Top 10 blogs at Elon in 2014-15

Posted on: July 13, 2015 | By: Dan Reis | Filed under: Technology@Elon, Instructional Technologies
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Elon is using WordPress, the popular blogging platform, in many interesting ways. We’re using it to promote university initiatives, to share reflections on study abroad experiences, as a repository of academic videos, to organize conferences and as a basic course communication tool. Here’s a quick snapshot of Elon’s WordPress blogs from June 1, 2014 – May 31, …

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

Posted on: April 3, 2014 | By: Casey Brown | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Teaching and Learning
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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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Professor uses technology to move student presentations online

Posted on: September 12, 2013 | By: Casey Brown | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Teaching and Learning, Featured, Flipped Instruction, Summer 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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Assistant professor Laurin Kier spreads the word about her Kindness Project by blogging

Posted on: May 7, 2013 | By: Sam Parker | Filed under: Instructional Technologies
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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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The student perspective: Blogs in the classroom

Posted on: January 18, 2013 | By: Casey Brown | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Teaching and Learning

As the world of technology grows, faculty members learn to utilize these advancements in their classroom, but it begs the question: how do the students feel about blogs in their curriculum? In a previous post, Teaching and Learning Technologies highlighted how the faculty is using blogs in their classrooms, and how those blogs contribute to …

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Blogs at Elon: A tool for all types of learning

Posted on: November 13, 2012 | By: Casey Brown | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Teaching and Learning

As the Internet’s prominence has grown throughout the years, blogging has grown in popularity, too. In the blogosphere, there are numerous platforms people can choose from and blogs can be used in a variety of different ways. You have may have read our post on getting started with blogs, but here are some examples of …

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Getting started with blogs

Posted on: October 8, 2012 | By: Casey Brown | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Productivity

WordPress. Blogger. Xanga. Tumblr – These are all websites you’ve heard of before. Ever since the Internet has become interactive, blogging has been one of the best online outlets for expression and communication. But how can it pertain to the classroom, other than another distraction for students using laptops? There are actually plenty of ways you can …

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Social pedagogies: motivating students through authentic audiences

Posted on: March 27, 2012 | By: Dan Reis | Filed under: Technology@Elon, Teaching and Learning, Announcements, Events
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Derek Bruff, the director of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching, was at Elon University in February to talk about social pedagogies. You can view a condensed version of the presentation below or jump to specific video segments by clicking on the links under “Social pedagogy tools.” What is social pedagogy? Social pedagogy is “design approaches for teaching …

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