Course Technology

Elements of Effective Online Instruction

What does it take to be an effective online instructor? What technical skills must you master? What technologies should you use? If you find yourself asking these questions (or ones much like them), you’ll benefit from the insights that Ken Baldauf shares during this presentation recorded during Cengage Learning’s recent 18th Annual Course Technology Conference. Here, Baldauf — who has helped many of his colleagues at Florida State University bring their courses online, and has also taught numerous successful online courses himself — discusses the elements of an effectively run online course. To frame the conversation, he begins with a brief retrospective of various online tools, Read More…


Should You Develop a Game for Your Course?

Do you want to take on the role of “game designer” for your course? Though it may seem fun (and it certainly can be an enjoyable process), the act of creating a game obviously involves much more work than playing one. As an associate professor and co-director of the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lee Sheldon has a significant amount of experience in writing, designing, and developing games — as well as teaching others how to do so. In his book The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game, he poses several questions that can help you Read More…


Addressing Interdisciplinary Digital Literacy

What does “digital literacy” mean to students as it applies to your courses? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. As we’ve discussed previously on the blog, digital literacy is an essential tool for preparing students for their future workplaces. When you teach students how to be digitally literate, you’re not only instilling important technical skills, but also an understanding of appropriate use of that technology. But being digitally literate doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Depending on a student’s field of study, his or her needs in understanding certain technology skills could Read More…


Technology 2013: Everything Just Changed

Guest Contributor: Professor Corinne Hoisington, Central Virginia Community College.  Which technologies will have an impact on your teaching life in 2013 and beyond? Staying on the cutting edge is crucial in our classrooms and these four trends and products will shape the future of technology and teaching as we know it. All are worthy replacements for your legacy and sometimes forgotten technology, and they’ll give you some new productive, inspirational tools to boot. Favorite New Teaching Tool Need a technology that you can’t teach without? Think back to the last time you assigned homework that was even boring for you to grade; however, Read More…