Introducing Padlet: An Online Bulletin Board

by Christian Foster Introduction Padlet is an online virtual bulletin board offered in a software-as-service format. This virtual bulletin board has many uses, as its allowance of multimedia uploads provides a massive amount of functional dexterity. This blog explores Padlet by giving a general overview of what the service is, how to use its basic Read More …

Twitter for Academics: An Invitation to Public Theology

I recently spoke with a colleague who was curious about academic twitter (#AcademicTwitter). She mentioned how it has become a repository of resources. Everything from book launches to news articles – it’s so valuable. Our conversation shifted, however, once we began talking about Twitter best practices and how to use it.  For many academics, Twitter Read More …

More Discussion, Less Bored: Alternatives to Discussion Boards

For many classes, Discussion Boards serve as the primary means of assessing a student’s participation and preparation for class. Did they do the reading? Are they paying attention in class? Many faculty who teach online use discussion boards as a way to continue the conversations of the class outside of the classroom. This article is Read More …

4 Creative Uses for Polling in the Classroom

If the pandemic has shown us anything about education, it is that learning can often become a passive experience. This is true for both face-to-face and online instruction. Students will get into a “TV watching” mode and not actively engage in discussion. Now, this is not intentional and it is not something to assign blame. Read More …

Everyone Did the Reading: Collaborative Annotation in the Classroom

Often when students are assigned a reading, they gloss. They will see a name, a term, a concept… and skip it. Not because they aren’t engaged. Not because they don’t want to learn. But because it is one of seven articles to have read by the end of the week. Put simply, collaborative annotation is Read More …

Better Digital Whiteboards for Classroom Collaboration

In March of 2020, the world of higher education shifted from teaching classes on campus to Emergency Remote Teaching — How do we take exactly what we do in the classroom and teach effectively online? Online education has often been looked down upon because of the assumption that it does not generate the same interactive Read More …

ScholarBlogs: A Public Scholarship Blog

Ellen Ott Marshall and her doctoral seminar students have recently embraced practice of public scholarship with their class blog. If you weren’t aware of Emory’s ScholarBlog platform, now is the time to check out this Emory-specific instance of WordPress. Any Emory user (student or faculty) can request a ScholarBlog at not cost, which can then Read More …