Academic Tech News, Week of 8/24

Becky Weintz

Why I’m Asking You Not to Use Laptops
“On the first day of class, students and I spend the first 30-40 minutes learning something new about how language works (in order to set the tone for the class), and then we go over the syllabus. When we get to the laptop policy, I pause and say, “Let me tell you why I ask you generally not to use laptops in class.” And here’s the gist of what I say after that:”

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UNE shuts down its loss-making MOOCs
The University of New England (UNE) has shut down its pioneering ­experiment with massive open online courses (MOOCs) because it could not make it pay. The university’s new vice-chancellor, Annabelle Duncan, said it was ­questionable whether the pay-for service model which UNE had tried would work for a small university. “While MOOCs will continue to be offered I am sure by some of the very big providers around the world it’s not something that a university like UNE would go at alone,” she said.”

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Don’t Email Me
“Instead of wasting class time on walking her students through an increasingly complicated flowchart diagram of when they could and could not email her, Duvall stopped the problem at its core: No emails — unless you’re scheduling an in-person meeting.”

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Are You Ready to Learn Online? Five Need-to-Have Skills for Online Students
“This post outlines five of the most essential skills students need to be successful with online course work, 1) basic computer skills, 2) digital communication, 3) Web search, 4) time management, and 5) collaboration skills, AND includes excellent resources for learning more about each. ”

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How Open Badges Could Really Work In Education
“For higher education institutions interested in keeping pace, establishing a digital ecosystem around badges to recognize college learning, skill development and achievement is less a threat and more an opportunity. Used properly, Open Badge systems help motivate, connect, articulate and make transparent the learning that happens inside and outside classrooms during a student’s college years.”

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Becky Weintz
Becky Weintz

Originally from the East Coast, Becky Weintz moved from Washington D.C. to Oklahoma City in November of 2010 and began working for OU IT shortly thereafter. Prior to working for OU, Becky worked for TIG Global, an interactive marketing agency, managing website builds and online marketing campaigns for hospitality clients. She was lucky enough to be selected for a position in TIG Global’s London office and spent almost two years there enjoying the London sunshine and traveling around Europe visiting clients. Now she spends most of her time communicating all the great things about OU IT, working to finish her Masters of Education and hiding from tornadoes in her basement.

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