August 29, 2011
One of the most popular initiatives we have had in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology has been Digital Storytelling (DST). As part of our learning philosophy at the CTLT, each of the liaisons has produced a DST of our very own. I will share mine with you in a moment.
But first, some of you may be asking yourself, “What is digital storytelling?”
According to the Center for Digital Storytelling, a digital story is a short, first-person video-narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds. Joe Lambert, one of the pioneers of this project-based multimedia activity, describes digital storytelling as a process that infuses new media and technology tools with a compelling written narrative. Jason Ohler, an advocate of multimedia pedagogy in the classroom, indicates that digital storytelling is the ideal vehicle for blending traditional (reading, writing and speaking) and emerging (information technology) literacy development. In order to understand the composition of, and ultimately produce, a digital story, Lambert provides a conceptual framework of seven elements that serve as a guide throughout the production process. They include: point of view, a dramatic question, emotional content, the gift of your voice, economy, pacing and the power of a soundtrack.
Some fantastic student made DSTs can be found at: http://learndst.richmond.edu
To better understand the the 5-step process (writing, recording, searching, producing, and publishing) of digital storytelling, liaisons Hil and Matt created DSTs of their own.
Without further adieu…
“Despite popular misconceptions, our students’ online social networks closely align with their offline social networks.”
“My digital story interprets when I was eight or nine and my father arrived home early one day with the first Polaroid Land Camera we had ever seen. And the world changed.”
August 3, 2011
Inside the August issue of Learning@Richmond:
Beginning in the fall of 2011, three UR faculty will use Apple’s latest technology, the iPad2, in their classrooms. Learn more about how Dr. Ted Bunn, Dr. Jan French, and Dr. Tom Shields redesigned their courses to fully utilize the iPad2.
Teaching with Blackboard: One of the most essential aspects of getting your Blackboard course set-up is the Grade Center. Taking the time early to think through how you will collect grades and assignments from students will save you time and frustration.
Plus a word from the CTLT Director, the August CTLT Workshop Calendar, and what your CTLT liaisons have been up to this summer.
May 21, 2010
Questions we hope this workshop will help you answer:
Why should faculty at UR have a personal/professional blog?
Why use a blog instead of Blackboard?
Why have your students create/contribute to a blog instead of writing a paper?
Are there differences between papers and blogs regarding grading and expectations?
Choosing between the UR Blogging platform and Wordpress.com (if there is time)
Links used in the “Blogging as a supplement to the traditional paper” FYS seminar:
Navigate the UR “Multi-User (MU) Environment”: http://blog.richmond.edu/jkulstad
Create blogs at Wordpress.com, Example: http://jkulstad.wordpress.com/
Examples of Blogs used in Courses:
Geography Department (4 professors): http://blog.richmond.edu/geography/
Script Analysis (Walter Schoen): http://blog.richmond.edu/script_analysis/
2008 Honors Thesis (Richard Waller): http://blog.richmond.edu/honorsthesis08/
A Student example from Linda Hobgood’s Business and Professional Development class: http://urjb6hx.wordpress.com/
Next Generation Leadership Academy:
Tom Shields and his staff used a blog to host an academic conference: http://urngla.wordpress.com/
Example of Integration into your Blackboard Page:
-Encourage your students to link to content licensed through the Creative Commons.
-Resize images that you have taken with your own camera before uploading them (800 x 600 pixels at most).
-Know the difference between a “thumbnail” and a full-sized image.
-Pictures can also be a hyperlink!
-Samples of Blogging rubrics available online:
December 8, 2009
Are you interested in embedding electronic reserves into your Blackboard course? If so, the UR Library provides instructions and procedures on their Library Course Reserves web page.
In addition, you can access pertinent UR Copyright Guidelines and a detailed guide to Linking to online resources within Blackboard on the Library web site as well. If you have questions, please contact your Library liaison, and they would be happy to assist.
December 7, 2009
Well, for one, you have to be open and accustomed to consuming content on a portable device. Sometimes this can be challenging because of the small screen and limited options for input. Secondly (and most importantly), you have to have a mobile device - if you’re a member of the University of Richmond faculty, the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology can provide you with an iPod Classic or an iPod Touch to be used in your courses. You can complete the proposal form to request iPod’s here.
September 20, 2009
The language of education is most eloquent when it addresses not only what an idea used to be but what it might become.
August 13, 2009
“Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.”
July 25, 2009
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Arthur C. Clarke
July 21, 2009
“Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.”
July 7, 2009
In addition to offering an extraordinary teaching and learning conference this year the folks at NMC offered an even more extraordinary immersive preconference event: an all day photo workshop on legendary Point Lobos (near Monterey, CA) with Bill Frakes from Sports Illustrated, National Geographic,… and Don Henderson from Apple, Inc.
Quite simply one of the best days ever!