Category Archives: Teaching and Learning

Virtual walking tours connect students with history

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It’s easy for students to feel detached from stories like The Canterbury Tales, which are so far removed (in both time and space) from modern-day Elon. But English professor Kevin Bourque, whose British Literature 1 class studied texts dating from the Middle Ages to 1800, found a novel way to engage his students with class materials ...

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English prof gathers oral histories with Evernote

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Professor Steve Braye is a story collector. This semester, he’s gathering oral histories of the Civil Rights Movement with the help of his Global Experience classes. Braye aims to create a publicly available archive of narratives that document the Movement as members of the Elon community—as well as their friends and families—experienced it. The project is ...

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Elon faculty share methods to deter academic dishonesty

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These best practices for online and blended course design were compiled from the Summer College @Elon faculty data and personal interviews from 2006-2015. The consensus among Elon faculty parallels the literature in the field. Academic dishonesty At some point in our teaching careers, we’ve all asked ourselves, how can we uphold the integrity of our online/blended ...

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An overview of James Lang’s book on cheating lessons

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I read an insightful book over the summer that made me stop and think. It was so inspiring that I decided to blog this fall about the topic. Academic dishonesty is brought up frequently in Teaching and Learning Technologies Online Working Group Discussion lunches and it’s a topic that many of us are concerned about. I’ll ...

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Moodle improvements for Fall 2015

Moodlerooms, Elon's Moodle hosting provider, upgraded our Moodle installation to version 2.8 on July 9th, 2015. This upgrade included several changes and new features for the gradebook, forums, and quizzes, which are highlighted below. Gradebook improvements Improved grader report Many improvements have been made to the grade book, with the grader report now functional across all devices, including ...

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Creating captivating online lectures with screencasts

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During Elon’s summer terms, students have the opportunity to take a variety of online courses. A key difference between these online courses and their in-class counterparts is the lack of face-to-face communication between professors and students. Screencasts, or recorded video lectures, propose a solution to this challenge while adding visual and audio dynamics to the ...

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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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6 tips for teaching online during Elon’s summer terms

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How do you engage students without seeing them face-to-face? How does the time commitment of teaching an online course compare to teaching an in-class course? How should I communicate with my students? These questions are among the several Elon faculty members might have as they navigate the challenges of designing and teaching online courses for ...

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Use Explain Everything to explain… everything

Explain Everything is an app with the purpose of doing just that: explaining everything. Described by its creators as an interactive white board, there really isn't much that you can't do with Explain Everything. With the ability to type, draw or insert videos, pictures, documents, clip art, and webpages, you can customize your presentations however you ...

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Online alternatives during inclement weather

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When inclement weather makes it difficult to get to 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 ...

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