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Technology in the Classroom

This spring, I spotted an email requesting faculty participation in a discussion with the Student Technology Advisory Committee on the use of technology in the classroom. I’m a fairly new instructor here at UW-Platteville; I’m officially a University Fellow, meaning that I’m teaching (“Intro to Gay Studies,” this semester), working on my dissertation in sociology, and helping to craft programming at the Doyle Center for Gender and Sexuality. As a sociologist, a researcher, and just generally as a person who uses technology and is always looking for ways to improve my teaching, I asked to be a part of the panel, mainly to learn from students and faculty here at UW-Platteville about expectations and experiences of technology in the classroom. Read more...

Harnessing the benefits of HTML5 in Desire2Learn

HTML5 is the fifth and most recent revision of HTML. The previous version was standardized in 1997. HTML5 allows for easy implementation of video, audio, canvas elements, and MathML. The two features that are of the most interest to us for use in Desire 2 Learn are canvas elements and MathML. These new features open up many new possibilities for embedding content that was previously embedded as an image into Desire 2 Learn. Read more...

A post-semester ICET Workshop....on Using the Gradebook in Desire2Learn

You have probably thought about using the gradebook in Desire2Learn, but it's never the right time to get started. Or, maybe you've been using the gradebook in a basic way, but would like to explore some of the features that can increase efficiency. Whether your need is the former or the latter, the May 19th Gradebook Workshop should give you some of the information and skills you need. Read more...

A Video Blog: Colleen McCabe on WebQuests to Engage Students through Inquiry

In this video blog, Colleen McCabe discusses using WebQuests with her students in the Department of Health and Human Performance. Read more...

Leveraging technology to bring remote guest speakers to the classroom

You can bring remote guest speakers into the classroom using the Online Room tool in D2L. This tool is a great way to have guest speakers present to the class. It saves the speaker the travel time and also opens the classroom to speakers who simply don’t have the time to address a class in person. Read more...

Why a virtual gradebook?

“Why hasn’t my professor put grades into D2L?” If I had a dollar for every time I heard a version of this sentence, Bill Gates would be jealous. Technology has grown significantly over the past two decades, with one of the more notable advances being the rise in availability of instant information. Every student totes around a small computer in their pocket now with instant access to any answer they need. Our culture has been changing since the Internet became mainstream around 1999. We want our answers now, wherever we are. Read more...

A Video Blog: John Goomey on Using Video in Teaching

In this video blog, John Goomey shares some tips and tricks for creating effective instructional videos. Read more...

2 Online Training Courses from ICET this April: Effective Online Discussions and Rubrics

ICET introduces online training courses. Take time to explore rubrics or learn how to engage students in discussion forums this April. Each of these courses can be completed as self-paced training or engage with others participating in the professional development sessions in the online course discussions. Read more...

Dreamer or Do-er

I've been looking at a quote on the wall in my workspace for the last several months that continues to speak to me (not always in a good tone). Investments consistently made over time make the difference between a Dreamer and a Do-er. I'm not sure who the quote is ultimately attributed to, but I often wonder if he or she meant the focus to be on the Dreamer, the Do-er or the consistent investments. Read more...

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