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Making the flip: Omri Shimron applies flipped instruction to music theory

Omri Shimron, Associate Professor of Music, has been incorporating flipped instruction into one of his music courses this semester. Flipped instruction is a pedagogical model in which new course content is delivered outside of class, thus reserving class time for activities that apply the new material. Shimron has chosen to flip Materials of Music III, which ...

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Changes to student repair services

At the beginning of the Fall 2013 semester, Campus Technology Support (CTS) enacted new support policies for student-owned computers. Moving forward, CTS will focus on supporting the hardware of University-owned machines. However, the Technology Help Desk will remain available to students in need of assistance. Even in those instances where we can’t offer hardware support, ...

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Making the flip: Kathy Gallucci finds more time for labs

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Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Kathy Gallucci has been gradually introducing elements of flipped instruction into her Biology: The Science of Life course. Flipped instruction functions differently from a typical lecture class because new content is introduced to students as homework, while class time is preserved for activities in which the new content is applied. Gallucci's ...

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It looks like a twister hit the computer lab!

Campus Technology Support (CTS) sees itself as a partner with the University community when it comes to the responsible upkeep and general maintenance of computer labs. To strengthen this partnership, CTS has implemented new policies regarding the use of computer labs to help safeguard them from damage. On occasion, the computer labs look like a ...

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Making the flip: Amy Hogan’s first flipped class

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Dr. Amy Hogan, Assistant Professor of Psychology, has been implementing flipped instruction for the first time in her classroom, with her Life Span Human Development class. Flipped instruction is a teaching model that introduces new material to students outside of class so that class time can be dedicated to the application of the material. To ...

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Create quick quizzes in Moodle with Word

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Moodle quizzes can save you time. They grade themselves automatically and are available for students to complete outside of classtime. Moodle quizzes can also be a helpful tool if you’re interested in flipped instruction or just-in-time teaching. Despite these benefits, quizzes are an underused feature in Moodle because they look intimidating and can be time-consuming ...

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How baseball has helped me use technology in teaching and mentoring

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People often advise us to keep our work separate from our personal lives, but I think for many of us the two feed each other. Recently, I was reflecting on technology use in my academic life, and it occurred to me that many of the tools I use had been stolen from my life outside of academics. Coaching baseball has been my proving ground for learning the potential uses of various technology tools.

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Making the flip: Professor uses annotated online readings to open class time to writing

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Professor Paula Patch of the English department took part in the Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) summer course on flipped instruction. For Patch, flipped instruction seemed beneficial for her College Writing class so she could use more class time to hone her students’ writing skills. “The first year writing course is condensed into one semester, so ...

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Professor uses technology to move student presentations online

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Professor Scott Buechler has taught Business Communications before, but for the first time this summer, Buechler taught the class online. For one assignment, students had to do a five minute oral presentation to the CEO of a company. Buechler needed to replicate this assignment in his virtual classroom. “We had to create the same kind of ...

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