Welcome to CETL

If you're looking for information on learning concepts, course design, and resources, see the pages list on the right. We're also building a knowledge base of teaching ideas in the various discussion topics, so dig in and you'll find something that should prove helpful as you begin re-thinking how courses can be designed to enhance learning. The most recent posts and announcements can be found below. Feel free to add your comments to these topics so we can see what each other is trying and thinking, and contact us with any questions. We've migrated all content from the main CETL site here to experiment with a new web-based technology that facilitates rich discussion, so let us know what you think.

Adjunct faculty presentation

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I had the opportunity to discuss teaching and learning ideas with the adjuncts a week before school started. What a great group of people who do a very difficult job - they usually just get dumped in the classroom with little guidance, so I hope our conversation provided some useful ideas. Here's the Adjunct Presentation (PDF) I used that focuses on how people learn and how to design effective classes that actually can work for students (and you). 

Here is the handout from the discussion on moving students away from stacks of paper and into the digital world of collecting, organizing, and sharing their work from school. We discussed the benefits of using a blog website for personal content management. StudentEportfolios.pdf

Handouts from sessions available

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I've taken all the handouts from our discussion sessions and compiled them on a new page here on the website. On the right under Pages, go to Discussion Handouts for the complete list. Most are PDFs with some PowerPoint sprinkled in for taste.

ELI 2009 Orlando conference

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Dale Erskine, Mike Fry, Mike Zeigler, and Barry Hill just got back from the Educause Learning Initiative conference in Orlando. This is one of the most productive, informative conferences around where institutions share what they are doing with technology and learning. Very cool stuff, such as visualizing data and places through rich-media Google Maps, development of e-portfolios and personal publishing applications, use of mobile technologies (smart phones, etc), and many others. I'll be posting some examples on the site in the near future, and after Mike F and Dale E return from sabbatical we'll have all of us share our experiences at a CETL session. 
Check this out - how about automatically finding photos that are tagged for a certain topic into a single timeline? As an example, I used the Tickr application at the Dipity website (http://www.dipity.com/mashups/tickr/) and typed in Pablo Picasso. This is the result:

Click on the photos to scroll through the stack. You can then post this into your blog, Facebook, whatever. It only grabs photos from Flickr, an online photo site where people post their picts, but it can still be a powerful tool.

How about another one on Vladimir Horowitz? Notice that some photos don't make sense - it can only look at the tags people have given the photos they post, but most of them are really great. You can add more specificity to the search keywords to see if that helps filter out the nonsense. Even cooler, click on Map, then click a marker, and it will show a photo associated with that location.

Facilitating class discussion

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We had a great discussion on how to get students to talk in class. Lots of ideas, questions, and solutions were tossed around, and it was refreshing to have such a productive, learning-related time of sharing. Here are two documents: a handout I provided which lists several ideas to consider and a summary of the discussion (as best as I could remember). Many thanks to those who came - I know it was a difficult time of the year.

Funny you should ask...here are the options:
  1. ITS is now offering blogs for courses and personal use (faculty and staff). See David Shapiro to get yours up and running, and I will be glad to visit with you to show some ideas, help you set things up, whatever.
  2. I've been running most of my blogs through wordpress.com, mainly because I did all this before LVC developed on-campus capability. These are free, offer a wide variety of themes and options, but are not supported by LVC staff. 
Now...go blog.

What is Web 2.0?

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Instead of writing a paper trying to describe what Web 2.0 is, digital ethnographer Michael Wesch from KSU developed this clip. See what you think.

Digital portfolios for students

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There is a lot of attention these days on using ePortfolios for students to post their work, track their progress, and even implement as part of an assessment strategy. I know at least a few of you are interested in such a concept, and the education department has all their students doing some type of portfolio, so what I'd like to know is how many of you would like to engage in a discussion on how to implement eportfolios: what they are, what they could look like, how they might work, what tools you would use to create and maintain them, how they relate to students' courses, degree programs, and/or life at the college overall. I think this is a highly relevant topic that we should pursue, so send me a line to share your thoughts.
As Mike Zeigler showed us today at the CETL workshop, Blackboard is a powerful platform for managing your course: secure grading, student file submission, group collaboration, etc. Two weeks ago I showed how you can easily set up a blog-based website for posting documents such as a syllabus, creating links to external sites, posting videos, audio, photos, etc. So which one do you need? Depends on what you want to do. If all you want to do is post content, link to other sites, and want to easily update and edit all of it, then a blog-based site is perfect for you. If you want the secure environment for grades, group discussion, etc, then go with BB. IT can help you get started with BB as well as show you the really cool advanced features it provides. I can help you set up your blog site and begin posting content. Contact me and I can help you find the right tool.