Category Archives: Digital & Information Literacy

Deep Learning Through Digital Story Telling

Sara Kepros is an assistant professor and a reading specialist in the English Department at Kirkwood. She is also a Professional Development Fellow  for KCELT (Kirkwood Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching). Students in her class practice effective reading for the college level, they learn strategies and tools for increasing their reading comprehension. They… [Read the Full Story]

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The Tools’ Paradox and Technology in Higher Education

Technology Integration brings a lot of debate among educators around the country.  Supporters argue that technology increases motivation and engagement, while critics claim technology has no real impact on student success. In this blog post, I will outline my personal perspective on Technology Integration. The Tools’ Paradox What comes first: technology or pedagogy? This is… [Read the Full Story]

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KCELT Instructional Designer Introduction

My name is Maryam Ghayoorrad (Rod-Szabo) Instructional Designer at Kirkwood Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (KCELT). I was an instructor of Educational Technology and Design and I am a doctoral student at the University of Northern Iowa. I have taught and served as a graduate research assistant at the University of Northern Iowa… [Read the Full Story]

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Great Expectations: Students and Video in Higher Education

Earlier this year, SAGE publications released a white paper titled Great Expectations: Students and Video in Higher Education.  The paper discusses why they watch videos for class and how they search for and access videos for learning.  One major yet unsurprising finding is that most students (71.2%) go to YouTube to search for videos needed… [Read the Full Story]

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Multiliteracies & OERs – Teaching with Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a tool that supports two of my passions in instructional design and pedadogy.  The first is integrating multiliteracies into the curriculum and the other is using and creating open educational resources or OERs.  Before getting into OERs, I wanted to share some questions to help you get into the design mindset of multiliteracies. How… [Read the Full Story]

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How ready are our faculty and students with emerging technology?

Below is a list of key emerging technologies from the NMC Horizon Report, which can be downloaded from  This report was mentioned in an earlier post, titled “What do you want to learn?” Faculty need to approach this list with a critical mindset.  Teachers should ask themselves the following questions about each item: Do… [Read the Full Story]

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More on Twitter

This is a quick post to educators who want to further learn and explore the utility and practicality of Twitter.  The video above comes from TeacherCast, the Educational Broadcasting Network.  To access the video through their site, go to Also, another blog of note is Sue Beckingham’s Social Media 4 Us, which focuses on… [Read the Full Story]

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Sharing Ideas on Incorporating Visual Rhetoric into Composition Instruction

This is the 2012-13 Mentor-Mentee Project developed by Darek Benesh, assistant professor of English. Instruction and Goals Tom Ernster and I are both interested in the concept of visual rhetoric, and we both include visual rhetoric units in our classes.  Tom has a unit in his Comp I classes in which students design a visual… [Read the Full Story]

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A Class Without Textbooks – Has Technology Replaced Basic Communication Skills?

This post was originally presented to Central States Communication Conference on April 6, 2013 by Professor Richard L. Underwood. Welcome to Fundamentals of Oral Communication.  I am your instructor Rich Underwood.  The textbook for the course is…” This is a phrase that all instructors have used at the start of a course.  According to the… [Read the Full Story]

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Using Social Networking Tools in the Classroom

On June 19. 2013, KCELT instructional designer Jeremy Slagoski presented two sessions on using social networking tools in the classroom.  He used Google sites as his platform to present the content, which can be seen by clicking on this link: The first session had 9 participants, and the groups mainly discussed Twitter and social networks… [Read the Full Story]

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