How Social Media & Game Mechanics Can Motivate Students

How Social Media & Game Mechanics Can Motivate Students

Social media and online games have the potential to convey 21st century skills that aren’t necessarily part of school curricula — things like time management, leadership, teamwork and creative problem solving that will prepare teens for success in college and beyond.


Technology Week: March 31-April 4, “Microsoft Apps and alternatives”

Digital Badges Gain Traction in Higher Education

Digital Badges Gain Traction in Higher Education

Universities are beginning to look into digital badges for their students to show the many varied skills students learn that cannot be shown on a diploma.

Badges use free software, which according to Mozilla, means “any organization can create, issue and verify digital badges, and any user can earn, manage and display these badges all across the web.”

LMS: how can I search its content


Hi all,

Please excuse duplication but I’m trying to get this to as many people as possible.

There are two courses in the M1/M2 years in our medical college that are extraordinarily large. In many schools it’s called the “Doctoring” course. Our university uses Blackboard as our LMS, but as there is no real search mechanism in Blackboard, the content is hard to organize and locate. I’ve been trying to think of good options for this type of course and have come up with iTunesU and Moodle with search installed and turned on.

Do any of you have other options you might recommend?

Max Anderson, MLIS

Instructional Designer, Undergraduate Medical Education

UIC College of Medicine
150 College of Medicine West
1819 W. Polk St. (M/C 785)
Chicago, IL 60612-7332
Phone: 312-996-5898

Fax: 312-413-3410

UGME Website:


On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 10:57 PM, matinga ragatz <> wrote:


Google Course Builder is free but you do need a bit of html/coding knowledge to get things looking right.

Post an update when you find your solution!



Docebo? It is really daunting for online teaching, got me frustrated, but very good for your needs. Or you could Just put them on GDrive in folders and link them to any website (or LMS) that has an embedded discussion forum (G Groups, any LMS Discussion forum).


Ammar Merhbi
Edtech and TESOL, M.A.
Educational Technology Specialist and Head of English Department
Google Apps and Moodle Administrator ( )
PD Specialist

engaging Web 2.0 skills to bridge cultures and classrooms

Stephen Noonoo in his THE JOURNAL article:
Global Collaboration Projects that Go Way Beyond Skype

describes the “flattening” of the high school classroom, where students use communication technologies well beyond Skype (Edmodo) to works with peers in real time around the world. The idea of flattening involves peer-to-peer mentoring (Vygotsky’s “zone”) besides high school students growing with the consciousness of growing in a global world.

Those will be the students, who in several years will be entering our (higher ed) environment. Are we ready for them?

Per our older blog entry:
do we know and understand the students who are coming soon to our classroom?

Who is coming to college after the Millennials?

How did you figure out the Millennials? I found the following book

Howe, N., & Strauss, W. (2000). Millennials rising : the next great generation /by Neil Howe and Bill Strauss ; cartoons by R.J. Matson. New York : Vintage Books, 2000.!

very helpful. Here is more about their “generational theory”

The Millennials are gradually graduating and a new generation is entering our higher education.

If you are interested to learn about the 2017-2020 graduates at college and adjust your teaching practices to their habits, understandings etc., here is a helpful book:

Levine, A., Levine, A., & Dean, D. R. (2012). Generation on a Tightrope : A Portrait of Today’s College Student. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

We have it in electronic format

instructional sessions avaialble on the Adobe Creative Cloud Master Collection

With the announcement of the site license for the Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premier Pro, Fireworks, Flash, Lightroom, and more) InforMedia Services will be offering instruction, consulting, and support for faculty, staff, and students who want to learn and use these tools. We expect to schedule specific workshops in the next few weeks. Until those are publicized, please email for assistance. We can work with individuals, groups of faculty, staff, or students, or present opportunities to classes.

Please let us know how we can help you—

Plamen Miltenoff and Tom Hergert

InforMedia Services

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