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Sam Parker is a Marketing Student Writer Intern with Elon University's Teaching and Learning Technologies.

Flip instruction: Jeff Carpenter seeks to create a more engaging classroom environment

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Jeff Carpenter, assistant professor of education, is working to create more engaging, collaborative classroom environments through flipped instruction. Flipped instruction, or a flipped classroom, is a pedagogical model in which a professor reverses his or her usual lecture and homework components in a class. For example, a faculty member who practices flip teaching typically introduces a …

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Flip instruction: Tony Amoruso works to maximize in-class, hands-on activities

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Tony Amoruso, assistant professor of accounting, works to increase opportunities for in-class, applied activities in his course through flipped instruction. Flipped instruction, or a flipped classroom, is a pedagogical model in which a professor reverses his or her usual lecture and homework components in a class. For example, a faculty member who practices flip teaching typically …

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Flip instruction: David Neville works to increase in-class practice time for his students

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David Neville, assistant professor of German and director of language learning technologies, is working to maximize in-class, language-learning opportunities for his students through flipped instruction. Flipped instruction, or a flipped classroom, is a pedagogical model in which a professor reverses his or her usual lecture and homework components in a class. For example, a faculty member …

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French professor Sophie Adamson uses Skype to enhance students’ out-of-class learning experiences

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Sophie Adamson, associate professor of French, believes technology can effectively enrich students’ out-of-class experiences. By introducing innovative technology to the intimacy of face-to-face interactions, Adamson expanded her French students’ language-learning opportunities this spring. “I think it’s really interesting to be able to take advantage of technological innovations that are out there right now,” she said. “I …

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Moodle Show and Tell: Religious studies professor Lynn Huber

Show and Tell.

This week, Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) is featuring Lynn Huber, associate professor of religious studies, and her REL 325 course page with its use of the highlight feature, Wiki page integration, and incorporation of photos. In its new Moodle series, Moodle Show and Tell, TLT highlights Elon faculty who have constructed especially useful, helpful, …

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Tips for providing online feedback in virtual courses

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Dr. Cheri Crabb with Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) hosted the third online course discussion group for new online faculty on Wednesday, May 9. These discussion groups focus on enhancing face-to-face courses for online environments, and each meeting has an emphasis on a particular topic. This meeting concentrated on ways faculty can provide online feedback to …

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Elon faculty discuss their opinions on RateMyProfessors.com

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RateMyProfessors.com, the largest online service for professor ratings, provides feedback on approximately 1.7 million faculty members teaching at about 8,000 schools in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. While on Rate My Professors’ website or mobile application, students are free to generate comments about their professors and institutions, and in turn, the service …

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Assistant professor Laurin Kier spreads the word about her Kindness Project by blogging

Random Acts of Kindness.

After hearing about the tragic shootings that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., assistant professor Laurin Kier knew she had to do something to help. In her Global Experience class this spring, Kier assigned her students a semester-long project that would reintroduce goodness to campus and the community. “As a sociologist, I can say …

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Moodle Show and Tell: Computer science professor Duke Hutchings

Show and Tell.

In its new Moodle series, Moodle Show and Tell, Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) highlights Elon faculty who have constructed especially useful, helpful, or unique Moodle pages for their courses. This week, TLT is featuring Duke Hutchings, assistant professor of computing sciences, and his personalized ISC 111 course page with its structured layout and Google …

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Anne Simpkins’ Life Drawing class presents Evolution of Life Mural

Evolution of Life Mural.

Anne Simpkins, associate professor of art, asked her Life Drawing class to create a mural that depicted the evolution of life. But, after her class of 14 students began communicating and collaborating with one another to complete the project, their final product portrayed not only literal evolution but the developing process of collaboration as well. By …

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