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jchie2's picture

Adobe Connect Introduction-Participant

I have been talking about Adobe Connect in my blog. Recently I was asked to produce a video to show how can a student participate in the Adobe Connect meeting. I would like to share with you in case you are wondering what is Adobe Connect and how might you participate in the meeting.

Untitled from chiayi32 on Vimeo.

 

 

jwfe223's picture

Snow, Glorious Snow!

This morning we woke up to a white Jerusalem.

Snowman at Basta Pasta

Suffering with the cold has been rewarded with the ephemeral beauty of a (temporarily) snow-blanketed city.

Old City in Snow March 2, 2012

(Photo Credit Israel_Shield via Twitter)

Snowy Al-Aqsa

(Photo Credit: @Majdool via Twitter)

 

dsvoss's picture

From the Trenches #2: How Much Work Will College Courses Take?

The Lexington Herald-Leader recently ran an advertising supplement that purported to list ten things college professors wanted incoming freshmen to know.  I didn't necessarily agree with all ten, but one piece of advice offered by a UK chemist matched almost word for word the answer I give to students who ask: "How much work should I expect to put into your course if I want a good grade?"

Her answer started the same way mine does: "College is a full-time job," she said.  I agree: If you're a full-time student, you should approach it as a full-time job.

Neither answer may seem particularly helpful, because what students really want is a simple number: Exactly how much time should I expect to budget if I wish to succeed in a typical course?  Once you accept that a "full-time student" should be on the job full time, though, the answer calculates itself:

daange2's picture

MIT Opens its Doors to Online Ed...even wider!

Mit is developing a new online tool platform called MITx that will hopefully bolster MIT's already success OpenCourseWare by:

  • organizing and present course material to enable students to learn at their own pace
  • featuring interactivity, online laboratories and student-to-student communication
  • allowing for the individual assessment of any student’s work and allow students who demonstrate their mastery of subjects to earn a certificate of completion awarded by MITx
  • operating on an open-source, scalable software infrastructure in order to make it continuously improving and readily available to other educational institutions.

You can check out the full article here you can see the details on how they plan to revolutionize the quality of online education in America. Very exciting times indeed!

MIT President Susan Hockfield said,

                       “MIT has long believed that anyone in the world with the motivation and ability to engage MIT coursework should have the opportunity to          attain the best MIT-based educational experience that Internet technology enables..."

 

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Guess What? GIS is a Beneficial Tool for All

 

GIS (Geographic Information Services) is empowering new ways faculty can teach in their classrooms and the way students interact and learn. Nowhere is that more evident than in the Department of Geography. Jeremy Crampton and his class surveyed part of UK’s campus with a camera, 2-liter soda bottle, a balloon, rubber bands and string. Find out more about how a do-it-yourself project like this makes it easy to be an active participant in data collection.

Matt Wilson’s students are also putting GIS to use by working with community members and organizations. Ranging from health and cultural advocacy, food systems, open data, environmental issues, historical preservation – the students collaborate with people and places in the community to provide a needs assessment that GIS technologies can offer, whether it is web-based mapping tools, information that can help with grants, or just general GIS analysis. Listen to this podcast to find out more.

To view full stories on these interesting topics, check out these helpful links:

dsvoss's picture

From the Trenches #1: Students Keep Needing the Same Advice

I have never been good at following advice, especially when it comes to looking after my own interests.  Early in my graduate-school training, a well-meaning professor pulled me aside and said: “Steve, you have a lot of promise, but I’ve been watching you and you seem to enjoy working with undergraduates too much.  If you’re going to survive in a university setting, then when it comes to your teaching obligations, you’ll need to learn how to shirk.”  I was horrified!  Spreading knowledge was the main reason I cared about becoming a college professor in the first place.  How could I neglect my students?  So I ignored his counsel, rolled up my sleeves, and jumped back into my responsibilities.

jwfe223's picture

Jerusalem Cold and the Dirty Laundry Blues

Though the title of this post might make a good name for a band, it accurately reflects the sentiment of the last week.The Kotel/Al Aqsa in Snow 2008

(Photo credit Ynet, by means of snow in Jerusalem 2008 blog post)

ccamp2's picture

Google's New Unified Privacy Policy

Google is updating its privacy policy effective March 1st. The Electronic Frontier Foundation offers the following advice, which I feel is very important to share.

"Until now, your Google Web History (your Google searches and sites visited) was cordoned off from Google's other products. This protection was especially important because search data can reveal particularly sensitive information about you, including facts about your location, interests, age, sexual orientation, religion, health concerns, and more. If you want to keep Google from combining your Web History with the data they have gathered about you in their other products, such as YouTube or Google Plus, you may want to remove all items from your Web History and stop your Web History from being recorded in the future."

I think it's great that Google provides an option to opt out - but perhaps it needs to be more widely publicized? What are your thoughts? Are you opting out?

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Undergraduate Research with PSY 395

Sitting in a lecture hall with 100-150 other psychology students isn't quite the definition of exciting. If you're an undergraduate student considering graduate school, getting out of the classroom and into the field of research is extremely beneficial to both your resume and your knowledge in psych. I am in my 3rd semeser as a 395 under the direction of Dr. Ellen Usher. It's one thing to learn about Albert Bandura and self-efficacy through a textbook and powerpoint presentations. It's an entirely different way of learning when you are seeing the motivation variances in 4th through 8th grade classrooms. I spend most every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in elementary and middle schools across Fayette County gathering data on how students feel they perform in reading and math. We are just finishing up our 5th wave of data collection and putting together proposals to present at conferences. I can assure any student that learning through your own research or helping others with theirs is a whole new way of gaining yet another great opportunity that the University of Kentucky provides you with. Join a 395 research team and experience it for yourself!!

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