With every new iteration of technology, we create generations of students whose primary media "language" for learning and interacting with the world is different than the generation before it. In the last five years, technologies like online homework, personalized learning software, mobile devices, learning analytics, OER, and MOOCs have been chipping away at the corners of higher education and traditional teaching. Technology-enhanced learning is here to stay and it will alter formal education, like it or not. This is a guide to navigating and thriving in this new world and preparing yourself and students for what is to come.]]>

With every new iteration of technology, we create generations of students whose primary media "language" for learning and interacting with the world is different than the generation before it. In the last five years, technologies like online homework, personalized learning software, mobile devices, learning analytics, OER, and MOOCs have been chipping away at the corners of higher education and traditional teaching. Technology-enhanced learning is here to stay and it will alter formal education, like it or not. This is a guide to navigating and thriving in this new world and preparing yourself and students for what is to come.]]>

We’ve seen many major industries undergo dramatic change in the last decade (i.e. manufacturing, newspapers, and customer service). With the introduction of MOOCs, adaptive learning systems, and content-delivery platforms, higher education doesn’t seem as “untouchable” as it used to. How can you stay ahead of the trends and stay relevant in this new world of technology-enhanced education? ]]>

We’ve seen many major industries undergo dramatic change in the last decade (i.e. manufacturing, newspapers, and customer service). With the introduction of MOOCs, adaptive learning systems, and content-delivery platforms, higher education doesn’t seem as “untouchable” as it used to. How can you stay ahead of the trends and stay relevant in this new world of technology-enhanced education? ]]>

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This “going digital” can be a bit overwhelming. How do you manage the mountain of email and grading? How do you keep track of your links, files, and website materials? How do you go about organizing and sifting through the vast array of resources on the Internet and turning them into an easy‐to‐use and coherent set of learning materials for the teaching? Let me share some of my strategies for coping with the information overload and the new digital era.]]>

This “going digital” can be a bit overwhelming. How do you manage the mountain of email and grading? How do you keep track of your links, files, and website materials? How do you go about organizing and sifting through the vast array of resources on the Internet and turning them into an easy‐to‐use and coherent set of learning materials for the teaching? Let me share some of my strategies for coping with the information overload and the new digital era.]]>

If you think that technology power-users have a whole bunch of "secret" tricks and shortcut, you might be right. We’ve been immersed in computer-use for decades now, but very few of us have had much formal training. We learn through trial and error, but it’s difficult to learn what you don’t know exists! If you suspect you’ve fallen behind and would like to fill some of those silly technology gaps, this is for you. This will be a random assortment of tips and tricks for a variety of programs and web applications. You can become a member of the "Secret Technology Club" by learning the secret technology handshakes.]]>

If you think that technology power-users have a whole bunch of "secret" tricks and shortcut, you might be right. We’ve been immersed in computer-use for decades now, but very few of us have had much formal training. We learn through trial and error, but it’s difficult to learn what you don’t know exists! If you suspect you’ve fallen behind and would like to fill some of those silly technology gaps, this is for you. This will be a random assortment of tips and tricks for a variety of programs and web applications. You can become a member of the "Secret Technology Club" by learning the secret technology handshakes.]]>

The reason we hate opening our inboxes is that many emails, like the "kitchen sink" email, are too difficult to tackle. Emails like this paralyze us and stall our to-do lists. If we can just agree on a few things, email can be easier for everyone. Just a note about the presentation: When you get to the slides about Axiom #8, have your audience read each statement out loud. This will quickly make the point about why we should use emoticons in email. ]]>

The reason we hate opening our inboxes is that many emails, like the "kitchen sink" email, are too difficult to tackle. Emails like this paralyze us and stall our to-do lists. If we can just agree on a few things, email can be easier for everyone. Just a note about the presentation: When you get to the slides about Axiom #8, have your audience read each statement out loud. This will quickly make the point about why we should use emoticons in email. ]]>

In 2009 we began a redesign plan for two of the classrooms on our campus to encourage student-centered teaching practices. The results were more surprising than we expected. If you want to change the way instructors teach, you may have to change their environment first. >]]>

In 2009 we began a redesign plan for two of the classrooms on our campus to encourage student-centered teaching practices. The results were more surprising than we expected. If you want to change the way instructors teach, you may have to change their environment first. >]]>

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Classroom redesign for active learning in math classes.]]>

Classroom redesign for active learning in math classes.]]>

These are maps of traditional math classrooms of community college math instructors who have been identified as excellent instructors. Two things to notice: 1. Almost all the interaction is instructor-to-student (not student-to-student). 2. There are many students in every classroom that are never involved in an interaction. ]]>

These are maps of traditional math classrooms of community college math instructors who have been identified as excellent instructors. Two things to notice: 1. Almost all the interaction is instructor-to-student (not student-to-student). 2. There are many students in every classroom that are never involved in an interaction. ]]>

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Transform your teaching experience using technology, both in class and out.]]>

Transform your teaching experience using technology, both in class and out.]]>

The students in Honors Calculus at Muskegon Community College are helping others to learn a bit about math history by re-enacting the Calculus Wars (epic battle between Newton and Leibniz over the rights to the invention of Calculus).]]>

The students in Honors Calculus at Muskegon Community College are helping others to learn a bit about math history by re-enacting the Calculus Wars (epic battle between Newton and Leibniz over the rights to the invention of Calculus).]]>

The students in Honors Calculus at Muskegon Community College are helping others to learn a bit about math history by re-enacting the Calculus Wars (epic battle between Newton and Leibniz over the rights to the invention of Calculus).]]>

The students in Honors Calculus at Muskegon Community College are helping others to learn a bit about math history by re-enacting the Calculus Wars (epic battle between Newton and Leibniz over the rights to the invention of Calculus).]]>

The students in Honors Calculus at Muskegon Community College are helping others to learn a bit about math history by re-enacting the Calculus Wars (epic battle between Newton and Leibniz over the rights to the invention of Calculus).]]>

The students in Honors Calculus at Muskegon Community College are helping others to learn a bit about math history by re-enacting the Calculus Wars (epic battle between Newton and Leibniz over the rights to the invention of Calculus).]]>

A rich digital-age math course is like a Tetris game of interlocking pieces: The LMS, Online Homework, Jing, Wolfram Alpha, Discussion Boards, Interactive Materials, Synchronous online communication, Instructor Videos, Web 2.0, and Games.]]>

A rich digital-age math course is like a Tetris game of interlocking pieces: The LMS, Online Homework, Jing, Wolfram Alpha, Discussion Boards, Interactive Materials, Synchronous online communication, Instructor Videos, Web 2.0, and Games.]]>

This presentation shows 10 ways we learn, with a simple acronym to help you remember them and images for each one. The 10 ways we learn are: Practice, Reading, Internet, Discussing, Experience, Thinking, Experimenting, Academic, Creating, and Hearing or Seeing.]]>

This presentation shows 10 ways we learn, with a simple acronym to help you remember them and images for each one. The 10 ways we learn are: Practice, Reading, Internet, Discussing, Experience, Thinking, Experimenting, Academic, Creating, and Hearing or Seeing.]]>

The process of learning algebra should ideally teach students good logic skills, the ability to compare and contrast circumstances, and to recognize patterns and make predictions. In a world with free CAS at our fingertips, the focus on these underlying skills is even more important than it used to be. Learn how to focus on thinking skills and incorporate more active learning in algebra classes, without losing ground on topic coverage.]]>

The process of learning algebra should ideally teach students good logic skills, the ability to compare and contrast circumstances, and to recognize patterns and make predictions. In a world with free CAS at our fingertips, the focus on these underlying skills is even more important than it used to be. Learn how to focus on thinking skills and incorporate more active learning in algebra classes, without losing ground on topic coverage.]]>

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