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Rock, Paper, Technology

By Cheyenne Guo, a Math student (who is trying to attain wisdom and knowledge) It’s amazing how technology has influenced classroom teaching. What used to be chalk and blackboard and pens and paper has turned into screens at the front and all around the class. Students can now carry one sophisticated piece of metal that […]

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Get Your Head Out of Your Asana, We’re Still Rockin’ it Old Skool.

“So, we’ve re-imagined team communication from the ground up, in an effort to achieve our mission: ‘To help humanity thrive by enabling all teams to work together effortlessly.’” — Asana                 Are you frustrated with your professor’s inability to adapt to new technology in the classroom? Are they pointing the TV remote at the laptop […]

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Is “Generation Y” an Age Away? Social Media, Distraction, and Learning

The following post is an excellent submission to our general call for posts from undergraduate students. Nicholas Ashmore, a student at Trent University’s Oshawa campus, offers insight into using digital tech in the classroom. We sincerely thank Nicholas and we hope you enjoy this submission. On behalf of the digitalcommunitas team, Dr. Sara Humphreys I […]

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Bridging the Group Learning Gap at a Commuter Campus: A Call to Action

The following post is an excellent submission to our general call for posts from undergraduate students. Pake Newell, a psychology student at Trent University’s Oshawa campus, asks faculty to consider using social media as a means to foster collaboration. We sincerely thank Pake and we hope you enjoy this submission. On behalf of the digitalcommunitas […]

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Utilize Online Tools for a Better Teaching Environment

Throughout my post-secondary career, only one professor has used any kind of online media within their classes. Sure, the others used Blackboard or Desire to Learn, or some other form of Learning Management Systems (LMS), but most in a not so effective way. Most LMS are used to simply drop course documents (slides, syllabus, essay […]

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Gaming, digital futures and Curtis Bonk! | Day 2 at #DEANZ14 Conference

Originally posted on karen spencer:
Last week, I managed to attend a day of the DEANZ conference, a great opportunity to catch up with those involved in research and practice related to e-learning and distance education in the schooling and tertiary sectors. While one day couldn’t really capture the conference as a whole, there were a…

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What Using Google Docs in the Classroom Tells Me: We Need to Change Everything

I have been experimenting with Google Docs – I realize loads of teachers use this resource, and I am definitely not writing a how-to guide here. I am not even extolling the virtues of Googles Docs. Yes, it allows for online collaboration, and it’s relatively easy to use for those who have a fear of […]

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Steering Our Own Systems: Reminding Ourselves that We Wield the Tools in Our Epistemic Culture

SPECIAL GUEST POST BY NANCY SMITH, LEARNING SPECIALIST, INSTRUCTOR, AND ACADEMIC COACH When it comes to your credit card, has the information on the computer screen ever been believed by others over what you thought was your balance? Have you ever felt a pang of uneasiness by news about the latest lone biohacker’s breakthrough? Has […]

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The Digital Classroom: Catering to Idealism

One more theorist inspired post from me, once more applying ideas towards technological learning environments. This time I will examine the issue from a perspective inspired by Jean Baudrillard. Baudrillard was a French theorist, writing in the latter half of the 20th century and into the 21st. He covered a broad range of ideas, but […]

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