Get Your VERB On!

Get Your VERB On!

By Dr. Richard Kralevich
Associate Vice President for Information and Instructional Technology
Delaware Technical Community College

In 1956, Benjamin Bloom and a few of his colleagues had a thought.  Their idea – develop a framework that educators and student alike could leverage to better organize and understand the learning objectives associated with their shared educational experience.  Since that faithful day, educators like you and me have devoted countless hours discussing, debating, and deliberating over how to find the right verb for the job.

Recently, I came across a few visual representations of Bloom’s Taxonomy that might help to make that deliberation a little easier. Hopefully, these resources will come in handy the next time you’re struggling to pen that perfect instructional objective.

So get out there and get your verb on!

A 3 Dimensional Model Of Bloom’s Taxonomy
Source: teachthought

Take Action: Verbs That Define Bloom’s Taxonomy
Source: MindShift | KQED News

Bloom’s Taxonomy Overview
Source: Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching

Reflections on Drones for Delaware

Reflections on Drones for Delaware

by Dr. Richard Kralevich (@rickkralevich)
Associate Vice President for Information and Instructional Technology
Delaware Technical Community College

A week or so ago, I had the opportunity to work with and learn from the very innovative (and very smart) people from Ryan Media Labs and Realbotics.

To be perfectly honest, I really don’t know much about drones.  To be brutally honest, most of what I do know about drones I learned from the Terminator movies.  (Author’s note: I’m not really sure if that is something I should be admitting to… hmmm.  Oh well – it is what it is!)

Anyway, I wanted to share a few of my personal thought regarding the College’s recent Drones for Delaware event.  So, here goes. Continue reading

CCIT’s Fast Five

Fast Five

by Dr. Richard Kralevich (@rickkralevich)
Associate Vice President for Information and Instructional Technology
Delaware Technical Community College

In the word’s of the immortal Ol’ Blue Eyes* himself “The summer wind, came blowin’ in from across the sea.”  And now, just as quickly as it came – it’s passed us by. <sigh/>

Oh well, no time to dwell in the past – it’s back to school time! Here is this month’s collection of our favorite articles, blog posts, videos, and editorials that have recently crossed our desks.  As always – please share links to your favorite “must reads” in the comment section below.

*PS – to our newer blog readers, if you don’t know who Ol’ Blue Eyes is, then there is truly no helping you!!! (kidding of course).

Here we go…

1. A Nudge to Renew (Study: Text messages about renewing aid boost 2-year college persistence)
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/06/18/study-text-messages-about-renewing-aid-boost-2-year-college-persistence#sthash.rACq7Nt2.dpbs

2. Five Ways to Text From Your Laptop
http://mashable.com/2014/06/16/text-from-laptop/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-tech-link

3. Create a Leaderboard in WordPress for your Storyline Game
http://community.articulate.com/forums/t/30473.aspx

4. Report Card: Gamification in Learning (What Works?)
http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/1456/report-card-gamification-in-learning-what-works#.U7MLVa9baA8.twitter

5. The Obvious Benefits of In-Class Writing Assignments
https://chroniclevitae.com/news/588-the-obvious-benefits-of-in-class-writing-assignments?cid=VTKT1

…and one for the road…

Every Class Session Deserves a Setlist
https://chroniclevitae.com/news/541-every-class-session-deserves-a-setlist?cid=VTKF1

 

CCIT’s Fast Five

by Dr. Richard Kralevich (@rickkralevich)
Associate Vice President for Information and Instructional Technology
Delaware Technical Community College

It’s summer time, and things are heating up and speeding up! Here is this month’s collection of our favorite articles, blog posts, videos, and editorials that have recently crossed our desks.  As always – please share links to your favorite “must reads” in the comment section below.

…and one for the road…

Educating Educators: Using Videos for Faculty Development

by Dr. Richard Kralevich (@rickkralevich)
Associate Vice President for Information and Instructional Technology
Delaware Technical Community College

Our Vice President for Academic Affairs, Stephanie Smith, recently shared this article from Inside Higher Ed. Authors Andrea Watson and Doug Lederman highlight, among other promising practices, a series of videos produced by Heritage University’s Institute for Student Identity and Success. These videos have instructors for an audience, and the goal is to help faculty understand the needs of first generation college students.

Sister Kathleen Ross, Heritage’s founding president, explained that the series “grew from the idea that students learn many of the practices and skills that lead to academic success subliminally, through socialization, rather than being directly told or taught them.”

Ross also explained that she “originally wanted to publish the strategies on individual tip sheets, but feedback from some faculty members was that people wouldn’t take the time to read them. The video was the best way to convey information.”

Video topics include Using Analogies, Time and Place to Study, Building Student Confidence, and Text Hunting – to name a few. I think the strategies, as well as the underlying messages, provided in these videos are outstanding. Check them out here.

CCIT would love to know what you think. After watching the videos, share your thoughts in the comments.

CCIT’s Fast Five

by Dr. Richard Kralevich (@rickkralevich)
Associate Vice President for Information and Instructional Technology
Delaware Technical Community College

It’s been a while – but we’re back! CCIT’s Fast Five is a collection of our favorite articles, blog posts, videos, and editorials that have recently come across our desks.

Let’s get started…

…and one for the road…

Share your own “must reads” in the comments, or let us know what you think about one of these.