Whitney King | Blended Learning

In Spring 2015, Whitney King partnered with Michael Donihue in teaching Joules to Dollars, a course which explored the ways that economics are intertwined with energy science in evaluating renewable and non-renewable energy systems.  Using field work, project-based learning, oral and written presentations, and video tutorials in Excel, Professor King created a rich learning environment for his students.  Learn more about the Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Fellowship.

 


moodle3.1General updates to Moodle

  • Easier section editing – Change section titles without leaving the page, speeding up your course creation. More about section editing
  • Calendar block – Shows event duration by coloring the beginning and ending date. More about using the Calendar block
  • Recycle bin – Deleted items are now easily recoverable using the Recycle bin. Deleted activities and resources are now collected into a Recycle bin located in the Administration block.new

The Recycle bin is only visible in the Administration block when activities or resources have been deleted from the main course page.

Items in the Recycle bin may be easily restored for a period of 1 month after deletion

Items in the Recycle bin may be permanently deleted before the 1 month period by manually deleting them from the Recycle bin(not recommended)

Recycle bin items are deleted permanently after 1 month automatically 

More about the Recycle Bin

Forums

News forum has been renamed Announcements in new courses. Existing courses remain unchanged.

  • Pin discussions – Inside a Forum activity, a discussion topic can be pinned so that it stays at the top of the list of discussion topics. NOTE: Students do not have permissions to pin posts. Forum posts can be pinned while:

Creating a post – by selecting the Pinned checkbox before posting to the forum

Reading a post – by clicking on the Pin button on any forum post your read

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Diamond 123 break-out stations

ITS recently renovated Diamond 123 using a similar technology-enabled active learning layout as was completed in Miller 8 last year. Included are four breakout areas with large monitors for students to work together in groups. Students may connect to the monitors wirelessly to share what is on their computer screens or mobile devices. Up to four connected screens may be displayed on each breakout monitor simultaneously. There is also a ceiling-mounted classroom projector that permits wireless projection connections. Instructions for connecting devices are displayed on the monitors when they power up. The classroom furniture features tables and chairs on casters that may be easily moved from a traditional seminar room arrangement to the various breakout stations.

The purpose of an active learning classroom (ALC) layout is specifically to support a “student-centered, technology-rich learning environment.” While these types of layouts are diverse, all exhibit some similarities. For example, they usually feature seating arrangements where students can face each other rather than an instructor in the front of a room and when these breakout areas are in use, ALCs tend to become louder than typical classrooms as students interact. The installed technology also frequently allows instructors to spotlight individual student or group work.


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Do you enjoy taking photos on your DSLR or smartphone but want some way to make them better?  Perhaps you get images online for your PowerPoint presentations but want to edit them somehow.  The team at GCF has created a great tutorial to walk any beginner through image editing basics.  Read more »


Classroom is a new education App from Google that makes it easy for instructors to grade and leave feedback on assignments without having to download or print out any documents. Here are 3 short tutorials to help get you started:


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New features in version 2.9 include:

New Dashboard

  • Minor changes to the navigation and look-and-feel of the interface
  • A new User Menu with customizable settings that give teachers and students quick access to personal pages such as My home and profile settings
  • A ‘Like’ rating capability (single rating scale) similar to social media sites
  • Course editing improvements including drag and drop images into the Atto text editor and whole section deletion
  • Enhanced Forum — Teachers and students can subscribe to topic specific forum discussions enabling them to narrow their focus appropriately
  • Choice activity — Users are able to select more than one Choice option at a time

More details about New Features in Moodle 2.9

New to Moodle? Read more about getting started or contact Ellen.Freeman@colby.edu Read more »


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Miller 8

Based on faculty feedback and interest in the layout of the experimental classroom in Miller Library 205, ITS recently renovated Miller 8 (off the Street) using a similar technology-enabled active learning layout. Included are five breakout areas with large monitors for students to work together in groups. Students may connect to the monitors wirelessly to share what is on their computer screens or mobile devices. Up to four connected screens may be displayed on each breakout monitor simultaneously. There is also a ceiling-mounted classroom projector that permits wireless projection connections. Instructions for connecting devices are displayed on the monitors when they power up. Read more »


For anyone needing to record their voice in the highest-quality way possible, step into the recording booth in Lovejoy 406.  This sound isolation booth provides a quiet, private space to record an audio file for use in podcasts, radio, voiceover, or music production.  Additionally, the computer comes with Screenflow, creating a great place to record top-notch screencasts.

Click here to learn more.


The One Button Studio in Miller 205 is a room where you can record yourself, your laptop, or a combination of both to create a video straight to your flash drive.  Students, faculty, and staff have used this room to record:

  • A lecture in advance
  • A class presentation
  • Interviews with a guest speaker

Click here to find out more.