Free online technology training for YOU and your students!

Students/Staff/Faculty are all trying to keep pace with the latest technology innovations but not everyone has time to take a computer class or Google every question. Students especially may be struggling with their use of an application but may not have time to spend on campus to get the help they need to be successful.

Here are a few online FREE technology training resources that can help folks develop skills or just find out more about a specific area of technology – like how to use social media.

Remember! For on-campus, personal assistance with technology-mediated assignments, please have students email for assistance.

Plagiarism and its Costs for a State Senator

Sen. John Walsh of Montana was just stripped of his graduate degree from Army War College when the college determined that a significant portion of his Masters thesis had been plagiarized. The paper had been submitted in 2007 and was only recently noted to, in the college’s estimation, consist of very little original work and lacking attribution.

You and your students can read ABC News’ coverage of the story here.

Webinar: Transforming, Sandboxing, Repurposing Learning Spaces for Nurturing Creative Learning, Creative Learners: Lessons Learned from the LSC Experience

We invite you to join the Learning Spaces Collaboratory Webinar on Tuesday, September 16th 3:30-5:00 pm EDT. for Transforming, Sandboxing, Repurposing Learning Spaces for Nurturing Creative Learning, Creative Learners: Lessons Learned from the LSC Experience

Gain insights about creating spaces to nurture creative learning, focusing on:
• transforming space into a studio for creativity at Eastern Kentucky University

• shaping and reshaping spaces for nurturing innovative doers and thinkers at the at Stanford University

• imaging how spaces across a campus can serve institutional goals for nurturing creativity, innovative thinkers and doers.

The webinar will be shown in the Library instruction classroom (CL237). You can register for professional development credit using index #0636.

If you have any questions, please contact Alesia McManus, Director of the Library.

Insights into students entering college this fall in the Class of 2018…

Thanks to Margaret Garroway for sharing this…

For students entering college this fall in the Class of 2018…

1. During their initial weeks of kindergarten, they were upset by endlessly repeated images of planes blasting into the World Trade Center.

2. Since they binge-watch their favorite TV shows, they might like to binge-watch the video portions of their courses too.

3. Meds have always been an option.

4. When they see wire-rimmed glasses, they think Harry Potter, not John Lennon.

5. “Press pound” on the phone is now translated as “hit hashtag.”

6. Celebrity “selfies” are far cooler than autographs.

7. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has always been the only news program that really “gets it right.”

8. Hard liquor has always been advertised on television.

9. Ralph Nader has always been running for President of the U.S.

10. They never sat glued to Saturday morning cartoon shows but have been hooked on FOX’s Sunday night “Animation Domination.”

11. The water cooler is no longer the workplace social center; it’s the place to fill your water bottle.

12. In their lifetime, a dozen different actors have portrayed Nelson Mandela on the big and small screen.

13. Women have always attended the Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel.

14. FOX News and MSNBC have always been duking it out for the hearts and minds of American viewers.

15. Pepsi has always refreshed travelers in outer space.

16. Hong Kong has always been part of China.

17. Courts have always been overturning bans on same-sex marriages.

18. Joe Camel has never introduced one of them to smoking.

19. Bosnia and Herzegovina have always been one nation.

20. Citizens have always had a constitutional right to a “dignified and humane death.”

21. Nicotine has always been recognized as an addictive drug requiring FDA oversight.

22. Students have always been able to dance at Baylor.

23. Hello Dolly…cloning has always been a fact, not science fiction.

24. Women have always been dribbling, and occasionally dunking, in the WNBA.

25. Ads for prescription drugs, noting their disturbing side effects, have always flooded the airwaves.

26. Hell has always been associated less with torment and more with nothingness.

27. Whether to embrace fat or spurn it has been a front page debate all their lives.

28. Parents have always been able to rely on a ratings system to judge violence on TV.

29. They never tasted the “texturally enhanced alternative beverage” known as Orbitz.

30. There has always been “TV” designed to be watched exclusively on the web.

31. The Unabomber has always been behind bars.

32. Female referees have always officiated NBA games.

33. There has always been a national database of sex offenders.

34. Chicago, a musical about a celebrity getting away with murder, has always been popular on Broadway.

35. Yet another blessing of digital technology: They have never had to hide their dirty magazines under the bed.

36. U.S. major league baseball teams have always played in Mexico.

37. Bill Gates has always been the richest man in the U.S.

38. Attending schools outside their neighborhoods, they gather with friends on Skype, not in their local park.

39. While the number of Americans living with HIV has always been going up, American deaths from AIDS have always been going down.

40. They have no memory of George Stephanopoulos as a senior White House advisor.

41. The PGA has always offered golfers with disabilities a ride—reluctantly.

42. “African-American Vernacular English” has always been recognized as a distinct language in Oakland.

43. Two-term presidents are routine, but none of them ever won in a landslide.

44. The family has always been able to buy insurance at local banks.

45. One route to pregnancy has always been through frozen eggs.

46. They have probably never used Netscape as their web browser.

47. Everybody has always Loved Raymond.

48. “Salon” has always been an online magazine.

49. The rate of diagnosed diabetes has always been shooting up during their lifetime.

50. Affirmative Action has always been outlawed in California.

51. Boeing has never had any American competition for commercial aircraft.

52. U.S. soldiers have always been vaccinated against anthrax.

53. “Good feedback” means getting 30 likes on your last Facebook post in a single afternoon.

54. Their collection of U.S. quarters has always celebrated the individual states.

55. Since Toys R Us created a toy registry for kids, visits to Santa are just a formality.

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None of Us is AVERAGE. Let’s Not Design Instruction for the “Average” Student.

The Myth of Average is a costly and frustrating one. Would you describe yourself as “average” in every domain of your life? Would you describe your student on a one-dimensional plane that equates to “average” in every cognitive task?


Please contact Instructional Media at IMFacultyLab for help with course design and suggestions for activities and assessments for all your students.

Latest and Greatest Books on College Teaching | Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed.

Latest and Greatest Books on College Teaching | Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed..

The HCC Library has several titles from this list including:
Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors
How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
Generation on at Tightrope
Interactive Open Educational Resources

The other titles are on on order.

Golden Rules for Effective Use of Technology in Education

Bates, T. (in (Foley, 2003) proposed 12 “golden rules” for the effective use of technology in education. These rules offer a suggested approach to designing and implementing digital learning environments:

1. Good teaching matters. Regardless of the delivery methods and mechanisms, design quality of instruction and activities is essential. 

2. Each medium has its own aesthetic. Instructors and designers must exploit the strengths and acknowledge the weaknesses of each selected medium.

 3. Education technologies are flexible. Each technology has individual characteristics that make it unique but successful instruction is not reliant on technology, nor can technology save poor instruction. 

4. There is no “super-technology.” One size and one approach does not fit all and so technologies need to be modified and combined to create the most effective learning environment.

 5. Make a variety of media available to teachers and learners. Engage learners using audio, video, online, print and emerging technologies for the greatest impact. 

6. Balance variety with economy. Do not feel compelled to incorporate every new and expensive technology. Select tools that enhance and support specific instructional goals.

7. Interaction is essential. Student to student, student to content, student to teacher, teacher to content and teacher to teacher are all necessary to grow and evaluate effective learning environments. 

8. Student numbers are critical. Determine the media to support learning based, in part, on the number of students interacting with the media and content. 

9. New technologies are not necessarily better than old ones. The goal of the technology is to expand and transform an instructional opportunity, regardless of the age of the technology. 

10. Teachers need training to use technology effectively. Adoption and integration of technology cannot happen in a vacuum 

11. Teamwork is essential. Creating effective learning environments and interactions relies on a host of contributors including faculty, facilities, instructional designers and technologists. 

12. Technology is not the issue. The instructional goals and learning outcomes must be the central focus of any use of technology in education.


Foley, M. (2003). The Global Development Learning Network: A World Bank initiative in distance learning for development. In
M. G. Moore & W. G. Anderson (Eds.), Handbook of distance education.Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum