Elon Technology Blog

Online alternatives to cancelling class

IMG_2307When inclement weather, illness, or travel requires you to be away from campus, consider using online alternatives to engage students in the work of your class.

Here are a few simple suggestions:

  • Use Moodle as a central location for students to find course information, lead and facilitate discussions, and post and submit assignments. You can also live chat with your students using Moodle’s text-based chat.
  • Use web conferencing tools like WebEx to hold class synchronously.
  • Introduce a topic/concept using video. Use Kaltura to record a quick introduction using your web cam or record your screen, and then upload the video to your course in Moodle.
  • Add audio to PowerPoint slides, and then upload your file to Moodle.
  • Select a video from the Learning On Demand site and lead a discussion in Moodle.
  • Assign Lynda Training resources to help students learn new technology skills like web design, presenting with PowerPoint, editing video, and more.

Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) can support you with implementing any of the above ideas as well as provide additional suggestions for online alternatives.

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Elon Kickbox deadline extended, students have more time to submit ideas

Elon Kickbox iconWe’ve extended the deadline for the 2nd annual Elon Kickbox until after finals! We know this is a busy time of the semester and you shouldn’t have to choose between studying for an exam and applying for a Kickbox.  Applications are now due on Monday, Dec. 19 at 8 AM, AKA, after finals 🙂

Elon Kickbox is a program from the Maker Hub that gives students money ($300!), resources, and assistance to turn an idea into reality. Students of all grade levels and majors are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about Elon Kickbox on www.elon.edu/makers/kickbox and see what students made with their Kickbox last year.

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Book Review: Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching: How to “Be There” for Distance Learners

Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching by Lehman and Conceicao (2010), discusses how a strong online presence contributes to higher student satisfaction and retention.  Students often take online courses without rcreatingealizing that learning and communicating takes places very differently online.  The authors state it is crucial that instructors create a sense of connectivity and community with the students in the online environment.  The book presents case studies, activities, best practices and suggested methods for encouraging connectivity between and among the instructor and students.  It is a comprehensive guide for faculty devoted to creating an online community of learners.  For a more detailed review by Marcia D. Dixson, please read:  http://josotl.indiana.edu/article/viewFile/1840/1837

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Book Review: The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips

The Online Teaching Survival Guide by Boettcher and Conrad (2010), presents theory-based techniques for teaching online and/or blended courses.  The book reviews research in cognitive processing and learning outconlineteachingomes.  Boettcher and Conrad provide a framework of instructional strategies for designing or modifying a course for the online environment.  Included are recommended technologies to integrate with traditional pedagogy.  The tips cover course management, social presence, community building, integration of new technologies, discussion and questioning techniques, assessment, and customizing learning strategies. For a more detailed review by Shradha Kanwar, please read:  http://jotlt.indiana.edu/article/view/3367/3592

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Elon robotics class gears up for success

img_4214The study of robotics can lead its pupils to a dozen different careers, from industrial building to the construction of humanoids, and the world is paying attention. Across the board, robotics is drawing attention both for its mainstream application and futuristic intrigue. Elon University is allowing students to get ahead of this trend, offering CSC 373 this fall. Continue reading »

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Constantly connected: From cars to refrigerators

 

ncsamWeek 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) wants us to think about our continuously connected lives and the role cyber security plays in making sure these connections are secure.  Consider the number of devices that can connect to the Internet through Bluetooth technology, Wi-Fi, and cellular networks.  Gadgets like smartphones, smart TVs and even cars and refrigerators now connect to the Internet. Collectively, these devices and objects are known as the Internet of Things (IoT).  While it may be cool to have all sorts of information at our fingertips, are there security and privacy concerns we should be aware of with being constantly connected?

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Cybercrime prevention tips

ncsamWelcome to week 3 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)!  This week seeks to highlight how to recognize and combat cybercrime.  Online crime has become a growing issue in our always-connected world, but there are steps we can take to help prevent ourselves from becoming victims of cybercrime.

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Cyber security in the workplace

ncsamWelcome to week 2 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and its focus on creating a cyber security culture in the workplace. Both private and public sector organizations should realize their employees need to be constantly thinking about cyber security as they log into online systems, perform simple tasks like checking emails, and as they work away from the office using mobile devices.

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3 basic online safety tips

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Week 1 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) focuses on the basic steps to online safety and security.  All digital citizens should be aware and understand good cybersecurity practices to protect against identity theft and scams.  Here are three simple tips.

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Use this secret trick to get a sneak peek of your Fall classroom

Picture of an Elon classroomThe beginning of a new semester is a whirlwind of excitement alongside an ever-growing list of unknowns. One of those unknowns is your classroom space. Are you teaching in a new classroom this fall? Do you want to know if anything has changed with a space you’ve already taught in?

Elon has tools and resources you can use to preview what your classroom will look like and what technology it contains. I’ll highlight two for you in this article.

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