Digital Classroom Program

The Center for Faculty Development is expanding our Open Classroom Project to highlight faculty developing sound technology-focused teaching and assessment strategies and to help  faculty to gain exposure to new teaching strategies and approaches.

Faculty tell us that they benefit immensely when colleagues share their experiences, mistakes, and best practices with teaching and technology. Opening the “digital classroom” is a new way for faculty to connect with colleagues who are experienced in teaching technology and pedagogy. The goal is not for peer mentors to provide technical support but to help colleagues develop sound teaching and assessment strategies using technology through peer-peer conversation and by delving into the philosophy and practice of online teaching and learning. 

How to connect with Digital Classroom faculty:  When you’re ready to connect with one of the participating faculty use the "Request a Meeting" link. Your request will be sent automatically to the instructor and she/he will contact you.  

Dr. Tom Hickson

St. Paul Campus

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Pedagogy Blackboard Tools Educational Technologies
  • Knowledge Surveys
  • Clicker technology on Mac and PC
  • Short instructional videos on key concepts
  • Just in Time Teaching exercises with Blackboard
  • Methods to improve student spatial reasoning
  • Quizzes
  • File uploads on quizzes, including student-made graphics, video and audio
  • Use of hot-spot questions for testing image and data comprehension
  • Question Pools
  • Assignments
  • Audio and video grading feedback using Jing, GarageBand, and Quicktime
  • Use of Blackboard rubrics for low and high stakes writing assignments
  • Use of voice-recordings in student writing feedback

Dr. Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman

St. Paul Campus

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Blackboard Tools

Educational Technologies

  • Concept Inventories
  • Flipped Classroom (Pre-lecture videos, Daily Individual Quiz, Daily Team Quiz)
  • Clicker questions to clarify common misconceptions
  • Demonstrations and props to illustrate concepts
  • Multiple drafts for writing assignments each with instructor and peer feedback
  • Writing Assignment Rubrics
  • Student-generated Wikipedia page collection on Blackboard (writing assignment + conduit to investigate and crowd-source numerous aspects of course material)
  • Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Rubrics
  • Grade Center
  • Turning Point Clickers (for credit (i.e. Self-paced quizzing) and no credit)
  • PollEverywhere Clickers
  • Video production (Recording & Editing - Camtasia, Jing; Streaming Server - Ensemble; Blackboard integration)
  • Audio and video feedback for writing drafts via Jing
  • Use of Blackboard Rubrics for low and high stakes writing assignments
  • IF-AT (Immediate Feedback Assessment Test) Scratch Off forms