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The Flipped Classroom: The Pros and Cons

04.29.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
Many of us can recall instances in our lives where we found ourselves idly sitting in a classroom, eye glazed over, half listening, half pretending to listen to our teacher as they lectured in front of the room. These scenes are all too familiar in today’s schools, as the traditional model of learning has primarily […]
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Project Management Tools: Asana and Trello

04.24.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Since this week will be busy with grading and finals, I thought I would create a lightweight post about some basic project management tools, inspired by an ACRL TechConnect blog post.  Hopefully many of you know about note taking services such as Evernote and using Google Drive for collaboration, but there are also tools to […]
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Blackboard: Downloading the Grade Center

04.22.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
Since the semester is coming to a close, I thought it would be appropriate to blog about downloading the grade center from Blackboard.  Instructors have the ability to download Grade Center data as an excel file. The downloaded file is a useful backup of students grades. Instructors can select specific data to download, or download […]
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Creating Infographics: easel.ly

04.16.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Infographics are great educational tools to use for assignments, student presentations, and more.  Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly (taken from infographic wikipedia page). Here is an example of an infographic, made by HPU Office of Career Services: Though infographics are great, they are time consuming to create. […]
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Blackboard: 5 Tips and Tricks

04.15.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
Check out the list of tips and tricks I have compiled below to help make your Blackboard experience easier!   Blackboard now has an easy way to navigate between recently visited modules, such as content pages, Grace Center, ect., in different courses or other courses you are enrolled in. Click on the down arrow next to […]
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Digital Pedagogy Initiative: Digital Learning Exhibition

04.10.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Last week HPU’s Digital Pedagogy Initiative (DPI) held a Digital Learning Exhibition, where HPU faculty showed off teaching and technology projects through a poster session in Slane. From the DPI Website: “The Digital Learning Exhibition was held on Wednesday, April 2, from 1:00-2:00. The exhibition showcased how HPU students and faculty are using digital technologies to advance […]
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Recording a Voice-Over Narration in PowerPoint

04.8.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
I have had a lot of requests from students for help with voice over narration through a PowerPoint presentation. These instructions below will provide your students with step by step instructions on how to do so.  Keep in mind that voice over narration in PowerPoint does not provide any editing features. 1. Preparation Create your […]
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Digital Pedagogy Initiative: Flipped Classroom Panel

04.4.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
HPU’s Digital Pedagogy Initiative (DPI) is a component of the 2013-2014 Think BIG Active Learning and Engaged Pedagogy Initiative.  The DPI supports and incentivizes pedagogical innovation in the realm of digital technologies. Their aim is to support any HPU faculty member who wants to learn how to integrate digital tools into a course or wants to share […]
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YouTube Help: Tips and Tricks

04.1.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
The YouTube Help channel offers helpful playlists for learning tips and tricks about YouTube and the YouTube mobile apps. YouTube Help has three useful playlists, Mobile Monday, How To Wednesday and Did You Know? Friday.  These playlists update weekly. You can subscribe to this channel so you don’t miss any tips!  Watch the tips and tricks […]
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Blackboard Maintenance: Friday, March 28th 3:00AM-4:00AM

03.27.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
 **Blackboard will be down for maintenance on Friday, March 28th between the hours of 3:00AM – 4:00AM**   
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