of the web to transform instruction, significantly improving learning outcomes and achieves significant increases in productivity in post secondary education. OLI aims to produce exemplars of scientifically based online courses and course materials that enact instruction and support instructors while providing open access to these courses and materials. Ultimately, OLI hopes to develop a community of use, research and development that contributes to the evaluation, continuous improvement, and ongoing growth of their courses and materials.
For more information please visit: http://learning.richmond.edu/atc/
August 3, 2011
Inside the August issue of Learning@Richmond:
Beginning in the fall of 2011, three UR faculty will use Apple’s latest technology, the iPad2, in their classrooms. Learn more about how Dr. Ted Bunn, Dr. Jan French, and Dr. Tom Shields redesigned their courses to fully utilize the iPad2.
Teaching with Blackboard: One of the most essential aspects of getting your Blackboard course set-up is the Grade Center. Taking the time early to think through how you will collect grades and assignments from students will save you time and frustration.
Plus a word from the CTLT Director, the August CTLT Workshop Calendar, and what your CTLT liaisons have been up to this summer.