This week’s EdSurge newsletter shared a site called Visual.ly that plans to offer a tool allowing users to make custom infographics. For now you can share your Twitter handle and it will make an infographic that “explains” your Twitter stats. It is interesting to learn that I am 28.17% interesting.
The link above will take you to an article in the Wall Street Journal that gives hope to students who considered dumping facebook after a recent study reported a relationship between social networking and lower grades.
College students have started making facebook groups to encourage star high school athletes to attend their university. The NCAA considers these students as boosters and is asking athletic departments to have the pages taken down. Not so fast NCAA…
This article reports on a study where students in a face-to-face course were given options of using facebook or WebCT to discuss course topics. The results show that the facebook group had a higher number of student posts that the discussion forums in WebCT. The researchers encourage others to consider social networking applications as a way to supplement instruction in face-to-face courses.
Facebook’s demographics are changing as older people begin using it to connect with family and friends.
Some colleges are reviewing facebook pages as part of their process to evaluate potentional students. Students need to be careful what they include on their facebook pages.
I have been active in the instructional technology world for over 20 years. My previous positions include: high school teacher, university lecturer, school district technology facilitator, multimedia author, and project manager for an educational technology company. My current position is Director of Instructional Technology at Seattle Pacific University. As Director, I regularly consults with faculty on effective uses of technology. I have been involved in the development of numerous online and blended courses. In addition, I have taught face-to-face, blended, and online courses in the School of Education for over ten years.
Recent projects include: developing a Web 2.0 electronic portfolio system based on WordPress, creating a feature-comparison matrix for lecture capture solutions, and leading SPU’s iTunes U project. I am an Associate Editor for MERLOT’s Teacher Education Editorial Board. I served as program chair for the 2013 International Symposium for Emerging Technologies in Online Learning, and will be the conference chair for the 2014 conference. Currently, I facilitate faculty learning communities on topics such as learning spaces, active learning, blended learning, and mobile learning.
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