ETS Talk 64: Massive Open Online Courses

This week, Brad, Chris, and I discuss Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). MOOCs are mostly-structured online experiences around a particular topic. They are generally open for participation by anyone for free, although some students may pay to take a MOOC for credit. The course materials are posted in the open instead of locked inside a learning management system. Likewise, student work is...

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ETS Talk 63: Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the Classroom has gotten a lot of attention recently. The basic idea is that students listen to lectures and otherwise prepare for class on their own time and then use class time for problem sets, debates, discussions, collaborative writing, etc… The components of this idea aren’t new, but technologies such as podcasting, lecture capture, and recorded problem sets (e.g. Khan...

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ETS Talk 62: All about Gamification

This week, Brad Kozlek, Chris Stubbs, and I kick off the new format for ETS Talk. The topic for this episode is Gamification: What is it? How is it different from games? Examples of gamification in education and business environments. High-tech and low-tech examples of adding game-like elements. Reasons that different people find games appealing. “Gaming the rules.” … and...

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Mobile Media Kit for Campus Instructional Designers

I used to work at the Hazleton Campus of Penn State, which had about 1100 students. Working there was great because I really got to know the faculty and students well. The downside was that I didn’t really have a group of peers to turn to and I didn’t have the kind of technology resources that were available at University Park. Here is an example of how that looks today and what...

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The ETS Pitch Session

At the last ETS Staff meeting, we discussed the “Pitch Session”. It’s a time for ETS staff to get together and propose plans for new ideas or different ways of doing things. We had a practice run with Chris Stubbs to try out the format. He proposed the development of an Econ 2 game where students would be the resource managers for a large university. The game would be a bit...

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2010 Faculty Fellow Summaries

2010 Faculty Fellow Summaries

During the Summer of 2010, ETS welcomed another class of TLT Faculty Fellows into our space for some amazing work and collaboration. What you’ll find below are a series of summaries written by the leads of each of the Fellow Teams. It was an amazing Summer filled with new discoveries and outcomes. Laura Guertin, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences at Penn State Brandywine During this...

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