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Purpose of Work & What Motivates

Purpose of Work & What Motivates

More and more, instructors are asking “how do I get the students to do the work….how do track them in the LMS…” and many times the conversation degrades into carrots and sticks. How many points do I award, what penalty can I impose? But in a few classes, students are given a huge amount of […]

Reflecting on the Technology Craze

Reflecting on the Technology Craze

All teachers, instructors, professors are talking about IT….that “it” being technology in the classroom; learning via social media; incorporating student-generated content into our syllabi; utilizing technology to further discussions into the online sphere; being technology literate and savvy and, of course, innovative. There are so many ways we feel pressure to teach to this new […]

What does “Don’t Be Evil” mean?

What does “Don’t Be Evil” mean?

There has been much talk recently about the new Google privacy policy.  “Search data can reveal particularly sensitive information about you, including facts about your location, interests, age, sexual orientation, religion, health concerns, and more,” warns the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco and an advocate for online privacy.   One of the […]

Orientation Sessions for Editors and Site Builders 0

Orientation Sessions for Editors and Site Builders

Amy Greene (Evergreen) and Erica Andree (Pacific) are hosting Orientation Sessions for Editors and Site Builders on February 29th. Editor Orientation at 2pm PST Site Builder Orientation at 3pm PST. To participate, log into http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/nwacco/ as...

Increasing teaching presence in online, blended, and f2f learning

Increasing teaching presence in online, blended, and f2f learning

Demand for both effectiveness and flexibility in the delivery of course material becomes increasingly complex as the student population changes and as courses incorporate more online components. Instructors can use Camtasia Relay to easily record lecture material and make screencasts available to students anytime, in multiple formats (design). Instructors can increase teaching presence through recorded […]

OnLive Desktop – PC desktop in the cloud

OnLive Desktop – PC desktop in the cloud

I must say that the best part of my job as an Academic Technology Specialist is when faculty drop by with new ideas or new technologies they find useful. I had a conversation this past week with Dr. Eric Anctil who was excited to show me the “OnLive Desktop” app for the iPad. Dr. Anctil […]

Great example of Teaching Game Design with a game

Great example of Teaching Game Design with a game

Alex Peake, founder of Primer Labs is doing it right. A colleague of mine mentioned Code Hero to me the other day and after a little googling I was hooked. Code Hero is a game that teaches you how to make games.. you learn by shooting actual Javascript in Unity, at objects to alter your […]

Digital Literacy: What is it?

Digital Literacy: What is it?

There has been much talk about digital literacy and the importance of preparing students to be digital citizens.   Jason Ohler talks about the DAOW of literacy.   “Digital, Art, Oral and Written literacies- the DAOW of literacy –  are crucial for personal, academic and workplace success in the Digital Age.”   So what is that […]

What do you think of this classroom?

What do you think of this classroom?

Student Thoughts on Active Learning Space I am teaching an educational technology course in SPU’s new active learning space classroom.*  The course is taught in a blended format so we will spend about 30% of the instructional time face-to-face in this classroom.  That works out to be three three-hour sessions. In our first face-to-face class […]