Friday @ the Center
November 12, 2010
To Professor of Psychology Kathy Lustyk who received a National Institutes of Health grant of $21,600 to study Brain Activation in Women Treated with Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention.
A Taste of Merlot
Sorry for the pun, I thought it might motivate continued reading. Interested in working more active learning into your courses or enhancing your own professional development? Check out the MERLOT ELIXER website. It contains short video from professors around the country on topics such as the first day of class, keeping momentum after the first day of class, using “clickers,” improving student assessment, and a whole host of discipline specific links. If you prefer reading journal articles, Merlot hosts JOLT – the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. Those of you who teach blended classes with threaded conversations may be interested in a recent article on Using the Four-Questions Technique to Enhance Critical Thinking in Online Discussions. Additionally, you may be interested to know that David Wicks is on the editorial board of JOLT.
In case you were wondering, MERLOT stands for “Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching.” From their own literature: “MERLOT is an international initiative enabling faculty to integrate technology into higher education. It is an online community of faculty and institutions collaborating to increase the quantity of high quality web-based, interactive teaching and learning materials." The MERLOT website is a free “gateway” for these web-based materials and it is worth the time to look at their resources.
Margaret Diddams, Ph.D.