Category: Fried Friday

Jul 24

Fried Friday: Surprise Attention Stealer!

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Sometimes we aren’t sure what our students are seeing, hearing or focusing on. Do your students even listen to video lectures/presentations that you post online? Do they notice the things that you are emphasizing or is their attention elsewhere? Here is a humorous example from the news highlighting our own attention span. What captured YOUR …

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Jul 17

Fried Friday– Size Matters!

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Dwarf planet or no planet? Pluto is certainly on everyone’s mind as NASA’s New Horizon makes its historic flyby. Stephen Colbert and Neil deGrasse Tyson talk about this amazing feat and quarrel over whether Pluto should be considered a planet, or whether Earth should be demoted in the funny video clip below. According to NASA’s …

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Jun 19

Fried Friday: TED ED Lessons Worth Sharing


Sit back and let TED Ed help you to create engaging customized lessons for your students. TED-Ed is free and allows you to build any lesson around any YouTube video that you’ve found on the web. Each lesson includes a title, a Play button, a Dig Deeper sections for resoures, and a Discussion area for …

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Jun 12

Fried Friday – Respect for Online Teaching!

Flexible eLearning Courses Are Becoming A Popular Trend In Education “Initially most educators and academic experts were rather skeptical about the effectiveness of online education. As per a new study, now over 70 per cent of university academic officers believe it is essential for the long term strategy of their institutes. The Chief Academic Officers …

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Jun 05

Fried Friday – Enhancing Short-Term Memory

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Long-term memory may get all the glory, but knowledge retention and information recall wouldn’t be possible without the aid of its more temporary counterpart. To find out what eLearning professionals should know about short-term memory read the eLearning Industry article Enhancing Short-Term Memory: 5 Strategies for eLearning Professionals. The article covers the basics of short-term …

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May 29

Fried Friday – Happy Birthday YouTube!

YouTube is celebrating 10 years! Ten years of creativity, education, self-expression, and fun! (Has it really only been 10 years?!) From the silly to the profound, from the personal to the political, we’re celebrating a decade of your creativity and self-expression. And, we’re doing it from A to Z. With over 75 references and 18 …

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May 22

Fried Friday – Communication/Presentation FAIL

Yikes! Haven’t we all made a few of these mistakes? Or if we can’t admit to that, we’ve all sat through presentations like this! It is precisely because we want to avoid this type of situation that a group of Instructional Designers (Baldwin/Duclos/Coulston/Purvis/Olson/Walker/Canavan/Barbour/Henrikson) from each MAU decided to create a peer review rubric for presenters. Don’t groan. …

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May 08

Fried Friday: Standardized Tests

John Oliver investigates what’s wrong with standardized testing (warning: contains strong language). Here’s a link from Karl Kapp’s blog:

May 01

Fried Friday: Happy Graduation Everyone!


While we’re all thinking about graduation today, we thought you might enjoy a few funny graduation speeches (I enjoyed Stephen Colbert and Neil DeGrasse Tyson in particular!). 10 Hilarious Graduation Speeches That Won’t Put You to Sleep. And for those of you in a more serious mood, NPR has picked out 300 addresses going back …

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Apr 24

Fried Friday: MakeUseOf Best Websites is a  blog that is very popular for learning to “make use of” technology and discover cool tools and sites on the internet.  This post titled, The Best Websites On The Internet, lists the websites their experts consider to be the best (most useful) in fourteen categories including: Learning, Social, Searching, Books, Productivity, and more. …

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