Category: Miscellaneous

Tech Tuesday: To Bullet or NOT to Bullet

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Here at the FLC, we have often written about the perils of cluttered PowerPoint presentations, and over-bulleted slides with lists and lists often seen in presentations or eLearning materials. Yet, numbered lists and bulleted lists can be powerful tools when used in thoughtful ways. Christopher Pappas provides a nice list of 7 Tips for Using Bullets in …

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Interesting Read: American Higher Education in Crisis?

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Goldie Blumenstyk has written an interesting book “American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know, (we’ll soon have copies in the Title III Lending Library). It’s a book filled with statistics, or as she puts it, “facts and figures” on students, costs, spending and debt, leadership from within and without, and some ideas about …

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Scintillating Friday

This “Fried Friday” post is not “Fried” at all! I titled it scintillating because I just returned from Chancellor Caulfield’s 2 -day retreat with 30 UAS professionals. We had an excellent facilitator, Susan Bell, a partner with the McDowell Group, a panel of community members, a brief inspirational video welcome from Jason Ohler, a luncheon panel …

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Rethink the Syllabus

Faculty Focus Setting the Tone

We often think of the syllabus as a contract between faculty and student. Dr. Lolita Paff, Professor of Business and Economics at Penn State Berks, thinks  this may actually foster a negative learning environment. In Mary Bart’s A Learner-Centered Syllabus Helps Set the tone for Learnings she describes another approach to the syllabus that she thinks creates a better beginning …

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From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Finals or Grand Finale?

Wait! It’s the beginning of a new academic year, why are we talking about final examination time? If you are familiar with McTighe and Wggins Understanding by Design Framework (see our lending library for resources) you will remember that before you begin to design, develop or teach a course you identify “What should students know, …

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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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Tech Tuesday — Let’s UNPLUG!!!!

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Your Title III team reminds you that every year we’ve accumulated books for iTeach and our own UAS Sitka lending library. These books cover a wide range of topics including: Understanding by Design Peer Review Flip Books for writing learning objectives Assessment Assessing Your Impact on Students Teaching Online Facilitating Groups Web Tools Hybrid Teaching …

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Tech Tuesday: More Photo and Image Editing Tools

List of Free Photo Image Editors

eLearning Industry has just compiled a nice alphabetized list of 30 free photo and image editing tools for educators. A few of these tools do more than just edit images and are available on both desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Since it’s summer, we felt you might have time to play with some of these …

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Reducing Cognitive Load in eLearning

8 Ways to Reduce Cognitive Load

Have you ever looked at a web page and your head hurts or your eyes cross? Or started an article but find that your mind just can’t plow through the information, diagrams and resources that may be linked to the article? Often the amount of effort that our brain requires to process information and retain …

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To Accommodate Learning Styles or NOT?

Cathy Moore on Learning Styles

We all have different strengths and different weakness. Some of us prefer to read directions, others prefer to be told what to do. Some learn best from videos, others prefer to have detailed step-by-step written diagrams. We’ve all been told that good instructors pay attention to the different learning styles of their students and deliver …

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