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e-Notes for May 11, 2009

Vol. 3, No. 5 | May 11, 2009

Twitter and Podcasts and Skype, Oh My!

What kinds of pedagogical problems might new technologies help solve? In Twitter and Podcasts and Skype, Oh My!, a session on May 18 at 3 p.m. in Room 334 of the W. A. Franke College of Business during this year's Southwest Institute for Learning with Technology, John Doherty and Wally Nolan of the e-Learning Center discuss how to match instructional problems with the right technology solutions rather than simply adopting technology for its own sake. They will describe examples such as hosting online office hours via Skype, having students act as eye-witness reporters on Twitter, encouraging student self-reflection by using blogs, and fostering collaboration through shared documents created with Google Docs.

Calibrated Peer Review

Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) is software that helps students critique each other's work. They first calibrate their critiquing skills against those of the instructor. The software evaluates the students' ability to evaluate, and it compares their evaluations with those of other students.

On May 18 at 3 p.m. in Room 334 of the W. A. Franke College of Business, Dr. Kerry Henrickson of Biological Sciences will describe her experience using Calibrated Peer Review. The presentation is part of this year's Southwest Institute for Learning with Technology.

Sharing Photos, Movies, and Slide Shows with Picasa

Have you finally scanned all your research slides and copied your digital photos to your computer? Would you like an easy way to share these images with your students and colleagues? Google Picasa is free software that makes it easy to organize and share your photos, and it also helps you create movies, slide shows, collages, and more. On Monday, May 18, at 2 p.m. in Room 345 of the W. A. Franke College of Business, Linda Neff of the e-Learning Center will demonstrate techniques for organizing, editing, managing, and sharing your photos using Picasa. If you'd like to attend, please register for the Southwest Institute for Learning with Technology.

Join us for the fifth annual Southwest Institute for Learning with Technology on May 18 - 19, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. in the W. A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University. Experienced instructors, course designers, and technology specialists will present information on tools and techniques such as web conferencing, podcasting, and instructional audio & video, as well as educational uses of social software and cool gadgets. Come learn how to engage students through creative use of Google Docs, Skype, Twitter, Picasa, iPods, smartphones, online groups, and other teaching tools. Engage your colleagues in discussions about strategies for efficient and effective teaching. Registration is required, but registration fees have been waived for this year's conference. If you are unable to attend in person, join us virtually via web conferencing in Elluminate.