Archives for August 2012

Using Web 2.0 Technologies in the Classroom

students using technology in lab classroom

Recently I was invited by Chicago State University Center for Teaching & Research Excellence to lead a workshop for CSU faculty on the use of Web 2.0 technologies in the classroom. To accompany this hands-on workshop titled Using Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom to Engage and Inspire Students offered August 28, 2012, I prepared an online interactive handout with links to many samples and online resources. During this session, several common Web 2.0 technologies were introduced and participants were then given the opportunity to further explore selected technologies and begin designing an activity that leverages chosen technology.

If interested in taking a closer look, the handout is available at

Photo courtesy jeremywilburn on Flickr

Text Messaging in Teaching Workshop Preview

Beginning September 5, 2012, I’ll be leading a 10-day online professional development workshop on text messaging in teaching through the Sloan Consortium. Check-out a preview of the workshop and feel free to join us!

For more details or to register, visit

Instructional Design Coordinator Position at NIU

The NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is seeking an Instructional Design Coordinator to join the Center staff.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Keep current with present and emerging distributed learning systems and distributed learning pedagogies.
  • Offer high-level individual and group consultations on instructional design and course transformation suitable for distributed learning.
  • Design, develop, and deliver programs on distributed learning tools and techniques for faculty, teaching staff and teaching assistants.
  • Design and develop quick guides, informational materials, and tutorials on distributed learning techniques.
  • Assist faculty and academic units with developing distributed learning programs’ quality related policies and procedures, and implementation strategies.
  • Represent the Center in meetings with academic and support units at NIU and other institutions on issues related to learning management systems, distributed learning, etc.
  • Collaborate with Center staff on various programs, resources and services offered by the Center.
  • Work closely with the Director on various activities related to the mission of the Center as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in education, instructional technology or related fields is required. Doctoral degree or experience in teaching in a higher education environment is preferred.
  • At least 1-year experience with learning management systems and online pedagogies suitable for a higher education environment is required.
  • Knowledge of instructional design principles, pedagogical techniques, and use of instructional technologies suitable for online teaching is required.
  • Experience in designing, developing, maintaining and delivering educational tutorials in multiple media format for a higher education audience is required.
  • Ability to work closely with clientele at various academic units to assess distributed teaching, learning and related needs, and find effective solutions to address those needs is required.
  • Excellent communication skills, planning and organizational abilities, problem solving skills, and ability to work collaboratively and collegially in a team environment is required.
  • Experience in using Windows, Mac, office productivity tools, online teaching tools, and social networking tools for teaching purposes is required.
  • Ability to research online teaching, curricula, and online quality related policies and procedures, and assist academic units with those policies and procedures is preferred.

For more information or to apply, please visit

Digital Faculty: Professors and Technology, 2012

Professors are excited about many of the trappings of digital teaching and scholarship. Others increase their work loads, stress them out, and scare them, a survey by Inside Higher Ed and Babson Survey Research Group shows.

A PDF can be downloaded here; the text of the report can be viewed here.

Read more here.

Envisioning the Future of Education Technology

What technology will we be using in the classroom 3, 5, or 10 years or more from now? This visualization attempts to organizing a series of emerging technologies that are likely to influence education in the coming decades.

Click here for enlarged version. Courtesy Edudemic