Tech Snacks are short, focused professional development sessions covering instructional technology, pedagogical techniques, and online learning, delivered in 15-minute chunks. You can download PDF handouts from past Tech Snacks below.

Spring 2019 

Beyond Gamification

Apr. 12, 2019 — The idea of gamification — using game elements to enhance student motivation and learning — has been heavily discussed and explored over the last decade. But gamification is just one category within a broader field of teaching practices that integrate games and play, called (among other terms) Ludic Pedagogy.
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High-Impact Practices

Mar. 29, 2019 — Learning experiences outside the traditional classroom setting can have a number of positive impacts on students’ learning. “High-impact practices” (HIPs) like cooperative education, undergraduate research, and global learning can help increase academic engagement and performance, promote a sharper sense of purpose and connectedness, and develop 21st century skills and perspectives among students. 
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Student Survey Results

Mar. 1, 2019 — As part of OTLE’s self-assessment process, each year we ask students to complete a Brightspace experience survey about their device usage, Brightspace habits, overall Brightspace satisfaction, and open-ended questions about how they’d like to see Brightspace improved. Here’s some of what we found this year. 
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Three Cool Tools

Feb. 22, 2019 — Learning technology apps, tools, and websites are constantly being created, updated, closed down, sold off, or bought out. There are some great learning tools available online, but it can be hard to wade through all the confusion to find technology that actually solves a problem. FlipGrid, Webjets, and YoTeach are three promising new tools. 
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Release Conditions & Intelligent Agents

Feb. 15, 2019 — Monitoring and guiding student activity in Brightspace is a daunting task, but there are tools that can help! Release Conditions and Intelligent Agents can automate some of those tasks and provide timely feedback to encourage and motivate students. 
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Brightspace Analytics 

Feb 8, 2019 — Brightspace has multiple analytic tools available to instructors. Knowing how to access this information — and what to do with it — can help you improve your course design, pinpoint trouble areas, identify at-risk students, identify and deter cheating, and more! 
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Dual Enrollment & Class 8

Feb. 1, 2019 — Around 70 high school students take college courses at MSU-Northern for college credit each semester. There are multiple forms of dual enrollment, and lots of potential benefits to the student, your program, and to MSU-Northern. 
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Beyond Powerpoint

Jan. 25, 2019 — Most everyone uses PowerPoint to create a lecture or presentation, but maintaining student engagement can be challenging. Are there ways to enhance the effectiveness and interactivity of PowerPoint presentations? What if we want to turn off the projector and try some “unplugged” activities? 
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Creating & Using Rubrics

Jan. 18, 2019 — Assessment and grading can be an overwhelming task for faculty, and a mystifying process to students. How do you maintain objectivity, clearly articulate grading criteria, and provide feedback in a timely manner? Grading rubrics can save time, avoid unintentional bias, and give students clear guidelines for how they’re being assessed. 
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