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Podcast: The Disconnect Between IT and Academics

By Gerry Bayne | Educause

David Woods is academic liason for Miami University. In this interview he discusses the disconnect between the IT mindset and the academic mindset and how they might collaborate successfully.

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5 Ways to Prevent Cheating in Online Courses

By Robin Bartoletti |  Faculty eCommons

This webinar recording will be a brief review of the rationale behind online cheating and offer strategies/tools to enhance the online learning experience, promote academic honesty, and deter cheating. Heather Farmakis, Ph.D. will share helpful information for instructors to preserve the integrity of the course across different online learning platforms.

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The Pulse: Teaching Lab Courses Online

Inside Higher Ed

This month’s edition of the Pulse podcast features an interview with Jim Brown of Ocean County College, discussing tools that can help faculty members teach lab courses in online settings.

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8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online

By Patrick Lowenthal and Joanna Dunlap | Educause Review Online

This video list of insights comes from experts in the field of online teaching. Here is a collection of 8 lessons that might improve your online course!

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Best Practices For Moving Lab-Based Science Courses Online Safely & Effectively

By Dr. Erica Kipp, Pace University, Biology Professor | Innovative Educators

This session highlights best practices for moving lab-based science courses online using “wet” labs. Attendees will also learn why an institution of higher education believes that online can be as effective as on-campus in meeting the course objectives, based on statistics and results from a grant.

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TED-Ed Flipped Lesson: Strategies for Retaining Online Students

By Heather Farmakis and Melissa Kaulbach | Faculty eCommons

Ed Tech du Jour hosts, Dr. Melissa Kaulbach and Dr. Heather Farmakis share factors contributing to attrition rates originate from a variety of sources, many that are beyond your control. As an instructor and course designer, you do have control over your course’s environment, which can influence students’ choice to remain enrolled. Nine strategies you can implement in your course to promote student retention adapted from a Faculty Focus article by Al Infande.

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4-Step Method for Improving Learning Retention

By Justin Ferriman | Learn Dash

One of the biggest challenges any instructional designer faces when creating training programs is to maximize the chances that the content is internalized by the learner.

Here is one method that you can use to help learners remember (and perhaps use) the content of your training. You can use this in both a virtual or live training setting.

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3 Key Considerations When Selecting E-learning Tools

By Linda Daly | 3D Issue

We also know the benefits of engaging in e-learning. Better study habits and performance with tablets increase reader attention. Interactive learning leads to better retention. Knowledge and learning material are more accessible to a wider audience when it is online. Printing and distribution costs are substantially reduced.

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Opportunities to Enhance Online Discussions and Collaboration Using Google Hangouts

William O’Byrne | Digital Is

TL;DR Version: In this blog post I discuss a recent chain of events that has me really excited about the use of Google Hangouts in teaching and learning. I share a strategy that I believe would help you begin to use Google Hangouts to enhance online discussions and collaboration in your classroom.

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By JACOB SPRADLIN | eLearning Frenzy

One of the biggest challenges facing distance learning today is ensuring academic integrity. There are swaths of blog posts, scholarly articles and stories in the Chronicle covering this topic.  Let’s clear the air now and let you know that their is no absolute sure-fire way to eliminate cheating in your online courses, just as there is no way to do it in your face-to-face courses.  There are however, strategies you can adopt and methods you can employ that will assist in making it extremely difficult to do so. We will cover 5 ways to encourage academic integrity:

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Online Done Right: The importance of human interaction for student success

By Jayson M. Boyers | eLearn Magazine

In 2011, nearly 7 million Americansreceived instruction through online courses, a number that reflects the growing interest in more flexible learning options in higher education. Though more connected than any previous generation, many online learners report feeling something is missing from their educational experience. For all the convenience and flexibility online instruction offers, too many programs have been designed without an appreciation for the necessity of human connection and collaboration in the learning process.

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Ideas for Improving Science Education

By Claudia Dreifus | The New York Times

If you could make one change to improve science education in the United States, what would it be? Science Times asked that question of 19 Americans — scientists, educators, students — with a stake in the answer. Their responses follow.

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This infographic is as much about flipping online as it is about online teaching in general. If we, as instructors, can maintain the connected feel of a class, our students will feel valued.

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How to Motivate Adult Learners

By Tom Kuhlmann | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

I was going to help my son build a computer game using Kodu. I like the app because it’s a simple way to introduce visual programming. I was prepared to sit down with him, watch some tutorials, and then practice. But he was already messing around with the application.

Impressed with what he had done I asked if he had already watched the tutorials. He told me he didn’t know what he was doing. He just started “clicking around” and was figuring it out.

Funny thing about the young ones, they have no problems jumping in and messing around. Adult learners aren’t always so willing to do that. It’s probably because we are so conditioned to avoid failure that it makes us guarded and reluctant to step out a bit.

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4 Ways Podcasts Are Valuable Learning Tools

By Martin Catino | Edudemic

Podcasts are a valuable tool for quickly and effectively transforming a classroom.  This relatively simple multimedia method allows students to engage another learning sense–hearing. More than that, podcasts can increase focus, reinforce main points, and stimulate deeper thinking on topics and issues requiring analytical skills. Simply stated, podcasts are an essential method in increasing online and in-person learning success.

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12 Things You Should Never Do When You Teach Online

By  | WizIQ Blog

We all know there are a lot of great articles out there on the web that talk about what you should do when you teach online. But sometimes what a new online teacher really needs is a list of what NOT to do when teaching online.

Here are 12 things I recommend that online teachers do not do:

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How Real-Time Data in Online Training Benefits the Learner

By Stephanie Ivec | eLearningIndustry

We all know there’s no substitute for real-life experience. But sometimes setting up a real-world, immersive learning scenario for your training is too expensive, or time-consuming and difficult.

e-Learning is a fantastic alternative, and using real-time data within your online training creates an extremely effective and beneficial learning experience. Pulling in live feeds allows you to deliver the most up-to-date information to your learner, and in some cases, offer a live demonstration of a technique or operation.

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Why Do Some Students Struggle Online?

By Di Xu | The Evolllution

In a recent article on semester-length online coursework, I wrote about some recent research findings that many community college students perform more poorly in online than face-to-face courses. Some readers wondered what makes the particular groups mentioned (males, ethnic minorities and those with lower GPAs) less likely to succeed in online courses. This follow-up article discusses what challenges these specific groups face in the online context, and how those challenges might be addressed with specific strategies in online programming.

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Designing an Online Course that Mimics Face-to-Face Interactions

By Sarah Linden | Faculty eCommons

Identified by Dr. Beth Mancini in the video below, this sentiment is common among instructors designing an online course, especially those accustomed to teaching face-to-face courses only.

The virtual environment requires that instructors rethink almost every aspect of a course, especially the way relationships are created and interactivity occurs. In a course where students are geographically separated, how can they feel apart of the course’s learning community?

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Time Management Strategies for Online Instructors

University of Wisconsin – Stout

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4 Resources For Finding STEM Grants For Your School

By Katie Lepi | Edudemic

STEM fields are slated to hold some of the most important jobs in the future. Unfortunately, these fields are also showing a huge shortage of qualified workers and students being trained in these subjects. The supply and demand gap for STEM workers is growing and is slated to continue to do so in the future. I’m sure we could all get into a nice tussle about the numerous reasons for this, instead we’re going to focus on what can be done about getting our students the best STEM education possible. Since getting awesome resources to teach some STEM subjects can be expensive – sometimes too expensive for schools to get great stuff – there are a lot of groups out there that are offering STEM grants for schools to help fill in the blanks for the funding of STEM education. So where can schools and teachers apply for these grants? We’ve collected a few good resources below.

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Three Ways to Improve Online Courses for Adult Students

By Charles Dull | The Evolllution

The more learning changes, the more it stays the same …

Technology changes, methods of delivery change and even learning theories are modified; however, the more things change, the more they stay the same. When it comes to adult learning, you could sum up the most critical point by quoting Woody Allen: “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

The question for the instructional designer is, “How do I get a student to show up?”

Here are three approaches that could help solve this dilemma:

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How To Flip An Online Course

By Katie Lepi | edudemic

Flipping the classroom isn’t just for those who are teaching in a physical classroom with their students right in front of them. Online learning presents its own unique set of challenges as it is, so flipping the online classroom might seem out of the question. But when you take a step back and look at it, it really is quite feasible! The handy infographic below (from the ever-useful Mia MacMeekin) takes a look at how you can flip your online classroom. She offers some great tips and tricks to get you started. Keep reading to learn more!

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Framework for assuring quality in distance learning courses

BY WAYNE BRITCLIFFE | E-Learning Development Team

Richard Walker and Wayne Britcliffe will be presenting a framework for assuring quality in the delivery of distance learning courses to delegates at the Association for Learning Technology’s annual conference (10-12 September, Nottingham). The framework was developed by a working group of the University’s Distance Learning Forum and is available in hard copy format and in an interactive format as well, and has just been released by the University under a creative commons licence to the HE sector.

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5 Ways To Make Students Better At Sharing Online

By bloggeratheart edudemic

Sharing is something that all human beings need to effectively know how to do. It begins with teaching toddlers to share their toys, and from there it never ends. As those toddlers turn in to teenagers who turn in to college students, they learn a new type of sharing that is important in the digital age: social sharing. Being able to share things effectively in the social media world is important for students to understand, as it helps them better their personal brands and recognition.

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Time Saving Tips for Teaching Online

By Geoff Cain | Brainstorm In Process

We often hear that online learning takes a lot of time for instructors. I have found that it can, but when a course is set up in advance to take advantage of a learning management system’s features, a lot of time can be saved. A little work and planning in advance can save teachers a lot of time when it will really count. Many of these techniques make for a more engaging experience for the students and make teaching online less stressful for instructors.

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Time Travel to Plan Your Semester

By Natalie Houston | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Whether your institution requires early submission of your syllabus and course materials, or whether you just have to have to be ready for that first day of class, if you are teaching this fall, you will probably soon be spending some time creating syllabi, assignments, and course websites. Preparing your course outline is just one small part of the chaos of the first week of the fall term, which often brings excitement, pressure, or nervousness both for faculty and students. It’s easy to focus just on having your materials ready for the first day, and on just getting through the adjustments of that first week by whatever means necessary.

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6 social networks that can make you better at your education job

By Roger Riddell | Education Dive

Education technology isn’t just for the classroom.  Today’s educators have a number of social networks available at their fingertips. That’s why we launched our Social Networks and Resources for Educators Directory this week. (You should check it out!)

A handful of these sites serve as valuable professional development tools.  Looking for a new job?  There’s a social network for that.  Need some peer feedback?  You’re covered there, too.  Want to compare lessons?  You get the idea.

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A Simple Method for Verifying Course Alignment

By Heidi Ash | Faculty eCommons

This post is part of an on-going series that discusses how to gather learning analytics through course alignment.

In the last post of this series, we showed you how to align your course objectives with your module objectives. But before you can begin to use alignment to gather learning analytics, you need to verify that alignment actually exists throughout each part of your course.

By ensuring that the materials, activities, and assessments you choose support your learning objectives,you further strengthen the framework you’ll use to analyze the effectiveness of your course for student learning.

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5 Best Practices for Blended Learning


Blended learning is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online techniques. This is an extremely popular course delivery format—and with good reason. A study done by the U.S. Department of Education revealed that students in blended courses outperformed both the fully online students and the face-to-face students.

One key benefit of blended learning is that learners and instructors can take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of an online course while retaining the benefits of the face-to-face classroom experience. However, for your learners to get a truly beneficial blended learning experience, you need to create the best possible course.

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Transition from Tradition: 9 Tips for successfully moving your face-to-face course online

By Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza | eLearn Magazine

You know your stuff. You’ve got a routine. You’re a superstar in a face-to-face classroom, but haven’t yet made the leap to putting your class totally online. You want to make sure your face-to-face dream course doesn’t turn into a virtual nightmare. While even technologically savvy instructors may struggle in moving even a strongly Web-supported course to fully online delivery, there are simple solutions to address some of the most common concerns instructors have about teaching wholly online.

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Is there a link between flexible access and ‘productivity’ in higher education?

By Tony Bates | Online Learning and Distance Education Resources

This is the third in a series of posts about ways in which learning technologies and online learning could improve educational productivity in higher education. The first two posts were:

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How much time does it take to teach online?

By Terry Anderson | Virtual Canuck

I’ve long been fascinated by studies on time factors in online learning. The issues of teacher time are especially relevant given the high cost of teachers, the threat to the profession, MOOCs offering much less teacher-intensive education opportunities and my own online equivalency theory.

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Using Learning Analytics to Predict (and Improve) Student Success: A Faculty Perspective

By Beth Dietz-Uhler & Janet E. Hurn | Distance-Educator.com

Learning analytics is receiving increased attention, in part because it offers to assist educational institutions in increasing student retention, improving student success, and easing the burden of accountability. Although these large-scale issues are worthy of consideration, faculty might also be interested in how they can use learning analytics in their own courses to help their students succeed. In this paper, we define learning analytics, how it has been used in educational institutions, what learning analytics tools are available, and how faculty can make use of data in their courses to monitor and predict student performance. Finally, we discuss several issues and concerns with the use of learning analytics in higher education.

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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid During Online Course Design

Melanie Hovland| Faculty eCommons

Whether you’ve been teaching online for ten years or ten minutes, chances are you’ve made a few mistakes along the way. Below we’ve outlined five common mistakes of online course design and provided suggestions on how you can avoid them.

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A Handy Guide to Everything Teachers Need to Know About Edmodo

Edudcation Technology and Mobile Learning

Edmodo is one of the promising web technologies that is making a strong foothold in the field of education. It has been embraced by several school districts and  is being widely used to host online classes and connect students with their teachers. I personally see edmodo as a very robust alternative to the traditional Moodle.

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The Quick 5-Steps Tutorials for Moodle

By SAMUEL | Colour My Learning

New to Moodle? Here are some quick 5 steps tutorials to get you started. Originally created on Moodle as part of a course to introduce teachers to Moodle in schools, the quick 5 steps tutorials give you step-by-step instructions on how to create categories and sub-categories, create a course, enrol students, turn on editing and enable self enrolment. If you are looking to dive into Moodle and need a ‘straight talking’ tutorial, you have come to the right place. This tutorial assumes you have course creator and teacher access to Moodle.

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5 Online Discussion Tips For Students

By Francesca Catalano | edudemic

Have you ever felt that your online students needed more direction on how to approach a discussion board? Have you thought that with just a bit more assistance students would really engage in the forum and take it to the next level, rather than just do the minimum required to get points? I have written several useful tips that I would encourage you as faculty to share with your students. These guidelines will assist students as they complete the online discussion board assessment that is inherent in every online course.

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10 Proven Steps to Accelerate Your Online Course, Part 1

Faculty eCommons

Because of the flexibility and convenience online learning offers, more students want degree programs delivered online, specifically in the accelerated format. Many online learners are non-traditional students—they typically have full time jobs and responsibilities in the home. By offering accelerated courses, we meet these students’ unique needs to best set them up for success on their track towards a degree.

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5 Reasons To Use YouTube In The Classroom

By Jeff Dunn | edudemic

If you like to bring multimedia into your lessons (and who doesn’t?) then you probably use YouTube in the classroom from time to time. But there’s a lot to the mega-video site and it’s getting a bazillion hours of video uploaded every minute nowadays. So there’s no shortage of content and the Google folks have done their best to tame the mountain of videos into an easy-to-use resource.

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How Purdue University’s Mobile Apps are Increasing Student Engagement

By Kristen Hicks | edcetera

For several years, educators have seen a steady increase in the number of smartphones and tablets students bring into the classroom. Rather than worry about the increased opportunity for distraction the devices bring with them, Purdue University chose to see this new influx of technology as full of educational potential.

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MERLOT Supports Mobile Learning

MERLOT – Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching –  is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy. It’s a very important Open Educational Resources (OER) repository.

MERLOT has developed new Mobile Learning Portal to support users to develop strategies and plans for using mobile devices in teaching and learning; to choose “best practices” for faculty and staff to design and use mobile applications; and to find existing mobile apps that can be reused and/or adapted for instructional purposes.

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Overcoming the 10 Most Serious and Challenging Obstacles of Teaching Online

By Errol Craig Sull | Teaching & Learning

Anyone who teaches online has run into problems within their courses. Some of these problems can be complicated and if not correctly resolved can do major damage to the online instructor’s reputation and opportunity for teaching future courses. This month’s column tackles the worst of these.

Culled from hundreds of emails I have received over the years from online instructors, as well as from my 18 years of online teaching experience, the 10 major obstacles and their solutions that follow have come up more than any others. (Note: This column does not cover what can be done to prevent these.) Yes, there are many left out—and, as always, I invite you to write me with ones you think deserve a place on this list.

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Focusing on the Needs of Post-Traditional Students

By Teresa Clark & Mika Hoffman| The Evolllution

Two recent trends separate learning from the traditional classroom and have raised concerns among educators: a rapid proliferation of online learning and the rise, albeit at a slower pace, of competency-based educational programs.

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8 Free Collaboration Tools for Educators

By Bridget McCrea | Campus Technology

Ready to bring collaboration into your classroom? Here are eight free apps and tools you can use to get students working — and learning — together, in and out of the classroom. (Note that while some of the app developments may charge for “premium” versions of these products, all of the following apps are free to use at a basic level).

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70+ Web Tools Organized For Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

By Jeff Dunn | edudemic

The number of web tools currently available to teachers, administrators, and students is downright absurd. You can’t swing an iPad without hitting a free web tool looking to revolutionize your classroom. Luckily, there are a few brave souls out in the world wide web attempting to organize the chaos a bit. We like to take our best shot here at Edudemic but also like to showcase some of the great organizing done by others. One of those fabulous organizers is Phillippa Cleaves (@pipcleaves – worth following!) from Sydney, Australia who built the Prezi you see below. In the presentation, Phillippa outlines which web tools you should check out for each part of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. It’s a daunting task to try and figure this kind of stuff out so I hope you’re as grateful as I am for Phillippa’s hard work. Be sure to follow her on Twitter and thank her by the way!

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Eight Roles of an Effective Online Teacher

By Bernard Bull, EdD | Faculty Focus

Teaching face-to-face and teaching online are both teaching, but they are qualitatively different. In comparison, driving a car and riding a motorcycle are both forms of transportation, but they have enough differences to warrant additional training and preparation when switching from one to the other. The same is true when faculty move from the traditional classroom to the online classroom. There are some things that the two have in common, but there are also plenty of differences. With this in mind, consider the following eight roles of an effective online teacher.

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5 Ways To Really Connect With Online Students


Thanks to the increasing popularity of online courses, universities and students are no longer restricted by physical boundaries. For schools, this means they can have greater enrollment in highly sought-after programs that would otherwise have limited space. Students benefit by having the opportunity to enhance their education without having to pack up and move their entire lives to a different city. From parents to working professionals, students of all types are enthusiastic about online education — as long as it’s done right. Historically, however, online classes have not been very good experiences, with outcomes being marginal at best. Here are five ways instructors can connect with their students, making sure the online education experience is worthwhile for everyone.

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Visual.ly: Easily Turn Complex Data into Attractive Stories

By Heidi Ash | Faculty eCommons

Images and storytelling are deeply ingrained within human history as ways of sharing ideas—it’s no surprise they’re are also effective for teaching and learning. On a mission to tell stories with data, Visual.ly lets you easily develop beautiful, compelling data visualizations and infographics—for free. Developed with the non-graphic designer in mind, Visual.ly offers pre-created graphics and templates so you focus less on image editing and more on crafting your story.

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40 Sites and Apps for Creating Presentations

Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero

Creating a presentation or slideshow is one of the staples of any 21st Century Classroom.  This is a skill that almost every educator has and is a must known skill for any successful student.  It used to be that only programs such as PowerPoint could create presentations.  However, now there are lots of sites and apps that not only creating stunning presentations but also make it easier then ever.  Below is my list of some of my favorite tools for creating beautiful looking presentations/slideshows.

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Flipped Classroom Insights and Tips from a College Biology Teacher

By Mary Fineday | EmergingEdTech

Classroom flipping is an education technology strategy which involves students watching pre-recorded lectures and coming to class to complete work. The process encourages collaborative learning, more engagement in the classroom, and a class format which fosters active learning over passive material absorption. For high school and college teachers, this tech-enabled teaching method is changing the way they think about education and the way their students learn.

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