technology

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…


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…


Using Technology to Foster Students’ Critical Thinking Skills

If you’re actively seeking to inspire your students to build their critical-thinking skills, you likely realize that having an array of dynamic, engaging activities and assignments at your disposal can help them dive into course concepts and hone their ability to think more critically in the process. However, it can often be a challenge to find and develop those ideas and activities—so the ability to glean new ideas from a colleague can be valuable. As you watch today’s featured webinar,  you’ll be able to do just that! In “Developing Critical Thinking Skills: Using Technology to Reach Out to Different Learning Read More…


Transforming the Learning Process Through Engagement-Centered Technology

Decades worth of research show the correlation between learner engagement and the best educational outcomes. This white paper reviews studies that show the positive impact of Cengage Learning resources on engagement and improved student performance.
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Student Voices: My Experiences in an Online Course

Guest Contributor: Joy Hamilton, Student, University of Dayton (Dayton, OH).

 

In this last semester of my senior year of college, I decided to take my very first online class. Without any previous experience taking a class this way, I felt as though I was taking a risk by signing up. But already having taken all of the classes pertaining to my major, I was forced to venture into different realms of subjects that caught my interest in some way (merely out of desperation to simply gain credits for graduation!). 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…


3D Course Design, Part II: Designing a Quality Online Course

Guest Contributor: Dr. Joel A. English. In the first post on 3D course design, we recalled that the well-designed classroom engages the three main learning styles, combining verbal lecture and visual representation (dialectic), with verbal correspondence and visual demonstrations (discussion), and practical application, including research, experimentation, and writing (deployment). But the question is, how do we accomplish this multi-modal instruction within an online classroom? What is the online course supposed to look like, so that we engage all types of learners? It is essential that, in the design and build of our online classes, each course Read More…


3D Course Design, Part I: Why Online Learning Earned a Bad Name

Guest Contributor: Dr. Joel A. English. This week, we’ll be talking about online course design, and ultimately, I want to offer an answer to an important question: What should an online course look like? In a traditional classroom, we know that we prepare some lecture content. We come to class with something to say, something to teach. But we also know that we rely on student interaction to move our lecture into discussion—turning our “teaching” into their “learning.” And then, after that grand chemistry takes place, where our talking mixes with their responding to create spontaneous dialog, we Read More…


Technology in the Classroom: A Distraction or an Asset?

When you have a tool as useful and speedy as a smartphone or tablet at hand, many of us would be tempted to take a moment and “peek” at sports scores, the latest headlines, or the number of “likes” we’ve accumulated on our latest Facebook or Instagram posts. And of course, students are not immune to these temptations. Texts from friends, tweets from celebrities, the latest online game, and myriad other tools and apps all have the potential to distract them from your classroom activities. Students are, indeed, aware of the fact that, when they’re focusing on their Read More…