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:
May 17, 2010
It’s been a great semester! Your students were at the top of their game, and you were at the top of yours. Now for the summer break. The time when students earn extra money and faculty plan for the fall.
Now is the perfect time to consider the role of technology in your courses. The first question you might consider is how are you using technology currently? Do you use Blackboard, email, netfiles or PowerPoint? If so, how are you using those technologies?
May 11, 2010
Faculty Academy 2010
Below are some links used in Dr. Linda Boland’s spring 2010 Introduction to Biological Thinking (IBT) course: Biology 199, Neural Communication.