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This page contains links to educational technology articles with short descriptions of each.

Managing Your Tenure Portfolio with Technology

Robert Talbert, of Grand Valley State University, provides interesting advice for tenure-track faculty on how to use technology to help manage their tenure portfolio. Specifically, he discusses how Evernote and Dropbox are very useful for him. Read More

Microsoft OneNote is very similar to Evernote. A recent EdTech Observer review of OneNote can be accessed here. Likewise, the free CyBox available to all ISU faculty and staff provides plenty of free online space to store tenure track materials.

Faculty Attitudes on Technology

Inside Higher Ed recently released their 2014 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology which makes for some thought-provoking reading. For a comprehensive summary of this report click the link below, from where you can also download the full report.

Interestingly, in terms of believing that online courses can achieving student learning outcomes equivalent to or better than in-person courses there is a great difference in faculty members’ beliefs dependent on whether they have taught online courses or not. Among those who have taught online 41% agree or strongly agree, while among those who have never taught online only 19% agree or strongly agree. A full 50% of those who have never taught online disagree or strongly disagree, compared to only 30% of those who have.

The report also answers several other interesting questions such as what the most important quality indicators of an online education are, how supportive institutions are of online learning, and the extent to which faculty feel they are appropriately consulted when institutions expand online learning. Read more...

Learning Management Systems - Past, Present and Future

The three blog posts linked to below present a good, brief historical overview of LMS development and a very interesting take on the future of LMSs from bloggers Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein - two authorities in the area of educational technology and learning management systems.

LMS and Open: The false binary is based on past, not future markets Read more (Note the very interesting slide deck at the end of this blog post)

The LMS in Historical Perspective Read more

Opening Up the LMS Walled Garden Read more


7 Things you should know about...

This EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) series of brief reports gives you a concise overview of current and emerging topics in educational technology. A new report is published once a month and each describes what the technology or concept is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Below are links to some recent reports.

  • 7 Things You Should Know About Games and Learning

    • Educators have long understood that the interactive dynamic of games has the potential to benefit teaching and learning, and recent years have seen considerable activity surrounding the use of game mechanics in higher education. A diverse matrix of approaches use gaming principles, fully developed games, or other aspects of what some describe as “gameful learning” to increase engagement, enhance learning, and explore new models of education. Game mechanics reinforce the fact that failure is neither a setback nor an outcome but rather an indication that more work is needed to master the skill or knowledge at hand. Games can be highly motivational and engaging for students, and they have the potential to demonstrate that learning can be measured not just by grades but by competencies (Source: ELI). Read more...
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Competency-Based Education Read more

  • 7 Things You Should Know About Gesture-Based Computing Read more

  • 7 Things You Should Know About Wearable Technology Read more


Deploying Online Learning Effectively and Advantageously for the Institution

Online learning is widespread in higher education, and as institutional leaders gain experience with online learning, they are beginning to recognize its potential contribution to institutional matters such as enrollment growth and learning experience enhancement. One factor in realizing online learning’s full potential is how it is structured. ECAR research shows that a centralized approach provides more efficiency and is usually more cost effective for the institution as a whole because resources can be pooled to provide the best services for general use. At Coppin State University, a proposed online management degree program in 2011 prompted the leadership to consider online learning’s role with respect to the institutional mission, and Coppin’s administrators decided to deploy a centralized, institutional online learning environment that fortified student performance in an online setting. This case study highlights how this centralized approach fostered effective deployment practices that resulted in a robust institutional online learning environment, involving course design best practices, a faculty certification program, supportive faculty policies, and an assessment system (Source: ECAR). Read more...
ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013

ECAR has surveyed undergraduate students annually since 2004 about technology in higher education. In 2013, ECAR collaborated with more than 250 higher education institutions to collect responses from more than 112,000 undergraduate students about their technology experiences and expectations. The findings are distilled into four broad themes to help educators and higher education institutions better understand how students experience technology on their respective campuses and the ways in which new, better, or more technology can impact students’ relationship with information technology (Source: ECAR). Read more...


Leading a Multiple Project Mobile Learning Initiative: The Approach at Boise State University

Many colleges and universities have launched wide-ranging, device-specific mobile initiatives or invested substantial resources to make services mobile friendly in a platform-neutral manner. For others, a more measured approach toward integration of mobile devices can be a reasonable and pragmatic way forward. Faculty and staff from a number of units within Boise State University convened in Fall 2010 to develop a series of specific recommendations that would allow for the development of one or more innovative, technology-based projects across campus. In 2011, the task force submitted a proposal titled “Mobile-Learning for Boise State: A Proposal to Catalyze Transformation in Teaching and Learning.” This bulletin describes a number of projects that have emerged from the mobile learning initiative (Source: ECAR). Read more...