Welcome back for a new semester

At the beginning of the Spring semester, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) hosts the Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference. This conference is by faculty and for faculty. This year CETL presents the 10th Annual PUP!

This year, one of the keynote speakers Dr. José Antonio Bowen, the Author of Teaching Naked gave a fabulous speech. I can’t agree more on his ” College  is  about  preparing the  mind  for  the  unknown. Teach  Naked.  Change  a  Mind.”  Faculty should be a “cognitive coach” instead of professor, which customizing the teaching to meet different students’ needs by encouraging, assessing, guiding the students learning.  Here is the link to his handouts.  You might want to take a look at his website at: http://teachingnaked.com/

This year, two faculty member and I teamed up and gave a very successful presentation at PUP.  Jennifer Sovine and Edward Zuniga are two faculty members who have integrated the iPads into their classroom use.  They have shared their experience and challenges.  We are looking forward to the more collaboration in the near future.

As always, Instructional Support Services are here to work with you, faculty and staff members. Please stop by our office or contact us as you need.

Time is money

timeismoney“You can’t get back time you’ve spent, but you can make decisions today that save you time tomorrow. ”

A Chrome extension called “Time is Money” displays the number of hours your would have to work in order to have enough money to purchase any product online.

How to get this extension:

  • Go to Chrome web store and find  “Time is Money
  • Install the extension on your Chrome by clicking Free button
  • An icon will display on your browser tool bar
  • When you view a product listed with a price, click that icon and the time information will be displayed next to the price.

This extension could be used for the business courses.

Week of the Technology – Block Poster

If you have created an infographic for your class, you might find it is hard to print it out for your students.  Or maybe you have a great poster that you want to print it out for your office but you don’t have access to printers that can handle poster-sized paper. Now, with Block Poster, you can use your standard letter-size printers to print out each section and put them together to make your own poster.  Sounds cool?

Please check it out this free and very easy web services for your posters.

Step 1: Upload your high quality image

Step 2: Slice your image at Block Poster site

Step 3: Download images and print them from your standard letter-size printer

Step 4: Put images together to make your own poster

Please check their website at: http://www.blockposters.com/

Blackboard New Features after Upgrade

Here are a list of updated features that you may find helpful. Please feel free to contact ISS if you need more assistance.


Information graphics or inforgraphics is a popular way to present the information, data or knowledge by using the graphics. People believe data visualization will enhance the cognition. A lots of new easy-to-use tools have made the creation of infographics available.

This blog is worth to read on this topic: http://dailytekk.com/2012/02/27/over-100-incredible-infographic-tools-and-resources/

This is the infographic created by Piktochart.  


What’s New in MS Office 2013?

Three PDF files have been updated in the Tutorial: What’s New in MS Office 2010 / 2013 page.  Please check it out.


What’s New in MS Word 2013?

  • Inserting online video.
  • Editing PDF documents.
  • Inserting and reading comments.
  • Tracking changes and conversations.
  • Using Read mode for longer documents.
  • Exploring new templates in Word.
  • Inserting objects with onscreen alignment guides.

What’s New in MS PowerPoint 2013?

  • Working with new templates.
  • Exploring the new Presenter view.
  • Using color adjustments.
  • Inserting new charts.
  • Exploring new transition effects.
  • Creating a custom shape.
  • Playing an audio track across multiple slides.
  • Recording your Slide Show

What’s New in MS Excel 2013?

  • Filling empty cells using Flash Fill
  • Filtering records using a Timeline.
  • Previewing with Quick Analysis.
  • Using Chart Advisor recommendations.
  • Finding errors and issues with Power view..
  • Converting roman numerals into Arabic numbers.
  • Protecting data in a shared spreadsheet

Page-Level Permission for Google Site

Google Site is a good tool for the instructor to create a course site.  You can create different pages for each student/ group so that they can contribute their own learning to one course site. By the time the each page are ready to publish, the instructor can change the sharing setting so everyone can view all the content of the site.

The page-level permission feature allows faculty to set up different permission for the students.  Please take a look at the following YouTube video to see how to create a group digital portfolio by using page-level permission in Google Sites

Richard Byrne also wrote one article on how he manage classroom digital portfolios by using page-level permission in Google.