August 15, 2016
Campus Technology: Slapstick Focus of MOOC Developed by Ball State Faculty and Students
Story notes the MOOC is a joint initiative involving faculty and students from Ball State University along with cable staple Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
June 2, 2016
Campus Technology: 12 tips for gamifying a course
Story quotes Scott Reinke, coordinator for the BSU Achievements Program at Ball State. He was involved in the development of Ball State Achievements, a mobile app designed to improve student retention by gamifying positive activity outside the classroom (and winner of a 2015 Campus Technology Innovators award). He advocates a "fail fast" mentality when gamifying a course.
November 10, 2015
Campus Technology: Top mobile trends to watch in 2016
Story quotes Jonathan Blake Huer, director of emerging technologies.
November 3, 2015
Campus Technology: Focusing on the whole student
Story focuses on Ball State Achievements and quotes Kay Bales, vice president for student affairs and dean of students.
August 26, 2015
Campus Technology: Ball State University: Addressing the e-mail glut
Story features a question-and-answer session with Kyle Parker, senior software engineer for developing technologies, about a new service called Campus Hub.
April 15, 2015
Campus Technology: Replacement versus transformation: Tips for taking a printed work digital
Story quotes Jonathan Blake Huer, director of emerging technologies and media development.
February 25, 2015
Campus Technology: Ball State U deploys desktop video tools for flipped, distance learning
Story notes that Ball State has gone public with its use of a desktop video creation and publishing tool to support the growth of distance and flipped learning.
December 19, 2014
Campus Technology: Innovative learning spaces affect student attitudes at Ball State
The story notes that a three-year experiment at Ball State suggests that innovative classroom spaces can create a positive attitude change in students, but the verdict seems to still be out on whether it affects academic performance.
May 21, 2014
Campus Technology: Transformers Building an Active Learning Faculty
Ball State's interactive learning space initiative is featured.
April 23, 2014
Campus Technology: Tech-enabled journalism: 8 Ways Ball State is Rewriting the Story
BSU at the Games is featured.
September 3, 2013
Building a Sense of Community in MOOCs
Given these limitations, a MOOC teacher has to find other ways to help students work with one another, both within the forums and elsewhere. "You have to remember that this is something that people are doing on their own time because they want to," says Christina Blanch, a doctoral student at Ball State University (IN) who taught her first MOOC last spring. "They're not getting credit or anything. So you really have to work to make them want to be there, and I think a lot of that has to do with the community. I'm one of those people who believe you have to have discussion to really learn instead of just having things go in one ear and out the other."
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