How to Use Groups in a PolyLearn Forum

by Tonia Malone November 6, 2014

The PolyLearn Forum is a great tool for allowing students to collaborate outside of class. The Forum can extend class time and expand conversations. For those students who need extra time to think or do not like to talk in class, the  online forum space can provide a safe space to share their ideas. To learn more about the […]

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Great Expectations

by Catherine Hillman October 28, 2014

This past weekend, a friend and fellow Cal Poly alumna called me, concerned that her daughter might not have the grades to get in to Cal Poly.  With the average incoming freshman GPA being above 3.8, and only approximately 10% of applicants being accepted, she is trying to set appropriate expectations for her daughter. I […]

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Wikipedia: An Apology

by Robin Parent October 9, 2014

Wikipedia: An Apology Wikipedia has been bullied unmercifully in higher education. Throughout the halls of departments everywhere, statements to its character have been tossed and dragged through the mud with admonishments such as: “Do not use Wikipedia as a reference.” “Wikipedia is not a credible source. It can be edited by anyone!” However, things are […]

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Advice for the 1st Week of School – Fall 2014

by Dr. Luanne Fose - The Tweed Geek September 22, 2014

Start the first week of the school year on the correct foot (not necessarily the right foot, for you lefties) with these helpful first week tips from your Cal Poly colleagues:  #1 “Begin to use a good digital cross-device “To Do” list and stick with it. Tag by project and set date/time alarms to help […]

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A Rich Conversation about Authentic Writing

by Guest Blogger June 12, 2014

This is a guest post by Dr. Dawn Neill, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and Katy Palmer, an undergraduate anthropology student at Cal Poly. Dawn was a member of the 2013-14 Learning Community, Beyond the Term Paper: Integrating the Teaching of Research and the Teaching of Writing. Katy will begin pilot research on her senior thesis in Fiji this […]

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Scaffolding and the Rhetorical Criticism Course: A Case Study

by Guest Blogger June 4, 2014

Guest post by Richard Besel,  Associate Professor in Communication Studies, and member of the 2013-14 Learning Community, Beyond the Term Paper: Integrating the Teaching of Research and the Teaching of Writing.   Last month I wrote an entry for this blog about the use of scaffolding for college writing instruction. More specifically, I identified five pedagogical considerations that […]

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Ginger: A Helpful Tool for Improving Spelling and Grammar

by Tonia Malone May 20, 2014

“Today in studies that claim the Internet is ruining our lives, the BBC informs us that auto-correct and spellcheckers have turned us into a bunch of illiterate idiots. But our spelling has been degrading for much longer than iPhone auto-correct has been around. In a survey of more than 2,000 British people, one third of the participants […]

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Scaffolding and College Writing: Five Pedagogical Considerations

by Guest Blogger May 8, 2014

Guest post by Richard Besel,  Associate Professor in Communication Studies, and member of the 2013-14 Learning Community, Beyond the Term Paper: Integrating the Teaching of Research and the Teaching of Writing.  Never before have the skills needed to engage in effective writing been more important for student success. In a survey of 50,000 employers, jointly conducted […]

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Enliven Your Presentations with VideoScribe: A Whiteboard Animation Tool

by Dr. Luanne Fose - The Tweed Geek April 30, 2014

Three or four years ago, someone sent me a link to a RSAnimate video. I was fascinated by it. Having a skilled illustrator draw “live” on a whiteboard while someone discusses a concept is actually quite engaging for those of us who have a more visual learning mode.  The “doodling” helps people like me focus in […]

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Recognizing Benson & Riggs

by Catherine Hillman April 23, 2014

In Fall of 2013, two brave faculty saw an open door and boldly stepped through, ushering in Cal Poly’s first attempt to participate along with most other CSUs on the eLearning stage for recognition in quality course design. Bridget Benson (CENG-Electrical Engineering) and Billy Riggs (CAED-City & Regional Planning) offered their hybrid courses up for […]

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