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."
May 8, 2013
For online programs for veterans, Ball State ranks among best
In its first rankings of online programs for veterans, U.S. News & World Report put Ball State's among the top in the country.
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.
March 19, 2013
Colleges Divided over Value of Free Online Classes
In her largest traditional college class, Ball State University instructor Christina Blanch taught 80 students - the most the fire code would allow in the classroom.
Note: This story originated with The Indianapolis Star and distributed nationally by Associated Press.
January 15, 2013
Online education growing
Ball State distance education student interviewed from her home in Chicago.
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 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.