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Teaching Diversity Online is Possible

A professor at the Sam Houston State University, Rebecca Bustamante, says students have a tendency to shut down when talking about race during class discussions. This can pose a challenge when teaching a course about diversity issues. It gets even more difficult when the course is then taught online.

Courses in diversity are nothing new, they are a standard in education and educational-leadership programs. Although professors who teach them haven’t had many problems, they understand that personal attacks and conflicts are a possibility. It is a critical to build an online community and establish trust to keep the course on track.

Professors also say that students are much more open and honest about their thoughts and experiences, and this could be from the online environment. It also frees students from the awkwardness of confronting difficult topics in person.

Although there are pros to the situation, there are also cons. Teaching diversity through an online format is not ideal. An assistant professor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln believes that, “Being face-to-face, you are actually able to hear and see the passion, not having that face-to-face connection inhibits the class a little bit.”.

Although another assistant professor at the Sam Houston State says it is doable. The general consensus is, that although online learning can pose a challenge, it’s up to the professor to create innovative ideas to properly teach students.

In this case some professors turn to using video to bring body language into the online classroom. One professor at West Virginia University, says that she requires students to all gather at the same time over an online video conference system, which allows them to have a real-time discussion and get to know one another.

Although teaching diversity online might be difficult, there are remedies. All it takes is some time and effort and setting guidelines for students.personal

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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.