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Higher ed: Innovation and digital transformation

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 29, 2014

Higher education: Innovation and digital transformation

“I don’t think we can talk about digital transformation without thinking about cultural transformation, because I believe they go hand in hand.”

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Social Media Contests

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 29, 2014

Social Media Contests

Collect Emails as Contest Entries

Put Winning Within Reach

1. Offer Multiple Prizes

2. Level the Voting Field

If you let people qualify for the final round by collecting community votes, and then have a jury award your prizes, everyone will feel like they have an equal chance to win.

3. Separate Entry and Voting Rounds

To make sure everyone has a fair chance at collecting votes and winning, you need to have separate rounds for submissions and voting.

Incentivize Voting

register with their emails in exchange for being entered into a related prize drawing

Give Bonus Entries to Get Social Shares

Getting people to enter your contest, sweepstakes or giveaway with an email is only half the battle. The other half is to get the people who enter to share your promotion with others, whether you’re trying to attract voters or more entrants.

Solution: badges! Use a social media contest, sweepstakes or giveaway tool that lets you award extra entries or points to people for each share they post from your contest.



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Your q/s, our a/s: Supplemental Account for D2L

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 29, 2014

Question: Can I add a visiting lecturer, who is not part of MnSCU to my D2L course? questions and answers


Fill out this form:

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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 27, 2014

Stop Binge-Watching TV

It seems that the perils of social media spill back to previous medias. The migration of TV content from TV to streaming (Neflix, Hulu etc) enables the trend of binge watching, which in addictiveness resembles greatly concerns typical for social media such as : addictiveness, poor concentration (AKA multitasking) etc.

Can the lessons learned by “disconnect,” “contemplative computing” and similar practices in mindfulness be used to deal with binge watching?

Below is selected bibliography. Please feel welcome to add your titles, findings and ideas how to resolve the issue

Matrix, S. (2014). The Netflix Effect: Teens, Binge Watching, and On-Demand Digital Media Trends. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 6(1), 119.

Bazilian, E. (2014). Vincent Kartheiser: the Mad Men star stays away from social media but doesn’t mind an occasional bout of binge-watching. ADWEEK, (15). 58.


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Online Learning Effective

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 26, 2014

Online Learning is Just as Effective as Traditional Education, According to a New MIT Study

MIT recently released its final report on what the school’s future will look like, education-wise.

As with any disruptive technology, MOOCs have been viewed with enthusiasm in many quarters and skepticism in some. However, the underlying facts are inarguable: that the rising cost of education, combined with the transformative potential of online teaching and learning technologies, presents a long-term challenge that no university can afford to ignore.

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#Gamergate Controversy

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 26, 2014

#Gamergate Controversy Fuels Debate On Women And Video Games

It’s a debate about a lot of things and it involves a lot of people, but at its heart, #Gamergate is about two key things: ethics in video game journalism, and the role and treatment of women in the video game industry — an industry that has long been dominated by men.

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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 26, 2014

Languages, infographic


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Google Analytics

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 26, 2014

Free guide to Google Analytics now available

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Code and Program

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 26, 2014

Ten Resources for Helping Students Learn to Coding and Programming

Please consider previous IMS blog posts on the topic:



The MIT App Inventor
App Inventor 2
support documentation and curriculum
Click here to read about a great app developed by students using the MIT App Inventor.

Google Blockly’s

Code Monster

Code Maven
Game Maven



Mozilla Thimble App

Daisy the Dinosaur

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Integrate Google Glass Into Classroom

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 26, 2014

Integrate Google Glass Into Classroom

Please consider our previous postings about Google Glass:

What you don’t want it to end up being is what a lot of experts call, you know, the ‘thousand-dollar pencil,’” said Eric Carbaugh, a faculty member with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. “Maybe we give kids tablets or Google Glass, or whatever it might be. There’s this tech tool that you integrate into the classroom, and what you end up seeing is that those tech tools are essentially used to take notes.”

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