Electronic Portfolios as Pedagogy: Using bPortfolios for Authentic Assessment of Teacher Knowledge and Skills in the U.S.

Web 2.0 technologies, such as blogging, allow for locally developed, cost-effective, and holistic alternative portfolio assessment systems. By enhancing critical reflection and fostering social interaction, blogging portfolios or bPortfolios become integral formative and summative assessment tools for all teacher education students enrolled in a university program. Blogging platforms such as WordPress.com are free to use […]

A Newb’s Reflection on Gamifying a Blended Grad Course

What should instructors do when students ask about the role of games in online learning? Teach a gamified course? Yeah, right. During this session participants will learn about successes and challenges experienced by a game-based learning newb through the gamification of a blended online course.  

High vs. Low Collaboration Courses: Impact on Learning Presence, Community of Inquiry, and Social Networking

Researchers demonstrated a relationship between learning presence and social engagement; however, research in this area is limited. For example, no distinctions are made as to what role faculty, students, or technology might play in facilitating social engagement. In general, researchers revealed that students’ ability to self-regulate leads to more focused attention, time on-task, and in […]

SPU Offers New Digital Learning Degree for Educators

Blended learning. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Flipped Classrooms.How are teachers keeping up with new trends in learning? To help educators and those who support them become leaders in the ever-changing world of educational technology, Seattle Pacific University is now offering a graduate program in digital education leadership. Students in the Digital Education Leadership MEd […]

Three Free Ubiquitous Apps Professors Need Even If They Don’t Have A Smartphone

What are important characteristics of a good education app?  Okay, free is good.  I will give you that one. What else?  For me, I love ubiquitous apps, or in other words, programs that work on all my devices, including my phone, my iPad, and my computer.  I also prefer apps that allow me to access […]

Digital Citizenship Poster – Created Using Glogster

This is a simple example of a digital citizenship poster that my students create to demonstrate competency on ISTE NETS for Teachers Standard 4.  Students work through a short WebQuest where they review digital citizenship elements and then create a Glogster poster that they can share with students or parents.  Glogster has a feature to […]

Student perception of collaborative small group projects using synchronous and asynchronous tools

This Sloan-C 2011 session will report on findings from a three-year study that explored how different communication tools may impact small group collaborative learning projects in an online course. The primary goal of this session is to share successful techniques for organizing and facilitating small group collaborative projects in online and blended courses. Student perception […]

“Playing” with Technology All Day Long

Each school year predictably begins with Seattle Pacific University professors asking me one of two questions: What new technologies are you examining? Or, How do you keep up with all the changes? Professors who ask the first question usually follow up with a statement about how fun my job must be to be able to […]

bPortfolios: Blogging for Reflective Practice

bPortfolios: Blogging for Reflective Practice Seattle Pacific University School of Education  David Wicks, Andrew Lumpe, Henry Algera, Kris Gritter, Helen Barrett, Janiess Sallee  Abstract/Summary of Effective Practice Web 2.0 technology, such as blogging, allows for locally developed, cost effective, and holistic alternative portfolio assessment systems. By enhancing critical reflection and fostering social interaction, blogging portfolios are seen as an […]

bPortfolios: Blogging for Reflective Practice

bPortfolios: Blogging for Reflective Practice Seattle Pacific University School of Education  David Wicks, Andrew Lumpe, Henry Algera, Kris Gritter, Helen Barrett, Janiess Sallee  Abstract/Summary of Effective Practice Web 2.0 technology, such as blogging, allows for locally developed, cost effective, and holistic alternative portfolio assessment systems. By enhancing critical reflection and fostering social interaction, blogging portfolios are seen as an […]