Getting the Word Out

“Getting the word out” to students has become more challenging as social media trends change rapidly and new platforms emerge. Whether a faculty member wants to notify students of a class cancellation, the athletics department announces free t-shirts at the next home game, or we are asking them to complete their Teaching Surveys, deciding which platform to use is daunting. Email is the official communication of the university but according to a recent article in the New York Times, “Young people much prefer online chats and text messages. The future of messaging is more real time, more conversational, and more…

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Improving Instruction with Video

The challenge of making instructional videos is to create an experience that will enhance the learning outcomes of your students. While uploading a lecture to the web is a typical practice at most universities, well-produced videos can provide better student engagement, improved retention, and stronger learning outcomes. Video can show how chemical reactions take place for a chemistry class, how molecules interact for a biology class, or how surgery is performed for a medical class. Showing students recorded interviews with subject matter experts or adding visual examples can enhance a lecture. Speeding up, slowing down, and editing video can give…

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3D Printing in Education

An recent article on 3DPrintingIndustry.com gives an interesting look into how 3D printing is being used in education. The article is about Matt Howarth of “Puppetman Productions” and his decision to start teaching students about 3D printing by giving hands-on experience with the technology. Howarth has gone into the classroom and given students an overview of 3D printing and the industry, and then turned over the reigns and allowed students to work with 3D model creation. It’s something that sparks ideas and interest in the concept of 3D printing, but it’s also something that raises awareness to the benefit this…

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