No streaming during class

Purdue University students who were hoping to sneak in an episode of Queer Eye during their economics lecture are out of luck. The university recently debuted a pilot program that restricts access to five popular streaming sites — Netflix, Hulu, Steam, Apple Updates and iTunes — during class time in four of its biggest lecture halls. The new…

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A rubric for evaluating e-learning tools in higher education

As educational developers supporting the incorporation of technology into teaching, we are often asked by instructors for a tailored recommendation of an e-learning tool to use in a particular course. When they use the phrase e-learning tool, instructors are typically asking for some kind of digital technology, mediated through the use of an internet-connected device, that is…

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The myth of multitasking

Yes, cellphones and laptops do affect students’ grades, and no, students can’t multitask as well as they say they can. Arnold Glass, a psychology professor at Rutgers University at New Brunswick, and Mengxue Kang, a graduate student, recently published a study in Educational Psychology that they say reveals a causal link between cellphone and laptop use during class and poorer…

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Alexa, what’s the deal with you, anyway?

Housed in a SLU-branded Amazon Echo Dot, Alexa is the anthropomorphic personal assistant every 21st-century student needs, or so says David Hakanson, chief innovation officer at SLU. SLU purchased 2,300 Echo Dots from Amazon to put in students’ dorm rooms. The devices are preloaded with an Alexa voice app or skill, called “SLU”, which enables students to…

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Putting immersive technology to work: Examples from the digital humanities

Much has been made of the potential for immersive technology to revolutionize teaching and learning. Often placed under the banner of XR (extended or cross reality), these tools are expected to fundamentally change how we interact with the physical world and our growing assortment of digital worlds, how we communicate with each other, and, of…

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