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April 19, 2022

Welcome, Scott!

Scott Wright is an assistant professor for Instructional Design with over seven years of experience in higher education. He is a lifelong learner who pursued Instructional Design because it combined his love for education with his technical expertise. Before joining U.A.M.S., Scott worked as an Instructional Designer for the University of Arkansas’s Global Campus for…


February 1, 2022

Five Black Educators that Changed History

Happy Black History Month — this February, we would like to shine a spotlight on black educators that left a lasting impact on their profession. These African American academics have earned their place in history, changing countless lives through their work and influencing culture for years to come. Although these figures are educators by vocation,…


January 17, 2022

5 Tips for Keeping Your PC Clean

January is “Clean Up Your Computer” month — in the spirit of this celebration, we’ve decided to share our best tips for keeping your digital space spotless. Remove Unused Software One of the easiest ways to free up some space on your hard drive is to uninstall applications that you don’t use anymore. On Windows…


December 1, 2021

Can Intelligence Change?

Can you change your intelligence? According to this article by the American Psychological Association, believing you can get smarter makes you smarter. We are often taught that intelligence is a static attribute — whether it be nature or nurture, some people are smarter than others. This phenomenon affects marginalized groups more than any other. Students…


October 4, 2021

Engage Students Using Microlectures

Written by Janay White, MA Microlectures are short, instructor-produced videos that are designed to provide effective explanations of a single concept or specific skill set (ACUE, 2020). The short videos (approximately 5 minutes) are easy to integrate into the curriculum, can be used as a component of online, blended, or face-to-face instruction, and can be combined with other learning activities to reinforce the…


September 13, 2021

How to Embed an Online Video in PowerPoint 365

Transcript Hello — I’m Zac with the Office of Educational Development and today we’re learning how to embed an online video in PowerPoint 365. First, we need an online video. I have selected one from our friends at Blackboard. Next, copy the URL from the Address bar of your browser by highlighting it and using…


June 16, 2021

Technology in Today’s Classroom: Are You a Tech-Savvy Teacher?

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Original Article Summary: When most of today’s educators were in school, technology was not available like it is now. However, in today’s classroom, technology abounds and students are extremely tech-savvy. This has presented many challenges in the classroom and requires teachers to continuously learn and embrace new forms of instruction in order to enrich the…


November 16, 2020

Short Videos #2: Choosing a Setting

This is the second part of a series of blog posts about creating short videos for educational purposes. In this post, we will talk about choosing a setting for your video. When shooting these short videos, it is important to consider the setting that you are shooting in. For this article, the term “setting” means…