Top 10 technology stories at Elon in 2015

Posted on: January 5, 2016 | By: Dan Reis | Filed under: Tech Tips

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The Elon community used technology in many exciting ways in 2015. Elon’s first makerspace, the Maker Hub, gave students access to technology that was not available to them just last year. The Writing with Thumbs project produced a repository of student-written reviews of iPad apps for academic use. Instructional videos were becoming more of a hot topic and the launch of Learning on Demand made it easier to find Elon-produced videos. And many notable ATACC-funded projects continued to push academic uses of technology. Of course, there were other technology stories in 2015 but these were the ones we covered on the Elon Technology blog for the year.

Here is a list of my favorite stories from the Elon Technology blog in 2015. If you see any of the faculty or students mentioned in these posts, be sure to give them a high-five.

Bio professor 3D-prints microscope accessories at Maker Hub

Microscope imageby Maria Temming
A great use of the Maker Hub to create a low-cost microscope attachment for labs.

Open book assessments may reduce academic dishonesty

Image of open book

by Cheri Crabb
Useful tips for giving open book exams in Moodle.

Professors Fernandez and Husser use YouTube to explain basics of polling

Image of YouTubeby Casey Brown
Two political science professors create a series of short videos to teach polling fundamentals to anyone.

Creating captivating online lectures with screencasts

Image of webcam

by Stephanie Bedard
Useful tips for creating short screencast videos for instruction.

Music major Addison Horner teaches piano with Instagram

Image of Hashtag musicby Maria Temming
An innovative student-created project condenses piano lessons into 15 seconds.

Bio prof launches Elon Campus Fungi Project

image of mushroomby Maria Temming
Mapping fungi on campus using crowdsourcing and Google Maps.

Geography, smartphones, and more point students in new directions

Image of globe

by Megan Porter
Another faculty-led project where students explored campus with the help of location technology such as GPS and iBeacons.

Engineering principles take flight with help of 3D printer

Image of rocketby Casey Brown
An excellent use case for 3D design and printing in a course.

Best Practices with DIY Video: LIGHTS!

Image of lights

by Michael Vaughn
Tips for lighting your short instructional videos effectively.

3D app helps students learn anatomy from the outside in

by Casey Brown
This ATACC-funded grant is an example of how Health Sciences is using mobile technology to teach anatomy.

A lot more

This list is just a sample. Check out the Elon Technology blog for more.

If you have another story we should cover, let us know in the comments or send me an email.

Dan Reis

Dan Reis

Dan Reis is an Instructional Technologist with Elon University’s Teaching and Learning Technologies.

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