1.31.2014

Fall 2013 Courses Archived

All the courses from Fall 2013 have been archived according to the Moodle Policy. This means that students no longer have access to them. Faculty should still be able to access the courses from the My Courses block. Please contact Instructional Technology if you have any questions.

1.30.2014

Clickers in the Classroom

Instructional Technology had the opportunity to attend a webinar sponsored by iClicker and hosted by Dr. Stephanie Chasteen. The webinar discussed strategies for using "clickers" (student response systems) effectively in a class.

The strategies shared during the presentation may be used with any "clicker" system. Dr. Chasteen also shared a little about the pedagogy of peer instruction and its effectiveness.



Among the tips offered were the following:

  • Create student buy-in - Student buy-in is key. Do what you can to make the use of clickers a worthwhile experience.
  • Use good questions - Stay away from rote memory type questions or those that allow patter matching. Good questions require reasoning.
  • Wait to share poll results and answers as long as possible - doing so will create interest and aid discussion/learning.
  • Establish a safe, respectful environment - encourage sharing of ideas, don't show the results (histograms/answers) right away, ask multiple students to defend the choices they made and emphasize reasoning.

Dr. Chasteen has generously shared handouts and other resources from the webinar. Feel free to check them out at the link below:



You may also view a recording of the webinar (1:19) hosted on iClicker's website. Follow the link below to view the webinar.


If you are interested in exploring "clickers" as a pedagogical tool you may want to visit the following link which is a community of users sharing best practices and example questions.



Image By Selena Wilke (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

1.28.2014

Creative Commons and You

Citation and giving credit to authors/makers/creators is more important today than ever before. A simple copy and paste make it very easy to use materials that are not yours. In his article on the MakeUseOf blog, Danny Stieben shares what creative commons is and why it is important. His article serves as a great resource if you have questions about creative commons. Click the link below to read the article.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/creative-commons-use/

1.13.2014

Gmail and Google+ integration

You may have seen mention that Google has made one more step to ensuring that Google+ is integrated into all their services. The default has been turned off for all Beloit.edu accounts. This may however affect any personal account you may have. If you would like to turn this feature off, please feel free to follow the steps in this Lifehacker article.