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Join us for the Apple Learning Tour. Reshaping content. Engaging Students.

CRDC and CAETL present the Apple Learning Tour 2012

Technology makes this a magical time to be a student. And a powerful time to be an educator. The Apple Learning Tour is an opportunity to experience how you can transform learning with innovative new tools for creating, curating, and deploying content.

Engage students. Explore apps, interactive books, and Multi-Touch textbooks.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Discover amazing interactive iBooks. Immerse yourself in the world’s largest online catalog of free education content in iTunes U. And experience some of the thousands of education apps for iPad.

Learn how to create your own interactive Multi-Touch books with Mac and iBooks Author. Discover how a course is built with iTunes U Course Manager using interactive learning materials. Then see how it all comes together with an overview of ownership and deployment models for content.

Learn by doing. Create courses with iTunes U Course Manager.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In this hands-on session, you’ll learn how to build a course by exploring all the capabilities iTunes U Course Manager has to offer. Experience the ease of pulling together content such as audio, video, iBooks textbooks, and over 500,000 resources in iTunes U into an organized syllabus. Make available all the assignments, quizzes, and materials for your students or anyone who’s interested in the topic — whether in your class or anywhere in the world.

Apple Learning Tour 2012

Room B716
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Join us for a session. Or for all of them.


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Moodle 2.0 Tutorials: Setting up a Quiz

Moodle has the ability to create robust quizzes that can be used to assess your students. Quizzes can be written in a lab during class time, as a scheduled test within the UofL testing centre, or as take home quiz. It becomes your preference as to where and how to test your students, but the quiz module within moodle can help facilitate your quiz, and can be modified to meet most of your testing preferences.

If you will be using the testing centre, your exam must be booked in by the CRDC before the exam date.

The instructions in this tutorial will cover how to add a quiz activity, and will cover all the attributes that can be modified within the quiz settings. If you have already created a quiz and are looking to add questions, please see the question bank resources and the question type resources.

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Video in the Classsroom

With the advent of much smaller and simpler video and audio recorders capturing course content has become much easier and accessible. Here at the CRDC we have 2 Pocket Cameras available to Faculty who would like to use video in their class. Some faculty have used these to capture guest lectures so that students can access the content at a later date. Some have recorded introductions to course topics and sections so students can have a summary of information to be covered in upcoming classes. Where self evaluation is important student presentations can be captured and released to individual students. Whatever their purpose the videos can be uploaded to our video server and embedded into the U of L Learning Management System for easy access to students.

If you would like more info on how you can use video in your class please contact the CRDC.

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Moodle Migration: Mark Pijl Zieber

Fall 2011 the University of Lethbridge is going live with their new Learning Management System, Moodle. Mark Pijl Zieber is currently involved in the Moodle migration prototyping his current courses.

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CRDC & CAETL Open House

The CRDC & CAETL invite Faculty and Staff to our Open House. Drop in to L1126 anytime between 1 – 4 pm on Dec. 10, 2010 and enjoy some wine and cheese while learning how we can help you. Hope to see everyone there!

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(Nov 17th) Brown Bag Lunch Discussion – Creating and Managing Effective Discussion Forums

Join our Blended & Online Learning Community of Professional Practice for this important and informative presentation:

Wednesday, November 17th
TH 373 (Turcotte Hall)
12:15 – 1:30 pm

Dr. Dawn McBride (Faculty of Education, Master of Counselling Program) will share research, experience, and expertise regarding the creation, management, and assessment of online discussion forums.

Discussion forums, used effectively, are a vital component of online and blended learning environments. Effective forums collaboratively engage students in course teaching and learning activities.

Dawn teaches entirely online and uses Discussion Forums extensively to engage students in meaningful and collaborative conversations around important course-related topics.

Bring your “brown bag” and join us for this important discussion.

Coffee and juice provided courtesy of CRDC.

For more information about this event or to find out more about blended and online learning, please contact

Doug Orr
(332) 4063


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IT: Classroom Technology Training: Crestron Controller

This video provides instruction on how to use the Crestron touch panel to control the technology in the classroom. It covers the set up and use of the Data Projector, Audio System and Microphones, and DVD and VCR controls.

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Is Technology Making Cursive Obsolete?

This post is in reference to an article that focuses on society’s use of technology for certain tasks and how some technology use may be negatively affecting other skills we have obtained, specifically penmanship. While the skill may not necessarily be lost,  it may have become a less important communication skill. Although many people still write for personal use such as journals, or note taking; more often than not communication between one another is via digital tools such as email, texting or even phone calls. Even school assignments are most often asked for in a digital format. Take a look at the article below and submit your thoughts via the comment section here on our blog.

I have to say that while I agree that students should know how to write legibly without a keyboard, I wonder how important it really is for students to know cursive specifically. Perhaps it is my own bias, since I learned cursive in third grade and, beyond the instances I was required to use it, have rarely tapped into that knowledge. It seems that if a student needs to turn in a formal writing assignment, whether it be for school or a job application, it is expected that it will be typed, rather than hand-written. And I know cursive is supposed to be faster in timed writing assignments, but for those who never practice cursive (like myself), printing is much faster.

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