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Faculty Show and Share

Contributed by Wade Pickren on 09/25/12 

CLASS BLOGS: How Creating a Virtual Classroom Can Enrich the Real One
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, Gannett Center 316
Light refreshments provided.

Presented by Kelly Dietz, Assistant Professor, Department of Politics

--Politics Professor Kelly Dietz will share the class blogs she uses in her courses and discuss how she uses them to improve student engagement with course materials, course topics, and each other.
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Friending Your Textbook: Using Social Networks to get Students to Read and Analyze Text and Video
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, Gannett Center 316
Light refreshments provided.

Presented by John Barr, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science.

This workshop introduces Classroom Salon, a web site that is part electronic textbook (think kindle) and part social network (think facebook). The goal is to leverage student’s familiarity with social networks to get them to engage in conversations around documents such as textbooks. In Classroom Salon instructors form students into social groups, called salons, and introduce documents, text, and videos into the salons. Students then cooperate in highlighting, annotating, and discussing (but not editing) the text/video and cooperatively answer questions about the it. Classroom Salon also contains analytical tools that help instructors determine how much students are participating. Though there are some similarities to blogs and wikis and web sites such as Pizzaza, Classroom Salon provides a much richer and more focused experience, as we’ll see in the workshop.
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Faculty Show and Share is a series put on by the Center for Educational Technology in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Excellence.  Each session features a guest faculty member who shows how they use a technology to address a teaching goal.  Come hear what worked - or didn't work in a format that is informal, experimental, and fun.  Discussion is encouraged and anyone is welcome regardless of their experience with technology. 

We are always looking for faculty to show and share.  Please contact Marilyn Dispensa ( or 274-3647) if you are interested. 

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Laurie Wasik at or (607) 274-3734. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.


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