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Serving the Lincoln University community by supporting the effective use of technology in instruction.

 

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

MOOCs
Massive Open Online Courses, see also Into the Future with MOOCs". In MOOCs rather than Open Courses, students will interact with each other and, to some extent, with instructors. MOOCs may be free now, but the in the future? On July 9, 2013, Coursera, the largest MOOC provider in 2013, announced that it had raised $43-million in its second round of financing, adding to the $22-million it raised last year.

The potential impact of MOOCs on international branch campuses is explored: http://bit.ly/OsHrgV

"MOOCs will transform higher education in ways one can only imagine", http://huff.to/RtbpWv
...Or maybe they won't http://onforb.es/Tm8Eai
...Or maybe they will and maybe they won't http://bit.ly/OAkPv0
Read more >

Coursera, the largest provider of MOOCs, looks to curb cheating by those taking its free online courses: from University World News via the Chronicle: http://bit.ly/OtEZsS

The Saylor Foundation has nearly completed a suite of free courses within several popular undergraduate majors: http://bit.ly/OlMGkS

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announces grants of up to $50,000 to colleges and universities to develop massive open online courses (MOOCs) in high enrollment, low success introductory courses: http://bit.ly/RBrqKi

compiled by USDLA, 09/13/12

BYOD, Mobile Computing
What you can do on a desktop computer you can now do on a variety of small devices, such as cell phones, iPads and similar tablets. See "7 Things you should know about mobile computing"

Flip Your Classroom
If you ever say the following, it may time to flip your classroom

I wish I had time to break students into small groups.
I wish the students work on their problems in class when I’m here to help.
We need more time to practice these problem sets.
We need time to experiment with re-configuring molecules to see what happens.
I am spending too much time in class working with only one or two students on these concepts.

 

Open Courses
Many universities are offering free, open courses for anyone to take. They are the same courses registered students take, but the interaction with a professor is not the same and no credits are given. At this time, free online course are not acceptable as transfer credits—but that may change.

OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials for colleges and universities, without any interactivity. 

 

Google Docs

Online documents, spreadsheets, presentation tool. With a Google account, you have access to Googld tools to collaborate, edit documents online on any computer. You can organize a class and student documents.

See Google for Educators and a simple presentation about Google Docs

Energy-Use Web Site Shows a Campus Where to Conserve
By Josh Keller, The Chronicle Wired Campus, April 1, 2010

Many colleges, though not enough, closely monitor their power consumption in order to save money and reduce their environmental impact. But few go as far as the University of California at San Diego, which this week debuted a Web site that makes detailed, real-time data about campus energy use public information. > more

Teach from a Distance If you or your students are absent due to illness or traveling.

Cool Tool: JING
Add onscreen videos, narration, screen shots. Download is FREE.
 

MORE Web Tools >> see even more

Center for Digital Storytelling
is an international non-profit training, project development and research organization dedicated to assisting people in using digital media to tell meaningful stories from their lives.

Collaborative Note Taking
students taking and working on notes in a collaborative effort in class and online using wikis.

del.icio.us
social bookmarking website -- the primary use of del.icio.us is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere, too. On del.icio.us, you can use tags to organize and remember your bookmarks, which is a much more flexible system than folders.

Digg
discover and share content from anywhere on the web. Everything on Digg — from news to videos to images to Podcasts — is submitted by the Digg community. Once something is submitted, other people see it and Digg what they like best.

Diigo
free research and knowledge-sharing tool. As you research the web, you can annotate and highlight web sites, then connect with partners to share your information.

dimdim
for face-to-face meetings, giving presentations overthe web, provides whiteboards, voice and video.

Edmodo
"a private social platform built for education." Think Facebook interface as online course with student privacy.

Information Literacy Guides
Create effective scientific posters. Find and communicate using data resources. - from Academic Media Studio, Wesleyan University.

Lulu
web-based self-publishing service, providing online access to the tools an individual needs to design, publish, and print original material, including books, brochures, reports, calendars, and posters. Self-publishing offers an alternative to traditional publishing by allowing authors and creators of content to decide what gets published and in what form, allowing anyone to publish a book inexpensively and much more quickly than with traditional publishing. Faculty can use the service to publish more timely textbooks and other material for courses, and by having access to the tools of production, students can see and understand the processes involved.>> more

Meebo
combines and organizes all instant messaging in one place

MERLOT
peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials. Share advice and expertise about education with expert colleagues. Be recognized for your contributions to quality education. >> more

MindMeister
free collaborative online mind mapping software. Plan, brainstorm, visualize projects and share them as you work.

Ning
is the social platform for people with similar interests where you can share interests, become an entrepreneur, integrate with other social networking tools.

NITLE
(pronounced"nite-ly") National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education.

Poll Everywhere
free audience response system for up to 30 people (low cost thereafter) using cell phones.

Second Life
Consider a media-rich environment available to you, your colleagues and students all over the world. Consider meeting, conducting research and working collaboratively in Second Life.
>>more

SlideShare
Upload your PowerPoint presentations, Word Docs, and pdfson SlideShare to share themwith your colleagues, students, anyone - or privately. You can embed slideshows into your blog or website; synch audio to your slides; join groups to connect with others who share your interests.

Twitter
An online application that is part blog, part social networking site, and part cell phone/IM tool. It is designed to let users describe what they are doing or thinking at a given moment in 140 characters or less. As a tool for students and faculty, Twitter could be used academically to foster interaction and support metacognition. >> more