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Teaching in the Sciences and Technology-Guiding Students to Produce Effective Class Notes

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:30pm-2:00pm
TECH Center, Room 111

Creating Tests Worth Taking

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:00am-11:30am
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am
TECH Center, 111

Book Group: Visual Intelligence by Amy Herman

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:00pm-1:30pm
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Featured Story

All of us at one point or another have fallen victim to “Shiny New Toy Syndrome.” We hear about a really cool new tech toy, gadget, or app and we have to have it because it looks flashy, or is the latest and greatest fad that makes us look “hip.” But soon after we buy it, we realize that it’s not exactly what we were expecting—maybe it doesn’t work as well as promised, or maybe it’s not really so useful after all. And so, after the initial excitement wears off, it sits forgotten and unused.

Having thousands of new education technology tools and apps available, it can be easy for “Shiny New Toy Syndrome” to strike when searching for resources to use in your courses. You might think, “My students will think my class is so cool if I use this!” or “Everyone is using this tool right now, I should too!” But before grabbing the first trendy-looking tool that comes up on Google or Twitter, slow down for a moment and consider: how is this tool really going to help my students learn? Even though a fancy new tool may seem like a sure-fire way to increase student engagement, if students think that the tool is ineffective or a waste of time, it could actually lead them to be less invested in your course.

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