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Tweetle while you work

“Tweetle while you work” is the Teachers Talking Technology session this coming Tuesday, March 19th. Join us for a discussion of different uses of Twitter in academic life. The session will feature panelists Sean Cobb, who uses Twitter to establish more connections with other film scholars, and Kristian Peterson, who uses Twitter to continue course […]

The impact of MOOCs on Gustavus

Join us for Teachers Talking Technology this upcoming Tuesday, February 19th, to discuss the impact of MOOCs on Gustavus. We will have table discussions about the role online courses and MOOCs in higher education and how(if) they will change the Gustavus academic program. You can find links to recent articles on the topic at http://bit.ly/gustavusMOOC. Program […]

Teacher Behaviors Checklist for Improving Teaching

Sometimes it’s difficult to know what actions to take in response to scores on student evaluations of teaching. For example, if you receive low scores on “How well do you think the instructor accomplished (is accomplishing) the objectives of the course?,” what exactly do you change for next semester? The Teacher Behaviors Checklist (TBC) attempts […]

Technology for Guest Speakers in Classes

During the Fall semester I included more guest speakers in my classes–a children’s museum consultant, a speech pathologist, a midwife, a school social worker, a city employee, a book publisher, and a toy maker. Some of the speakers were local, while others kindly volunteered to drive down from the Twin Cities. However, sometimes the guest […]

Web-based accommodations for students

Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) has many adopters and potential benefits. At Gustavus, one of the most common implementations of JiTT is to administer pre-class quizzes through Moodle. For web-based quizzes to be the most effective, researchers have recommended establishing time limits. However, as an accommodation, students frequently request extra time on assignments, exams, and quizzes. To […]

Download all Moodle assignments as zip file

This morning I noticed that if you scroll to the bottom of a Moodle assignment page, you can download all the assignments submitted by your students as one zip file. I hope that this feature was added as part of the Gustavus Moodle upgrade this summer because, otherwise, I feel pretty silly for clicking at […]

Encrypting confidential files

As the college begins the laptop replacement cycle for faculty office machines, more faculty members will be traveling with their computer, using them in public spaces, and using them for personal files such as tax returns and medical records. Therefore, file security may be more of an issue than it was during the previous desktop […]

Moodle Analytics as Course Evaluation

What relationship exists between student activity on Moodle and final grades in a course? I downloaded all user activity for my Spring 2011 General Psychology course (68 students across 2 sections) and made a pivot table in Excel to summarize the activity by students and activity type. On average, each student viewed the course 114 […]

t3 Idea Exchange Summary

At the last Teachers Talking Technology session of the Spring 2011 semester, 21 faculty members gathered to generate topics for the t3 sessions during the upcoming academic year and a list of campus technology needs. Below are the points and issues that were raised. If you have additional ideas or would like to elaborate on […]

Cool Web Apps for Work

Mashable has a list of 5 Simple Web Apps For Saving Time At Work. The whole list is well worth looking at, but I thought I’d take a minute to go over the few that stood out as being the most useful. 1. Zamzar …for converting files from one format to another. You can convert […]