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EyeJot Projects

posted Jun 7, 2012, 12:51 PM by Marija Franetovic

SoTL Conference, SoTL Tutorial & IJ-SoTL Journal

posted Jul 19, 2011, 10:00 AM by Marija Franetovic   [ updated Jul 19, 2011, 10:17 AM ]

At the May 17th 2011 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Academy Conference held at Eastern Michigan University, keynote speaker John Tagg presented “Using SoTL to Dispel the Fog of Learning.” His presentation emphasized the difference between the teaching and the learning paradigm, as co-authored in an article with Robert Barr that was published in the Nov/Dec 1995 issue of Change: “From Teaching to Learning: A New Paradigm for Higher Education.” 

he keynote presentation highlighted education being prolific in advancing research and excellence in all disciplines, however that the same rigor and meaning has yet to be associated with its own scholarship of teaching and learning discipline.

To find out more about SoTL, please visit the SoTL Tutorial.

To submit an article to IJ-SoTL, please visit:
International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

May 2011

Have you tried using GoogleSites lately?

posted Jun 3, 2011, 2:43 PM by Marija Franetovic


How do I access Edit mode? Click on the web page that you want to edit (left navigation panel of your Google site). Click on the Edit Page button (upper right hand corner). 

How do I Save changes? Once you have completed editing the page, make sure you click on Save (upper right hand corner).

How do I Add Content? Click inside the Text box and Add Content (as you would in a word processing program).

How do I Add an Attachment? Click on the Attachments link (bottom of the page). Click on the Browse button (right of the Attach a File Text box).  Locate the file you want to attach and Double click on it.

How do I Format Content? GoogleSite acts like a WYSIWYG editor with formatting options similar to those of a word processing program (across the top).

How do I Add a Link - First, type your Link Name in the main editing Text box of the page.  Copy the http address of your link. Highlight the Link Name and click on Link (across the top). Click on Web Address (left navigation panel of dialog box). Paste the http address in the Text box. Click on Ok (lower left of dialog box).

Have you tried Podcasting lately?

posted Apr 5, 2011, 11:16 AM by Marija Franetovic   [ updated Apr 5, 2011, 11:18 AM ]

5/26/2011 eCornucopia Conference at OU: "The Open Digital University"

posted Mar 17, 2011, 2:18 PM by Marija Franetovic   [ updated Mar 17, 2011, 2:37 PM ]

Registration now open!  The 3rd Annual eCornucopia Conference 2011—The Open Digital University
This year’s conference at Oakland University will examine specific examples about how openness is implemented in higher education and the importance of increasing the transparency and accessibility of knowledge.

We will offer three tracks, Open Education (open educational resources), Open Access (library journals) and Open Source (open computer code and ramifications), to further explore this topic as it relates to faculty, librarians and instructional technologists respectively.


Our keynote speaker is Ray Schroeder, Professor Emeritus of Communication, and founding director of the Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  He will speak about The Open Future of Higher Education.


Oakland Room
Oakland Center
Oakland University
Thursday May 26, 2011 
8:00 am – 4:45 pm
Includes continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.


Attend in person or online via Elluminate.
See the schedule and register at:

For questions, contact:
Cathy Cheal, Nic Bongers, or Diane Underwood at or 248-370-3661

Faculty Sharing Lessons Learned!

posted Mar 10, 2011, 4:59 PM by Marija Franetovic   [ updated Jul 20, 2011, 6:43 AM ]

Outcomes of 2010 "TLT Awards and Mini-Grants"

Outcomes of the 2010 LTU Award programs and the collaboration between the CTL and eLearning departments led to faculty members contributing toward LTU’s internal scholarship of teaching and learning.  Dr. Scott Schneider, Director of the CTL, and Marija Franetovic, eLearning Course Developer, coordinated the Faculty Showcase Workshop October 28th, 2010.  The workshop was very well attended by faculty and administrators from different disciplines, totaling approximately 40 attendees.

The Faculty Showcase Workshop was designed for faculty attendees to:

  • Find out how LTU colleagues use technology tools for continuous improvement in their courses
  • See actual student examples and feedback; Consider kick-starting an innovative project!
  • Explore which technology tools are most useful for the faculty member's discipline and unique teaching style
  • Take the 'guess work' out of implementation; Hear what LTU faculty suggest works best!

The workshop created a peer-exchange environment on best practices for teaching and learning with technology.  After the presentations, the faculty visited different presenters' stations and asked questions in an engaging “Speed TLTing” Activity: rtsp://

The workshop highlighted that even though technology in higher education may be a succinct concept; there are many different angles for looking at innovative teaching and learning with technology.  It also illustrated the variety of technologies and approaches between different disciplines.  For the 2010 Faculty Showcase, the presentations fell within one of the following categories or a combination of a few of the


Stevens J.         

Real-world use of cutting-edge, discipline-specific  technology                              



Bodurow C.

Original technology innovation for research and education



Zwiesler-Vollick J.

Efficient process for collaboration through technology (Tablet PC)



Zhou C.
Cartwright C

Interactive classroom technologies as learning tools (Tablet PC)
Interactive classroom technologies as learning tools (Tablet PC)



Lowry P.

Design and teaching using interactive online technologies



Shamamy P

Redesign for technology integration for use as a teaching tool (Tablet PC and WIMBA)


Immediately after the Workshop, a few faculty members continued a discussion of future ideas and needs for the next Annual Faculty Showcase for the fall of 2011.  If you have a suggestion for a presentation topic or a potential presenter, please either email Marija Franetovic or Scott Schneider with the subject heading : "Suggestion - 2011 Faculty Showcase." 

January 2011


The Center for Teaching and Learning Blackboard Organization site also houses a number of the faculty PowerPoint presentation slides and other Workshop resource materials.


To view one of the videos on the left, please
make sure to include the "rtsp://" when you copy and paste them into your browser.  Use either Internet Explorer or Firefox as your web browser and the latest version of Real Player.  Please call 248.204.2380 if there are any technical problems with the videos.

Thanks to Jeff Wolka, Student Assistant from eLearning Services, the faculty presentations were videotaped and edited for those who might have missed the Workshop or who want to revisit it.

The 3rd Annual “Teaching and Learning Using Technology” (TLT) Award

posted Mar 10, 2011, 3:26 PM by Marija Franetovic   [ updated Mar 17, 2011, 2:41 PM ]

A Little History about the TLT Award
The idea for th
e TLT Award resulted from the Reinventing Teaching and Learning through Technology (RTLT) Task Force.   The Task Force included representative faculty from each college and representatives from departments which dealt directly with the use of technology, such as the Center for Teaching and Learning, eLearning Services, the Library, etc.  At the end of the RTLT Task Force term, a report was generated with recommendations. The TLT Award stemmed from the recommendation that each year - a deserving faculty member would be honored by Lawrence Tech University for his or her innovative teaching and learning with technology. 

The TLT award recognizes use of technology to create innovative approaches and support of teaching strategies and student learning experiences; the discipline-specific nature of the innovative use; and how through the use of technology student learning engagement may be increased.

2009 and 2010 TLT Awards
The 2010 Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) Award was awarded to Constance Bodurow and the 2009 TLT Award was awarded to Dan Price from Architecture.  2010 Awardees of the TLT Award and the Henry and Barbara Horldt Excellence in Teaching Award were recognized at a special event for the prestigious annual teaching awards.  The TLT Awardee was presented with $750.00 in recognition for her innovative teaching and learning with technology. 

3rd Annual 2011 TLT Award
Nominations Due:        February 25, 2011
Narratives Due:            March 14, 2011
Selection Process:
       March 18th through March 23rd, 2011 
Award Event:                April 7th, 2011

TLT Award Nomination and Selection Process
Nominations were submitted by colleagues or students through an online survey.  The outstanding TLT Award nominees in 2010 included: Constance Bodurow, Tom Nashlen, and James Stevens from Architecture, Dr. Robert Fletcher from Engineering, and Dr. David Bindschadler, Dr. Christopher Cartwright, and Dr. Pamela Lowry from Arts & Science.  This year, there are 6 TLT Award nominations and 7 nominees.

Faculty that wish their nomination to be considered by the TLT Award Committee may:

a) Contact Marija Franetovic ( for assistance, questions or examples on developing the narrative for the nomination process.  Faculty members are also encouraged to disseminate their innovation internally and through future scholarship of teaching and learning with technology.
b) Forward the narrative to Dr. Richard Bush (, Director of eLearning Services, by March 14, 2011.

The narratives and the associated TLT Award rubric will be used to assist in the selection process.  Award finalists will be selected by the TLT Award Committee including Constance Bodurow, last year’s TLT Awardee, the Academic Deans, the Director of eLearning Services, and the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning with the award winner selected by the Provost. 


The TLT Award program has been successful for 3 consecutive years by facilitating the sharing of best practices and
by supporting innovative colleagues and teachers who use technology to teach and engage Lawrence Tech University students.

February 2011

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