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People playing a board gameOneUp Learning: Gamifying Academic Courses for Motivating and Engaging Students

April 24, 2019
Bart Ganzert, Ed.D.

Guest Blogger: Dr. Darina Dicheva is a Paul Fulton/Delta Sigma Theta Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

Games have remarkable motivational power. They utilize a number of mechanisms to encourage people to engage with them, often without any reward, just for the joy of playing and possibility to win. This is the reason why many instructors are willing to use educational games in their classes.

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ProQuest RefWorksRefWorks: Managing Your References and Writing Your Papers with a Style!

April 17, 2019
Bart Ganzert, Ed.D.

By Chinyu Wu, PhD, OTR/L; Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy; 2018-2019 CITI Faculty Fellow

Are you using a reference management program to store and organize references? Have you found yourself writing a manuscript for a journal that uses a publication style different from what your discipline uses? In this post, I’d like to share with you a useful tool, RefWorks, and how I use it for reference management and in manuscript/ grant writing.

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Canvas by InstructureQuizzes and LockDown Browser in Canvas

April 3, 2019
Bart Ganzert, Ed.D.

By Phillip Timcheck, Instructor, Division of Nursing, CITI Faculty Fellow

I recently attended a CITI session developed and delivered by my peer CITI Faculty Fellows, Chinyu Wu and Cecile Yancu. The focus of this session was to explore the quiz feature in Canvas. In the majority of cases, quizzes in Canvas offer a formidable alternative to paper and pencil examinations, and Canvas guides offer great step-by-step explanations on how to setup and administer a quiz. The direct link to the quiz guide is HERE.

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Screenshot of Academic Writer websiteAcademic Writer: An Online Resource to Help Your Students Learn to Write in the APA Style

March 6, 2019
Bart Ganzert, Ed.D.

By Chinyu Wu, PhD, OTR/L; Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy; 2018-2019 CITI Faculty Fellow

Do you teach courses that require students to turn in papers in the APA style? Do your students have trouble preparing their APA style papers with good format accuracy? In this blog article, I am going to share with you an online resource, Academic Writer, which may help improve format accuracy of papers turned in by your students, and how I use it in a course I am teaching.

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Adobe Creative Cloud logoDigital Literacy using Adobe Spark!

February 13, 2019
Bart Ganzert, Ed.D.

Guest Blogger: Phillip Timcheck, Phillip Timcheck is an Instructor, Division of Nursing at Winston-Salem State University.

In many courses that I have instructed, a culminating presentation near the end of the course tends to be the go-to as an evaluation piece. Often times, students are given instructions to pick a topic from the course, create a PowerPoint or poster presentation, and present based upon guidelines from the instructor. After maintaining this same or similar set-up for years, this past Fall I decided to make a change through the use of Adobe Spark. Using this product significantly supports the initiative to improve digital literacy at Winston-Salem State University. If you are unfamiliar with this product, I suggest you check out the link below. A brief video really speaks volumes for how you can use this in your classroom.

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