When Dr. Stephen Folger, department chair for the physical therapy education program, teaches his neuroscience class, he relies heavily on visuals. Throughout the semester, he uses the repeated diagrams to teach multiple concepts to his class. He wanted to find a better way to present the images instead of static graphics on a PowerPoint presentation.
That is why EduCreations works for him.
Previously, we took a look at how to create successful documentation used to instruct others. Now that you know more about the broader ideas of being able to effectively communicate instructions, it’s time to take a closer look at the actual presentation of the information.
It’s that time of year to file taxes and for some to receive an anticipated refund. Criminals have found ways to get to your refund and even file your taxes. Be prepared this season by knowing what the scams are and how to avoid them. The Internal Revenue Service has recently released a dozen of scams, known as the ‘Dirty Dozen’, we should be aware of not only when filing our taxes but throughout the year. The top two? Identity theft and phone scams. The list of scams is below but for more information please read the explanation of each item by visiting the IRS advisory page.
For junior Grace Cahill, quick and effective communication is key. As the president of the Panhellenic Council, Cahill needs to stay in touch with the executive board, the recruitment counselors chosen to help with Panhellenic Recruitment and others. That is why Grace Chaill can’t live without GroupMe.
When we enter a username and password to get into a system or web application we are trying to authenticate. Once the correct information is entered access is allowed. How can the system or application know for sure it has given access to right person? We all know usernames and passwords can be guessed, stolen or shared. Continue reading
Discussion boards can encourage conversation outside the classroom walls. Here are some tips to use this tool across disciplines.
- Post pictures, videos, and/or audio of students to build community in the LMS
- Set rules and standards for good netiquette before the first post, or have the students develop these guidelines
- Ask questions focused on knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
- Require students to provide substantial posts backed up with class information, readings, and references or resources
- Post an example of a stellar response
- Alternate postings by assigning students to respond every other week; or summarize discussion points in the forum
- Incorporate external website links to maintain current discussions
- Summarize the important points in the discussion boards weekly as announcements
- Assign groups a different course topic to explore; post in the main discussion area for review and comment
- Assign discussion groups to create a product such as: a quiz for the class, write a response to an author, compose a critique of a reading, brainstorm a topic, create a journal article review, compare and contrast an issue, reinforce procedures, or post products in the main discussion area for review and comment
If you’re interested in learning more about blended courses, contact Teaching and Learning Technologies at 336.278.5006 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an individual consultation with Cheri.
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When it comes to creating documentation used to instruct others, many automatically freeze up about how to approach the process. What will their co-workers think? What if there is an error I missed? How do I even go about writing effective instructions for a new process or procedure? These are all legitimate questions faced by anyone tasked with writing documentation. Here are some of the top tips for writing successful documentation.
We live in a world where technological advances have given us the ability to communicate, work, study, be entertained, and be informed all while on the go. Whether traveling, waiting in a doctor’s office, standing in line at the grocery store, or waiting for a table at a restaurant, mobile devices allow us to stay connected. Not only can we check emails but we can also deposit a check, transfer funds from one account to another, pay bills, and purchase concert tickets all from our smartphones and tablets.
From the network that is transmitting the data to someone simply watching over our shoulders, privacy should be a concern when it comes to mobile devices. Here are some ways you can help protect your privacy while on the go. Continue reading
After receiving feedback from faculty and staff, Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) has decided to pilot a more proactive approach to training and development. Continue reading