Finding your swing: Seven lessons IT Staff and Faculty can learn from The Boys in the Boat

(Keynote address from the 2015 NWACC IT Roundtable) University IT staff are committed to helping faculty integrate technology into their instruction. EDUCAUSE’s 2015 Top IT Issues lists “optimizing the use of technology in teaching and learning in collaboration with academic leadership, including understanding the appropriate level of technology to use” (Grajek, 2015, p. 12) as […]

Reflections on EdCamp Puget Sound

The Spring Edcamp Puget Sound was held at the Puget Sound ESD on Saturday, May 16, 2015. An Edcamp is an opportunity for teachers at all levels to come together to discuss ideas about teaching and learning that can help improve their practice. Think of it as a free day of professional development for teachers where they get […]

Can you really use Google Classroom to teach an online or blended course?

The Digital Education Leadership program at Seattle Pacific University has used Google Classroom as a learning management system (LMS) since it became available in September 2014. Faculty enjoy the ease of use and students enjoy learning with a platform they can use with their own students. Participants in this session will learn: 1) Research-based practices for […]

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.  

An investigation into the community of inquiry of blended classrooms by a

Faculty Learning Community

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) comprised of six professors representing different disciplines came together to study, develop, and teach blended learning courses. As an FLC, the researchers sought to evaluate student per- ceptions of the blended learning courses, measured using the Community of Inquiry (CoI) survey, and how these differed across the courses taught. 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 […]

How to organize your gradebook in Blackboard 9.1

These slides are from a workshop that I have facilitated numerous times. The workshop is popular because Blackboard’s Grade Center options can be overwhelming for faculty as they attempt to set up a gradebook for the first time. The options can be confusing, especially when dealing with questions about the use of categories, weighting, and extra credit. […]

How to submit a WordPress blog post in Canvas

In my Computer Authoring course, I ask students to share Clear and Unclear blog posts each week, reflecting on what they learn and do not understand in the module. I use Canvas’ group feature to have them share the URL for their blog post with blog buddies.  I ask them to give their blog buddies feedback on each new […]

Lessons Learned From a Faculty Learning Community on Blended Learning

A faculty learning community (FLC) comprised of six professors representing different disciplines was formed in 2011 to study, develop, and teach blended learning courses. As part of this project, we sought to evaluate the efficacy of blended learning on faculty (efficiency, satisfaction) using interview questions designed by Garrison and Vaughan (2011) and students (access, learning […]

Synchronous and asynchronous video conferencing tools in an online-course:

The maturation of free ubiquitous video conferencing tools provides an opportunity for faculty members to experiment with alternatives to conventional asynchronous discussion forums commonly used in online courses. However, there continues to be debate about whether synchronous video conferencing has a meaningful role to play in an online course environment. Although the Community of Inquiry […]