Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CTL Nov3-Nov14: Assistive Technologies, OneNote and more!

Hi folks!  We have a wonderful lineup of events for you next week, and we continue to offer 1:1 assistance on D2L and other pedagogical technologies.  You may register for any of these events by emailing us at (ctl@usd.edu) or calling us at 605-677-5411.  If you need accommodations to participate in any of these events, contact disability services at 605 677-6389 at least 48 hours in advance.  If you would like to attend any of these workshops (but not web seminars) by Collaborate, please let us know 48 hours in advance by emailing (ctl@usd.edu).  The CTL is also using a new card-swipe system to track attendance, please bring your faculty ID card!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Twitter in the Classroom

Created by: Ryan McCarty Graduate Associate and Molly Cahoy, Tech Fellow at The Center For Teaching and Learning

Twitter has rapidly emerged as one of the most popular forms of social media available today. From following your favorite celebrities to updating your friends about your day, Twitter has a wide variety of social functions. Twitter also has many different capabilities that can be employed in a business or in a classroom setting. One of the most valuable but underutilized set of features available on Twitter, is its benefit in the classroom. This post will highlight some of the most common applications of Twitter in a university setting and some unique ways to engage your students with Twitter.

Social Media and more specifically Twitter, has begun to play an important role in the education system. “Nearly 80 percent of faculty members are using social media in some way, according to a recent survey of nearly 2,000 college faculty” (Lytle, 2011).


TeachHub.com compiled a list of 50 ways to use Twitter in the classroom. Here are a few from the list that could be immediately utilized by faculty here at the University of South Dakota. First, is tweeting about upcoming assignments and due dates. “One of the simplest ways that teachers can use Twitter in the classroom involves setting up a feed dedicated exclusively to due dates, tests or quizzes” (Miller, 2005). The reality is that most students understand and frequently use social media, so it won’t be much of an adjustment for them to use social media for academic purposes. Twitter can also serve as a more reliable and permanent way to inform students about changes to syllabus and other relevant pieces of course news.

Similar to updating different elements of the course, encouraging students to use Twitter to coordinate assignments is another useful tool. “Rather than keeping up with an e-mail train, students can use Twitter to collaborate on different projects and keep a quick reference on any changes” (Miller, 2005). Twitter can provide students a way to instantly communicate and update their group members on a user-friendly interface.

Finally, Twitter provides a resource for students to immerse themselves in their area of study. Depending on a student’s major or area of interest, they can follow relevant news outlets and journalists, they can keep up to date on corporations and the stock market and they can remain knowledgeable on the current national and international political climate. Students can even begin to use Twitter as a way to share their knowledge, experiences and opinions as they progress as scholars, by tweeting their ideas, re-tweeting posts they find interesting and tweeting at people they wish to converse with.
 

Overall the uses and benefits for Twitter in the classroom are nearly endless. Although it may seem ominous, making the leap to incorporating social media in your classroom has the potential to not only enhance your students learning experience, but your teaching efficiency as well.

If you have any other questions regarding Twitter, please refer to our Tutorial about Twitter o
r our former blog posting on Twitter. Thanks!


References


Miller, Samantha. "50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom." Teach Hub.com. 10 Oct. 2005. Web. http://www.teachhub.com/50-ways-use-twitter-classroom.

Llorenz, Jason. "Ten Steps to Using Twitter in the College Classroom." Huffington Post. 25 Aug. 2014. Web. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-a-llorenz/ten-steps-to-using-twitte_b_5692021.html.

Lytle, Ryan. "5 Unique Uses of Twitter in the Classroom." U.S News and World Report. 24 May 2011. Web. 
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/05/24/5-unique-uses-of-twitter-in-the-classroom

Monday, October 20, 2014

CTL Workshops: Programmatic Assessment, Social Media, Academic Job Search, and more!

Greetings! The CTL is offering some fantastic events next week. You may register for any of these events by emailing us at (ctl@usd.edu) or calling us at 605-677-5411.  If you need accommodations to participate in any of these events, contact disability services at 605 677-6389 at least 48 hours in advance.  If you would like to attend any of these workshops by Collaborate, please let us know 48 hours in advance by emailing (ctl@usd.edu).  The CTL is also using a new card-swipe system to track attendance, please bring your USD ID card!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CTL workshops: Assistive Technologies, D2L and more!

Hi folks!  We have a wonderful lineup of events for you next week, and we continue to offer 1:1 assistance on D2L and other pedagogical technologies.  You may register for any of these events by emailing us at (ctl@usd.edu) or calling us at 605-677-5411.  If you need accommodations to participate in any of these events, contact disability services at 605 677-6389 at least 48 hours in advance.  If you would like to attend any of these workshops (but not web seminars) by Collaborate, please let us know 48 hours in advance by emailing (ctl@usd.edu).  The CTL is also using a new card-swipe system to track attendance, please bring your faculty ID card!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CTL workshops Oct 14-24

Hi folks!  We have a wonderful lineup of events for you next week, and we continue to offer 1:1 assistance on D2L and other pedagogical technologies.  You may register for any of these events by emailing us at (ctl@usd.edu) or calling us at 605-677-5411.  If you need accommodations to participate in any of these events, contact disability services at 605 677-6389 at least 48 hours in advance.  If you would like to attend any of these workshops (but not web seminars) by Collaborate, please let us know 48 hours in advance by emailing (ctl@usd.edu).  The CTL is also using a new card-swipe system to track attendance, please bring your faculty ID card!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Free mobile apps for teaching, learning

Using smartphones for teaching and learning?  Here is a list of free mobile apps that are commonly used in postsecondary for teaching, learning, and productivity. Check and see if you are interested in any!

http://wcet.wiche.edu/learn/fall-apps-2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CTL: Native Student Success, Faculty Appreciation Week, and more!

Hi folks!  We have a wonderful lineup of events for you next week, and we continue to offer 1:1 assistance on D2L and other pedagogical technologies.  You may register for any of these events by emailing us at (ctl@usd.edu) or calling us at 605-677-5411.  If you need accommodations to participate in any of these events, contact disability services at 605 677-6389 at least 48 hours in advance.  If you would like to attend any of these workshops (but not web seminars) by Collaborate, please let us know 48 hours in advance by emailing (ctl@usd.edu).   President Bordeaux’s speech will not be available as a live event, but will be recorded and made available.  The CTL is also using a new card-swipe system to track attendance, please bring your faculty ID card!

Finally, the CTL is proud to serve such a wonderful family of faculty and staff.  October 6-10 is Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week at the CTL!  Stop by the center (MT107) from 10:00-3:00 daily to enjoy our popcorn and fixin’s, door prizes and a warm smile!


Friday, September 26, 2014

Noted educator Lionel Bordeaux to speak to USD on Native Student Success - Oct 6

The President’s Office and the Center for Teaching and Learning are pleased to bring to campus noted educator Lionel Bordeaux, who has served as President of Sinte Gleska University since 1973.  He has been a tireless advocate for culturally based education and for the mission and importance of tribal colleges and universities.  During his tenure at Sinte Gleska he has served as president of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the National Indian Education Association (NIEA).  In 1992 he co-chaired the historic White House Conference on Indian Education.

President Bordeaux will be speaking on the topic of Native Student Success in Higher Education.  His keynote will be on Monday, October 6, from 3:00-4:00pm in the MUC Ballroom, followed directly by a reception hosted by President Abbott, also in the MUC Ballroom.

We invite the entire USD and Vermillion communities to attend this special event.  Please RSVP/Register by contacting the CTL at CTL@usd.edu.   If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact disability services at 605 677-6389 at least 48 hours in advance.   

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CTL Workshops Sept 30-Oct 3: the IDEA form, personal websites and more!

Hi folks!  We have a wonderful lineup of events for you next week, and we continue to offer 1:1 assistance on D2L and other pedagogical technologies.  You may register for any of these events by emailing us at (ctl@usd.edu) or calling us at 605-677-5411.  If you need accommodations to participate in any of these events, contact disability services at 605 677-6389 at least 48 hours in advance.  If you would like to attend any of these workshops (but not web seminars) by Collaborate, please let us know 48 hours in advance by emailing (ctl@usd.edu).   The CTL is also using a new card-swipe system to track attendance, please bring your faculty ID card!  And don’t forget this Friday’s workshops (both in MT110) on Assistive Technology, hosted by Luke Comeau, Director of Interdisciplinary Training and Technical Assistance at the SSOM:
  • September 26, 9:00-10:00am:  Tackling Today’s Technology:  A User’s Guide to Maximizing Efficacy in the Classroom using Microsoft Products.
  • September 26, 10:00-11:00am:  Tackling Today’s Technology:  A User’s Guide to Maximizing Efficacy in the Classroom using Apple Products.



Friday, September 19, 2014

Special CTL Workshop on Assistive Technologies for Apple and Microsoft products

The Center for Teaching and Learning, in conjunction with USD’s Disabilities Services and the Sanford School of Medicine’s (SSOM) Center for Disabilities, is offering two special workshops next week regarding assistive technologies.  The workshops will be conducted by Luke Comeau, Director of Interdisciplinary Training and Technical Assistance at the SSOM.  Both workshops will occur on Friday, September 26, and will take place in MT110.  Times and a brief description are as follows:

September 26, 9:00-10:00am:  Tackling Today’s Technology:  A User’s Guide to Maximizing Efficacy in the Classroom using Microsoft Products.

In this session we will take an in-depth look at current Microsoft products and applications and learn how both faculty and students can utilize this technology. Education setting is getting bombarded with new technologies- come and learn how we take what’s new and available on the market and show how to use it effectively.

September 26, 10:00-11:00am:  Tackling Today’s Technology:  A User’s Guide to Maximizing Efficacy in the Classroom using Apple Products.

In this session we will take an in-depth look at current Apple products and applications and learn how both faculty and students can utilize this technology. The education setting is getting bombarded with new technologies- come and learn how we take what’s new and available on the market and show how to use it effectively.

You may register for any of these events by emailing us at (ctl@usd.edu) or calling us at 605-677-5411.  If you need accommodations to participate in any of these events, contact disability services at 605 677-6389 at least 48 hours in advance.
The CTL is also using a new card-swipe system to track attendance, please bring your faculty ID card!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

CTL workshops Sept 23-Oct 3: Screen Recording, Pinterest for Professors and more!

Hi folks!  We have a wonderful lineup of events for you next week, and we continue to offer 1:1 assistance on D2L and other pedagogical technologies.  You may register for any of these events by emailing us at (ctl@usd.edu) or calling us at 605-677-5411.  If you need accommodations to participate in any of these events, contact disability services at 605 677-6389 at least 48 hours in advance.  If you would like to attend any of these workshops (but not web seminars) by Collaborate, please let us know 48 hours in advance by emailing (ctl@usd.edu).   The CTL is also using a new card-swipe system to track attendance, please bring your faculty ID card!