Indispensable Skills and Deep Conversations

Indispensable Skills and Deep Conversations

Our Menu of Learning is extensive and presents a good window into what we offer for our faculty and staff. We listen to people from many departments across our region and across our programs to provide sessions that teach skills and aid in diving deeper into teaching. When we cover how to create discussions and […]

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Our Technology Mission…And We Choose to Accept It Each Day

Our Technology Mission…And We Choose to Accept It Each Day

A dominant area of focus in instructional planning, instruction and assessment is technology. To me, technology includes more than just computers and tablets. I think whiteboard walls, post its, markers and colorful pencils and pens are all technology too. Whatever technology we thoughtfully choose to integrate into our planning and teaching is a central support […]

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TPACK Knowledge and Application!

TPACK Knowledge and Application!

Technology integration is a part of today’s classroom. Most of us teach in classrooms that are equipped with mobile technology and internet access where the students have access to one or several mobile devices. When the context is filled with technology and online tools, it’s possible to be distracted when we try to integrate it […]

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The Tools’ Paradox and Technology in Higher Education

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 […]

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iPad Initiative: How to Inspire People to Take Risks

iPad Initiative: How to Inspire People to Take Risks

The video that we are sharing today is not about the iPad. It is about how people were inspired by other people. It is about how a growth mindset person can positively affect our faculty, staff, and finally our students. I think the world needs more people like them. The world needs more people like […]

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Excellent Online Resources for Teachers

Excellent Online Resources for Teachers

As KCELT is working to improve its web presence, we have found a few good online resources that inspire us to do better.  And we’d like to share them with you! The first is Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching, which offers research-informed teaching guides currently found in the right column of its webpage.  These teaching […]

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Google Hangouts: A Reflection

Google Hangouts: A Reflection

At the end of the Fall 2013 semester, KCELT hosted the Technology Teaching and Learning Institute that featured integrating internet video conferencing (IVC) into the classroom.  During one of the three days, we concentrated on providing hands-on training on four IVC tools, including Google Hangouts. According to our feedback, many faculty were interested in either […]

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How ready are our faculty and students with emerging technology?

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 http://www.nmc.org/publications/2014-horizon-report-higher-ed.  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 […]

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More on Twitter

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 http://podcast.teachercast.net/tep12/. Also, another blog of note is Sue Beckingham’s Social Media 4 Us, which focuses on […]

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How can Twitter help community college faculty?

How can Twitter help community college faculty?

I’ve been using Twitter for several years as @slagoski23 and I have more recently started tweeting for KCELT @KCELTkirkwood (somebody else already had the @kcelt handle).  As a student, researcher, and teacher, I have found Twitter to be extraordinarily helpful for information, inspiration, and communication.  And once I started getting the hang of interacting on […]

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Presenting Content

Presenting Content

My first experience of presenting content with computer technology was Microsoft’s PowerPoint.  I was surprised to discover that it was released to the public in 1990 because I didn’t really see it used much until a decade later.  Once I had my laptop computer in 2000, I started playing with it.  I made my first […]

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

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 […]

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Completing Kirkwood Courses as an Assessment Tool

Completing Kirkwood Courses as an Assessment Tool

This post was written by Judith Wightman, Professional Development Fellow and faculty in the Psychology department. Taking credit courses offered through Kirkwood can serve a variety of purposes, including learning more about a particular subject, getting exposure to new technologies and teaching techniques used by other instructors, increasing in empathy for students, and working toward […]

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Outcomes-based Assessment

Outcomes-based Assessment

I have used this PPT (and slightly different variations of it) to introduce the conceopt of outcomes-based assessment to different faculty groups. This is the version that I shared last year with the iPad Initiative members, and now I’d like to share more broadly. According to an outcome-assessment framework, it is imperative that the teaching/learning […]

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iPad Initiatives and Mobile Learning

iPad Initiatives and Mobile Learning

One of the projects that I am involved in here at Kirkwood is the iPad initiative, which started a week before my first day here.  Although I am for giving teachers opportunities to use mobile devices to enhance the teaching and learning processes that go on in and beyond the classroom, I do not want […]

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Blogging

Blogging

Blogging was one of the topics covered during 2012’s Technology Teaching & Learning Institute.  You can view that session in the videos below. If you are interested in creating your own blog through Blogger or Edublogs, please view the following videos.  Blogger is one of the two most popular free blogging programs with WordPress being […]

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First iPad Experiences as a Kirkwood Professor

First iPad Experiences as a Kirkwood Professor

Rich Underwood, speech professor at Kirkwood Community College, demonstrates how he progressed from absolute beginner to novice with the iPad, which he uses in his classes.

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Learner Success with the iPad

Learner Success with the iPad

Deb Bloom, English instructor at Kirkwood Community College, reflects on how the iPad and Active Learning pedagogy have positively affected learner success in her classes.

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Why Podcast – Findings of a Teacher

Why Podcast – Findings of a Teacher

DJ Hennager, who teaches Anatomy and Physiology here at Kirkwood, reviews thoughts gained by the use of YouTube in teaching for the “Flipped Classroom” model. Specifically, a brief introduction on how to get started, how podcasts may benefit students, and how podcasting may change the nature of education. You may view the Prezi from the […]

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