There are some changes afoot in Academic Technology here at Chapman. First of all, we’ve moved to Smith Hall, suite 20 (which is accessible via the staircase near the elevator lift). Also, we’ve grown! Kim Welch who joined us during the summer is now the Blackboard Administrator. You can email her at email@example.com.
I’ve made many mistakes with technology. I’ve lost files due to not backing them up, I’ve edited the wrong versions of my articles because I didn’t have a good strategy for saving iterations of files, and I’ve had those awful moments where my printer ink runs out (which only ever happens when time is of
Hot off the press, the Academic Technology Workshop schedule for Intersession and Spring semesters. Except when otherwise indicated, these workshops are aimed for Chapman faculty: Location: LL305 Jan 28, 2-3:30pm: Blackboard Basics Jan 30, 2-3:30: Using Edublogs in your Course Feb 3, 9-11am: Blackboard Open House Feb 3, 5:30-7pm: Blackboard Open House Feb 4, 5:30-7pm:
Looking for ways to break out of the PowerPoint rut? Consider perusing a few of these links as inspiration (properly formatted as bullet points, of course): Friends Don’t Let Friends Use PowerPoint The Gettysburg Address, as a PowerPoint PowerPoint is Evil Some alternative tools: Prezi Adobe Spark Some examples of presentations that I’ve created using
I spend a lot of time supporting Adjunct Faculty in their use of pedagogical technology (Chapman employs about 400 adjunct faculty each semester). In fact, many of the most innovative uses of technology on our campus come from our Adjuncts. That’s one reason, among many, that the findings of this study about the effectiveness of
Now that the semester is nearing an end, here’s an idea for getting better student evaluations: Have them write a letter to students taking this class in the future.
Academic Technology is sponsoring a hands-on workshop for faculty who would like to learn ways of using Wikipedia in the classroom. This workshop will feature the efforts of Shira Klein and Jana Remy, who have both used wikipedia in teaching history at Chapman. Adrianne Wadewitz, a Wikipedia Ambassador and Occidental College Mellon Fellow, will also
Much of the conversation in Higher Ed is focused on the emergence of MOOC classes (Massive Open Online Courses). Several pieces in the Chronicle and the New York Times, as well as the California initiative to adopt MOOC classes at state institutions, have fueled many of the concerns about this new learning platform. If you’re