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Book Review: The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game by Lee Sheldon

Cover - The Multiplayer Classroom

Teaching pharmacology in a physician assistant program means delivering a HUGE quantity of evolving information in a short amount of time. I look for class days where I can decompress material and review. Enter gamification, not a new concept but one relatively recently applied to education. Gamification takes game concepts and applies them to things ...

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Prepare your device for online courses

Students at laptop

Taking an online course during the summer is quite different from your normal run-of-the-mill classroom courses of fall and spring. Even though the first summer session of classes is well underway at Elon, the second summer session of courses is right around the corner. Here are some tips to help students beginning summer classes succeed ...

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5 tips for students taking an online course this summer


Are you taking an online course this summer? If this is your first time taking a college-level online course, you may not know what to expect. There are some obvious and some not-so-obvious ways it differs from your traditional face-to-face class. To help with the transition, Elon students and alumni offer their advice on how ...

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Pharmaceutical games with Professor Melissa Murfin

Students playing Catch Phrase

Dr. Melissa Murfin, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, is adapting well-known games for her classroom, helping her students to engage with the material. I had the privilege of observing her Pharmacology class,  in which her students battled one another in the pharmaceutical version of Catch Phrase, pictured right. Dr. Murfin divided the class in half to ...

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Common questions about teaching online at Elon

Learning and technology go hand-in-hand in summer online courses. Source: Blog.CalicoSpanish.com

As Elon continues to grow, the university's online summer course offerings expand as well. For professors who are new to online teaching, teaching an online course may seem daunting, but many professors have transitioned their courses from semester-long to summer online.  Nine faculty members attended two sessions on online summer learning on March 18 and 19. These faculty ...

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New program helps faculty navigate TLT services

Do you have ideas about how to incorporate technology into your course but don’t know how to take them from conception to reality? Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT) is proud to announce our new TLT Liaison program. TLT has partnered with the library to ensure that all academic areas not only have a library liaison, ...

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Recognize student experiences and skills with badges

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The recent upgrade to Moodle 2.5 has given Elon access to create and award digital badges through Moodle. Many higher education institutions are experimenting with badges to recognize the diversity of skills students are learning in and out of the classroom. Badges are also being used by organizations to track lifelong learning and professional development. In this ...

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Professor uses blogs to connect concepts, encourage interaction in abroad course


This past fall, Dr. Laurence Basirico in the sociology department led the general studies course, Culture and Institutions of Italy, at the Elon Center in Florence. The course relied heavily on sharing content and communication between his students, so on the recommendation of a peer, Basirico decided to see if blogs could benefit the collaborative ...

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The Online Syllabus: A Roadmap to Success

A well designed online syllabus explains how the class will unfold, faculty expectations, student responsibilities, office hours, assignments, projects, assessments, rubrics, grading criteria, and technology tools-- as well as incorporates important links, examples, and contact information.  This post serves as the roadmap for your course guiding the student to success.  Here are some tips for creating ...

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Making the flip: Megan Squire’s take on technology-based learning

MARCH 22, 2011 - Megan Squire. (photo by Kim Walker)

When Megan Squire, an associate professor of computing sciences, attended the Flipped Instruction seminar this summer, she was excited to be in her students' shoes, seeing learning from their side of the monitor. Sitting in a classroom with several other professors helped created more energy and enthusiasm around changing things up in the classroom.  "I think these ...

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