Category Archives: Musings on Technology

Tools of the Trade: The INNOVATE Teaching with Technology Website

One of the great benefits of the Internet Age has been the development of digital tools that will aid faculty in their ability to improve their teaching and engage students in learning. During a recent consultation, the faculty member with … Continue reading

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Teaching From the Test: Exam Wrappers

As an educational technologist, I have the opportunity to consult with faculty members who want to know how they can best help students prepare for upcoming examinations. During our discussions, faculty members comment that students focus (obsess) on their test … Continue reading

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Should you care about the latest FCC rules on net neutrality?

As a result of last week’s proposed FCC changes, there has been a rash of protest and discussion among the technology community about what it may mean to the Internet as we know it. But that concern seems to end … Continue reading

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Eight Questions About Windows 8

My first experience with the Windows 8 operating system began in December 2012 when I helped friends install their new desktop computer. Windows 8 was installed on the computer and my goal was to set-up Wi-Fi and install their printer. … Continue reading

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Never Overlook the Value of Communication When Teaching Online

I’ve been teaching online at an institution other than Purdue for about 7 years now.  During the Fall 2013 semester, a student commented to me that they really appreciated the amount of communication I had with them during the semester.  … Continue reading

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Ten Things I’ve Learned Teaching Online

I’ve been teaching online courses for over 6 years now, and every semester it seems to be a new experience. Some semesters go smoothly, and other semesters present new opportunities for me to change my approaches. Regardless of every group … Continue reading

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PowerPoint vs. Prezi

When I think about using Microsoft’s PowerPoint program for creating a presentation it brings to mind the red Chevette I had as an undergraduate student. It would get me where I wanted to go but the floor boards let water … Continue reading

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Advanced Search Techniques

In December, 2012, Fast Company published an article entitled, “A Google Researcher Reveals 4 Crucial Things “Average Users” Should Know But Don’t”.  One section of the article looked at “basic” search techniques that could make the “average” computer user’s life … Continue reading

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