Monthly Archives: April 2016

From Teacher to Techie » Connections Article

Like Knutson, teachers who think about transitioning into the fast-growing world of ed tech bring important subject-matter expertise to the table. But that’s not the only thing needed to succeed in StartupLand. We asked Knutson to share suggestions for how teachers can prepare for this kind of career change. Her tips:


The Milken Family Foundation helped me launch my online career.  It’s great to see what Milken Educators are up to!


Harvard EDx: The Book: Book Sleuthing: What 19th-Century Books Can Tell Us About the Rise of the Reading Public?

Go behind the scenes at Harvard’s libraries to discover how readers in the first information age interacted with their books


This is a free self-paced class offered by Harvard via their MOOC system: Harvard EDx.  This is one of many very intriguing offereings.

Academic Digital Etiquette: Interacting in online spaces

Celia’s reflections:


“I have had many discussions with students about the protocols on interacting in online spaces in an academic or professional manner. Whether they be commenting on a blog or giving feedback in comments on a Google document or interacting in Edmodo or Google Classroom, students need to be modelled the ‘professional’ way to behave. Commenting within an academic context is in fact providing feedback and as such quite a complicated skill for a young student.”


This thoughtful blog on “academic digital etiquette offers excellent advice for students learning to work in academic discussion environments.

Writing As A Meditation Practice

Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.



Adjunct Faculty Pool – Web Design – The Art Institute

The Art Institute Online Division is seeking adjunct faculty to join our pool of instructors with expertise in Web Design.

Individuals should have a minimum of a Masters of Art or Masters of Fine Art degree from an accredited university.


Combine your design and e-learning skills with online teaching skills to open this interesting door to new possibilities. 

Learning Glass helps UW-Stout professors connect with online students

Learning Glass is a see-through blackboard with a twist.


Assistant Professor Julie Zaloudek: “With Learning Glass, you can see the instructors’ passion for the content we’re teaching. The student has the perception that we’re looking at them, and we like that.”


The idea for Learning Glass came from Jamison Patrick, of the Stout Online instructional design team. He saw a video about Learning Glass by a San Diego State professor who created one.

Patrick and Mike Cropp at the UW-Stout Discovery Center Fab Lab designed and built their own Learning Glass last fall using quarter-inch thick tempered glass mounted on a stand. Learning Technology Services created the set for videotaping.

“This provides an opportunity to be more engaging to our students,” Patrick said. “It’s low-cost and the return on investment is high. The possibilities are endless with e-learning.”


The creative engergy of well trained minds is just part of what makes online teaching and learning a vital field. Kudos to the Fab-Lab and the committed educators of Stout Online.

UW team stores digital images in DNA — and retrieves them perfectly 

DNA molecules can store information many millions of times more densely than existing technologies for digital storage — flash drives, hard drives, magnetic and optical media. Those systems also degrade after a few years or decades, while DNA can reliably preserve information for centuries. DNA is best suited for archival applications, rather than instances where files need to be accessed immediately.


Where will we store all the information we are generating? This report suggests that DNA storage may be 

UW-Stout Technology Tips Newsletter – Land a Job Teaching Online

Tech Tips Newsletter – Land a Job Teaching Online  E-learning is a growing field, but it can be difficult to land your first job as an online instructor. These resources will help you find and apply for jobs in e-learning and online teaching.


Want a job teaching online? Learn how to SEARCH for one! These timely tips will get you started.