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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An Instructional Designer’s Perspective on Reading Circles

  Last month, I presented at the Statewide Teaching and Learning Conference in Waterloo, Iowa with my faculty colleagues Shelby Myers-Verhage from the Iowa City campus and Judith Wightman from the Psychology department.  We have been working together for at least the past year on leading reading circles for faculty at KCELT.   In the… [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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Meet Kirkwood’s Instructional Designers

Since Wilson and Jeremy have started working as instructional designers at Kirkwood, they have heard many faculty ask them the same questions:  What is that you exactly do here?  How is your work the same or different from what Alan and Emily do? Alan Peterka and Emily McWorthy are also instructional designers who work in… [Read the Full Story]

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The Future of the Mind: A Review

Earlier this summer, KCELT had a reading circle on The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku, published by Doubleday earlier this year.  While watching Dr. Kaku being interviewed on The Daily Show, I was seeing how many of the scientific breakthroughs in neuroscience will affect… [Read the Full Story]

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Diversity Conferences in Eastern Iowa

Within the time span of a month, the Eastern Iowa region has had several conferences dedicated to diversity in higher education institutions, acknowledging the continuously changing demographics of our community.  In fact, recently the Pew Research Center, published an engaging website about the Next America.  I recommend that you take a quick glance at this… [Read the Full Story]

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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… [Read the Full Story]

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Open Space Technology: A Book Review

This book was suggested to the instructional designers at KCELT, Wilson Rojas and I, to provide the philosophical foundation for participative learning events, by one of the organizers of the Chicago EdCamp in late October 2013.  An EdCamp model was something that intrigued me ever since it was suggested to KCELT by one faculty member… [Read the Full Story]

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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… [Read the Full Story]

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Nzelu: Sociocultural Perspectives on Learning & Intelligence

This is something I wrote on another blog several months ago before the Fall 2013 semester began.  I wanted to share it with you now in retrospect with the Culturally Responsive Classroom pilot project halfway completed.  I also wanted to add a little more on what I have learned since the original posting. In the… [Read the Full Story]

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