Learning Through Making by Ashley Williams

Nov. 12, 2012

He was never a good student. Bored in the classroom, he would rarely raise his hand, shuffling reluctantly from class to class, obviously unengaged. When his middle school offered a game design class he enrolled apprehensively, but the prospect of building his own game piqued his interest. By mid-semester he...

Is Lecture Capture Effective?

Oct. 22, 2012

"I don't think it's my job to make students come to class," says Dr. Ingrid Ulbrich, chemistry instructor at CU Boulder. Nor does she think it important to take attendance, though she cares deeply about her student's success. During the spring and summer of 2012, Dr. Ulbrich used Lecture Capture...

Taking Games Seriously

Sept. 24, 2012

"I've been gaming since I was a little kid", brags Trent Begin, a TTA at ASSETT. "Well I was playing Flight Simulator", says TTA Casey Zahorik, pausing dramatically as he leans back in his swivel chair, when I was three years old . Grant Matheny, ASSETT's technical director, laughs and...

Performing The Archive: Using Modern Technology to Describe Turn of the Century Innovation

Aug. 10, 2012

“You’re doing it right when you’re playing,” says Dr. Amma Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin. This may seem like a strange statement to make in an upper-level class where students use complex technology and challenging archival material to re-imagine the 1901 New York World’s Fair on stage. Yet, Dr. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin’s Spring 2012...

Where is the Teacher? Using Software to Flip the Classroom

July 10, 2012

If you were to stumble upon Professor John Flynt’s applied mathematics classroom, you may not notice him at first. Dr. Flynt has rejected the podium and now sits among his students, using a tablet to make notes that are then projected onto a screen and written immediately to a server...

Using Animations in History Courses

July 9, 2012

by Celine Dauverd I first got interested in this topic, [Using Animations in History Courses] because I regularly teach Maymester sessions on core courses such as Early Modern Societies and was looking for ways to make sessions more interactive while educational. Attending Matt Koschmann’s session on Animation in the classroom...

25 Types of Fun VoiceThreads for Foreign Language Classes

July 5, 2012

by Elena Kostoglodova As a long-time language instructor, I love practical resources. When I first learned how to use VoiceThread, I was very excited about its possibilities in my classroom and for semester-long student projects. For inspiration, I searched all over the internet to see what sort of interesting VT...

Making Course Materials More Deeply Digital (and Socratic)

June 29, 2012

One of (but certainly not the only) interesting aspect of the Fall 2011 Teaching with Technology group was to see the various ways in which faculty approach teaching, the assessment of student learning (that is, the effectiveness of their teaching), and their various concerns and aspirations. Even though (I thought)...

Inside the Greenhouse: Using Media to Communicate a Crisis

June 25, 2012

WHAT CAN THIRTY-FIVE EARNEST COLLEGE STUDENTS with a video camera, a set of white board markers and deep concerns about the environment accomplish in one semester? What if these students are imbued with a sense of purpose…a drive to affect change? Theater and Dance professor Dr. Beth Osnes and Environmental...

The Half-Flip: “Weekly Previews” and Just-in-Time Teaching Techniques

June 25, 2012

By Phoebe S.K. Young Associate Professor Department of History phoebe.young@colorado.edu This is a description of a tool I developed for my large introductory course in U.S. History. I called it “Weekly Previews” and it entailed students watching a 7-12 minute video podcast through D2L, where I introduced the themes for...

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