Course Technology

Efficacy of SAM Projects in Intro to Computing Courses

Given the importance that employers place on computer applications skills in a wide variety of fields, it is not surprising that increasingly colleges and universities are requiring their students to take a computer applications course as a prerequisite for graduation. Additionally, students also realize the value of proficiency in computer applications, most notably Microsoft® Office applications, as critical skills for employment and advancement. To meet the demand of increased enrollments, and to provide students with opportunities to apply computer application skills to real-world tasks and activities, college instructors are embracing the use of online solutions that provide opportunities for proficiency assessment and auto grading.

To gain an understanding as to how these types of digital tools can improve outcomes in real classroom settings, Project Tomorrow collaborated with Cengage Learning to evaluate the efficacy of the use of SAM online projects within Microsoft applications courses during the spring semester of 2014. Read More…


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…


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…


Teaching Students to Use Technology to Learn

If you’re hoping to incorporate the use of social media into your classroom, you may want to consider the points Cengage Learning author Ken Baldauf makes in this brief video. Here, he talks about the importance of teaching students to use various technologies to learn, and he offers suggestions for how you can evaluate technology tools and apply them to use in your courses. [youtube //www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyIQJt4-yXk?wmode=Opaque] For additional insights on online learning and teaching with technology from Ken Baldauf, watch his presentation “Teaching Tech Online” from the 2013 Course Technology Conference.  Do you use social media in your courses? What activities have you Read More…


Digitally Literate Student Engagement

With online education making headline news due to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s) from MIT, Stanford, and other prominent institutions, many colleges are wondering where they fit in the online education movement. Technology courses such as the Intro to Computers course are ideal courses to teach 100% online, and provide a great start for schools looking to extend their reach beyond the local community. When delivered effectively, online courses can also ignite learning in iGeneration students who live a great portion of their lives online. For example: In 1998, Professor Ken Baldauf joined the Florida State University (FSU) faculty Read More…


Blend and Flip! New Approaches for Building Student Success and Engagement

Reaching and engaging today’s students has been a hot topic, not only on this blog, but in schools around the country and even in non-industry-specific media. Instructors are rethinking how they can create the spark of true learning in their students, and as part of that, what new avenues they can take to reach them. In this recorded virtual event, “Blend and Flip! New Approaches for Building Student Success and Engagement,” Beverly Amer of Northern Arizona University discusses blended and flipped classroom models and addresses how they can be utilized to reach higher levels of engagement and student Read More…


Engaging Your Students Using Inverted Instruction

What trends in education have you been taking notice of that will require instructors to take new approaches to engaging, educating, and retaining students? Start the conversation below. In this presentation, recorded at the 2013 Course Technology Conference, author and professor Jeff Butterfield hosts a 45-minute session on how you can meaningfully engage your students by using a “flipped” or “inverted” instructional model. He begins his presentation by citing some of the important changes in education today, including shifts in student demographics, disruptive technology and instructional models, and rising student concerns about things like financial aid and Read More…