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Small Group Learning »
posted on March 18, 2010 by Riley Quarles

At CELT we are avid proponents of integrating active learning strategies into your lessons. With class sizes increasing each year, more instructors are planning to incorporate small group activities to increase student engagement. There are many advantages and perceived disadvantages to small groups.

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Educational Games »
posted on April 29, 2010 by Joan Van Duzer

Who says learning can’t be fun?

“We believe that the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better is by making it fun to do. –TheFunTheory.com


The Fun Theory (video)


I can’t help believing in the Fun Theory. Some of my fondest memories from elementary school were the fun ways that teachers incorporated games into learning—from jump rope songs to spelling bees to trivia games and scavenger hunts—we were always eager to participate. Why should our interest in games for learning disappear in higher education?


Fortunately, the plethora of Web applications make it possible to incorporate learning games easily and quickly so I decided to check them out.

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A Discussion on Plagiarism and Cheating »
posted on September 30, 2010 by Riley Quarles

Plagiarism usually falls into one of two primary categories; intentional and unintentional. Often it is simply the result of an improper citation and/or disorganized research practice. Reviewing the proper citation procedures for your discipline with your students as a part of the rubric for assessing their work may help to alleviate some of this confusion. (1)

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Bored with PowerPoint? »
posted on October 22, 2010 by Joan Van Duzer

PowerPoint has become the de facto standard software to support presentations. However, advances in technology tools in the past few years—including Web 2.0 applications—have expanded the possibilities for easily improving presentations without extensive technology expertise.

Knowing how rapidly Web 2.0 technologies are cropping up, I couldn’t help wondering what other tools might be out there, so I cruised the landscape and decided to share a few of the things I found. The choices are both exciting and amazing—and most are either free or have a very low-cost option!

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Diggin’ Diigo! »
posted on November 18, 2010 by Joan Van Duzer

Those of us that regularly use more than one computer for web-based research have probably experienced the inefficiency and confusion (or frustration!) of misplaced bookmarks. Recently I overcame my skepticism of social bookmarking and gave Diigo a try. After trying out Diigo for less than an hour, I was hooked!

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New Name, Even Better Event! »
posted on January 25, 2011 by Riley Quarles

We at CELT, along with the rest of the organizing committee, would like to take this opportunity to formally introduce the 2011 Institute for Student Success, held here on the HSU campus Wednesday, May 18th, and Thursday, May 19th.

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Recap of the “Cool Tools for Engaging the Millennial Learner” workshop »
posted on May 25, 2011 by Joan Van Duzer

It was great fun to share some favorite web applications with participants in the “Cool Tools for Engaging the Millennial Learner” workshop at the recent Institute for Student Success. Kimberly Vincent-Layton and I presented a variety of “cool tools” and ways that they have been used to support innovation in learning.

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iPad as a Daily Tool »
posted on November 1, 2011 by Joan Van Duzer

Guest blogger, Buddy White, Housing & Dining Services, describes his favorite iPad apps …
I currently use my iPad for all different needs in my current role in Housing. Gone are the days of note paper and a pencil!

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