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Mary Poppins Joins HSU Faculty! »
posted on May 14, 2009 by Joan Van Duzer

What if Mary Poppins joined the faculty at Humboldt State? Would we soon be asking her why her students are so eager and engaged? My guess is that she might remind us, “In ev’ry job that must be done there is an element of fun …Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down … In a most delightful way …”.

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UDL:  How has it worked for you and your students? »
posted on September 3, 2009 by Tasha Souza

Over 200 HSU faculty have been trained in the principles of Universal Design for Learning in the last three years. I know that being introduced to the three principles of UDL has impacted the way in which I teach. For example, I am more thoughtful about utilizing multiple methods of expressing course content by different modes (visual, graphic, verbal, auditory, etc.) so students have varied ways to access the course content. In the past, the use of classroom discussions without any visuals dominated many of my class sessions.

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Less is More … but HOW MUCH Less? »
posted on October 8, 2009 by Joan Van Duzer

During Humboldt State’s Learning & Teaching Institute last May when Dr. Craig E. Nelson emphasized the importance of including “less content” and replacing some lecture time with learning activities in the classroom, I was reminded of an article by David Shieh that appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education just a couple months earlier, “These Lectures Are Gone in 60 Seconds” (PDF)

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‘Teaching Naked’ in the Classroom »
posted on October 15, 2009 by Kristen Pope

Jeffrey R. Young wrote an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about ‘teaching naked’ without technology. Here is an excerpt from his article “When Computers Leave Classrooms, So Does Boredom”:

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Integrating ePortfolios into the HSU Classroom »
posted on October 22, 2009 by Riley Quarles

Electronic Portfolios, or ePortfolios, are very powerful online organizers of student learning experiences. You might want think of them as learning management systems (like Moodle) on steroids.

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To Click or Not to Click? »
posted on November 13, 2009 by Joan Van Duzer


multiple choice question asking about use of clickers

I’ve noticed that student response systems (aka “clickers”) seem to be growing in popularity in university classrooms. Last year my daughter, a junior at Oregon State University, told me that a clicker was part of her required materials list for several classes. As an instructional technologist, I couldn’t help wondering whether clickers are “just another gimmick” or a meaningful way to enhance learning by applying technology. How better to find out if clickers help than to ask students? So I decided to ask my daughter about her experience with clickers. She told me:

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PECHA KUCHA:  NOTES FROM THE FIELD by Andrew Stubblefield »
posted on January 20, 2010 by Riley Quarles

This Fall Semester (‘09) in WSHD 333 Wildland Water Quality I tried several new techniques. In this posting I will talk about group presentations. Groups of 5-7 students chose term paper topics with a common thread (such as the Klamath River Basin). At the end of the semester they gave group presentations on their topic. I gave each group a range of options for how to use the 50 minutes. Most chose PowerPoint, one group had a poster session, and one group chose PechaKucha. (PechaKucha is a PowerPoint presentation, but limited to twenty slides and set on an automatic timer with only twenty seconds per slide.) It made for an interesting comparison of methods.

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Combining Forces »
posted on February 4, 2010 by Riley Quarles

Campus-wide, it’s no secret that HSU is weathering one of its worst budget crises ever. As such, we have all been faced with tough decisions about how to continue providing high quality services in the shadow of perpetually shrinking resources. For CELT, last year’s Learning & Teaching Institute, provided a clear outcome of improved student learning & success (see our full report here (.pdf)), and spoke loud and clear to us that we need to continue to consider this event a priority. With an eye towards greater campus efficiency and broader professional development outreach to those whose travel budgets have been reduced or cut altogether, this year – and hopefully for years to come – we will be consolidating efforts with the Diversity Action Plan Council and their annual Professional Development Day on Diversity to provide a comprehensive, 2-day professional development effort targeted at the entire campus community. The newly titled Institute for Diversity in Learning & Teaching is scheduled for Wednesday & Thursday, May 19th & 20th – so be sure to save the date!

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Course Transformation Project Proposals »
posted on February 25, 2010 by Riley Quarles

By Marcy Burstiner

Teaching an online class offers the promise of flexible scheduling and gives an instructor the ability to teach the class from any location. That has obvious advantages. At the same time, many people are leery about the idea of an online class. How do you know the students really read the material you put out? How do you communicate with them when they log on at different times? How can you replicate in-class discussions? How can you show the videos you show in class or go through the Powerpoints you use? How can you have questions and answers?

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Creating Accessible Word Documents »
posted on March 11, 2010 by Kim Vincent-Layton

Here is an unsolicited comment from Pam Dougherty in the HSU Advising Center: “I thought the online ‘Creating Accessible Word Documents” was an excellent course! Concise, clear, and fairly comprehensive. The graphics help a lot. I completed the course in chunks as I meet with students all day, but found it easy to pick up where I left off. I thought the exercise in making the sample document accessible was critical and useful, especially as I had no instructor present to answer my questions. I just went back to the training when I needed a reference.

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