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April Fool in math class

by Marty Crossland on April 12, 2010

A math professor at Biola University set up a hilarious technology interaction for his class on April Fool’s Day. He interacts with his own shadow on the video projector. Check it out and have a good chuckle!


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A vision of students today

by Marty Crossland on April 12, 2010

Here is a fascinating, thought-provoking video about how students view education today. It’s a product by a professor at Kansas State University, completed by his students. Pay close attention!

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Useful webinars from Elluminate!

by Marty Crossland on December 4, 2009

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

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DOE study: Nontraditional Undergraduates

by Marty Crossland on October 1, 2009

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.

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Sobering video on what students think

by Marty Crossland on October 27, 2007

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

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