digital tools

Let’s Be Direct: What’s Your Employability Strategy?

Derived from blog originally
posted on WCET Frontiers
had the opportunity to partner with WCET and talk about soft skills—what
they are, why they matter, how they impact employability and why the current
workplace demands them. I’ve continued this conversation by speaking with educators across
the country, often hearing similar feedback: “We all know the primary reason students pursue education is to get a job or a better job—yet employers consistently tell us students graduate without the requisite skill set to be successful. When it comes to hiring, a whopping 92 percent of HR professionals tell us that soft skills matter as much Read More…

Making the Digital Leap Simple Institution-Wide: Community College Leadership Speak Out

While the affordability issue in higher education is nothing new, it is often considered a problem exclusive to four-year institutions. According to recent studies however, this is not the case. More than half of all community colleges in the U.S. are reportedly too expensive for low-income students. What’s even more surprising? Around 70% of respondents to a survey conducted by the Hope Center for College Community and Justice at Temple University experienced food insecurity, housing insecurity or homelessness in the previous year. Knowing this, it’s not surprising that textbook and course material costs Read More…

Making Noise with Mobile Learning

Author: Joseph Ferrantelli, Ph. D., Wagner College I spent 26 years working in one of the largest school systems in the world. Near the latter part of that time, there was a push to use technology in the classroom. So, the school system spent millions on installing interactive boards in every classroom. The Early Resistance But, the teacher training was lacking. This four-thousand-dollar board was essentially used by many as a very expensive chalkboard. Millions more were spent on class sets of computers, but there weren’t enough to go around—and the computers we had often didn’t work. The computers that Read More…

Choosing Assessments That Allow All Students to Succeed

Author: Dr. Jenny Billings, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College  Last year, I wrote and spoke on a process for creating goals and objectives to help measure course performance—I hope it was helpful. This year, I think it’s important we talk about student success from the student perspective. As an instructor, I always want to make sure I’m reaching all of my students; I’m sure this is true for you, too. In the classrooms of today, we must rise to this challenge more than ever before. With each day, our classrooms are evolving, becoming increasingly diverse in student population, resources available and technology Read More…

Teaching with Technology: 2 Tools to Increase Engagement and Success

Author: Eugene Matthews, Ph.D., Park University  Tool #1: ZipGrade An Inexpensive, but Effective App ZipGrade is one of two mobile applications I use consistently to reduce my grading time by at least 90%, evaluate my teaching and student knowledge, reduce student anxiety and enhance student success. Here’s how I make it work for me. As the name implies, ZipGrade is a simple and inexpensive mobile application (approx. $15.00 annually) which lives in the cloud and works through my smartphone. It uses Creative Commons downloadable Scantron-style question sheets (20, 50, 100), which I add to my quizzes and exams. After Read More…