Weekend Read: January 29-31

Here’s a quick look at what’s happening at the intersection of Higher Education and Technology: What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us Excerpt: Over the past two years, we and our partners at the Open Syllabus Project (based at the American Assembly at Columbia) have collected more than a million syllabuses from university websites. We […]

To Buy or To Rent Textbooks? That is the question.

At the beginning of the semester, students find themselves contemplating purchasing or renting their textbooks. In New York Times Consumer Affairs writer Ann Carrns’ article, A Quandary Over Textbooks: Whether to Buy or Rent, she states, “costs for textbooks and related course materials remains significant-textbooks and supplies cost about $1,200 a year, according to College Board.” […]

Zaption: A Lesson in a Video

Zaption is an online tool that allows educators to create video lessons out of Youtube videos. What this means is that YouTube videos can be combined with interactive, response elements. Educators can use this tool to create quizzes within educational videos or find already made Zaption tours. This can be very helpful to educators who […]

We’re Back!

We know, it’s been a long time, but the eProfessor blog is back! The Center for Online Learning will be providing insight on web tools you can use in course development or  as study aids, commentary on important issues, and links to help you stay current on the conversation at the intersection of higher education […]

Moodle Tip: Close a Forum

I have had several teachers bring this scenario to me.  The time frame for posting/responding to a forum is over so the teacher “closes” the forum by closing the eye or putting a date restriction on the forum.  However the students cannot see or read anything in that forum any longer.  So the question is […]

Moodle Tip: 5 Types of Forums

Forums are probably one of the most widely used tools within the Moodle Course Management System (CMS).  However, many of the instructors do not realize that there are five different types of forums.  For a pop-up description of the forum, options just click on the question mark symbol and this box pops up. By default, […]

Online Ice Breakers

Need a new way to “break the ice” with your online and blended students?  Tired of using the “introduce yourself to the class” discussion forum prompt? If this is true for you, you might want to spice it up a little and add some creativity to the process of getting to know your students.  One […]

Using TurnItIn as a Teaching Tool

Many instructors use TurnItIn (TII) as a way to check for plagiarism, but it can be used for so much more.  By allowing the students to submit their draft multiple times, they can learn as they refine their paper.  Students can see areas that they should have cited and go back and add the citation […]