Author Archives: Ian Aberle

About Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for OIT. Since 1996, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through managing the SMU STAR Program and now as part of OIT's Customer Service Team. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family.  

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Undergraduate Students & Technology

Wondering what technologies are popular with this crop of students? This infographic from might help: Please Include Attribution to With This Graphic

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ACU Connected Open House: Collaborative Spaces

I recently visited Abilene Christian University for the ACU Connected Open House. This gathering was a chanced to see what ACU has done with their iPhone initiative and see some of the solutions they have created to take advantage of these new tools … Continue reading

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Apple Configurator

One thing that might have been overlooked with all the excitement of yesterday’s New iPad was Apple’s release of the Apple Configurator. The Apple Configurator will allow IT support staff (or just about anyone with multiple devices) to  mass configure and deploy … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of Social Media in Education (Infographic)

Justin Marquis Ph.D. of produced this excellent infographic on the Pros and Cons of Social Media in Education. Via: Online Universities Blog Click the image for a larger version.

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The Gamification of Education (Infographic)

Gamification [n]: the use of game design elements in non-game contexts. Gamification has tremendous potential in the education space. How can we use it to deliver truly meaningful experiences to students? Let us know what you think in the comments. … Continue reading

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Freakonomics: Those Cheating Teachers!

From This year alone has seen teacher-cheating scandals in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Atlanta, and elsewhere; in this week’s Times, Sharon Otterman reports how New York State is trying to curtail cheating and offers some specific instances of past … Continue reading

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Pearson Offers Free Learning Management System with OpenClass

Pearson just announce they will be offering a completely free easy-to-use Learning Management System called OpenClass. According to the press release “OpenClass is a new kind of learning management system (LMS) delivered from the Cloud. It is easy to use … Continue reading

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What’s the Value of A For-Profit College Education?

From Lately, for-profit colleges like the University of Phoenix have been subject to scrutiny and new regulations for allegedly deceptive recruiting tactics and the high number of federal loan defaults among their students. Host Audie Cornish talks to Christopher … Continue reading

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‘Cause everyone needs a little TLC

This semester, the Central University Libraries (CUL), the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at SMU is soft launching the new Touch Learning Center or TLC. The Touch Learning Center provides space for faculty and students to test apps and to experiment … Continue reading

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