Author Archives: Casey Brown

Casey Brown is the Writing Intern for Technology with Elon University's Teaching and Learning Technologies Department.

Storage containers transformed into learning space at Loy Farm

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For the last #MakeElon workshop of the semester, attendees drove out to Loy Farm to tour the Container Space. Environmental studies professor Robert Charest and his research assistant, junior Christian Smoke, introduced what the Container Space is, how it is being used, and offered a look into the future with spaces like these, both on …

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Dr. David Neville utilizes YouTube to educate beyond the classroom

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A number of faculty members on campus are turning to videos to supplement their courses, and Dr. David Neville of the German department is no exception. With a background in education and instructional technology, Dr. Neville always had a desire to utilize video in his courses, but with the help of YouTube, the impact of …

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Engineering principles take flight with help of 3D printer

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Elon’s 3D printer is a cool device that has spawned 3D renderings of acorns and Despicable Me minions, but it also can have more practical applications in courses on campus. For one, Dr. Sirena Hargrove-Leak of the dual degree engineering program has used the 3D printer with her Challenges in Engineering course as her first-year …

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Dr. Matt Valle uses self-made videos, online resources to supplement student learning

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Instructional videos are a popular way to deliver course content, but it can be difficult to get started. Dr. Matt Valle, a Martha and Spencer Love term professor of management, has tried his hand at video recording, and he realizes that sometimes, better video resources are already available on the Internet. For him, deciding whether to create …

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Dr. Hollingsworth introduces Arduino as a way to bring computing to life during #MakeElon event

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To someone unfamiliar with the world of making or computing, Arduino can seem too complicated to learn in an hour workshop. A combination hardware-software programming system, Arduino allows users to write code to program a particular device’s functionality. However, Dr. Joel Hollingsworth of the computer science department not only simplified how Arduino works, but led the group …

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Dr. Alan Russell leads instruction in the art of kirigami during #MakeElon workshop

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Dr. Alan Russell of the mathematics department is no stranger to the complex shapes and masterful folds of origami. This past winter term, he taught a upper-level general studies course all about the math principles involved in origami folding. But at March’s #MakeElon worshop, he took the paper-folding discipline in a new direction: kirigami. What is …

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Dr. Eric Bauer uses Moodle to simplify the peer review process

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For years, Dr. Eric Bauer of the biology department has had students peer-review term papers and lab reports, and struggled to find an effective way to send papers back and forth. What he didn’t know was a solution was right in front of him. With the help of Moodle’s workshop tool, Dr. Bauer has made …

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3D app helps students learn anatomy from the outside in

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Dr. Janet Cope and Dr. Cindy Bennett were looking for a way to incorporate a 3D application into anatomy classes in the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Physician Assistant Studies programs. When Dr. Cope heard about the grants from the Academic Technology and Computing Committee (ATACC), she jumped on the opportunity to give …

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Students share experiences with quadcopters, circuitry at February’s Maker Meetup

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Makerspaces, quadcopters and circuitry that syncs lighting to music: it sounds very futuristic. But this is exactly what engineering professor Dr. Scott Wolter and two of his students, juniors Jake Smith and Alex Simoneaux, have been working on here at Elon. Through Teaching and Learning Technologies’ first Maker Meetup, the team presented their work in …

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Elon faculty use ATACC grants to advance student learning

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What do quadcopters, concussion measurements and digitally designed costumes have in common? They are all faculty projects funded by The Academic Technology and Computing Committee (ATACC). Every year, ATACC awards hardware and software grants to faculty members to advance student learning. Here is a summary of recent ATACC grant-funded projects. Continue Reading

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