eBook Cost Savings

The movement towards digital content continues to grow around education. In many cases this movement means more affordable content for students. The Springboro Community City School District near Dayton, Ohio has started a movement towards ebooks and has reported an $800,000 savings compared to the hardback option.

Springboro Community City Schools

This same lower pricing can be found throughout education and means lower priced texts for higher education students.

The full article on the Springboro Community City School District conversion can be found here.

To learn more about ebooks, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.


Dayton Daily News (2014, August). Schools opt for e-books.
Retrieved from http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local/schools-opt-for-e-books/ngsMR/

Video Engagement

Educational video can be engaging and support student learning objectives in the physical as well as the virtual classroom. Despite the upside, educational video can also detract from positive learning experiences if not deployed with best practices in mind.

Educational Video

In a recent paper “How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos” Philip J. Guo, Juho Kim, and Rob Rubin explore best practices in educational video. They highlight seven major findings and recommendations. The first highlighted aspect is that student engagement drops drastically if a video is longer than 6 minutes.

To view all of their findings and recommendations in the full article, select here.

To see how educational video can be used in your course, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.


PGBovine.net (2014, March). How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos. Retrieved from http://pgbovine.net/publications/edX-MOOC-video-production-and-engagement_LAS-2014.pdf

Bloom’s Taxonomy Interactive Model

The learning objective is the basis for Instructional Design. Bloom’s Taxonomy is a classification system for learning objectives that can aide in the design of goals and objectives.

Blooms Model

Iowa State University has created an interactive model for Bloom’s Taxonomy that blends a cognitive process with knowledge acquisition. The model does a fantastic job of offering example learning objectives for each intersection.

To view the full model, please select here.

To learn more about Bloom’s Taxonomy, learning objectives, and instructional design, please contact the Fisher ITS Help Desk.

Quality Matters Rubric Fifth Edition

Quality Matters (QM) is an international standard for online and hybrid course design. QM began in 2003 and has since spread worldwide to include over 800 subscribing institutions. A full interactive map of subscribing institutions can be found here.

QM Logo

QM updates their rubric every three years to include new research and best practices in course design. The Fifth Edition of the rubric was released on August 1st. You can read more about the rubric and download the new version here.

To learn more about QM, course design, and how it can benefit your course, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.

ISTE 2014

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) hosts a large conference each year. ISTE 2014 recently ended and represented a record for attendance with over 16,000 registrations. The conference highlights new educational trends and technologies.

ISTE 2014

Melissa Greenwood and Kanoe Namahoe were at ISTE 2014 and broke down the conference into 7 key takeaways:

  1. Recognize struggling students and intervene.
  2. All-in-one solutions are in vogue.
  3. One size does not fit all.
  4. Active and project-based learning is alive and well.
  5. Rethink the learning space.
  6. New conversations around BYOD and one-to-one are surfacing.
  7. Give students what they need.

The full synopsis of each takeaway can be found here.

To learn more about how educational technology can be used in your classroom, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.


SmartBlog on Education (2014, August). 7 takeaways from #ISTE2014.
Retrieved from http://smartblogs.com/education/2014/07/08/7-takeaways-from-iste2014/

What is a MOOC?

The topic of MOOCs (Massively Open Online Course) has been discussed in this blog in past posts. Despite the continued rise of the MOOC throughout 2013 and now into 2014, there are still some who have not heard of this educational trend. Alex Cusack of MOOCs.com has developed a solution to this problem.


Alex has developed an infographic completely outlining the basics of MOOCs in a visual format. The infographic does a great job of outlining the major players in the MOOC field and the reach of MOOCs. If you would to see the full infographic, select the link below:

MOOCs Infographic

If you have any questions about MOOCs or in general, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.

‘Four things I wish I’d known about the flipped classroom’

Robert Talbert, an educator who has been previously highlighted in this blog about his experience with the “Flipped Classroom,” has shared four key findings about his experience the he wished he would have known before his “flipping” experience.

Robert Talbert

Robert’s four key findings are:

  1. “The flipped classroom has many benefits for students – but, students will not always understand those benefits automatically” (The Chronicle, 2014).
  2. “The biggest problem students have with the flipped classroom has nothing to do with the content of the course, but rather it’s simple time and task management” (The Chronicle, 2014).
  3. “The flipped classroom entails significantly more work at the beginning than a traditional classroom” (The Chronicle, 2014).
  4. “The flipped classroom’s success depends on communication” (The Chronicle, 2014).

The full article including an analysis of the findings can be found on The Chronicle of Higher Education.

To learn more about the “Flipped Classroom,” please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.


The Chronicle (2014, June). Four things I wish I’d known about the flipped classroom.
Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/castingoutnines/2014/06/05/four-things-i-wish-id-known-about-the-flipped-classroom/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

Growth in Flipped Learning Infographic

The teaching strategy of having students learn content outside of the classroom so that classroom time is free for active learning has continued to gain popularity and is most commonly referred to as “Flipping” the classroom. Sophia and The Flipped Learning Network teamed up to create an infographic detailing the rapid growth of the “Flipped Classroom” concept.

Growth in Flipped

Among numerous facts and figures detailed, one of the most telling is told early in the graphic. In 2012, 73% of teachers had heard of the “Flipped Classroom” and in 2014 the percentage grew to 96% (Sophia, 2014). Likewise, in 2012 48% of teachers had tried a “Flipped” lesson, while in 2014 that percentage grew to 78% (Sophia, 2014).

The entire Infographic is available here.

To learn how to “Flip” your classroom, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.


Sophia (2014, May). Growth in Flipped Learning.

Retrieved from http://www.sophia.org/flipped-classroom-survey?utm_source=sophia&utm_medium=email&utm_content=5.20.14&utm_campaign=infographic


The University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) at the Ohio State University “…seeks to advance teaching at Ohio State by promoting a university culture that puts students first by valuing a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, and focuses on faculty success by providing information, consultation, and events on teaching” (UCAT, 2014).


One way that UCAT advances teaching is by the dissemination of knowledge through their blog. The UCAT Blog highlights upcoming workshops, best practices in teaching, and reflections from OSU faculty on their teaching experience.


If you have any questions about best practices in teaching and learning, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.


UCAT Blog (2014, May). Blog Posts. Retrieved from http://ucat.osu.edu/blog

Active Learning Generates Positive Results

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article highlighting the improvement active learning can have on student outcomes versus traditional lecture. In the study described, the incorporation of active learning techniques in the classroom led to a 12-point improvement over traditional lecture courses in terms of the number of students who passed the course (The Chronicle, 2014).

Ticker IMG

Read the full Chronicle summary

Read the full Report

To learn how active learning can be incorporated into your classroom, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.

The Chronicle (2014, May). Active Learning Is Found to Foster Higher Pass Rates in STEM Courses.
Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/active-learning-is-found-to-foster-higher-pass-rates-in-stem-courses/77475?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en