Last week the CETL was featured in a Campus Technology website article titled Badges: A New Measure of Professional Development. The article discusses how some institutions are using badges to create, issue, and share digital badges and how these currencies are gaining acceptance in higher education and professional development institutions.
Since 2013 the CETL has used badges to better acknowledge and reward faculty and staff professional development. In the first year we used a system of points and badges and currently we moved to a more competency-based model. To learn more about our badges click HERE. To read the full article click HERE.
If you have heard a lot of talk about Big Data, but are not sure about what it is, please make sure to watch this short animation video to understand it. For more you may also see this blog post by TED.
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) would like to congratulate Dr. Addy Meira, our Instructional Technologist, for a successful doctoral defense at Baylor University on Monday, November 3 in Waco, TX.
Dr. Meira is a graduate of Baylor University (Waco) with a bachelor degree in Fine Arts (class of ‘06), a master’s degree in Science of Education (class of ‘08), and will graduate with her Ed.D also from Baylor University this December.
Dr. Meira’s dissertation was a case study on the state of acceptance of new media projects as Ed.D. capstone experiences. You can view and share the summary of her results on her personal website: addymeira.net/dissertation.
If you are interested in learning more about her research and how to implement new media and technology into your classroom contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or set up an individual consultation.
Our very own Lisa Hammonds, Instructional Designer, presented at T-BUG (Texas Blackboard User Group) Conference this past week in Houston, TX. T-BUG is an organization for those who use Blackboard products and the group facilitates sharing of best practices and solutions to problems.
Lisa’s presentation, “Blackboard Three R’s – Rewards, Retention and Rubrics,” highlighted how to incorporate Blackboard’s achievement, retention center and rubrics features to increase communication with students, engage students with course content and keep them on track for success.
On November 7th, The Center for Digital Education, in conjunction with the North Texas Community College Consortium and the National Convergence Technology Center, will host the 10th Annual Texas Community College Technology Forum. This event will provide an opportunity for Texas education technologists to convene and discuss trends, innovations and best practices in administrative, instructional and research computing technology. Lisa will be sharing flipped classroom strategies as she presents, “Have Students Flopped in Your Flipped Class?”
Lisa will be presenting both of these workshops in the CETL lab to all faculty and staff members who are interested, so be sure to register. If you can’t make the allotted time or have other instructional design needs, please contact the CETL to set up an individual consultation with Lisa.
- Setting up a frame for your class, perhaps through an essential question or two, is a good way to help students make connections and deeply learn material.