A quick note to Xavier faculty: CAT has upgraded our Vimeo account to Vimeo Plus. (If you don't know, Vimeo is like YouTube, only better.) So if you need increased upload capacity to get a teaching-related video online, we may be able to help. Please note that Vimeo is strictly for publishing original works, not copyright violations.
As an example, here is a video recently produced in collaboration with the Chemistry Department, "How to Use a Buret for Titration."
We found that people switched activities on the average of every three minutes. So that's day in and day out, from morning til night, every three minutes they would switch tasks. It's a very robust finding. Even with doing further research we still come up with this three minute number.
You likely begin each workday by checking your professional e-mail account. The paper you assigned in your senior seminar course is due today, and you are expecting to receive some e-mails from students regarding this assignment. You relax into your desk chair with a cup of coffee and begin reading the new messages in your inbox...
A new article from the Association for Psychological Science presents some interesting data on student e-mails and offers suggestions for maintaining your sanity as they pile up.
You should download your gradebook to your local computer after you submit your final grades. Student access to Blackboard courses is removed two weeks after the end of the semester. During this process Grade Center records are deleted. All your Grade Center records will be lost if you do not download your gradebook before student access is removed from Blackboard courses.
Follow these steps to do it.
In order to download (export) the gradebook for a course, you should:
Goto the [Control Panel] for that course and click on the [Grade Center] link to expand it. Click on [Full Grade Center].
Move your mouse over the [Work Offline] button on the menu bar and then click on the [Download] link.
Under [Data] section, select the [Full Grade Center] option, under the [Options] section, select [Tab] as the delimiter type and [Yes] to include hidden information.
In the [Save Location] section, choose [My Computer] and then click on the [Submit] button at the bottom of the page.
On the next page click on the [Download] button. You should get a dialog box with a request to save the file. Save the file to a location where you can find it later. The file you saved can be opened with Microsoft Excel.
Want more information? Step-by-step instructions are available [PDF].
Explore Blackboard's On Demand Learning Center [HTML].
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or email or call Janice Florent: (504) 520-7418
We just have to teach them what the issues are, and help them be informed. You don't have to reveal your political leanings to do that. Just to raise awareness of things that they should be concerned about and things they might want to take a stand on, no matter what their stand is, but that they're responsible for our country. They're responsible for the direction it moves in.
Get Involved: Rising Tide returns to Xavier in 2012
Rising Tide is a conference on the future of New Orleans. It's an annual gathering for all who wish to learn more and do more to assist New Orleans' recovery. It's for everyone who loves New Orleans and is working to bring a better future to all its residents.
Last year Rising Tide came to our campus for the first time, in partnership with Xavier's Center for the Advancement of Teaching. The program was bigger and more ambitious than ever, with programs on social media, social justice, the BP oil disaster, food and music. Keynote speakers were Richard Campanella and David Simon. (If you missed it, don't worry, you can watch it online.)
This year's conference (Saturday Sept. 22, 2012) promises an even broader scope. Topics currently under development include the cultural economy, education, electoral politics, the NFL bounty scandal, and religion and spirituality. If it is relevant to New Orleans, you may find it here.
Want to get involved? Help develop programming, volunteer to work the event, or just tell us what you think.
Call Bart Everson in the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at 504-520-5164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There has been some heated discussion in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the future of the college lecture. Is it a thing of the past in the internet age? See what students have to say. Whatever your opinion of the views being expressed, this article has been getting a lot of attention.
A few days ago, Lee Bessette posted a call to action on Inside Higher Ed:
We need a Day of HigherEd (hashtag #dayofhighered). While many of us have written posts broadly outlining what we do in a day (and how disgusted we all are by the at best misleading and at worst dishonest portrayal of our work), few of us have ever taken the time to actually record, in minutia, what we do as professors from the moment we wake up to the minute we fall asleep. All the work we do that contributes to our job as educators.
The idea, then, is for academics to take the day of April 2nd to tweet and/or blog about what they do, as a way of reminding the world that yes, we do work for a living.
The nonprofit TED, famous for their 18-minute lectures on a vast variety of topics, which some credit with sparking an intellectual movement, has a new YouTube channel for teachers and professors.
It's called TED-Ed. The full launch is expected in April, but a smattering of videos is available now, in five categories:
How Things Work
Playing With Language
Questions No One (Yet) Knows the Answers To
Inventions that Shaped History
Each video teams an educator with an animator, and given TED's track record, they are virtually guaranteed to be of the highest quality both in terms of presentation style and the ideas presented.
These videos are shorter than TED's 18-minute standard. Obviously one can't expect a great depth in a short video, but these might serve as good conversation starters, either in the classroom or online.
Here's an example, in which Jason Munshi-South shows how animals develop genetic differences in evolution, even within an urban city.