September 16, 2013
A case study authored by Rodger Smith, professor emeritus, looks at the development of Vizi Courseware at Ball State over the past several years, its effectiveness as a teaching tool, and plans for its future now that it has been spun off into its own company.
September 3, 2013
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."
August 12, 2013
Story about a Ball State immersive learning class developing apps for the Department of Natural Resources.
May 21, 2013
Students swap laptops, desktops for smartphones, tablets
Michael Hanley, director of Ball State's Institute of Mobile Media Research, believes that student tablet ownership will rise to somewhere from 40% to 50% by next year.
"It's not a fad," says Hanley, who is also an advertising professor at Ball State. "It's here, and it's going to actually move faster than the smartphone growth has in the last five or six years."
April 11, 2013
Designer Furniture for the Center for Media Design
“i.M.A.D.E designed, fabricated, and installed custom machined plywood and aluminum work pods for the Center for Media Design unit at Ball State University. Designed primarily in Rhino and Grasshopper, the geometries are informed from a zero-waste strategy of cutting small undulating strips from full plywood sheets, eliminating plywood off-cut waste. This “slice and dice” fabrication method reinforces the natural properties and aesthetic of plywood striations, while creating gradient effects of varying thickness and porosity, that change dynamically over time, lighting conditions, and vantage point.”
April 8, 2013
Columbus native part of Ball State team that uses app to take March Madness highlights online
If in recent weeks you've watched fearsome blocks, monster dunks and other exciting college hoops scenes online on your mobile device, chances are Columbus native Luke Martin helped bring them to you.
Martin, a sophomore at Ball State University, is part of a team of students that is helping Turner Sports bring the most exciting scenes of March Madness to viewers in real time. (NOTE: This story was distributed by Associated Press and appeared in The Indianapolis Star on April 7.)
March 21, 2013
BSU online course to study gender in comics
Ball State professor Christina Blanch spent her formative years spinning in a circle, trying to transform into Wonder Woman. Although she didn't magically become a crime-fighting Amazonian princess, she did gain a life-long love of comics.
February 2, 2013
Guest Commentary: Social media event of the year?
Dom Caristi, telecommunications, penned a guest column about social media and the Super Bowl.
January 23, 2013
Ball State digitizes films of Muncie's history
For decades, thousands of canisters of 16 mm film shot in Muncie in the 1950s-70s sat in storage at Ball State University's Bracken Library. About a year ago, Ball State began digitizing all of the film, and more than a third of it —1,000 clips — is now accessible online to the public through the university's Digital Media Repository. Note: Associated Press distributed this story nationally.
January 10, 2013
New video game allows fourth-graders to travel along the Underground Railroad
With Black History Month quickly approaching, a team of teachers and students at Ball State have released an interactive video game aimed at fourth grade students. The Underground Railroad in the Ohio Valley River aims to help students understand what it was like to be a slave seeking freedom.
November 12, 2012
All Letterman, Oprah at BSU tickets distributed
Ball State University announced today that all tickets for "A Conversation with David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey" have been distributed as of Monday morning.
November 5, 2012
Teaching with Tablets
Stephanie Hedge, a graduate student in the Department of English at Ball State University, penned a guest column about why to consider using tablets to teach and how to use them appropriately.