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Two Steps Towards a Paperless Classroom

Two Steps Towards a Paperless Classroom

There has been much interest of late around sustainable practice and reducing the amount of trees that are sacrificed in the name of teaching and learning at UP.   I teach ED 414, Children’s Literature this semester, a course that I absolutely love to teach.   As Director of Academic Technology,  I also need to find ways […]

Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone

There is nothing better than curling up next to the fire on a cold rainy winter day in Portland, and reading a great novel.    I’ve just finished  Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.  It’s a grand epic novel grappling with all of the essential issues for humankind.   Although I like to read novels to escape […]

nwacco.org update 0

nwacco.org update

At the Roundtable in November, we tossed around the idea of using nwacco as a blog aggregator, an open online course like DS106.us, a resource site for how-tos and documentation, or a collaborative workspace.  A...

IPAD2 Lab

IPAD2 Lab

In November, ATS purchased and equipped a portable IPAD2 lab for classroom use.   We’ve used the lab on a couple of occasions to demonstrate IPADs for faculty.   On Wednesday afternoon this week,  I used the lab with my ED 414 Children’s Literature class.   They will be creating digital booktalks and digital stories later in the […]

Apple education event on Digital Textbooks 0

Apple education event on Digital Textbooks

Anyone have any thoughts about today’s Apple education event in New York?  They announced iBooks 2 for iPad, iBooks Author for Lion, and an iTunes U app for iOS. http://www.apple.com/apple-events/education-january-2012/ http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2012/01/19Apple-Reinvents-Textbooks-with-iBooks-2-for-iPad.html http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/ http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2012/01/19Apple-Unveils-All-New-iTunes-U-App-for-iPad-iPhone-iPod-touch.html

Snow Day Instructional Technology Resources

Snow Day Instructional Technology Resources

A few years ago Seattle Pacific University’s Dean’s Cabinet asked me to put together a list of eLearning tools that faculty can use if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather. Today’s snowy weather along with a prompting from my boss encouraged me to share an updated version with SPU faculty. Instructional Technology Services provides […]

Need More Sadness?

Need More Sadness?

Well, who really needs more sadness? Still, while we marvel at the tech milestones and cool apps coming at us each day, it is probably worthwhile to take time to consider the other side of that shiny coin. Listen on your iPhone at your own cognitive peril: Mr Daisey and the Apple Factory – This […]

ATS and Jason Ohler Present Online Learning Workshop to the School of Nursing

ATS and Jason Ohler Present Online Learning Workshop to the School of Nursing

On Tuesday, Jan. 10th,  Jason Ohler, Scott Christian and Sam Williams facilitated a workshop for the UP School of Nursing focusing on Online Learning and Teaching.   Prior to the workshop, we built a moodle course with research articles and instructional media.  Topics included: Instructional Design and Strategies to Achieve Student Learning Outcomes Online and Enhancing […]

Six Questions About Using Rubrics for Assessment in Blackboard

Six Questions About Using Rubrics for Assessment in Blackboard

In this screencast, David Wicks addresses six questions faculty may have about using the Rubric feature in Blackboard 9.1. The Questions: How should I prepare to create a rubric in Blackboard? How do I enter a rubric in Blackboard? How do I edit the Rubric Grid? How do I associate a rubric with an assessment? […]

Weebly – Really Easy Web Sites

Weebly – Really Easy Web Sites

We’ve been experimenting with Weebly and find it is much easier for instructors to master. WordPress can be a bit too feature rich at times. Check it out: How Weebly Works