Instructional Designers: An Introduction

When you are newly employed it can be a natural impulse to speculate about the nature of the work done by your colleagues. As a recently hired staff member, I admittedly spent a little more time trying to figure out how to weasel my way out of a cubicle and into an office than I…

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Proctored Testing – What Does the Future Hold?

At the University of Pittsburgh Testing Center [UPTC], we’ve seen a steady increase in testing volume each semester for the past two years. In the Fall 2014 semester just ended, UPTC administered 4,114 exams – an increase of 13% from Fall 2013. In fact, testing during the summer semester, which traditionally sees the lowest volume…

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ECAR Study of Student Technology Experiences

by Cynthia Golden, Director, CIDDE Just before the end of the Fall Term, EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology, released its annual student study. I was working for that association in 2004, when the first survey of students’ technology experiences and expectations was launched….

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Spring Term Survey Period Dates: March 30 to April 19

Are you an instructor looking for student feedback about classes you’re teaching this term? Request a Student Opinion of Teaching Survey. Student Opinion of Teaching Surveys are surveys administered online to enrolled students during the last three weeks of class during fall and spring terms upon request. Survey links are sent to students via email…

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Web 2.0 Tools in Teaching and Learning

When it was first invented, the Internet was merely a place to store and locate information. It was static and non-interactive in that website visitors could only read content. Examples might be a news website that publishes news stories or a personal web page that provides information about the site owner, but readers might not…

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