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For each online session, links to the complete digital archive, text chat transcript, slides used, etc. (whichever are available) are listed directly BENEATH the title in the list below.  The events are listed in chronological order, most recent at the top. Archived recordings of Friday Live! events are available to the public for free.

Coming soon: TLT Group's archived online workshop materials (usually 3 online events, different from FridayLive!) will be available on a fee basis.

For more information about becoming an Individual Member or Institutional Subscriptions for the TLT Group visit our Subscribing Section. If you have questions or suggestions about these archives, contact David McCurry.

If you simply want to "play" one of these archives from beginning to end, go ahead and click on the "Digital Archive" link just below the topic of that particular Friday Live! session in the left column below.  However, if you would like to be able to navigate WITHIN that archive in other ways (e.g., to pause and restart at a later or earlier stage of the session) then Click here for instructions.

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June 25, 2010 SPRING
  Topic Professional Development 2.0
  Digital Archive (01:23:13 length)
  Description: With Derek Bruff of Vanderbilt and Michelle Hudson of Notre Dame. Derek and Michelle discuss multiple social networking technologies and their use in teaching.
  Digital Archive  
  Digital Archive  



December 11, 2009 FALL
  Topic Frugal Innovation and Faculty Sharing Further/Forward
  Digital Archive  
December 4 , 2009
  Topic WikiPODia & Twitter - Web 2.0 Comes to POD
  Digital Archive  
November 20 , 2009
  Topic Frugal Innovations: LTAs Worth Trying or Retrying
  Digital Archive  
November 6 , 2009
  Topic Pandemic Prep: An Emergency Transition Toolkit of Frugal Innovations
  Digital Archive  
October 23, 2009
  Topic Ten Things I (no longer) Believe about Teaching and Learning with Technology
  Digital Archive  
October 9, 2009
  Topic The Effects of To-Do Lists on the Procrastination Level of Students
  Digital Archive  
September 25 , 2009
  Topic The Harvesting Gradebook
  Digital Archive  
September 11 , 2009
  Topic Faculty Symposium Follow Up
  Digital Archive  

August 14 , 2009 SUMMER
  Digital Archive  
JuLY 31 , 2009
  Digital Archive  
JuLY 17, 2009
  Digital Archive  
June 26 , 2009
  Digital Archive  
June 12 , 2009
  Digital Archive  

May 29 , 2009 SPRING
Topic Brief Hybrid Workshops on Teaching Well Online
Speakers Ray Purdom, UNC Greensboro
Digital Archive
May 15 , 2009
Topic Information Literacy and Flashlight Online 2.0 survey
Speakers Steve Ehrmann , TLT Group
Digital Archive
April 24 , 2009
Topic Bringing Grading to Life: Audio/Visual Assessment and Feedback
Speakers Tena B. Crews, University of South Carolina & Kelly Wilkinson, Indiana State University
Digital Archive
April 3 , 2009
Topic New Options for Evaluation, Assessment and Research: Using Matrix Surveys with Flashlight Online 2.0
Speakers Steve Ehrmann, TLT Group
Digital Archive
March 20 , 2009
  Topic Frugal Innovations: TLT Roundtable 2.0
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, TLT Group.
  Digital Archive
February 20 , 2009
  Topic Learning and looking: Visual literacy across the disciplines
  Speakers Chad Berry, Berea College, Peter Felten, Elon University and Deandra Little, University of Virginia
  Digital Archive
  Homepage Webpage  


February 6 , 2009
  Topic A Free Online Resource to Solve Common Teaching Problems 
  Speakers Michele DiPietro and Michael Bridges, Carnegie Mellon University; Host: Bonnie Mullinix and Steven Gilbert, TLT Group 
  Digital Archive
  Homepage Webpage
My students don't participate in discussions…My students complain that the test was unfair…My students don't keep up with the readings – sound familiar? The Web offers many tips to address these and other common teaching problems, but many of the suggestions are disconnected and decontextualized, making it harder to adapt them to specific situations. The Eberly Center at Carnegie Mellon University has developed an interactive online resource that enables faculty members and others to learn about possible reasons for some common problems in courses.  This resource works by providing a list of sample teaching problems that each lead to potential reasons for these problems.  Clicking on a reason leads faculty/faculty developers to research-based strategies and related learning principles.  In this online session, Dr. Michele DiPietro and Dr. Michael Bridges will introduce their conceptual framework for articulating teaching problems and strategies and demonstrate this free online resource, which won the 2008 POD Network Innovation Award. Join us to explore this resource and develop ideas for how to introduce, integrate and support faculty use of this resource in different contexts.
January 23, 2009
  Topic "Cool Tools" - Presentation Capture/Recording Tools For Learners & Teachers - in Courses, Workshops, and Brief Hybrids - Gains and Losses
  Speakers Steven Gilbert & Bonnie Mullinix, TLT Group
  Digital Archive
  Homepage Webpage

Do you ever teach classes, run workshops, or make presentations at a conference that include displaying slides or other images while speaking to an audience - and wish that you could be recording at the same time?  So that you could later share or publish the recording or excerpts from it without having to go through the entire session again?  Perhaps to: Share with others who were absent/unable to attend?  Save yourself from repeating part of a lecture/presentation? Make time for more discussion and interaction in your courses/workshops?  Ensure consistency in a message? Ease review for students?  There are many reasons and many ways to capture your presentation slides, images and voice.  In this Cool Tools session we'll share some of our favorite free/inexpensive tools that are available for this purpose, how they can enhance learning, where they fit with the Brief Hybrid concept and what to watch out for.  Together we will demo, compare and discuss how these tools work and key points to consider when deciding how, when and why to make use of them. Well, there are now some easy-to-use inexpensive tools available that will permit you to do so.  We'll describe some of those tools and related resources, examine some of the implications - both good and bad - and offer some guidelines and demonstrations.  For example, we'll discuss how some of these recording/publishing combinations can be used to impede, replace, enhance, or extend student note-taking in a course.

**This is part of our occasional series about some favorite technology applications that have strong potential for higher education.  Let us know if you have a request for another focus-issue for this series, or if you have a favorite that you would like to share in this venue - the TLT Group's FridayLive! sessions.

January 9 , 2009
  Topic "Using Google Custom Search Engine: Turning an Information Fire Hose into a Precision Instrument"
  Speakers Sally Kuhlenschmidt, Western Kentucky University; Host: Bonnie Mullinix, TLT Group
  Digital Archive
  Homepage Webpage
In our information society, sifting through the overabundance of information to find what you need is an important challenge. Ever imagine search results in which most of the links are valuable?  If you'd like to avoid so many useless hits, then the Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) is a tool you want to know. It lets you restrict Google searches to a specified set of URLs that you have previously defined, for example: Search only Hispanic-serving institutions' Websites to determine how they are dealing with an issue Give students in a course access to a collection of quality URLs on art history; Design a search tool for an professional association or organization that examines only member Web sites - since that's where the best information resides. In this session participants will explore an example of a Google Custom Search Engine (CSE), one designed for use by the POD (Professional and Organizational Development) Network to provide rapid access to high quality information on faculty and educational development.  Participants will be offered an overview of how to create their own CSEs.


December 12 , 2008 FALL
  Topic Part I. Extending Conference Activities: Volunteer Interviewers/Videographers; Simple Camcorders; Compassionate Pioneers Part II. "Help, my budget has been slashed." - How can we help each other?
  Speakers Steve Gilbert & Steve Ehrmann, TLT Group and Jim Sell & Linda McCann, Bucks County Community College
  Digital Archive

December 5 , 2008
  Topic "Launching, Improving Faculty Learning - Communities - of Practice"  - Part II
  Speakers Steve Gilbert and Bonnie Mullinix, TLT Group and Mark Schlesinger of University of Massachusetts andJohn O'Hara, George Washington University
  Digital Archive
November 21, 2008
  Topic "Launching, Improving Faculty Learning - Communities - of Practice"  from the Lilly International Conference in Oxford, Ohio
  Speakers Milt Cox of Miami U., Yianna Vovides of Geo. Wash. U. and Mark Schlesinger of U. of Mass.; and with Bonnie Mullinix, Steve Gilbert, and Sally Gilbert of the TLT Group
  Digital Archive

November 7, 2008
  Topic Extending the Life of Poster Sessions
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, Bonnie Mullinix TLT Group
  Digital Archive
Reviews the idea of Extending the life of Poster sessions, highlighting the POD Network Conference Poster sessions, see:
October 24, 2008
  Topic "POD Members worth Remembering (Leora Baron's Work Remembered)." from the POD Network Conference in Reno, Nevada
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, Bonnie Mullinix, Virginia Lee and other POD Conference participants.
  Digital Archive


October 10, 2008
  Topic "Faculty Helping Faculty" Live from the Ohio Learning Network conference.
  Speakers Milt Cox, and panel members at the Ohio Learning Network Conference; Jane Harris, UNC Greensboro; Michael Dabney, Hawaii Pacific Univ.; TLT Group staff Steve Gilbert, Bonnie Mullinix and David McCurry.
  Digital Archive

Faculty helping faculty was a major theme that emerged from the TLT Group's 1st Online Symposium about Faculty Development and Faculty Support - Summer, 2008.  This interactive session will explain and discuss several effective programs - their benefits, obstacles they face, and how to overcome the latter.

October 3, 2008 - Individual Members Session

  Topic "Producing and Using eClips"
  Speakers Chuck Ansorge, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln; Steve Gilbert, Matt Gordon, Jill Rosenberg, David McCurry, TLT Group.
  Digital Archive
We'll INTRODUCE & EXCHANGE USEFUL IDEAS AND RESOURCES about finding, capturing, planning, producing, editing, using, specifying intended usage permissions/restrictions for video (eClips) which participants would want to use for educational purposes - within courses.  You're welcome to contribute, or just watch and listen.

September 26, 2008
  Topic "Using Easy to Learn and Use Tools in Teaching and Learning "
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, TLT Group and others (pre-recorded at
  Digital Archive

  Description: Participants are introduced to several easy to use and simple tools to share information across the web; Gabcast, and others.
September 19, 2008 - Individual Members Session
  Topic "Compassionate Pioneers: "
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
  Digital Archive

  Description: Steve Gilbert on "Compassionate Pioneers" and Steve Ehrmann on "Evaluation Matrix Tools in Flashlight 2.0"
September 12, 2008
  Topic "Next Generation Course Design at University of North Texas"
  Speakers Phil Turner, Denise Amy Baxter, Scott Warren, and TLT Group hosts
  Digital Archive (main session, part 1) (afterwords, part 2)

  Description: UNT presenters talk about the Next Generation project of course re-design and development. Highlighted are uses of course technology in Learning Technology and Art History Survey courses. Context discussion of institutional impact and support for re-designing course learning experience to reduce large lecture course formats at the UNT campus.
August 22 , 2008
  Topic "Flashlight 2.0"
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, Steve Ehrmann, David McCurry, Bonnie Mullinix, TLT Group;
  Digital Archive
  Description: Session on FlashLight 2.0 with developers and TLTG members.
August 8 , 2008
  Topic "Compassionate Pioneers"
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, TLT Group; Members of Merlot.
  Digital Archive
  Description: TLT Group members discuss the importance of being a "compassionate pioneer" in working to improve teaching and learning.
July 25 , 2008
  Topic "Faculty Development: What Works Now & What's Next (what's still missing)? - Part II"  
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, Bonnie Mullinix and Sally Gilbert, TLT Group
  Digital Archive
  Presentation: PowerPoint
  Text Chat: Text Chat Transcript (to be posted)
  Description: This is the second conversation in the TLT Group's July and August in-depth, online dialogues about faculty development.  We will share our key revelations from the first session and pose these questions and continue to promote around valuable accomplishments, disappointments and hopes. Responses during these sessions will help guide the development of the TLT Group Online Symposum in August. Help us identify: achievements that we can celebrate and can share?  Failures that are important to revisit and re-examine? Where we go next?
July 11 , 2008
  Topic Faculty Development: What Works Now & What's Next (what's still missing)? 
  Speakers Steve Gilbert and Steve Ehrmann, TLT Group
  Digital Archive
  Presentation: PowerPoint
  Text Chat: Text Chat Transcript
  Description: The TLT Group has set aside July and August to host several in-depth, online dialogues about faculty development.  We will pose and invite questions and responses and discussions around accomplishments, disappointments and hopes. Responses during this session will help guide the development of the TLT Group Online Institute in August. What are some of the achievements that we can celebrate and can share?  And are there failures that are important to revisit and perhaps need to be re- examined?

June 27, 2008
  Topic Library Anxiety
  Speakers Cindy Kump, Saint Francis University
  Digital Archive
  Presentation: PowerPoint

June 13, 2008
  Topic Best Practices in Information Literacy
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, TLT Group and Sheril Hook, University of Toronto and Leora Baron, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  Digital Archive  
  Description: Join us in exploring the current research capabilities of students and how students can gain these capabilities through inquiry-based, course-driven assignments. Let's discover ways in which students can be best prepared to be information literate in their future professional lives.
Learn what librarians, teaching and learning center staff, writing center staff, IT professionals, and others know about --- the foundational skills that are needed for completing assignments. Let's work together to develop assignments/projects for students that benefit from our collective expertise and experience, and enhance the learning process.
May 30, 2008
  Topic The ABCs of Online Teaching
  Speakers Kathy Saville, Northern Michigan University
[Moderator:  Steve Gilbert, TLT Group]
  Digital Archive
  Presentation: PowerPoint
  Text Chat: Text Chat Transcripts
  Description: Today, there are many books and articles published discussing online teaching.  The problem is today’s faculty are not reading them.  Faculty will  focus their time on literature of their discipline not on how to teach online.  Our method of using the ABCs provides a quick and easy 26 strategies for teaching successfully online.
May 16, 2008
  Topic Rubrics and ePortfolios
  Speakers Steve Ehrmann, TLT Group and Nils Peterson and
Theron Desrosier (Washington State
  Digital Archive
May 9, 2008
  Topic Focus on Technology - Exploring Favorites
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
  Digital Archive


May 2, 2008
  Topic How Can "Think Small" be an Effective Strategy for Significant Change?” - Part III
  Speakers Steve Ehrmann, TLT Group
  Digital Archive
  Presentation: PowerPoint
  Description: Steve Ehrmann and Steve Gilbert will present a session on Thinking Small as a strategy for fostering widespread, cumulative and lasting improvements in teaching and learning (with technology). They will highlight some key TLT Group ideas and resources, ask you to suggest your own, and poll the audience about whether
this could be an important new way of fostering improvement. at your institution.
For a preview of the issues, visit:


April 25, 2008
  Topic Voice over IP: Skype
  Speakers Lisa Star, TLT Group
Bonnie Mullinix, TLT Group
  Digital Archive
  Presentation: Lisa Star's PowerPoint
Bonnie Mullinix's PowerPoint


April 18, 2008
  Topic How Can "Think Small" be an Effective Strategy for Significant Change? Part 2
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
Charles Ansorge, University Nebraska-Lincoln
Lisa Star, TLT Group
Steve Ehrmann, TLT Group
Joanne Clemente, Dominican
  Digital Archive
  • Steve Gilbert's PowerPoint Slides
  • Charles Ansorge's PowerPoint Slides
  • Lisa Star's PowerPoint Slides
  • Joanne Clemente's PowerPoint Slides
  • Text Chat Archive
  Description: Aren't we more likely to achieve large-scale, cost-effective significant improvements in teaching and learning with technology through the cumulative effects of modest incremental changes - small steps - than by leaping from one bold new unfulfilled promise to the next?

"Small Steps" are actions or initiatives that require few resources and can be done quickly by a few people.  Initially, Small Steps have impact only on a few offices, departments or other institutional units.  However, the long-term cumulative impact of many small steps - and occasionally of just one small step - can be huge.  

Caveat:  context matters.  A small step for one person can be a big step for another.

 FridayLive! will include:

  • Examples that can start small and have large cumulative impact;  e.g., Student Technology Assistant Programs
  • Revised 10 Principle/Recommendations for Small Steps
  • Rational for Chief Academic Officers (VP Academic Affairs, Provosts, Other Top Administrators): Why Our Institution Should Invest Substantial Resources in Support of Small Steps"
  • Where do we go from here?


April 11, 2008
  Topic How Can "Think Small" be an Effective Strategy for Significant Change?
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
Charles Ansorge, University Nebraska-Lincoln
  Digital Archive
  Description: Our impulse in higher education is often "Be there Firstest with the Biggest Leap Forward!" (apologies to N.B. Forrest) "Firstest" - the program that does something first gets the most press, the most grants, etc. The "Biggest Leap Forward" also has the power to attract grants and public attention. So programs struggle to be first, and to make a splash, even if that just means being sure not to be the last institution on their block to make a visible investment in some new technology.

But does thinking in terms of huge steps fit with the way our institutions really work? For example, do faculty have the time, capital and ability to take risks needed to make such a mantra the way to organize change?

FridayLive! this week will look closer at an idea that The TLT Group and others have been exploring for some years: "thinking small." Can institutions actually do a better job of fostering cumulative, substantial improvement if they focus on supporting changes that are incremental and low threshold? How can that be done?

In this discussion we'll catalogue practices already in use for speeding the pace of incremental change: low threshold activities, support for faculty and administrators who are compassionate pioneers, use of brief hybrid workshops that faculty can use to help one another, use of large numbers of trained student technology assistants to provide faculty with support, classroom assessment techniques.... How does your institution foster incremental change in a pervasive way?


April 4, 2008
  Topic Large course improvement: Have the Students Write the Textbook.
  Speakers Dwight Allen --Old Dominion University
Patrick O'Shea-- Harvard University
Jennifer Kidd -- Old Dominion University
Jamie Kaufman -- Old Dominion University
Peter Baker -- Old Dominion University
  Digital Archive
  Description: "At Old Dominion University in Virginia, over 200 students usually take "Social and Cultural Foundations of American Education." The course is divided into many sections, some taught on campus, some in a distance learning format. When the instructors decided that the textbook was not engaging students effectively, they decided on an experiment. The students would be assigned to collaboratively create their own text, using the same software used by Wikipedia so that the text would be freely available not only for this course but also around the world. The instructors provided the chapter headings. Three students wrote a version of each section, competing with each other to be the published author. Each student was told to use library and online sources, and to write for the use of other students. Later students critiqued the drafts, and voted for the best version of each one. Using  their advice, the faculty picked the versions for each chapter. To see the text they created, click here.   Reviews and research indicate that the text was of good quality, and more useful and used by students than the textbook used previously. This Friday we will interview instructors and students involved in the course about how this all worked and about evaluation that's been done to date."


March 28, 2008
  Topic eTeaching Professional Practices and Standards

Yianna Vovides, Director, Instructional Design
Patty Dinnen, Instructional Designer
Howie Southworth, Instructional Development Specialist
Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL)/The George Washington University

  Digital Archive




March 14, 2008
  Topic Are You Connected? (And Get Well Wishes for Steve Gilbert)
  Speakers Lisa Star, TLT Group
  Digital Archive No Archive Available


March 7, 2008
  Topic Clickers as Tools for Engagement: Removing “Cloaks of Invisibility”
  Speakers Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University and Holly Bender, Iowa State University
  Digital Archive

Clickers are small, handheld devices that instructors can use to quickly poll their students and aggregate their responses to multiple-choice questions about course content.  In an interview with journalist John Merrow, Carnegie Foundation president Lee Shulman stated that “anonymity and invisibility” are the “great enemies] of learning” and described the use of clickers as one way to remove “the cloak of invisibility” from students.

In this FridayLive! session, we’ll take a look at some ways instructors in a variety of disciplines have used clickers to engage their students with course content by leveraging the individual student accountability that clickers provide.  We’ll discuss using clickers to warm students up for great discussions, to create a “time for telling” when students are eager to learn answers to the questions we ask them, to structure small-group learning activities, to connect course material with students’ personal experiences, and more.  Bring your questions about how clickers and similar technologies can transform classroom dynamics in ways that excite students about learning.


February 29, 2008
  Topic Lisa Star TLT Group
  Speakers Are you Connected?
  Digital Archive

We had planned on doing a session about Painting the Emperors Fence - instead of  this topic presented by Steve, I will be joining you with a slightly different focus and hope you are still able to login. I will give everyone an update on Steve's surgery and we will use the FridayLive! session as a get well message to Steve and his family.


February 22, 2008
  Topic Ning in Action  -  Learn What's Really Happe-Ning!
  Speakers Steve Gilbert and Terry Calhoun, University of Michigan
  Digital Archive

  Presentation: During the session Terry built a TLT Group NING network and many of the participants joined! Since then we have taken that site down and created a new network and you are welcome to join!
  Description: Watch as we build a niche social network from scratch using Ning. We'll go from nothing to a full-fledged online community in the space of one hour. Using technology that is not only freely available, but also free!


February 15, 2008
  Topic Favorite Online Tools
  Speakers Steve Gilbert and Lisa Star, TLT Group and Guests
  Digital Archive

  Description: This session included presentations from invited guests to present favorite online tools, resources, and collections.


February 8, 2008
  Topic Open Mic with Steve Gilbert from Lilly South in Greensboro
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
  Digital Archive

  Description: Participants will have the opportunity to speak during the session with participants from the Lilly South Conference in Greensboro. Discussion centers around the Brief Hybrid Workshop development efforts.


February 1, 2008
  Topic Using, Evaluating, and Improving Brief Hybrid Workshops with Steve Ehrmann
  Speakers Steve Gilbert & Steve Ehrmann, TLT Group
  Digital Archive

  Description: There will also be a segment late in the hour about finding, using eClips (audio) ethically and practically.


January 25, 2008
  Topic Free Web-Accessible Images, Sound Bites, eClips
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
  Digital Archive

  Description: Free Web-Accessible Images, Sound Bites, eClips: Finding and Using them Legally, Ethically, and Effectively
January 18, 2008
  Topic Painting the BHW Fence
  Speakers Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
  Digital Archive

  Presentation: PowerPoint Slides
Free Web-Accessible Images, Sound Bites, eClips
Finding and Using them Legally, Ethically, and Effectively



December 14,  2 PM Eastern

December 14, 2 pm Eastern
What Can Be Done Better Online?

To listen to Eli Collins-Brown describe her session:
<Click on the "play" button at the bottom left of this tiny video screen>

Web-based online education has experienced phenomenal growth over the past 10 - 12 years with current numbers reporting 95% of all institutions offering online courses. The question of the first decade was "is it as good as face-to-face?" which produced a flurry of comparison studies.  Based on how you looked at that question, the usual answer was no better, but also no worse.  In the past few years though, the question that is being asked more often is "what works better online than face-to-face?"  Many students, instructors, and designers have told stories of how much better an activity works online, or how much richer the learning experience is.  Eli Collins-Brown, Director of Instructional Technology at Methodist College of Nursing, will share her findings of interviews with teachers about the differences between the two environments and what works better for them online. Join us in sharing their stories and insights and discuss your own experiences.  To enliven the discussion, we'll post a top ten list of things you MUST do when teaching online called the 10 Commandments of Online Teaching!   with Steve Gilbert  

Digital Archives (Includes Webcast and Text Chat Archive)

December 7, 2 pm Eastern

December 7, 2 pm Eastern
VoIP, Bandwidth...the Webcasting Edge: Are we falling off?
We'd like to share what we've been learning about webcasting and its limits, possibilities, and frustrations for large group collaboration and discussion. We'll also be inviting others to share their knowledge and experience so we can all move toward a more accessible webcasting world.
Steve Gilbert, TLT Group, Lisa Star, TLT Group, and invited guests TBA.

Digital Archives (Includes Webcast and Text Chat Archive)

November 30, 2pm EDT

November 30, 2pm EST
Information Literacy eClips
Brief Hybrid Workshop [BHW] worksession:  This session will be devoted to the TLT Group's work to develop eClips and Brief Hybrid Workshops that help others understand and use ACRL's "Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline." See: Information Literacy

Digital Archives (Includes Webcast and Text Chat Archive)

November 9, 2pm EDT

November 9, 2pm EST

Small Handheld Devices in the Classroom:  Recap/Research/Recs

Digital Archives (Includes Webcast and Text Chat Archive)

Serendipitously, a theme developed in FridayLive! this fall -- exploring the positive/negative impact of bringing 'new' tools into the classroom. Instant Messaging, small handheld devices, Facebook, brief hybrid workshops, the lecture, and clickers.  We compiled a healthy amount of data from you, the participants, about these tools and we'd like to devote a session to reviewing the data, searching for common themes, and making recommendations about next steps. Steve Gilbert, and invited guests.

November 2, 2pm EDT

November 2, 2pm EDT


Digital Archives (Includes Webcast and Text Chat Archive)

How do these work?  How useful are they? What are the people who use them learning from that use?

Steve Gilbert, and Derek Bruff Vanderbilt University

October 26, 2pm EDT

26, 2pm EDT 
If you build it, will they come? 

Digital Archives (Includes Webcast and Text Chat Archive)

For decades individual faculty members, department chairs, librarians, and other academic support professionals have been trying to collect and share instructional resources with the goal of enabling and encouraging faculty members to improve teaching and learning in their courses.  In the last 20 years many valuable attempts have been made to take advantage for such purposes of the rapidly increasing storage capacity and search tool sophistication associated with the Internet.  But the most common observation is still that the vast majority of higher education faculty are unaware of most of these resources and do not use them - whether the resources are freely available to anyone in the world or developed and restricted solely to those affiliated with a single college, university, or department. How can anyone be more effective in helping groups of faculty members take better advantage of educational resources likely to be of value to them?  What are some surmountable obstacles?  What are some practical strategies?  What are the opportunities for effective collaboration among individuals, colleges and universities, and other organizations?  Steve Gilbert will be at the POD Network Conference in Pittsburgh with featured guests - both from the POD Network and MERLOT.

October 19, 2pm EDT

October 19, 2pm EDT  
10 Years Back, 10 Months Forward...

Digital Archives (Includes Webcast and Text Chat Archive)

As the TLT Group approaches its 10 year anniversary, (Jan 1, 2008) we seek to reflect on the past 10 years with a sharp eye on the future. Think back to 1997! What did you expect would be happening in the next ten years with respect to the role of information technology in higher education?  In society at large with implications for higher education? What has happened that you would never have predicted at all? What are you most frustrated or disappointed about, pleasantly surprised about? And now, in 2007, what changes do you anticipate in the next 10 months? What are some Visions Worth Working Toward?  Steve Gilbert will be at Appalachian College Association's Teaching Learning Summit and is delighted to welcome special guest Dr. Alice Brown, President of the ACA.


October 12, 2pm ED

12, 2pm EDT 
Is the lecture dead? 
Long live the lecture!

This is the fourth in our series of examinations of tools for teaching and learning.

From the Washington Post
"Once, all professors spent entire classes talking nearly nonstop while students furiously scribbled notes. Today, a growing number of professors are abandoning that tradition, saying there are better ways to keep students focused and learning."

See TLT-SWG Blog


October 5, 2pm EDT

October 5, 2pm EDT    
Is Facebook the ePortfolio we've all been looking for or simply a distraction?
Are there constructive academic uses of Facebook?   Recent reports indicate that the Facebook population nearly doubled in the past year. The Facebook demographic has typically been skewed toward 18 -24 year olds, but the site has seen increased visitation by all age groups. Will you be next? And why? In this session, we'll identify the uses and abuses by students.  We'll then try to suspend criticism of the tool in order to explore positive uses - by both students and faculty. Steve Gilbert chats with Greg Reents and a student as well as others.

September 28, 2pm EDT

September 28, 2pm EDT     
Sampler of Brief Hybrid Workshops.
We've been collecting examples of these and want you to experience them and help us continue to improve them. This is an ideal session for small groups! Steve Ehrmann, TLT Group, Karen Casto, Western Washington University, and Steve Gilbert, TLT Group will present their own BHWs in progress.  This was our first clinic for 5-minute workshops and eClips.  Both of these presentations were stimulating in content as well as in providing some important learning about the medium itself.

September 21, 2pm EDT      Cell phones, Handhelds, Clickers, Laptops in the Classroom  -- Prevent or Promote??
In 2007 the most common campus discussion of cell phones in the United States is about preventing their use during course meetings.  But most cell phones are already capable of many functions beyond person-to-person voice conversations.  New kinds of handheld devices that go even further are emerging almost daily.  Some faculty and many students are already finding ways of integrating the Internet and "smart" cell phones with their social and intellectual lives and are bringing a wide variety of information resources spanning all continents into their classrooms - surreptitiously or openly.  Is it time to find ways of taking advantage of these new options rather than continuing to avoid - or worse, deny - them?  Are the answers to these questions quite different in other countries where cell phones are already being used more often and more effectively for educational purposes?  What can colleges and universities in the United States learn about educational uses of handheld devices from their sister institutions in other countries? Steve Gilbert welcomes special guests Herman VanderMerve, Director, Teaching and Learning with Technology, Tshwane University of Technology, and Phil Long, Assoc. Director Office of Education Innovation and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


September 14, 2pm EDT      True/False: Instant messaging can be useful!
We're curious about the possibilities of IM as a useful tool for professionals - to reduce email overload, to more effectively collaborate with students and colleagues, and more. We'll tackle the usual questions of how, why bother, and constructively address the controversial issues, confusion, and pitfalls of this widely used tool.  Steve Gilbert welcomes special guests Lisa Star, TLT Group, and John DuBois, Senior Solutions Specialist, Microsoft US Public Sector - Education, Duane Schau, Vice President and CIO of Indiana University, and Sherry Lindquist, Northland Community and Technical College.


September 7, 2pm EDT The Lecture is Dead! Long Live the Lecture!   Pedagogy in Higher Education: Are There Extremes and Do We Need to Reconcile Them?
In our first of the new season, Steve Gilbert will lead us in an overview of the VARIED flavors of "pedagogy" and explain how advocates of quite different pedagogies can each be zealous and effective without stepping on each others' toes - or even noticing each other - most of the time. As examples, we'll take a look at the (apparent?) extremes of Authentic Education and Instructional Design as examples of pedagogies that can coexist harmoniously within many institutions and the situations where they may conflict and what to do when that happens.
Steve Gilbert, TLT Group, and Dr. Paul Lacey, Professor Emeritus of English at Earlham College and Presiding Clerk of American Friends Service Committee.

July 27, 2pm EDT What Do You Most Want to Gain? What Do You Cherish Most and Want Not to Lose?
These Fundamental Questions help us to identify our most important shared goals and any significant differences in our hopes and fears - about change in information technology and/or in our lives. The questions have been the most frequently used and powerful activity within the TLT Group's Roundtable Program.  Steve Gilbert will lead this last FridayLive! for the summer.

July 20, 2pm EDT Where Has All the Good Email Gone? Commiseration & Exchanging Ideas, Policies, & Practices
Overload Issue: Why do good people get bad email? And why do good people SEND bad email? Steve Gilbert will moderate a discussion [commiseration!] about the overload, especially email, and exchange ideas for coping. We can help each other feel less guilty about ignoring each others' email when we know that we share the same burdens. Visit TLT-SWG Blog for more questions and resources for this session.

July 13, 2pm EDT Online Poster Session on the Support Crisis and Sustainability. Steve Gilbert, TLT Group

July 6, 2pm EDT Taking a Hard Look at e-Portfolios  Darren Cambridge, Associate Director of the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research, Steve Ehrmann, TLT Group, Janice Smith, rSmart, and Steve Gilbert, TLT Group.

June 29, 2pm EDT More on Second Life - Focus on Best Practices Ilene Frank, Drew Smith, Joe Floyd, University of South Florida, Jen Caruso, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Steve Gilbert, TLT Group.

June 22, 2pm EDT Live Report from George Washington University's Pilot Workshop on Building Hybrid Online Workshops Steve Gilbert, TLT Group, and Todd Zakrajsek, Central Michigan University

June 15, 2pm EDT What is the 8th Principle for Improving Undergraduate Education? Authenticity, Caring, Loving to Learn, Reflection...Steve Gilbert, TLT Group, and special guests

June 8, 2pm EDT Educational Uses of Podcasting. Lisa Star and Steve Gilbert, TLT Group

June 1, 2pm EDT  Online Poster Sessions on Two Topics: What can we do about plagiarism and cheating?  and How can we get people to do assignments in conjunction with course meetings? Steve Gilbert, Diana Quinn, & Sue Espinoza.

May 25, 2pm EDT  Designing a Hybrid Workshop about Building and Using 5 Minute Workshops and eClips.
Steve Gilbert talks with TLT Group Hybrid Professional Development Colleagues and others interested.

May 18, 2pm EDT
Don't have time to watch the horizon?  What's hot?  What's new?
Lisa Star, The TLT Group

May 11, 2pm EDT
Mac Use on Campus: Policy Issues and Problem-Solving
Steve Gilbert talks with Charles Ansorge and Todd Jensen, University of Nebraska - Lincoln. For PC and Mac users.

May 4, 2007
Staying Sane - in Insane Times… [Responding to Va. Tech. Tragedy of 4/16/2007]
Prepare for the unpredictable, think about the incomprehensible, cope with the unbearable, and discuss the unspeakable 
Steve Gilbert talks with Todd Zakrajsek, Central Michigan University, and other guests

April 27, 2007
Exploring Educational Potential of Second Life - Online Virtual World

April 20, 2007

Influence without Authority:   TLT Roundtable at North Carolina State University
Sarah Stein and Henry Schaffer of NCSU talk with Steve Gilbert about their long-running and successful TLTR (8 years!).

April 13, 2007

5-Minute Hybrid Workshops, 5-Minute Clips, and Other Ways of
Linking Online and Face-to-Face Activities:   Help for Faculty/Professional Development Crisis? 
Steve Gilbert talks with TLT Group Hybrid Professional Development Colleagues

April 9, 2007
Introducing Flashlight Online: Training for Authors and Administrators

April 6, 2007
Technology-Enhanced Learning Spaces: A Framework for Design
Steve Gilbert
talks with Steve Ehrmann, TLT Group, and Phil Long, MIT

March 30, 2007
"Top 10 Objections to Assessment" [And how to think about and respond to them]
Steve Gilbert and Steve Ehrmann, TLT Group

March 23, 2007
Exploring Educational Potential of Second Life - Online Virtual World
Steve Gilbert, TLT Group and Ilene Frank and Drew Smith, University of South Florida

March 16, 2007
Interview: NEH Digital Humanities Grants
Steve Gilbert, TLT Group and Fred Winter, NEH

March 09, 2007
Educational Uses of Google Docs and Spreadsheets
Steve Gilbert
and Cynthia Russell, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

March 02, 2007
The Paradox of Professional Development and Hybrid Education:
If hybrid education is so good, why can't we use it more effectively to train people to use it?
Steve Gilbert and Lisa Star, TLT Group

February 23, 2007
Bringing the Hybrid Learning Experience to the Professional Development Platform
Steve Gilbert, TLT Group  
We’ve made strides in making student learning experiences more diverse [across learning styles/across formats – hybrid, etc.], but we haven’t made faculty professional development experiences as diverse. Why is that? and How can we blend those experiences? What kinds of formats might be more appealing? What brings a faculty member to a concept?

February 16, 2007
You Can Lead a Horse to Water
Steve Gilbert, TLT Group, discusses these questions: What will it take to get faculty interested, engaged, and seeing the value of professional development offerings on their campus? What are other campuses doing to engage their faculty in improving teaching and learning? What has worked, what hasn’t?  

And another go at the Thought Experiment: What if all education had been solely online for many years, and only now can we begin to add face-to-face meetings? How should we structure and use these F2F sessions? Why?

February 9, 2007
Discussion: Exploring Multi-Tasking, 5-Minute Workshops, and a Thought Experiment:
Steve Gilbert, TLT Group. 
In part, this is a follow-up/extension to parts of our session Feb 2 about coping with the overload many of us experience when our uses of technology blur the boundary between our personal and professional lives.  We'll also be exploring 5-Minute Workshops and this Thought Experiment -- What if all education had been solely online for many years, and only now can we begin to add face-to-face meetings? How should we structure and use these F2F sessions? Why?

February 2, 2007
Invitation to Compassionate Pioneers: 2007 New Year's Resolutions - How to Separate or Integrate Our Personal and Professional Lives
Steve Gilbert,
TLT Group
, and invited guests discuss two questions for 2007: In what ways do you want your personal and professional life more separated or more integrated?  and What are you going to do for yourself? To make your life better personally or professionally?

January 26, 2007
Quick-LTA: Seven Principles Library

Steve Ehrmann
, Vice-President of the TLT Group and Director of the Flashlight Program, will describe our library of hundreds of teaching ideas for using technology to advance Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education. There are two versions of this library: one public, and a larger library (open to your contributions) available only to faculty, staff and students at subscriber institutions. The Low Threshold Activities are a must for professionals in faculty support/development.

January 12, 2007
Spotlight: Clickable Images
John Prusch, Excelsior College
will provide some examples of clickable images (also called image maps) and tell us how they can be used in teaching and learning.

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January 05, 2007
Spotlight: Web 2.0 Part II
Steve Gilbert and guests Drew Smith, University of South Florida, and Lisa Star, TLT Group
continue their conversation about Web 2.0 that began on Dec. 8. In this session, they share their favorite applications and educational implications.

2006 [includes previous Clothing the Emperor online series]

December 15, 2006
Interview:  The MIT-Microsoft iCampus Alliance
Steve Ehrmann, TLT Group, shares the TLT Group's main findings from its year-long study of the iCampus Alliance.

December 8, 2006
Spotlight: Web 2.0 Technologies: What's Happening to All of Us? Promising New Directions on the Horizon - and Already Here  
Steve Gilbert talks with guests Drew Smith, University of South Florida, and Lisa Star, TLT Group.

December 1, 2006
Spotlight:  LTAs  
Charles Ansorge will lead discussion among our favorite LTA contributors, Steven Bell, Philadelphia University, and Ellen Cohn, University of Pittsburgh, on their favorite new tools that are LTA-worthy.

November 17, 2006
Quick-LTA:  What is Google Docs & Spreadsheets? Web word processing made easy...

November 10, 2006

Clothing the Emperor:  Cultural Diversity, Academic Engagement, and Technology with Naomi Story, Mesa Community College

November 3, 2006
Clothing the Emperor:  Freshman Experience - Student Engagement and Technology with Paul Fisher, and Tracy Gottlieb, Seton Hall University

October 27, 2006

::  Live from POD Conference:
New Hybrid Options for Universal Lifelong Professional/Faculty Development with Jim Stenerson, Pace University, and Keith Farrington, Whitman College.

October 20, 2006
Clothing the Emperor Can You Train People to Teach Online? with Terri Langan, Fox Valley Technical College

October 13, 2006
15 Years of the Roundtable at IUPUI. Garland Elmore and William Plater, IUPUI

October 6, 2006
Spotlight - Celebrating LTAs - What Is an LTA? and More...  

October 4, 2006
Subscriber Success Stories: Summative Evaluation of Course Management System Use
Steve Ehrmann
talks with Cheryl Bielema from University of Missouri St. Louis

September 29, 2006

Quick-LTA: Hints to Avoid Overload - Focus on Demystifying Feeds

September 25, 2006
Tour of Flashlight Online 1.0 with Steve Ehrmann, Vice President of TLT Group and Director of the Flashlight Online Program

September 22, 2006
Clothing the Emperor:
What are the Realistic Expectations for Faculty Learning and Using New T/L Options?
with Phyllis Dawkins and Frank Parker, Johnson C Smith University

September 18, 2006
Clothing the Emperor: What is the place of Open Source in the Community College
Willie Pritchard, Foothill DeAnza Community College District, and Arta Szathmary, Bucks County Community College

September 15, 2006
Kickoff: Introduction to the Series
with special guest, David Boudreaux, Nicholls State University

July 19, 2006
Flashlight Online 2.0 Webinar - For Current Users of Flashlight Online 1.0 - with Steve Ehrmann,
TLT Group, and Nils Peterson, Washington State University

July 10, 2006
Tour of Flashlight Online 1.0 for Administrators - with Steve Ehrmann,
Director of Flashlight Program and Vice President of the TLT Group

June 13, 2006   
Spirituality in Higher Education - with Art Chickering,
Special Assistant to the President, Goddard College [See also:  Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education, Arthur W. Chickering, Jon C. Dalton, Liesa Stamm, 2005, Jossey-Bass]. Moderator/Presenter: Steve Gilbert, President, the TLT Group. Co-Presenter: Canby Jones, Wilmington College Professor Emeritus.


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Related Resources

June 06, 2006
Flashlight Online 2.0 Webinar - First Live Tour of Flashlight Online 2.0! - with Steve Ehrmann,
TLT Group, and Nils Peterson, Washington State University

May 23, 2006
RSS Feeds (and other "Newsfeeds" and Aggregators) - with Steve Gilbert, TLT Group, and Alan Levine, New Media Consortium

May 17, 2006
Podcasting - with Steve Gilbert, Chuck Ansorge, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Rhonda Berger, Miami Dade College, and Dan Schmit, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

May 2, 2006 
Demystifying Blogs, Wikis, Newsfeeds, and RSS - with Steve Gilbert, TLT Group, and Lisa Star, TLT Group

May 1, 2006  
Tour of Flashlight Online 1.0 with Steve Ehrmann and Steve Saltzberg

April 18, 2006
Faculty Fears about Laptop Initiatives - with Ray Purdom, Director, University Teaching and Learning Center; University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Steve Landry, Seton Hall University, and Phil Long, Director, Learning Outreach, MIT Campus.

April 4, 2006
Flashlight Online 2.0 Tour: Introduction to the Survey Matrix System - with Nils Peterson, Washington State University

March 30, 2006 
Re-Run - MERLOT: Teaching with Technology
 -- with Ray Purdom, Director, University Teaching and Learning Center; University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and John Prusch, SUNY Learning Networks


March 21, 2006      
Student Course Evaluations:  What Kinds of Info Should Be Collected by Whom, from Whom, and Used for What Purposes?  -- with Trav Johnson, Brigham Young University, and Mike Theall, Youngstown State University

March 15, 2006 
MERLOT: Teaching with Technology
 -- with Ray Purdom, Director, University Teaching and Learning Center; University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and John Prusch, SUNY Learning Networks

March 14, 2006
What Do We Need Beyond
the Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education? --  with Art Chickering, Special Assistant to the President, Goddard College, and Zee Gamson, Senior Associate, New England Resource Center for Higher Education Graduate College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston

March 7, 2006   
Net Generation: Are They Really Any Different?
--  with Diana Oblinger, Vice President of EDUCAUSE, and Allan Carrington, University of Adelaide

March 1, 2006
Flashlight Online 2.0 Tour: Introduction to the Survey Matrix System -
with Nils Peterson, Washington State University

February 23, 2006  
How Will Your Institution Help When You Are Disabled?
  --  with Norm Coombs, President of EASI

February 8, 2006  
Dealing Honestly and Effectively with Class Size in Online and Hybrid/Blended Courses
  --  with Cynthia Russell, University of Tennessee Health Sciences, and John Sener, Sener Learning Services.

February 2, 2006
Peer Review of Teaching for Online, Hybrid/Blended, and Even Traditional Courses!
 -- with Lynda Harding, California State University-Fresno

January 31, 2006  
Are Appropriate Use Policies Even Possible - In Times of Too Many Options, Too Much Information, and Accelerating Change in Educational Technologies? -- with Laura Rediehs, St. Lawrence University  

January 26, 2006  
Deliberative Democracy in Higher Education:  Will It Ever Be the Right Time?
-- with Robert Cavalier, Carnegie Mellon University

January 23, 2006
Professional and Faculty Development
Tour of resources available on the TLT Group website led by Steve Gilbert

2005 [includes previous Clothing the Emperor online series]

December 15, 2005
How can the Rationalist and Romantic Views of Teaching/Learning - with David Ross, PhD., Bryn Mawr, PhD., and Robert Stephenson, PhD.  Wayne State University

December 12, 2005

The Challenge of Effective Collaboration WITHIN Higher Education - with John Heilman, PhD. from Auburn University, David Eisler, PhD. from Weber State University, and Roy Austensen, PhD. from Valparaiso University

December 7, 2005
Overload, Shared Governance & Productive Assessment
New Paradoxes (and Paradigms?) 
Clothing the Emperor Interview December 7, 2005
Rick Detweiler,
President, Great Lakes Colleges Association

December 01, 2005
Anonymity, Intimacy, & Identity
Clothing the Emperor Interview
Deirdre Cobb-Roberts, University of South Florida

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November 3, 2005
Blogs and Wikis
-- with Lisa Star, South Dakota State University.


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