For the past few years, I have been so excited as the world of education and the world of technology have become more like a family than just neighbors. I’m not talking about the move from desktops to laptops. Read More »
The instructional design and technology team at QU Online sought out to find the best books in our field from 2012. If you have a favorite, please Read More »
Our world and classrooms have become sleek, simple and high tech or complex, confusing and bloated with high tech. Your view may depend on your age, background, exposure to and comfort level with the dazzling array of web tools we have at our disposal. Read More »
This week I have the pleasure of presenting guest blogger, Professor Margaret Goralski, from the School of Business at Quinnipiac University. Recently, I attended a workshop where Professor Goralski presented on her experience using the discussion forum in her online courses. Her talk was inspiring and she reminded me why I ended up in the field of online education. I will let her tell you the rest… Read More »
Last week, we provided an interview about gamification with Greg Garvey, the Director of the Game Design and Development Program at Quinnipiac University. This week, we talk to Ira Fay, an Assistant Professor of Game Design & Development in Quinnipiac University’s Visual and Performing Arts Department. Ira tells us his thoughts on game design and education. Read More »
The instructional design team at QU Online is very excited about the recent inception in 2011 of the Game Design and Development Program at Quinnipiac University. Here at QU Online, our instructional design team has been exploring and implementing game-based learning for our own staff development activities and we have written a few posts here at Digital Pedagog Read More »
“Evidence Based Practice in Occupational Therapy,” a course developed and taught online by professor Catherine Meriano,program director of the online Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in the School of Health Sciences, with Read More »
According to the College Board, students pay $1213.00 a year on average for books and supplies. A recent survey of 1095 undergraduates released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) found that 70% of students had forgone the textbook at least once because the price was too high. How will students do in the course without the required materials? Read More »
Getting students to retain information from your lectures can be a difficult challenge. Traditional class lectures in a hybrid course don’t always ensure that students will understand key concepts. Integrating multimedia into a course Read More »
Game theory has recently been gaining momentum in the field of instructional design, as it is commonly believed that the elements which motivate people to play games could be applied to learning situations in order to engage students. Theoretically it sounds wonderful – but can it be applied to real life learning situations?
Last fall I was charged with training my colleagues to prepare them for an upgrade of our learning management system. This sounded like a tedious task and one sure to make me an enemy within the group. How could I generate some fun and excitement around this routine training instead of becoming a source of frustration and obligation for my colleagues?
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Have you ever felt that each move you made in life was part of a bigger game? These days it just may be, as a trend referred to as “gamification” has swept industries as diverse as marketing, travel, and even education. While turning everything into a game sure seems like fun, it’s not as easy as it sounds. This article will explore the trend towards gamification, as well as some of its criticism.
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The staff at Quinnipiac University Online have selected the top ten most interesting and useful educational apps for 2011. Do you have a favorite? Mention it in the comments – we’d love to hear from you!
Happy New Year from QU Online.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a well-known federal mandate that prohibits discrimination based on disability and helps ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to education. Making online courses accessible is part of that mandate. Today, institutions offering online courses must deal with accessibility issues when a student with a disability enrolls in a course, in other words, they have to provide accommodations. Read More »
The Interactive Communications (ICM) orientation was fast approaching and we needed to find an efficient and effective way to stream the orientation online for those students who were unable to attend in person. Our original solution was to stream the orientation from a Sony Handycam through a USB video capture device into an Adobe Connect video pod. Read More »
Do you have something to say to the world? Want to share your expertise of a subject matter with others? Have you ever considered starting your own YouTube channel? In this article, Kim Palencia, Manager of Distance Learning Support, tells us about the inspiration behind her own YouTube channel, Miss Online Learning.
Managing in a Global Economy, a course developed and taught online by Dr. Mohammad Elahee, Professor of International Business,with the support of Christopher Neidig, Instructional Designer for QU Online, recently received the Quality Matters seal of approval. This endorsement is an affirmation of excellence in online course design and novel use of pedagogies in teaching International Business.
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On Tuesday, October 4th, 2011, Quinnipiac University Online and the Collaborative celebrated ten years of online teaching and learning by hosting a poster showcase to highlight the innovative work of online faculty members. QU community members and guests filled up the University Club on the York Hill campus to view fifteen posters on display and to talk more in depth with our diverse and talented online faculty.
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On October 4th, 2011, QU Online and the Collaborative will sponsor an event to celebrate 10 years of online teaching and learning at Quinnipiac University. Many of our diverse and talented faculty who teach online will come together to showcase some exciting technological and pedagogical innovations. Read More »
Written by the Instructional Design Team at QU Online
Another Summer Session at Quinnipiac University Online has come to a close, but there is much to report in the way of faculty innovations in summer courses this year! As a part of our annual faculty recognition at Digital Pedagog, we would like to highlight yet another set of innovative instructors who have implemented strategies that enhance student engagement and improve learning outcomes. Read More »
Almost immediately after starting full-time work for QU Online in May, I was handed the project of creating a video to assist faculty in recognizing and handling distressed students. Tackling such a large project required planning… A LOT of planning.
Coming Up With a Script
It was during my first week of work that I sat down with Carol Boucher, the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, as well as a group of counselors, to explain the project and gain assistance with the content. Read More »
QU Online is pleased to announce the release of a video which was produced in collaboration with Student Services and Quinnipiac Counseling Services. This thirteen minute video was developed for faculty to increase their awareness of the signs of a distressed student and to make faculty aware of the resources that are available for students struggling with stress or emotional issues. Read More »
We’ve all been there- that horrifying moment when something is terribly wrong with the computer. Our next thoughts are usually angry, moving towards, “Why did that happen?” and “Was that backed up?!”
It’s very important to back up your data because a hard drive crash or virus could happen to anyone, and any machine. A hard drive has a spinning disc inside of it. Heat and wear will take their toll eventually. Read More »
Dan Shpak’s job at QU Online might be relatively new, but his presence here in our department is not. Dan worked for QU Online as a student worker while he was completing his degree in Interactive Communications. Fortunately for us, when he graduated in May 2011, he decided to stick around and join our team as a full-time staff member. Dan’s interview below will fill you in on the details of his new role at QU Online. Welcome aboard, Dan! Read More »
Over the past year, I embarked on a journey with my students. The journey consisted of making use of a wiki to allow students to become active learners and construct their own knowledge.
Considering the possibility of synchronous web conferencing for your online course? Hardware is always a consideration when making the plunge into synchronous communication online.
To help orient you with some hardware decisions, we have asked Distance Learning Support Specialist, Krista Neuner, to provide us with a summary of her recent hands-on experience with a few devices out there. Read More »
Today there are hundreds of mobile apps available at your finger tips. You use your mobile devices to chat, send e-mail, browse the web, play games, and use mobile apps. Read More »