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Creating online learning experiences – what's used? what works?

December 10th, 2009 | Comments Off on Creating online learning experiences – what's used? what works?

Whether for online-only distance education courses for remote learners or as part of a hybrid approach to instruction for undergraduates, faculty across the university use a range of technologies to package lectures and course content for delivery outside of the classroom setting. The needs and experiences of faculty in using these technologies has been varied. Continue Reading →

Grading in the digital age

November 16th, 2009 | Comments Off on Grading in the digital age

HASTAC recently published an interesting forum in consideration of the impact of new forms of digital media on grading and student assessment, including the skills and technologies that are changing faculty practices. This forum, “Grading 2.0: Evaluation in the Digital Age“, invites posts from the academic community; a number of interesting responses from faculty and students have already been shared. Some of the areas for this forum include e-learning related topics such as how digital media can facilitate new strategies for grading and student assessment and how to assess student work in digital media formats across disciplines.

As many as five academic programs at Duke are currently exploring whether Chalk&Wire eportfolio software can support rubric-based assessment of electronic portfolios that contain rich media elements. Other faculty have students creating blogs, web sites, videos and other new media forms across a wide range of disciplines. What elearning tools do Duke’s faculty, students and programs need to support these new approaches to learning and assessment?

Does the "social media gap" matter?

November 6th, 2009 | Comments Off on Does the "social media gap" matter?

In focus groups and interviews with faculty and students at Duke, it is common to hear faculty and students describe ways that they use social media tools – just usually not to facilitate faculty-student communication. This phenomenon is not unique to Duke – it even has a name – the “Social Media Gap”.
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Capturing presentations

October 27th, 2009 | Comments Off on Capturing presentations

For a variety of reasons, faculty and student interest in creating and sharing digital presentations has become an area of exciting exploration and growth. From both the faculty and student perspective, there are a number of questions and issues in relation to the technologies used to create, capture and share presentations. Continue Reading →

Communication outside of class time

October 7th, 2009 | Comments Off on Communication outside of class time

Interviews and focus groups so far have indicated that email is still the primary mode of online communication for faculty and students outside of class time. Although other online communication tools are widely available and commonly used by both faculty and students in other contexts, these tools (such as IM chat & webcams) do not seem to be commonly used to support communication between faculty and students. Continue Reading →

Teaching with audio and video

October 6th, 2009 | 1 Comment

Increasingly, faculty want to share multimedia course content with students. In some cases, faculty create their own original multimedia or assign students to create and share multimedia in lieu of more traditional types of assignments.

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Using collaboration tools

October 1st, 2009 | 1 Comment

Across a wide range of disciplines, faculty are developing courses and activities which require groups of students to work collaboratively. Features such as wikis and other collaborative writing tools, virtual learning environments, and video annotation technologies are being explored and implemented by growing numbers of faculty across campus.

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Collecting student work and providing feedback

September 25th, 2009 | Comments Off on Collecting student work and providing feedback

Many faculty continue to collect student work and provide feedback in hard copy. Faculty cited a variety of reasons for preferring physical copies of student work to electronic file exchange. In the first student focus group, students were overall more comfortable handing in assignments electronically,  but they also expressed concerns about digital submission.
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Course web sites – public, private, or both?

September 24th, 2009 | Comments Off on Course web sites – public, private, or both?

During interviews, most faculty have discussed whether they feel some or all of their course web site content should be visible or open to individuals outside of the enrolled students. Continue Reading →