These are my Jumptags for March 17th through April 13th:

pen and docI’m pleased to say that another book chapter in completed and onto the presses to be published.  This one was with awesome collaborators, Dr. Drew Polly at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Joanne Gikas (a doc student of mine), the Director of Online Programs at UofM.  This chapter is on supporting technology integration in higher education.  Together, the three of us offer two different cases of how technology integration has been handled at our respective institutions.  We also offer some good lessons learned from both our experiences as well.

Official title?
Supporting Technology Integration in Higher Education: The Role of Professional Development.

Here’s the abstract:

As institutions of higher education increase access and support the use of educational technologies, there is a need to examine how to best support faculty’s integration of technology into their courses. In this chapter we discuss findings and issues related to supporting faculty’s integration of technology in university-level courses. We share data from two cases: a university-wide faculty professional development project and a professional development center designed to focus on supporting faculty’s integration of technology. Lastly, we provide implications related to faculty professional development.

Need a citation?
Polly, D., Grant, M.M., & Gikas, J. (in revision). Supporting technology integration in higher education: The role of professional development. In D. Surry, T. Stefurak, & R. Gray (eds.), Technology integration in higher education: Social and organizational aspects.  Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

How about the file?
Technology Integration in Higher Education

These are my Jumptags for February 9th through March 17th:

Dr. Bill Taylor, a Professor of Political Science at Oakton Community College, wrote a letter to his students regarding academic integrity.  I think this is awesome.  It spells out exceptionally well what he expects of his students and what elements of integrity they should expect out of him.  It makes his procedures for assessment and professionalism transparent to the student.  I think in teacher education, we would also liken this to dispositions.  But Dr. Taylor does a masterful job of explaining why academic integrity is important to him as an individual and why it should be respected by a profession.

What are your thoughts?  Does your school have a code of conduct for academic honesty?  Is it taken seriously?  Should teachers write letters like this home to students — either for middle school, high school or college?  What about elementary schools?  We’ve all sat through the fourth grade reports on dinosaurs, where each student said the exact same thing.  Or for me, worse yet, is where you can tell the parents did the school project.  Where’s the learning?  What might this letter look like to elementary school students?

I’m considering doing this with my students.  What do you think?  Should I?

These are my Jumptags for December 14th through December 15th:

These are my Jumptags for December 9th through December 10th:

pen and docBrandi Leonard, a doctoral student of mine and Assistant Professor at Dyersburg State Community College,  just finished up her research project about student perceptions of traditional and electronic journaling. It’s a qualitative study that used interviews and artifact analysis to consider how students value each time of journaling. What we didn’t try to do was make one better than the other. The abstract is below and you can download the report of research, too, if you like.


This study examined student perceptions of two different journaling formats: electronic journaling and traditional journaling. The study, which took place at one of two satellite locations affiliated with a main campus community college, included a series of qualitative interviews spanning five weeks with six participants. In addition, this study used a general qualitative analysis process by conducting two rounds of open coding. Likewise, journal excerpts were collected and analyzed to establish further connection between the participants’ responses and the journaling the participants completed for both types of journaling. As a result of this qualitative study, four themes emerge as relative to the review literature: (1) understanding and knowing; (2) confidence; (3) convenience; (4) recollection. Finally, two areas of discussion emerged regarding the results, which were the results as relevant to the literature and the results as relevant to the retention of adult learners in the community college classroom.

Download report of research by Brandi Leonard.

These are my Jumptags for September 8th

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  • How To Jump Start The Website Design Process – Discover a simple four-step process that can help any web designer squeeze inspiration out of a competitor's website design.
  • Project2Manage – Free Project Management – Project2Manage is an Online project management system that allows you to stay up-to-date, on task and connected with your team. We’ve taken the hard work of staying organized and simplified it for you.
  • 15 Essential Web Tools for Students – It's time to head back to school and there are a number of web-based and social tools to help you get through the school year. Here are 15 essential ones.
  • Microsoft Launches Tools For Teachers – Microsoft's Education Labs launched a new project this afternoon and it's better on trees and the environment. The group just announced a new Math Worksheet Generator where teachers …
  • Kineo – Tip 27: Tear down the visual wallpaper – It is time to tear down the e-learning wallpaper and take heed of some top tips on using graphics for instructional use.
  • 30 Amazing Alphabet Recreations | Tutorial9 – The Alphabet dates back to the Egyptian era and forms the basis of our language, through the years people have experimented and created a wealth of interesting and unique alphabets. This is a collection of some of the best examples.
  • 3 Successful Small Businesses on Social Media – To help you see how social media can work no matter how big or small your business, I’ve found some great case studies of small businesses that get it and are seeing results!

These are my Jumptags for July 7th

  • FRONTLINE/WORLD . India – Hole in the Wall – Mitra decided to place a high-speed computer in the wall, connect it to the Internet, and watch who, if anyone, might use it. To his delight, curious children were immediately attracted to the strange new machine. "When they said, 'Can we touch …
  • Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves – Video from TED Talks
  • Overview : Educating the Net Generation – Despite the considerable recent attention devoted to the 'Net Generation', few Australian studies have documented the characteristics of this group and little evidence has been provided to support claims made about the Net Generation and its implicat…

What fun I had yesterday with the folks from Wichita State. We had a great discussion about organizing a course for online delivery, and I had some really interesting questions about experiences with thinner syllabi, video conferencing, and approaching new faculty.  I’m a little concerned that I may have scared some folks, so I want to make sure during today’s conference that everyone is okay after they’ve had some time to digest and reflect.  We’re definitely going to take some time to consider the topic from yesterday.

Today, we’re going to be tackling managing communications online.  It can be a real bear sometimes when you teach online.  It can seem like you’re always “on.” So, how do you create reasonable expectations with your students and not not seem unresponsive or distant?  That just one of the topics we’re going to explore.  I have some ideas about how to manage communications to make them more managable for the teacher when you’re teaching online.

I’m also going to share some tips I have for conducting chat sessions, discussion boards, and two-way audio and video.  A couple of years ago, I conducted some research with a former student Dr. Jongpil Cheon (at Texas Tech University now) about two-way audio and video.  So, it’s interesting to see what works and what students value.  I’ll be incorporating some of these finding, as well as some “ah-hah” moments into the presentation.

The wiki pages we’ll be referring to today are:

  1. Tips for online course management
  2. Tips for asynchronous communications in an online course
  3. Tips for synchronous communications in an online course

If we have extra time, then we might can get to some tools that I recommend using:

  1. Tools I recommend

And here’s the presentation I’ll be referring to as well.

[slideshare id=1630385&doc=courseandcommunicationmanagement-090624014244-phpapp01]

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