Case studies

Google Apps changed my life

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Guest post by Jody Bowie Instructional Designer at Southern Nazarene University [Editor’s note: Last fall I saw an e-mail on the technology listserv of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities/CCCU. It was from partner school Southern Nazarene University, announcing that their Friday Faculty Training workshops were open to CCCU schools via web conferencing software…. Read more »

Preaching to the online choir

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This past spring and summer, two Eastern Mennonite Seminary online courses – both taught by adjunct professor and EMU/CJP alumna, Laura Brenneman – featured creative uses of our real-time web conferencing platform, WebEx. At EMU, WebEx is integrated into our Moodle environment, giving instructors easy access to real-time virtual interactions with their online students. The… Read more »

Seminary experiments with live sessions & video in online course

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This just-concluded spring semester was the first time an online course offered at Eastern Mennonite Seminary made use of synchronous online activities, which we facilitate through WebEx. In ed-tech lingo, “synchronous” describes any activity that takes place in real-time, in online/virtual space. This is a particularly important moment for EMS because they have been doing… Read more »

Reusable online video: A field report

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In a previous post, I showcased the work that Doug Graber Neufeld undertook to record his lectures for an online earth sciences course last summer. I mentioned that fact that Doug planned to reuse the videos to flip the on-campus version of the same course this spring. Well, the spring semester at EMU is starting… Read more »

Webinars: Substantive proselytizing for your program

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The medium is the message? (Photo by Vincent Diamante/Flickr)

First off: I’m being a bit tongue-in-cheek with the word “proselytizing” above. In the highly secularized tech industry, it’s not uncommon to see someone with the job title “product evangelist.” This should strike those of us in Christian higher ed as funny. So I’m merely playing with that a bit there in the title (and… Read more »

Case study: Online video for recorded lectures

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For the "streams and floods" unit, Doug stood in a local stream and held forth. (Click for the lecture video on YouTube.)

One of the exciting things about my work at EMU has been to hear periodic stories of adventurous faculty members experimenting with educational technology on their own. As the “ed-tech guy,” one might assume that I should be the one with all the cool ideas that I then take around and show the faculty, so… Read more »

Case study: Student portfolios with collaborative online documents

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Note: Not professor Medley's desk. (Photo by PenRX via Flickr/CC.)

As the fall semester was getting started, I received a request from Mike Medley, professor in the Language and Literature department and coordinator of the TESOL minor here at EMU. He was looking for ideas on how to better handle documents in his 400-level “Methods of Language Teaching” course. According to Mike, “This course requires students… Read more »

Case study: Highly synchronous online course

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Hand-drawn visualization of our online classroom, matching technologies with familiar objects. (Click for full-size.)

At risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m going to write again about my first significant online course design and facilitation experience: the online restorative justice class at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), which ran this past spring (and will run again this coming spring). It was what I would characterize as… Read more »