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A Socrates Redux in the BYUI Learning Model

Socrates with a twist: Trent Batson reports on how "Brigham Young University Idaho has found a way to combine a Socratic approach with simple technology to create a hybrid lecture that guides students to teach each other." The idea is to ensure that students will always be prepared for class.

A Good Match: Scholarship Funds Matching Tool at U Michigan

Michigan Administrative Information Systems (MAIS) at the University of Michigan has recently developed a module in the university’s existing Oracle PeopleSoft Student Administration application, to automate the scholarship matching process. The new tool will provide better service to students, more accountability and useful information to donors, and better planning options for the administration. Campus Technology asked MAIS Director John Gohsman about the Scholarship Fund Matching tool.

Why Not Lab Time for 'Soft' Disciplines?

Regularly scheduled lab time has long been an accepted standard in science courses. Now there may be an argument for extending the standard to include all disciplines....

Community Source Evaluation Strategies: Is Sakai Right for Your Institution?

Assessing an open source or community source solution, particularly at small and mid-sized institutions, presents unique challenges. Without vendor demonstrations, user groups, and sales departments, how do you evaluate a community source product?

Not Your Parents' 'Course Content Delivery'

The phrase "course content delivery" is familiar to us all, but its usage could stand some updating. In fact, we may be due for a millenial change in our perceptions of learning design as current technology tools offer opportunities to change teaching and learning models.



Have We Reached an IT Dead End?

The Campus Technology 2009 Executive Summit on "IT Leadership and the 21st Century Campus: Insight and Innovation," brought together campus IT leaders to discuss both technology directions and their own leadership roles. In the last C-Level View, we ran Part I of Trent Batson's reflections on the summit. Here, read Part II of the two-part commentary.

The Right Data for ePortfolios

Are ePortfolios being used properly? If they are merely duplicating traditional grading systems or just showing sample assignments, then the answer probably is they are not. Here's how to take advantage of the true power of the ePortfolio: Just include new types of data that can be mined later on...

IT Leaders: Take a Deep Breath and Look Around You

The Campus Technology 2009 Executive Summit on "IT Leadership and the 21st Century Campus: Insight and Innovation," brought together campus IT leaders to discuss both technology directions and their own leadership roles. Here, read Part I of Trent Batson's two-part commentary, and watch for Part II in two weeks.

Natural Language is Still Our Most Important Technology

In a Web 2.0 world, language and writing skills are essential to success. But our emphasis on STEM skills means we're missing an opportunity for education. Should STEM really be STEM-L?

Beyond Social Networking: Building Toward Learning Communities

Much has been written recently about the impact of social networking tools in teaching and learning and how educators can build on the skills of their students in using these tools. But if educators only integrate the ability of students to connect and socialize, deeper points of learning will be missed. While good teaching and learning rests on effective relationships, in an active learning community, those relationships should evolve into actual idea exchange and knowledge construction.