Goodbye, Old Friend, or: What Do I Do With This Mountain of VHS Tapes?

Let me ask you a question: When was the last time you played a VHS tape at your house? I’ll wait. Take your time. OK? If your answer was “sometime during the George W. Bush administration,” you’re probably about in line with the average consumer. DVDs have outsold VHS tapes since 1999, and DVD player sales began outpacing those of VHS players shortly thereafter. Most manufacturers left the VCR-making business in the mid-2000s. The last movie released on VHS was in 2006. DVDs and Blu-Rays made the format invisible in the home video market, just as it seems that streaming…

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PowerPoint in the Classroom

Many students expect that presentations will be available for them to review before and after class.  Microsoft’s PowerPoint remains a standard tool for instructional presentations since it was introduced in the early 1990s. Although many presenters cram as much textual information as possible into each slide, PowerPoint is best used as a learning tool when it is used to call attention to main points and key concepts that you want to emphasize. Instructors are encouraged to focus on on central points and concepts, and to sequence the information in developing a presentation. Use the slides to emphasize the key information….

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Grading Specifications – Book Discussion

On Friday, February 27, CIDDE was pleased to host a book discussion on the text Specifications Grading:  Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students and Saving Faculty Time, by Linda Nilson.  Drs. Susan Albrecht (School of Nursing) and Erin Lundblom (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences), who both implemented specifications grading in the preceding fall term, discussed their experiences with this  innovative, but practical, teaching approach.  Their PowerPoint slides, as well as a full recording of the event, are available below. Specifications grading can demonstrably raised academic standards by motivating students, tying achievement of learning outcomes to course grades, and providing a reliable gauge of learning – all while…

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