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eLearning Summer Symposium: Choose Your Next Teaching and Learning Adventure!

Looking for the next adventure in your teaching?

Looking to get ideas from your UWB Peers?

Looking to ways to more fully engage your students?

 

Let us help you choose your next teaching and learning adventure!


Join Us

eLearning Summer Symposium

August 10, 2016

9am – 3pm

North Creek Events Center

 

This one-day event will include:

  • Engaging presentations with Jane Van Galen, Bryan White, Todd Conaway in addition to other UWB faculty and staff
  • Idea sharing round tables with topics ranging from tech tools, to active teaching and learning techniques, to OER, and UDL
  • The opportunity to experience Active Learning strategies
  • A free lunch

Let us know if you will be joining us at the eLearning Summer Symposium and choosing your own next teaching adventure. There is still space available, so please sign up no later than Monday, August 1st.

Sponsored by UWB Learning Technologies

Twitter in Higher ED

Institutions are finding new ways to use social media in the classroom. Twitter helps connect faculty and staff with students on a new level. Millennials use technology on a daily basis. Twitter helps students do what they enjoy while building their education. Students are using technology as a tool to broadcast safety messages across campus and promote collaboration among peers. For example, Kansas State University has a LiveSafe app, which allows students to quickly report crimes from a drop-down menu.

Joshua Kim. the director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, shared that having a successful higher ed use of Twitter is not reflected in the amount of Twitter followers the account has. Kim shared three best practices for getting the most out of Twitter:

* Make sure tweets fit into large conversations and don’t read like a monologue

* Share information your network will find useful: links, data and commentary

* Write in a voice that followers will find authentic and well informed

Kim also shared how helpful hashtags can be. For example, higher ed leaders attending August’s Campus Technology Conference in Boston used #campustech. The conference brings leaders from the fields of higher education and technology together to explore campus administration, and teaching and learning. The hashtag, #campustech, was used to catch all the activity going on. Thus, helping their audience find conference content through a simple search.

If you follow these practices, you will be able to make the most of higher ed while using Twitter. Helpings students, faculty and staff learn.

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UWB LT Blog Included as a “Must-Read” by EdTech Magazine

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We’re proud to report that this blog was included in The Dean’s List: 50 Must-Read Higher Education Technology Blogs, an article by EdTech Magazine highlighting 50 fantastic educational technology blogs. Learning Technologies is absolutely honored to be included among some incredible writers and institutions. We are also pleased to see that some of our favorite edtech blogs made the list, and are excited to explore and discover new ones!

We have a great team here at UWB Learning Technologies, and we couldn’t do it without one another! Thank you to all of our readers and Edtech Magazine for including us in this list. We’ll keep doing what we’re doing!

BenchPrep

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Are you a student who is not a fan of tests? Do you wish you could have a chance to improve your test taking skills? Now you can, with the new app BenchPrep! This app is an online learning platform built to help students prepare for all sorts of tests. Tests like: standardized tests, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, ACT, SAT, and much more. The goal behind BenchPrep is to make studying be accessible and personalized for everyone whether it is through smartphones, tablets, or computers.

Thanks to BenchPrep’s interactive learning environment that it provides, it allows the users to study anywhere at any time. Students are given access to rich materials from a variety of different publishers, all at their fingertips.

BenchPrep creates a unique and  interactive learning environment. It allows students to study any time. It is the only test prep solution that allows students to study on the internet, using IOS or Android. With BenchPrep, students can access material from a number of different publishers in one place. A student can pay one fee and keep using the app again and again throughout the course of their academic career.

One of the greatest things about BenchPrep is the flexibility it provides for its users. For those who started on the tests on computer and happen to run out of time before completing, no worries! You can continue with your study on another computer or any other device and continue where you last left off.

For more information on this app click here.

Textbook to Digital Magazine?

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A problem that some professors are noticing is that textbook material gets outdated – especially on topics like current events or ones that change quicker than a textbook can be published, such as business. The solution that some have found, is to use Flipboard, which is a collection of stories that are put together in magazine-format on an app. From this, users can create customized magazines from news outlets, social network sites, and other more up-to-date sources that allow for a more engaged interface. According to Lyna Matesi, a teacher in management, leadership, strategy, learning and development and ethics at the University of Wisconsin, her students love Flipboard and how it helps in her class where the textbook might lag such that it provides fresher and controversial topics.

Linda Bernstein, a teacher in journalism and social media at Long Island University Brooklyn, uses this app with her students to give them a chance to touch upon their potential career. In this specific class, budding journalist students are given a chance to “edit” a publication by using the editing tools provided on Flipboard. This app also lets students grab information from the primary source by ‘flipping’ in posts from Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook onto their own magazine page.

Steven Hornik, a teacher in  Advanced Accounting Information Systems at the University of Central Florida uses Flipboard as way for his students to find current event articles to discuss in class. He has found that this platform gives students a sense of pride in the look and feel of the page, and gives them more ownership over what they are doing. Hornik states that Flipboard has given students the chance see changes from semester to semester depending on the news and it gives a good timeline view of the subject.

All three professors reported that they were pleased that former students kept using Flipboard in their career or continued to curate magazines that were started in class. Others even recommended its use in other teachings. Flipboard is a free and useful way to collaborate in a group project due to its easy way to collect a variety of information from various resources and to be able to communicate with others through the app. It’s convenient because of its access through your phone, and is an organized way to find information, not only for class purposes, but for your own entertainment in current events as well.

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