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Surveying the landscape of learning management systems

Over the past couple of years, new developments and standards in teaching with technology are allowing companies to offer new or completely redesigned web applications and accompanying mobile apps to universities. The main selling points of these products is that they have sleek and intuitive user interfaces, interoperability, improved accessibility, and a mobile-friendly experience. Learning [...] Read more »

Who will you nominate this year?

The deadline to nominate someone for the Excellence in Teaching with Technology Awards is March 31, 2014. Since 2001, this award has recognized excellence in the efforts of faculty, staff, teaching assistants and graduate instructors involved in using educational technologies to meaningfully improve teaching and learning at Mizzou. Recipients of the award from last year [...] Read more »

Notice about free plagiarism checking software

Educational Technologies at Missouri (ET@MO) would like to bring to your attention a recent situation where a Mizzou student’s term paper appeared on an essay-writing web site without her permission. The student contacted the company and the paper was removed without debate. The company explains that all of the work they display is pulled from [...] Read more »

Good-bye memorization. Hello James Bond!

I was watching a student make up an exam when he reached for the silicone wristband (or so I thought) on his left hand and with three taps activated a touchscreen display on his wrist. In this case, he was just checking the time, but “Smart Watches” are here. Joining them are camera pens and [...] Read more »

Let’s talk about the Grade Center

Mizzou is eleven weeks into the semester and some of our Blackboard Grade Centers are showing signs of disarray. Not because we see instructors taking a carefree approach to assessment planning – even the most polished lesson plans succumb to the features of the Grade Center. Many of the issues we help to solve stem [...] Read more »

MOOC-ing About

Along with my colleague Garet Marling, I’m enrolled in the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) “eLearning and Digital Cultures,” taught by a team of instructors from the University of Edinburgh and offered via Coursera. The course started on January 28. Incidentally, January 28 was also the start of my first full-time week back at work [...] Read more »