Useful webinars from Elluminate!

Today I discovered a wonderful list of available, prerecorded, free webinars on a variety of topics, many of which pertain to teaching and instruction in higher education. They are provided by Elluminate, a very useful platform for providing multipoint platform for communications. With Elluminate you can have a virtual live discussion with a group of students.

Many of the available webinars are about technology used in teaching, so I thought you might like to link to them from here so you can enjoy them, too.

Here is the link: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/event/playback

DOE study: Nontraditional Undergraduates

A very interesting study from the Department of Education was released in 2002, as Findings from the Condition of Education 2002 study.

In that study it was determined that almost three-quarters of all U.S. undergraduate students are in some way non-traditional. They identified seven characteristics that made students in some way non-traditional:

  1. Delayed enrollment (past first fall after high school graduation)
  2. Attends part-time at least part of the academic year
  3. Works full time while enrolled (35+ hours)
  4. Is considered financially independent (under financial aid guidelines)
  5. Has dependents other than a spouse
  6. Is a single parent
  7. Does not have a high school diploma (may have GED)

Classifications suggested:

  1. Marginally non-traditional: only one characteristic
  2. Moderately non-traditional: two or three characteristics
  3. Highly non-traditional: four or more characteristics

Moderately and Highly non-traditional students are more likely than other students to participate in distance education. Interesting reading!

Download the full report.

Sobering video on what students think

Dr. Andy Lang at ORU just sent me a link to this video on YouTube. At Kansas State University a group of 200 students in a cultural anthropology course surveyed themselves about their experiences in college so far. Wow! As a more senior faculty member in higher education, even as one who views himself as fairly in touch with technology and how it can be applied in the classroom, I was blown away by the information shared by these students.

Watch this video now, and take good notes!

A discussion of this video by its creators is at http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/?p=188.

More on this topic by the creators of the video is at: Digital Ethonography at Kansas State University