Course Technology conference

Explore Technology Tools and Trends for Your Course

Each school year, students come to campus with shiny new tech tools for use in class (and recreation). Your classroom, whether physical or virtual, may have new equipment or functionality designed to make learning more dynamic and interactive. And on a regular basis—even daily—developers bring new applications to the market, many of which can enhance your teaching and spur on student engagement and learning. Within this constantly evolving landscape, you may have a hard time keeping up with all these changes and developments. Yet maintaining a familiarity with technology tools and trends will benefit both you and your students. Read More…


Using the Latest Apps for a Dynamic Class Experience

Whether you’re flipping your classroom or simply seeking ways to increase student engagement, you may be looking for new tools that will help you accomplish your goals. And, as you likely already know, using the latest apps can be one way to create new and exciting learning experiences in your online or on-ground course. In the presentation “Flip and MOOC Out Your Hybrid/Blended Courses” from the 2014 Course Technology Conference, Frances Rampey of Wilson Community College discussed a number of apps that will help you create a lively, engaging presentation that draws students into the topics you’re covering. We’ve shared Read More…


Preparing Students for Successful Careers

Instructors and administrators recognize the important role they can play in preparing students for successful careers. No matter what they teach, all instructors contribute to their student population’s success through their reinforcement of intellectual skills such as critical thinking, information literacy, and communication, as well as the specialized knowledge and skill base associated with their fields. If you’re hoping to provide your students with additional guidance as they seek to make the transition from school to the workforce, you will benefit from Angele Blackshear-Brown’s presentation “From College to Career: Teaching Skills to Transition Today’s Students Into Tomorrow’s Professionals,” given during the 2014 Read More…


The Latest Apps and Technology for Your Classroom

Want to discover new ways of building your students’ digital literacy? On the lookout for the latest apps and technology that will help you reach your course goals? In the 2014 Course Technology Conference presentation “Hot Technologies and Cool Apps,” Mark Frydenberg and Corinne Hoisington share their favorite mobile and web apps. You’ll have a lot of fun as you hear about technologies and techniques that engage students and strengthen their ability to work, create, and communicate in our global, connected 21st-century society. Frydenberg and Hoisington also demonstrate how these tools can be used in the classroom to help students increase their communication and Read More…


Engaging, Interactive Ideas for Online Courses

Whether you’re an experienced online educator or it’s your first time teaching online, you recognize the importance of keeping students engaged and motivated in your courses. And, as someone who wants to promote and inspire learning in fresh new ways, you likely stay on the lookout for ideas for online courses that engage your students and encourage them to interact with you, the course content, and their fellow students. In “How to Make Blackboard and Online Classes More Interactive and Informational for the Student,” a workshop from the 2014 Course Technology Conference, Debbie Luna of El Paso Community College Read More…


Tips for Flipping Your Hybrid and Blended Courses

Instructors in a variety of settings are implementing flipped-classroom strategies and techniques into their courses. And, if reader response to Engaging Minds posts is any indication, many more instructors are intrigued by the concept of the flipped classroom and want to explore the opportunities it might open up for active learning, collaboration, and increased student engagement. In the presentation “Flip and MOOC Out Your Hybrid/Blended Courses” from the 2014 Course Technology Conference, Frances Rampey of Wilson Community College discusses tools, techniques, and methods that she has successfully used to incorporate principles of flipped teaching methodology into hybrid or blended courses. (She also Read More…


The Tech Scene of 2014

New technologies are everywhere and changing how you can engage with your students. The more our tech tools—and our lives—interconnect, classrooms will likewise be transformed. With that said… are you feeling as though it’s time to update your technology curriculum? If so, listen in on “The Tech Scene of 2014,” Corinne Hoisington’s presentation from the 2014 Course Technology Conference. She discusses many of the technology trends of 2014, including the “Internet of Things,” wearable computers, new cloud technologies, and more. As always, Corinne presents in an engaging, enthusiastic, and inspiring manner: offering a variety of ideas for bringing these Read More…


Highlights from the 2014 Course Technology Conference

From March 12 through 14, 2014, instructors from across the United States gathered at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee to experience and participate in the 19th annual Course Technology Conference. As always, the meeting was filled with engaged and enthusiastic attendees who wanted to learn about the newest technologies in education, network with over five hundred of their colleagues, and bring plenty of tools, ideas, and inspiration back to their classrooms.
Today we want to share a brief synopsis of what happened at the meeting, along with some of our highlights. If you attended—we’d love for Read More…


Great Apps for Education: Tips from the Course Technology Conference

During the 19th  Annual Course Technology Conference, which was held March 12-14, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee, instructors gathered to discuss and discover ways to teach technology—as well as how to use technology as they teach. Presenters and attendees covered a lot of ground over just a short time, but one of the hottest topics was the great number of engaging (and often free) apps that have great uses in education. Below, we’re sharing just a few of the great technology apps mentioned in many of the sessions. Whether you’re new to tech tools, getting set to flip your classroom, Read More…


Creating and Developing Mobile Apps

Imagine you had the time, knowledge, desire, and resources necessary to build your ideal mobile app. What would it be? Perhaps your app would support the academic goals you have for your classes. Or, it might help you accomplish your daily responsibilities while you’re on the go. Maybe you’d build something that would connect people who share your hobbies, interests, or the causes that are closest to your heart and mind. Given the steady growth of mobile-device usage, it’s not surprising that many schools are seeking ways to include mobile app development to their computing curricula—and thereby Read More…