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7 Things You Should Know About Gamification
August 10, 2011

Gamification is the application of game elements in non-gaming situations , often to motivate or influence behavior. The rewards or the spirit of competition can spur students’ concentratio…

7 Things You Should Know About Personalized Digital Magazines
July 12, 2011

Applications like Flipboard, Zite, RSS5000, and Taptu aggregate content from personal social media networks and other sources, presenting the information in a snappy magazine-style format c…

7 Things You Should Know About Organizing Files in the Cloud
June 7, 2011

File storage and management has become a potentially limiting factor in the usefulness of new technologies, and cloud-based file services such as Dropbox, SugarSync, AeroFS, and Box.net attemp…

7 Things You Should Know About LMS Evaluation
May 11, 2011

At many institutions, the current LMS is five or more years old. In that time, the teaching and learning context might have changed considerably, and other products, including open-source o…

7 Things You Should Know About the Modern Learning Commons
April 11, 2011

The learning commons, sometimes called an “information commons,” has evolved from a combination library and computer lab into a full-service learning, research, and project space. A…

7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing
March 8, 2011

The open educational resources model, including textbooks, has emerged as a response to rising text prices, a need for greater access to high-quality learning materials, the proliferation of e-r…

7 Things You Should Know About iPad Apps for Learning
February 9, 2011

Applications designed for the iPad offer interactive content that takes advantage of touch-screen navigation. The iPad combines robust computational functionality with a screen large enough to …

7 Things You Should Know About Open-Ended Response Systems
January 11, 2011

An open-ended student response system is an electronic service or application that lets students enter text responses during a lecture or class discussion. Open-ended systems give faculty the op…

7 Things You Should Know About Android
December 8, 2010

Android is a Linux-based, open-source operating system designed for use on cell phones, e-readers, tablet PCs, and other mobile devices. Android has been selected by many hardware manufacturers…

7 Things You Should Know About the HyFlex Course Model
November 9, 2010

HyFlex is a course design model that presents the components of hybrid learning in a flexible course structure that gives students the option of attending sessions in the classroom, participating…