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NSF’s We Are Mathematics Video Competition Winners!

Congratulations to GSU's John Weber from the Mathematics department and our very own Garrett Dehart (not pictured) for winning the NSF's, We Are Mathematics Video Competition! The video promotes John's project SMILES (with fellow PIs Dennis Pearl from Penn State and...

New Upgrades Coming to iCollege on June 8, 2019!

Several upgrades and enhancements are coming to iCollege on Saturday, June 8. Please see the list below for full details:    Webex -- New, Modern Webex Integration  The new Webex integration provides an improved interface for scheduling meetings and...

Reflection Question Bank for your Courses

Metacognition is one of my favorite unsung heroes in learning. Without reflecting back on how you achieved the results that you achieved and considering the means by which you learn, you will be less likely to achieve success in the future. However, most reading...

Constrained Writing Approaches To Creativity and Design

I often wondered when I cursed, Often feared where I would be— Wondered where she'd yield her love, When I yield, so will she. I would her will be pitied! Cursed be love! She pitied me ... - Lewis Carroll Do you notice anything...odd about the piece of writing above?...

PC Sites is Going Away!

PC Sites is Going Away! On April 30th, 2019, you will no longer have access to websites hosted on PC Sites (https://sites.pc.gsu.edu). CETL will be decommissioning the server that hosts all PC Edublog sites. If you wish to keep your website, you will need to manually...

Cool Tools: TwoTone

Think data visualization just isn't clicking for your innovation-loving students? Try data sonification! TwoTone allows you to convert your datasets into sound. Now, this may sound like it's just for the novelty of things, but it also serves an accessibility purpose....

10 Minute Tips – February 2019 Calendar

Do you have a few minutes to increase your knowledge about iCollege or other technology integration tools?   CETL will be hosting several short webinars to help you stay in the know about technology that you can use in your classroom. Join us in our WebEx...

Speculating with Speculative Design

Here at CETL, the Instructional Design team really likes to experiment. For those of you  who know us, this probably doesn’t come as a complete surprise. We do have one of the most playful spaces on campus. And we take our play seriously. Last year, we...

New Rubric and Assignment Interfaces for iCollege

As we announced in the Fall, the learning management system we used for iCollege moved to the cloud and is now on a continuous update delivery system.  This means that iCollege will be getting small improvements on a monthly basis.   Our first update...

An Evening of Technology

Georgia State University Part-Time Instructors An Evening of Technology  Part-Time Instructors, join the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for An Evening of Technology. This event will provide technology expertise and creative solutions that will...

Creating Insanely Great Syllabi

Today’s blog topic is The Syllabus. We’re mid-semester and probably not thinking about next semester, but should you? This is a good time to have this discussion so you can take some time to think about and play with this approach! This is my third year as the CETL...

Reassessing your Assessment Strategy

First of all: Happy Fall Semester 2018 from Sarah and Will! Now that you’re a couple of weeks in, you might feel some grading fatigue setting in. As such, this is a good time to switch all of your skill-building assessments to auto-graded multiple choice quizzes in...

Design Reflection: FI 4040: International Finance

A Design Journey Begins In May 2017, Dr. Shrikhande reached out to CETL to inquire about transforming his face to face FI 4040 course to an online experience. As indicated by the instructor, more and more courses in his department provide the online option for...

iTeach With iPad: Higher Ed Edition

Let’s start with a hypothetical situation: Your institution has decided to adopt iPad for all students and faculty.  You need to attend professional development on how to use iPad for teaching and learning.  You’re not convinced this is more than a fad; in...

Design Reflection: Fostering a (More) Socially-Just, Rigorous, and Caring Community in a 130 Student, Fully-Online SOCI 1101 Course

Accolades and Congratulations Dear, dear CETL blog readers: I think that you should all join me in a big round of applause for Dr. Jung Ha Kim. Not only did she just finish teaching her first ever online course, but she also graciously, carefully, and caringly guided...

So You Want To Start a New Program!

So you’ve decided to start a new program here at GSU. Congratulations - that’s super exciting! Except: You soon realize that starting a program is a multi-pronged process starring a smorgasbord of people, policies, contexts, concerns, and excitements. This is where we...

Affordable Learning Georgia Grant: Round Eleven

Have you ever felt like chucking your always out-of-date, expensive, and totally non-remixable (under penalty of law) textbook from the eternally-spalling Courtland Street Bridge? Now's your chance! The USG's Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) initiative is currently...

Open Educational Resource and Statistics Anxiety

Yu-Ju's (Sharon's) paper is just published in the Journal of Formative Design in Learning (Wohoo). This is part of her dissertation study that she adopts open educational resources in the introductory statistics/quantitative research methodology courses to deal with...

The Socratic Method

It was only a matter of time. Years back, WordLens showed the world a camera app that could be pointed towards any text & instantly translate it. Google bought it & includes it now in their Translate app. Then PhotoMath & MathPix entered the scene &...

Post/human Approaches to Design and Teaching?

Post/human Approaches to Design and Teaching? Lately, it seems like you can’t turn a corner without being smacked in the face by the specter of posthumanism. As with other educational philosophy trends of yore (I’m looking at you, constructivism) posthumanism is the...

Clash and Flow: Pedagogy and Street Art

On December 2, 2016 a group of instructional designers and graduate students hopped on the Atlanta Streetcar at Hurt Park for the first ever guerilla Art in the Wild: StreetArt Tour in the Edgewood district. The goal of this CETL-hosted trip was to encourage educators...

Inspired by Design: Art In the Wild StreetArt Tour

When we think about designing classes we tend to think about controlling these experiences. What if we flip the script, however, and also think about disorder? How can we use chaos (both ordered and disordered) in our course designs? For our fourth and final Inspired...

VoicetThread At CETL (Recorded Workshop)

On October 10, 2016 the Center for Teaching and Learning hosted a VoiceThread workshop for faculty.  The workshop was lead by VoiceThread expert and instructional designer George Haines.  VoiceThread is available for all GSU faculty. In this workshop, participants...

Edge, and the future, is live

So, you just had the most amazing assignments turned in from your students, and you're proud of your effort and want to show them off - what do you do? In the far-removed past, you may hire a barker to scream about it around ye olde village, or perhaps provide...

Inspired By Design

So, you know how we're constantly writing about design thinking and course redesign? And how we've also talked to you quite a bit in the past about getting your students out of the classroom to create more emotionally engaging, situated experiences on both the GSU...

GSU’s new Edge Magazine

In collaboration with the Honors College, CETL is very happy to announce Edge, a new online magazine highlighting innovative student work and the faculty that inspire that. We're just wrapping up construction of the site for its initial launch in September, but are...

Cool Tools: WallaMe

Ok, so it’s time that we talked about Pokemon GO, right? Well, sorta. Although I’m a casual PG player myself I don’t have any scintillating insights on how to use that particular tool for education (yet!). However, there are a ton of other augmented reality apps...

Teaching: Field Trippin’ Around Campus

Think about one of your classrooms - how do you like it? Is the lighting wonderful? Does the paint color make you drool? Is the seating arrangement and level of mobility conducive to impromptu dance parties? More importantly, does your classroom space - whether face...

Lesson Learned

Not a week goes by when I don’t hear someone discussing an interesting way to assess learners, especially using project and problem-based assessments, capstone activities and portfolios that display skills students have developed in a course or a program. Still, many...

Modern Assessment: Reacting to the Past

Witches in the Classroom On a sweltering June day in Atlanta three young women face the left wall of a nondescript GSU Aderhold building classroom and whisper to each other. Another woman sits at the front of the class regaled in a judge's robe. The rest of the class...

Cool Tools: Canva

I have looked at many, many cloud-based tools that allow you to put together a graphic presentation, a poster or some other visual and inevitably I am disappointed by most of them. They rarely prove to be better than taking the long road and learning Photoshop, but...

Call for ALG Grant Proposal- Transform Your Textbook

Affordable Learning Georgia's Textbook Transformation Grants support the replacement of expensive commercial textbooks with low-cost, no-cost, and open educational resources. The Round Six-Eight ALG Textbook Transformation Grants Request for Proposals (RFP) is now...

Gamifying Your Course

We have a fair number of meetings with instructors who want to gamify their courses. Who can blame them - if you could get your students hooked on your subject like they are on whatever they’re playing on their phones during class, you’d be a fool if you didn’t at...

VoiceThread Workshops

Interested in using VoiceThread in your course? Not even sure what in the world VoiceThread is, or why it needs to be CamelCased? Check out these great workshops happening this summer! You'll love them, and then your students will love them and all will be well in the...

Cool Tools: Zaption

This week’s topic is the epitome of a cool tool. I’m talking other side of the pillow and cool kids’ table cool. This week’s tool is Zaption.   If you haven’t heard of Zaption that’s okay. It’s still a relatively new tool that we’ve been testing for about a year...

Online Teaching and the F2F Learning Experience

One of the first things that occurred when I became an online student, and later taught in an online environment, is that I initially began thinking about the online classroom as a 'sort of' simulation of the face-to-face classroom. I evaluated my first class as a...

Why My Presentation Sucked: Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I posted part one of this series. You might want to check that out if you’d like to read my conference proposal - or don’t and just jump in here. All you really need to know is that my presentation concerned competing personal philosophies and...

Twitter in the Classroom

If you currently think of Twitter as that social media tool where presidential candidates are doing battle and that place on the web where political operatives for the various candidates are trading digs you would, in fact, definitely be fully aware of popular...

Contented: Rethinking PowerPoint for Online Learning

When you think about adapting your course for online delivery, one of the first things you probably think about doing (or dread, depending), is retooling your powerpoint presentations as narrated lectures. I say this because it's the number one thing people talk about...

Why My Presentation Sucked: Part 1

So I presented at a conference recently and my session reaaaaallly didn’t go over well. Why? Well, I think that my stumbling can be ascribed to several factors. But before I get into why I failed - and what I learned from this failure - I want to tell you about my...

Critical Media Literacy Conference: Two Awesome Sessions

Zombies. Megachurches. Soap Operas. Not your typical academic conference topics - unless, that is, you’re considering the broad field of cultural studies and critical media literacy. In this post I’d like to present a quick intro to critical media studies and then...

The Accidental Graphic Designer

In the era of digital media, there are a growing number of people not trained in the graphic arts, but who are called on to design infographics, invitations, charts, Power Points, flyers and any number of digital or printed artifacts for use in their daily lives. And...

Creating online student/class portfolios

What happens to an assignment after it is submitted by a student? More often than not the student is given a grade or maybe some feedback for revision. Students then move on to the next thing that will be graded. The previous submission is abandoned and this cycle...

Use of Social Media in Your Course

Social media has been widely utilized in teaching and learning. Doctor (2013) stated that the advantages that social media brings to education include easy communication, immediate information update, and high flexibility with a variety of devices (e.g., smart phones...

Cool Tools: Clarisketch

Overview Have you ever needed a quick and easy way to annotate and explain a visual concept, plan, or process? If so, Clarisketch is a painless solution to all of your annotation needs. Here’s a quick (and silly) Clarisketch I made in about 15 seconds.  Process So...

Creative Play at Work and in the Classroom

Joyful Ululations On any given Friday you might walk into the CII and find the Course and Program Design Team drawing for 15 or 20 minutes. More likely than not you’ll see 4 or 5 of us crowded around a small table, scented markers and colored pencils furiously...

Where We Learn

So let’s think about designing a course. What do we need to discuss? The learning objectives, content, assessment strategies, delivery methods, and the audience among other things. When it comes to online learning we often discuss how we can leverage online spaces to...

Nonlinear Presentations: Leveraging them in Class

In case you missed last week's post, a nonlinear presentation can be a useful teaching tool that allows you to drive what you want to cover in a presentation (especially when circumstances change) rather than your slide deck. A normal presentation progresses linearly,...

Create Infographic for Data Visualization

Images are sometimes more explanatory than texts. More and more people like to create infographic to convey complex information. Infographic not only includes text and images to transmit abstract information but also makes the entire graphic more visually appealing....

Using 9 Events of Instruction in Your Online Course

Before we further talk about Gagne’s 9 events of instruction. Let’s see the video below and identify how these 9 events can be applied to train cats. Robert Gagne is an educational psychologist and well-known for his book, “Principles of Instructional Design” to use a...

Teaching: Creating Rapport With Weekly Update Videos

My Experience At a former institution I taught a Freshman Experience course year after year and had a fabulous time. In particular, I found great fulfillment in the deep connections I formed with my students both in and out of class. However, when I taught online for...

Nonlinear Presentations: A Presenter’s Best Friend

Let me set the scene... You are the keynote speaker at the latest and greatest conference in your field on a topic near and dear to your heart - you even wrote a book on it! You plan to cover some basic concepts before describing your new idea and sharing how it has...

Mix it Up

This week's cool tool is a must have for anyone looking to turn PowerPoint presentations into videos with narration. Sure you can use tools like Captivate to import slides and add narration and extras but that process can be time consuming and clumsy. Wouldn't it be...

Listen, Lynda!

You may have thought that this instant, internet sensation was saying, "Listen, Linda!" but I would like to think that he was trying to share his love for Lynda.com - I know I am. Lynda.com is a free tool available for all students, staff, and faculty members at GSU...

Coming Back Home

Last summer the CII’s instructional design team moved from Library South to the fourth floor of the Aderhold Learning Center. While we’ve enjoyed the proximity to the many tasty restaurants on Broad Street we are happy to announce that we will be moving back next...

Book Review: Teaching in a Digital Age

On one Wednesday afternoon, some of my friends who teach or design online courses in other institutions were talking about the books you may recommend to novice instructors in online teaching. This free eBook, Teaching in a Digital Age, was recommended as a good...

Contented: Choose Your Own Adventure!

You wake up with a shock in a pitch black room. How did you get here? Although you can’t see a thing the room feels cavernous and drafty. In a panic you decide to stand; unfortunately you bump your forehead painfully  on a cold, hard surface inches from your face as...

Tool Users vs. Homo Sapiens and the Megamachine

Introduction Should the human body shape technological innovation or should technology shape the human body? Theorist Lewis Mumford wrote extensively on this question in the early to mid-20th century. In this short post I'd like to very briefly explore...

Innovative Instructor Series

Once upon a time, there was a place called the Exchange. It was in what most people thought was the basement of Library South. I wouldn't blame anyone for thinking that - even I blame the basement-ness for the Vitamin D deficiency that I suffered last year. Everyone...

Google Keep

Overview Google Keep is a simple notes and reminders tool that seamlessly integrates with the Google suite of applications. Clean and uncomplicated, this tool nevertheless has a variety of educational applications. Overall, Keep is a useful organization, time...

5 Myths about Open Educational Resources

Myth 1- Quality does not matter. OER repositories such as Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) provides over 40,000 materials in 19 different material type categories which include animations, simulations, open textbooks, etc. The...

Three Ways of Being With Technology

Scenario 1: You’re a faculty member at GSU and your insurance company has just offered to knock $100 per month off the price of your Health Insurance. There’s a catch, though: In order to get this discount you must register with and log 3 workouts per week in an app...

Gone are the days of static math problems…

Yep, you heard right. No more graph paper and pencils. No more painstakingly plotting individual points of an equation to see it visually. Now students and instructors can create, copy, and tweak graphs and interactive problem sets using Desmos – and it's FREE!...

Coggle: Beautiful, Collaborative Mindmapping Tool

Are your mindmaps getting a little stiff? If so, try Coggle a shiny, feature-heavy, cloud-based concept mapping tool. Here’s the low-down on this free app: Pricing Coggle Free Coggle Free is, well, free! This option includes basic functions - more on these below in...

Why Open Educational Resource?

Have you ever thought that some students drop courses due to textbook prices? How many students do you think do this every semester? To avoid high costs, students resort to used books, so publishers respond with frequently updated editions, and students start renting...

Instructional Innovation on Campus: Climate Literacy Labs

I've now worked at the CII for ten months. Coming from a corporate instructional design background I've been learning and adjusting to the world of higher education. One of the biggest differences I've noticed is pace. I've been cranking out projects as fast as...

Cool Tools: Skype Public Beta of (near)Realtime Translator

Everybody is now bored with instant messaging and video conferencing. We all just text, right? Well, if the good folks from Microsoft and Skype have anything to do with it, the idea of IM being an afterthought app that you may or may not download if your job requires...

CII on Pinterest – we hear it’s the future!

So, evidently there's this thing called social media, and within the thriving nucleus of it, there is a tool called Pinterest (the Pinterest to those in the know....wait, that's the Google's - it's so hard to keep up). Anyway, Pinterest is a great place to gather and...

Self-Service Pedagogical Problem-Solving

Do you have students who have trouble expressing themselves through writing? Do students ever struggle to keep up with course readings? Are group projects not working as well as you'd like? These common pedagogical problems plague many a college course. Here at the...

Setting Up Your Grade Book for 2015

Welcome back, faculty!  It's a new year and a new semester.  Most likely you have a host of experiences and interactions planned for your students and you can't wait to get started.  The last thing you want to think about is the set up of your grade book.  But if you...

This will revolutionize education

If a moment ever comes along when I am teaching a class, and I require any old YouTube video to embed or link to as an example, my go-to is inevitably a video from my all-time favorite YouTube channel, Veritasium.  Veritasium, an educational science video blog...

Innovations in Methodology – statistics edition

Though most innovations that are discussed revolve around new hardware, software, or services, it's important to remember that there are still plenty of methodological innovations that are worth discussing in the frame of "innovation". Recently, the Association for...

Skype Translator

In the ever-rushing march of massive technological change, real-time voice translation is beginning to hit the mainstream market, and amazingly you can take part in it's development. Skype, venerable old online chat and messaging app owned by Microsoft, is getting...

quick tip – How you’re using Photoshop wrong

Wow! How quickly we learn how little we know. Here's a great quick set of tips on how you could be using Photoshop better. From editing on separate layers, to converting items to Smart Objects to prevent file degradation, and everywhere in between. If you don't find a...

Tableau Day Follow up and Data Viz User Group Meetup

In case you missed it, Tableau Day was this past Friday in Curve, and we were very pleased with how everything went. The large crowd was able to hear about how not only Tableau, but also data visualization in general, can help to simplify complex information, from...

How to Train Your Dragon

At the Exchange, we have a number of tools that can help you to create truly exceptional eLearning content.  I'd like to share one of the latest additions to our suite of tools, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and in particular talk about training Dragon. Dragon, simply...

Taming the Looming Grading Beast

With the optimism and re-invigorated spirit that comes with the start of a brand new semester, it’s a great time to add tools to your toolkit that can make your faculty life easier and keep a spring in your step. If you’ve ever gotten a bit (or even a lot) behind on...

water, water everywhere….

A common problem in the world of technology, not just among educators, is the overwhelming sense that there are too many tools. We are constantly bombarded with more options about how to create a presentation, how to edit your photos, how to format your text, how to...

Who doesn’t love a game about disease?

The spread of disease isn't just fun for zombie movies anymore, oh weary traveller! When it seems like the only epidemic we're seeing on TV is the spread of fear of Ebola, rather than an actual discussion of the disease and its spread, it seems like a great...

New Grant for Creating eBook Texts announced today

In today's meeting of Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG), a grant was announced for creating or converting existing texts to eBooks for free distribution to students in an effort to make learning more affordable for more Georgia students. Awards provide $5000 for...

Cool Tools: Word Lens

Folks who have attended our seminar on Teaching with iPads have heard me talk about the major benefits of mobile devices and how they relate to learning. Particularly, the characteristics include: Location awareness Remote engagement Continuous updates Collaborative...

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