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Makerspace Myths

Welcome back, Lancers! The beginning of the Fall semester is always an exciting time. A new year, a new schedule, new classes, and so much more. Last year, you may have even heard of something else that was new, the DIGILab. In case you did not hear of the DIGILab last year, it’s a makerspace …

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#TechTipThursday: Longwood’s Canvas Corner

Longwood University utilizes Canvas, by Instructure, as its learning management system. Each academic course automatically receives a corresponding space in Canvas. Although the extent of its use varies throughout the institution, the Digital Education Collaborative considers its administration and oversight of Canvas a quintessential responsibility surrounding the intentional integration of technology in educational environment. Some …

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For the Sake of What? The Why Behind DEC Tech Shops.

PD Cycle

Why? Why is professional development important? Professional development is an integral part of any profession, particularly education. Students are encouraged to never stop learning, to hold on to their curiosity; there is always knowledge to be gained. Professional development is how educators feed our own curiosity and increase our knowledge regarding the tools and resources …

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First Vlog

*Videos* from 3rd Semi-Annual Student Tech Showcase

We held our third, semi-annual, Student Tech Showcase earlier this week. Three (3) members of the Instructional Technology Collaborator team spent approximately 15 minutes each connecting a DEC-supported technology to the teaching and learning experience. These presentations were part of the 4th tier of the ITC Badging Program and serve as the implementation component of a 3rd …

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3rd Semi-Annual Student Tech Showcase

*Special post for Longwood’s faculty and staff! We are excited to announce our third, semi-annual, Student Tech Showcase! This event will be held on Tuesday, August 28th, in the Digital Den (Ruffner 148), from 10 – 11 AM. Three (3) senior members of the Instructional Technology Collaborator team will spend 10-15 minutes each, connecting a DEC-supported technology to …

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#TechTipThursday: Changing Availability Dates in Canvas

Canvas courses become available to students only after two steps have been completed: (1) the course ‘unlocks’ based on the start dates for the specific term, the night before classes are set to begin, and (2) the course has been published. As an instructor, it may be beneficial for students to access to course materials …

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#TechTipThursday: Using the Narrative Clip

If you have ever wanted to capture real time photographs of activities, academic or otherwise, the Narrative Clip camera may be a perfect fit. These wearable cameras allow you to have continuous photos taken, at an interval of your choosing, with no extra effort. The software to view the pictures on these cameras is available …

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#TechTipThursday: Enabling TurnItIn in Canvas

Longwood University uses TurnItIn, primarily within Canvas, to assess student submissions for originality. In other words, TurnItIn functions as a plagiarism-checker for any assignment in which the instructor has enabled TurnItIn and is submitted to Canvas. Although instructors have the ability to submit any student work through TurnItIn’s website, that is rarely done. *Note: the account administrator can …

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#TechTipThursday: Getting to know Respondus 4.0

Faculty often need a quick and easy way to add quizzes, tests, and exams to Canvas from publisher content or that were originally in a Word document format. The Digital Education Collaborative  offers faculty a solution for this need through the use of Respondus 4.0. Respondus 4.0 is a powerful tool used to create, edit …

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