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Wiki Discussions?

One of the new possibilities we've been exploring at the Interactivity Foundation is the use of wikis for the discussion and development of material. We've set up a general wiki site, the Interactivity Foundation Wiki as a home base for these wikis (a list of the...

Scheduling a Student Discussion using Doodle

As I was digging through old posts, I would like to add my thoughts to the topic “setting up student discussions” 18 months ago. I am particularly going to recommend the website www.doodle.com for scheduling. Scheduling an event and selecting a topic is very time...

Integrating Course Content

I want to start my blog by stating that I have really benefited from reading the blogs and email messages my fellow IFers have been sending. It is nice to know that others are also struggling with issues of evaluating student learning, group management and...

What Impact Does the IF Approach Have on Faculty?

The Perspectives articles exploring IF in the classroom have, thus far, largely articulated the benefits of our student-centered approach on student learning, interaction, retention, and skill development (leadership, communication, etc.).  It is important that we...

A Sense of Relief

Now that it's been well over a month since my last post, it's hard to know how to sum up all the things that have happened.  I'll start at the conclusion: Thursday was the last day of my IF course.  All 15 of our first-year seminars are invited to participate in...

Why Bring IF Into the Classroom?

If you have not been to a university campus since the 1960s or 1970s, you might be surprised to find how similar the classroom environment is to that which you might remember from forty or more years ago.  While technology has transformed the average classroom into...

Discussions, Round Two

Since my last post, several things have happened.  My students finished their first round of discussions, so everyone has tried their hand at facilitating.  It went reasonably well, although I'm changing some small things to make the next round better.  I also had...