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SmartClassroom :: Wednesday, November 15, 2006


Napping to Learn

By Frank Tansey, Co-Editor

The last year has been very hectic for me. I am sure many of you might be feeling the same way. For me, I am juggling the release of a large, complex consumer Web site, managing the course development of an online corporate training project, a few presentations both domestic and international, and a smattering of consulting engagements. I am leaving out a bit, including co-editing this newsletter, but you get the idea. All of this has meant lots of long days, 100,000 miles of travel, and a general sense of overload.

Early in this hectic cycle, I came across a reference on a blog to a tool that makes living with this bearable. The tool is Pzizz, and it is a wonderful piece of software that helps me nap. You might think the idea of taking time to nap with so much to do is crazy. However, after living with this program for an extended period, I am going to argue that taking a nap is a great way to get more done. I even believe it is a great way to learn...

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Kansas State University is one of America’s first land-grant colleges. Founded in 1863, the university now enrolls more than 23,000 students. K-State has a large distance education enrollment, including students at nearby Fort Riley.

For the past several years, K-State has used technology from Tegrity to record class sessions with video, audio, and multimedia. Presently, close to 200 classes across the university are captured using this technology. A recent upgrade to Tegrity Campus makes it possible for K-State to repurpose class session recordings to podcasts with a minimum amount of effort.

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