July 29, 2013

MediaCore video education platform announces Moodle plug-in at Campus Technology 2013

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MediaCore, the cloud-based video education platform, is announcing at Campus Technology 2013 a new plug-in for Moodle the most widely-used Learning Management System in the world. Visit MediaCore at Booth 1211 to see how universities and colleges are using video to engage students, encourage peer-to-peer learning and support learning beyond the lecture hall.


July 29, 2013

SUNY ITEC Chooses Ensemble Video Multi-Tenant Platform for University-Wide Video CMS

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The State University of New York (SUNY) Information Technology Exchange Center (ITEC) today announced its acquisition of the Ensemble Video platform. Ensemble Video will provide streamlined video content management and publishing capabilities throughout the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education.


July 29, 2013

The Instructor’s Challenge: Moving Students beyond Opinions to Critical Thinking

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Critical thinking is defined as a reflective and reasonable thought process embodying depth, accuracy, and astute judgment to determine the merit of a decision, an object, or a theory (Alwehaibi, 2012). Creative thinking involves analysis, evaluation, and a synthesizing of facts, ideas, opinions, and theories. Possessing the capacity to logically and creatively exercise in-depth judgment and reflection to work effectively in the realm of complex ideas exemplifies a critical thinker (Carmichael & Farrell, 2012).


July 26, 2013

Designing Blended Courses the ADDIE Way

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Blended learning does not simply involve shifting portions of face-to-face instruction online. Ultimately, a blended course will require reconceptualization of the entire learning process. That’s where ADDIE comes in.

The ADDIE method is an acronym that stands for analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. It is a critically important tool for designing blended courses.


July 25, 2013

AcademicPub Introduces Express Books Enabling Educators to Self-Publish

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AcademicPub(TM), the world’s largest provider of copyright-cleared content for digital and printed course packs in higher education, today announced the launch of Express Books(TM), enabling professors to self- publish. The announcement was made by Caroline Vanderlip, CEO, of AcademicPub parent SharedBook Inc.


July 24, 2013

Choosing and Using Textbooks

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The July 2013 issue of Teaching of Psychology (40, 3) includes an “objective analysis” of the specifications and content coverage of 13 full-length introductory psychology textbooks. In six pages, teachers get a well-organized overview of introductory texts and a good feel for what those in the field consider important introductory course content. Scholarship like this makes a valuable contribution to the discipline.


July 22, 2013

“I Don’t Like This One Little Bit.” Tales from a Flipped Classroom

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The Internet flipped learning before instructors did. Want to find out something? Google it. Wikipedia it. Use your laptop or smartphone or iPad. That’s where the “answers” are. Some of us initially reacted to this cyber-democratization of information asserting, “This isn’t right! The Internet is full of incomplete and simply wrong information.” But the challenge to the classroom was more profound. It has raised questions among students and even administrators about the need for face-to-face classrooms at all, as if correct information and unchallenged “opinions” were all that was needed.



July 17, 2013

i>clicker Announces Release of i>clicker GO, Now Offers Mobile-Friendly Hybrid Response Solution

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i>clicker, one of the most widely used student response systems in higher education, today announced the release of i>clicker GO, a mobile response solution that transforms laptops, smartphones and tablets into student response devices. i>clicker GO is available for purchase at https://www.iclickergo.com or as an app from the iTunes and Google Play app stores.