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Learning@Richmond November 2011 Issue

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November 2011 Issue

Faculty and staff from across the University of Richmond were invited to participate in an informative networking event sponsored by Boatwright Library and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology that aimed to highlight innovative strategies in teaching, learning, and creativity.
Erika Damer (Classical Studies), Joe Essid (The Writing Center), Suzanne Jones (English), Jeannine Keefer (Art), and Melissa Ooten (Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies) discussed their experiences using tools such as iPods, Digital Stories, Google Maps, and WordPress blogs, and how these various technologies have encouraged student collaboration, active engagement, and stronger research and writing skills.

Plus the Fall CTLT Calendar, Pizza and Pedagogy Announcements, and what resources on enhancing teaching effectiveness has inspired your CTLT liaisons.

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Links featured in this issue:

CTLT Liaison Blog
Boatwright Memorial Library
Old Medium, New Media Presentation
Americans in Paris Blog
Americans in Paris Interactive Map
Richmond Architecture Blog
Without Sanctuary Website
Tomorrows Professor Listserv
New Media Consortium
What the Best College Teachers Do
Quality Matters Rubric
CTLT Fall 2011 Workshop Schedule
CTLT Training & Classes

PETE After Hours

October 24, 2011 Events, Faculty Spotlight, Lead Story Comments Off








Faculty and staff from across the University of Richmond are invited to participate in an informative networking event sponsored by Boatwright Library and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology that aims to highlight innovative strategies in teaching, learning, and creativity.

Erika Damer (Classical Studies), Joe Essid (The Writing Center), Suzanne Jones (English), Jeannine Keefer (Art), Walt Stevenson (Classical Studies) and Melissa Ooten (Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies) will discuss their experiences using tools such as iPods, Google Maps, and WordPress blogs, and how these various technologies encourage student collaboration, active engagement, and stronger research and writing skills.

The event will take place Thursday, October 27th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm in Keller Hall.  A wine and cheese reception will follow the event.

Learning@Richmond August 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.

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Links featured in this issue:
CTLT Liaison Blog
Dr. Matthew Trevett-Smith’s Biography
CTLT Fall 2011 Workshop Schedule
CTLT Training & Classes

Faculty feature: ‘Heroes’ blog

July 21, 2010 blogs, Faculty Spotlight Comments Off

In February of 2010, Scott Allison, professor of psychology at UR, wanted to start blogging on the characteristics of heroes to promote his new book, Heroes: What They Do and Why We Need Them, co-written with leadership professor George Goethals. To get started, he made an appointment with his technology liaison, Allison Czapracki, who presented him with blogging options and taught him some best practices of blogging, a little bit about HTML and Google Analytics, and ways to incorporate multimedia into the blog. Scott chose to use the WordPress platform, and hit the ground running.

In just five months, he’s written 50 heroes pieces, reaching a worldwide audience on his blog and garnering nearly 3,000 Twitter followers. Congratulations, Scott!

In 2010-2011, Scott is integrating blogging into his two “Heroes and Villains” classes, a first-year seminar and a senior seminar that focus on the significance of heroes and how they shape society. Scott said that students in both classes will be required to read entries from and leave comments on the Heroes blog, and will be blogging about similar heroes and linking to Heroes posts.

To read Scott’s blog, check out Heroes Today.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @heroestoday

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.

Corrina Waxman
Jon Messer