June 27, 2013

Get Students Thinking: The Blue Slips Approach

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I have taught the senior-level marketing capstone course for more than 15 years. That translates to something like 28 semesters of graduates about to embark on life in “the real world.” We joke in academia about calling it that, but in fact when one considers the sheltered life of a college undergrad of traditional age, the world outside is more real than what they have experienced in our classrooms. I do not profess to be an expert at getting them prepared to face that scary world, but I do have an assignment that I think helps them at least think about who they will be in that new place. It involves blue slips. What’s a blue slip? Pink slips you know, but not blue ones.


June 26, 2013

AcademicPub, Getty Images Partner to Give Educators Easy, Legal Access to Images

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Getty Images, one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of imagery, video and other multimedia products has partnered with AcademicPub(TM), a technology platform which enables faculty to create customized course packs with real-time selection of copyright-cleared content from multiple publishers and sources.


June 26, 2013

Dead Ideas That Limit Teaching and Learning

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Dead ideas that limit teaching and learning—that was the topic of Professor Diane Pike’s plenary session at the recent Teaching Professor Conference. There’s a tyranny associated with dead ideas. They limit and constrain our thinking, and can lead us in the wrong direction. An idea may pass on without us noticing, and discovering it is dead can be provocative. Consider, for example, these three ideas that Pike proposed.


June 25, 2013

Inquiry-Based Approaches: What Do Students Think?

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“Inquiry-based learning is an umbrella term, encompassing a range of teaching approaches which involve stimulating learning with a question or issue and thereby engaging learners in constructing new knowledge and understandings.” (p. 57) Teachers who use these approaches act as facilitators of learning. Students start becoming more self-directed learners. A hodgepodge of approaches gets put under this umbrella, including case-based learning; problem-based learning; and discovery-oriented learning, which involves undertaking original research.


June 24, 2013

Half of Faculty Say Their Job is More Difficult Today than Five Years Ago

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If you find yourself working longer hours or maybe feeling a bit more stressed at the end of the day, you’re not alone. Fifty percent of college faculty who completed the annual Faculty Focus reader survey said that their job is more difficult than it was five years ago. Only nine percent said their job is less difficult, while 33 percent said it’s about the same.


June 21, 2013

Blackboard Launches Mosaic, a Web-Based Platform That Lets Institutions Rapidly Issue High-Quality Apps

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Blackboard today unveiled Mosaic™, a unique platform that gives schools and universities a radically different approach to deploying mobile apps. While institutions can spend months developing apps and lack flexibility to make changes once they’ve launched, Mosaic greatly simplifies the process so that people with very limited technology experience can create, deploy and update high-quality, device-specific apps in minutes or days.



June 20, 2013

Recent Copyright Cases: What You Need to Know

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In the spring of 2008, Georgia State University officials were sued by three academic publishers claiming extensive copyright infringement in the posting of book excerpts to GSU’s e-reserves and learning management systems. Although the case went to trial in the summer of 2011, the judge took nearly a year to craft an almost 350-page opinion that painstakingly analyzed 75 alleged violations of fair use.


June 19, 2013

Defining and Promoting Teamwork in the Classroom

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Group work and teamwork. In college courses the terms refer to students working together, often on an assignment or an activity. Group work is the more neutral term, whereas teamwork implies something about how the students are working together. And although teamwork is easy to identify when we see it on a playing field or court, what does teamwork look like in a college classroom?