Monthly Archives: April 2014

Tony Bates retires from the online learning world

Back before the Teaching Centre in the days of the CRDC, even before CAETL, we held an ADETA conference here at the UofL. Our keynote speaker at the time was Tony Bates. He did a fantastic job, and went on to do wonders for the online learning world. A post on his blog today states he is retiring after 45 years of work in this field. Thank you Tony for all your research and contributions. You definitely made an impact.

Check out Tony’s blog post about his retirment.

TED-Ed: Build or share video based lessons

Have you ever found the perfect Youtube video to illustrate a point in class? Has a TED Talk inspired you and you want to share it with your students? Do you want to take it a step further?

TED has an excellent online tool called TED-Ed that allows anyone to choose, share and expand on video content from Youtube, TED Talks or other TED-Ed lessons. Using the lesson builder, you can add review questions, follow-up readings and even group discussion topics.

TED-Ed makes it easy to leverage online video content in a quick and easy format. You can take a tour of the lesson builder at

Tyler Heaton

Submitted by Tyler Heaton
Educational Consultant – Technology


Cell phone policies that go wrong.

Cell phones, mobile devices and laptops crop up in class more often than not anymore. Much of the questioning around cellphones has even changed from if students bring them to class, to how are they using them in class?

In many cases the cell phone can be useful to the student in class. While working on assignments as individuals or in a group they can use their phones to acquire information, confirm or disprove some theories they may have, and even act as a communication tool among group members.

However, sometimes our students do not use their phones for these learning purposes. Sometimes students will take a call, text their friends and perform other distracting tasks in class. In some cases it has forced instructors to come up with cell phone policies in class. These may range from “don’t even bring it to my class,” to “you can leave my class if you are answering your phone during my lecture.” In most cases the policy probably feels justifiable to the instructor, and in many cases the policy may even curtail any problems that arise with cell phone use in the classroom.

However, after watching the video below, you may want to question your cellphone policy and decide if it is lock tight. Enjoy!

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