Category Archives: Technology

47 Down. Effectiveness of crosswords as review vehicles (2 wds.)

For many years, I wrote a crossword puzzle for my students to use as a vehicle for reviewing what we had just covered (either at the end of each week or, less ambitiously, at the end of each chapter). I … Continue reading

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Going Text-less on Power Point

As a professor of Latin American literature and culture, the use of audio-visual material has been a very effective tool in my classes. So far, I have preferred a low-tech approach to teaching, occasionally playing a short scene from a … Continue reading

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Robots in My Classroom

Two to three times a week, talking robots, cartoon animals, and humorous drawings of celebrity figures make appearances in my Problems in the Philosophy of Religion classroom. In full color, but with oddly stilted voices, they discuss evil, Anselm’s proof … Continue reading

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Twitter for Academics

Let’s face it:  among many academics, Twitter has a bad rap.  Maybe it’s because we first became aware of it through celebrity overexposure (Lady Gaga has over 40 million followers) or the trivial oversharing of its contributors (“eggs over easy … Continue reading

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SMU Professor Publishes on Teaching with Technology

Last year, CTE launched its first Faculty Learning Communities, including one whose members spent 2012-13 investigating effective ways to use technology in and out of the classroom.  Professor Paul Krueger, from Lyle’s department of mechanical engineering, was one of the … Continue reading

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Tech Tapas: A Dozen Ways to Teach with Technology

It’s a longstanding tradition at SMU to start the school year with the Teaching Effectiveness Symposium. TES offers both returning colleagues and new faculty a forum to celebrate good teaching, share ways to improve it, and greet colleagues from other … Continue reading

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Wikipedia Correction as Class Project

A significant body of research shows that students are more motivated, and do a better job researching and writing, if they do it for an “authentic audience.” As Derek Bruff, the  Director of Vanderbilt Center for Teaching explains: Sharing student … Continue reading

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Is the Tide Turning on MOOCs (and Other Online Courses)?

Is the tide turning on MOOCs (massive open online courses)? An April 29th Chronicle of Higher Education article explains how, earlier this month, Amherst College turned down an ordinarily coveted invitation to join edX: Amherst’s rejection of edX, decided by … Continue reading

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First: Scantron. Now: Automated essay graders. What’s next?

From the April 4 New York Times: Imagine taking a college exam, and, instead of handing in a blue book and getting a grade from a professor a few weeks later, clicking the “send” button when you are done and receiving … Continue reading

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Faculty Play Dates

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of learning and work occurring in Faculty Learning Communities. But, like preschool play groups, FLCs also provide a safe and structured environment focused on a shared interest, for learning, interaction, and enjoyment among … Continue reading

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