Blog Archives

This category is used primarily for posts of faculty interest that relate to teaching and learning.

Help Desk Hours

The Help Desk is your Information and Technology Services (ITS) physical location. We have students and staff members available to help you solve or navigate problems you may be having with your electronic devices. ITS also offers phone support (x3333)

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Back to School!

Whether you’re coming to E-town’s campus for the first time this Fall or heading back for another year, there are some things you need to do to prepare for your arrival. To find out what to expect when you arrive

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Get Kahoot!

Get Kahoot! Student engagement with course content increases when interactive, game-based learning techniques are used. True or False? True. Game-based learning encourages the use of friendly competition and game play to enhance a learning experience. Kahoot! enables interactive assessment during

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For Faculty: Considerations for Bringing Tech into Teaching

Integrating instructional technology into the teaching and learning process is part of our strategic plan.  But how? Why? When?  You may ponder these questions as you plan for the new semester.  This video, from Educause, may help you to begin

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For Faculty: Ideas for the Last Day of Class

The end of the semester is fast approaching.  How can you maximize learning and tie up all of the loose ends the last day of class?  This Faculty Focus article has some interesting activities to make the last day of

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For Faculty: New Ways to Use Rubrics to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Many faculty employ rubrics in their courses to assist students in knowing what will be assessed.  This article posted in Faculty Focus discusses new ways to employ rubrics that faculty may want to incorporate into their toolbox of teaching strategies. 

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Swivl Your Thinking for Faculty and Staff

Students tired of traditional presenting? Looking for a cool way to spice up a project? Need a new way to evaluate student teaching? Swivl may be just what you are looking for. Swivl is great for flipped classrooms, group projects,

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PASSHE Virtual Conference: February 15-26th

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education will present an online conference, Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment beginning February 15th.  The 60 one-hour sessions are all delivered live via Blackboard Collaborate and allow you to interact with the presenters and

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Pros and Cons of Laptops in Class

At the beginning of nearly any class, students always ask the same questions. “Is attendance graded? Is the final cumulative? Can we use laptops to take notes?” With fewer and fewer people taking notes by hand or doing any kind

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Top 10 Apps of 2015 for Faculty and Staff

Staying up to date with work and your students is always important, especially over long breaks. Whether they allow for improved productivity, or simply let you organize your life better, these apps are the best ones released in 2015. Work

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For Faculty: Student Feedback on a Course

At the end of the semester, many faculty engage in conversations with students about what they did or didn’t like about a particular course.  This article from Faculty Focus lists some useful questions faculty might want to pose to students

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For Faculty: Tips for Making Online Videos

Do you plan to record some videos for use in an online or blended class?  Are you exploring the ideas of flipped learning?  If so, check out this article that details some key characteristics of effective video: http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/good-online-video-552/ This article

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Best Study Habits

Having good study habits is essential for doing well in class and on tests. Improving your studying practices will help retain information and will make the best use of your time, and using technology can significantly improve your studying. The

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Turning off Presenter Mode in PowerPoint

Do you want to show a presentation to a class and PowerPoint is just showing presenter view? Well it’s a simple fix! Simply go to the ribbon and select SLIDESHOW and go to MONITORS. There, select the check box labeled

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Posted in Computer Tips, Home Page, Office 2013, Teaching and Learning

For Faculty: Tips for Handling Online and Face-to-Face Discussions

This post from the Chronicle of Higher Education and this post from Faculty Focus highlight some tips on how to organize and manage discussions.  How do you manage online and face-to-face discussions?  How do you assess them?  Share your ideas

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