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 […]

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Digital Learning Spaces: Lessons from the MSc in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh

Digital Learning Spaces: Lessons from the MSc in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh  Jen Ross, University of Edinburgh Monday, April 15 Noon – 1:30 PM Seattle Pacific University Library Seminar Room Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/digitalspaces Every course design is philosophy and belief in action.  This is no less true – indeed it may be truer […]

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Implementing Electronic Portfolios Through Social Media Platforms: Steps and Student Perceptions

David W. Denton, Seattle Pacific University David Wicks, Seattle Pacific University Abstract: Over the last two decades, students and teachers, across educational levels and disciplines, have been subject to a variety of school reform efforts. Nevertheless, some instructional practices, such as portfolio assessment, persist and grow in popularity even in the midst of changing educational […]

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Google+ as a Tool for Collaborative Learning

Emerging Technology in Online Learning Symposium Las Vegas, NV. July 26, 2012 Lead Presenter: Karissa Locke (Google, US) Tess Milligan (Google, US) Mark Green (Simpson College, US) David Wicks (Seattle Pacific University, US) Courtney Step (Seattle Pacific University, US) Kami Cottrell (Seattle Pacific University, US) Abstract: Hear from professors and students pioneering the use of […]

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Does Space Matter?

Space Matters: The Impact of Active Learning Classrooms Interactive Lecture wit D. Christopher Brooks, Ph.D. Tuesday, December 11, Noon – 1:30 PM Cremona 101, Seattle Pacific University Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/spacematters D. Christopher Brooks is a Research Fellow in Educational Technology Services at the University of Minnesota. He earned his doctorate in Political Science with a minor in Russian and […]

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Can using a tool like Google+ lead to the death of the LMS?

This summer I have enjoyed using Google+ in place of Blackboard‘s Discussion tool in two courses that I am teaching.  Students were able to interact with each other, chat with participants in another course, and even learn with real-world education experts like +Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz and +Larry Ferlazzo. An LMS (e.g. Blackboard) “protects” students by letting them only […]

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Advice for mobile e-newsletter creators

When I first wake up in the morning I typically reach for my iPhone to find out what is new in  the world of educational technology. I subscribe to several e-newsletters, most of which are delivered in the middle of the night.  Some of my favorites include: SmartBrief on Ed Tech, Inside HigherEd, PadGadget, and […]

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Flipping the Session

Updated 7/22/2012 to include a flipped session from Todd Conaway and Jill Schiefelbein. The idea Several months ago Alan Levine and Audrey Watters blogged about the possibility of flipping traditional presentation-centric conferences. Both suggest that presenters share session content prior the conference, and then use the freed up face-to-face time for conversations, debates, and brainstorming on session […]

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Satisfied with the Basics: 2012 Faculty Evaluation of Blackboard

Satisfied with the Basics: 2012 Faculty Evaluation of Blackboard Seattle Pacific University  Janiess Sallee Assistant Director Instructional Technology Services  David Wicks Assistant Professor, Director Instructional Technology Services  Seattle Pacific University has used Blackboard as its Learning Management System (LMS) since 1999.    Technology has since rapidly developed and transformed the way in which we learn […]

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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 […]

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