2013 Fall Book Club

Following up a very engaging and fruitful 2013 Summer Book Club where the focus was on Collins and Halverson’s Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology. The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America the CETL is pleased to announce the 2013 Fall Book Club. The Fall Book Club will showcase Kathleen F. Gabriel’s Teaching Unprepared Students. Amazon.com’s description describes the book as follows: “As societal expectations about attending college have grown, professors report increasing numbers of students who are unprepared for the rigors of postsecondary education—not just more students with learning disabilities (whose numbers have more than tripled), but students (with and without special admission status) who are academically at-risk […]

Busting Myths about Online Learning

An infographic from Digital Learning Now! that covers online learning myths and realities. From networkedblogs.com.

App of the Week – Strip Designer

Have you ever thought about giving an assignment to your students where they would create a comic strip? Well, you should! For that task, you can recommend the use of this great iPad app called Strip Designer. This is an app created by Vivid Apps (priced today as $2.99) that allows you to create a comic strip using the photos from the iPhone or iPad photo album or camera. For a quick demo of this app watch the video embedded below. To download this app click HERE. If you have used this app in your classroom please let us know by commenting on this post! We would love to learn […]

Book Club Week 3: A few peanuts from sunflower seeds

I have an old mayonnaise jar filled with trail mix on my desk. I periodically have to shake it up, because otherwise the cranberries and the peanuts drift to the top and the sunflower seeds all wind up at the bottom. This week we discussed two more chapters (5-6) from Halverson and Collins: one about how alternative learning venues are bridging the gap between traditional schooling and lifelong learning, and one about how educational systems have changed from apprenticeship to public schooling to lifelong learning. Here is one of the peanuts that came to the top for me this week: the amazing success of home schooling. In the Biology Department […]

App of the Week – Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation is a very easy to use free app for iPhones and iPads that uses voice recognition and allows you to turn what you speak into text. To download this application click here. This application is also available for desktop users, but it will cost you from $79.99- $179.99 bucks to get it. It is a great tool to save ideas about research projects, or just to write an email or tweet without having to actually type. This application is often used by professors in the medical humanities as well as by doctors when “writing” patient reports. However, it could be used for essay writing activities. For a quick […]

Book Club Week 2

In the second week of discussions of  Collins and Halverson’s Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America our focus was directed to Chapters 3 – The The Technology Skeptics’ Argument and Chapter 4 – The Development of American Schooling. Chapter 3 provided a strong counter view of Chapter 2 -The Technology Enthusiasts’ Argument by showing some of the challenges of implementing technologies into schools. Two of those challenges are: 1) the disruption of the balance on a system that has achieved a sort of equilibrium by applying years of experience on what works and what doesn’t; and 2) the disruption of the traditional power […]

Ways to Prevent Cheating in Online Courses

By Ed Tech Du Jour – MAIN COURSE: Dr. Heather Farmakis and Whitney Kilgore share helpful information for instructors to preserve the integrity of the course across different online learning platforms.This show will be a brief review of the rationale behind online cheating and offer strategies/tools to enhance the online learning experience, promote academic honesty, and deter cheating. http://facultyecommons.org

Book Club Week 1

Yay! We had our first book club meeting of the Summer and it went very well! We had great dialogue about the book chapters, education, higher-ed and how the topics in the book relate to us here at Texas Wesleyan. We started off by talking about some housekeeping items including creating a new post on the CETL blog as well as connecting with Google Hangouts – which we were able to use to three participants! Perhaps we will record our hangouts to share with the world…perhaps… In this meeting, with discussed Foreword-Chapter 2 of Collins and Halverson’s Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in […]

4 Stages: The Integration of Technology in Learning (Infographic)

This infographic illustrates 4 stages in which technology integrates in learning in order to be transformative and disruptive.  From directed (dependent on a teacher’s lead) to self-directed.

Tentative Schedule – Summer Institute

Here is the tentative schedule for this year’s Summer Institute. The Summer Institute will take place on May 15th, 2013 from 9am until 5pm. To RSVP click here.  

About the CETL

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University (CETL) promotes a student-centered university by providing resources and professional growth opportunities to faculty on enhancing instructional practice, integrating technology, and promoting essential student skills.

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