About Mike Blum

Mike is the Academic Technologist for the Humanities at the College

Better slides make better presentations in Bev Sher’s Atoms to Cells Biology 100 course


Among other things in Bev Sher’s Biology 100 course, students learned how atoms are the building blocks of cells. They also learned how good slides are the building blocks of good presentations. In this DIY, Prof. Sher walks us through her students’ group projects, the Journal Club Group Presentation. This assignment, detailed below, called on groups of students to develop multimedia presentations on a scientific article. With the right examples, the right readings, and the right feedback from Prof. Sher, the students created great presentations that helped them communicate with their audiences. Read more…

Effective multimedia presentations start with effective public speaking. Scaffolding your course assignments with Barbette Spaeth’s Classical Studies 100


In Barbette Spaeth’s Classical Studies 100 course, the Witch in the Western World, students learned to produce oral and digital presentations through a weekly workshop in which the parts of the presentation are chunked into smaller pieces. Students practice posture in one class session, enunciation in another, effective slide production in another. By the end of the semester, their confidence built, they put it all together and present their final reports to the class. This DIY shows you the tools and resources Barbette and her students use to put their best foot forward. Read more…

Microsoft Sway makes multimedia collaborative storytelling easy in Richard Marcus’s Censorship in Music course


Richard Marcus’s MUSC 100 course on censorship in music had students work in groups to develop multimedia presentations about censored composers. These presentations used a cool new (and free to your students) application called Sway that’s part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite of tools. Sway is like a cooler version of PowerPoint that allowed Prof. Marcus’s students to easily and beautifully incorporate images, maps, videos, and their own podcasts into a fully web accessible, collaborative presentation. Read more…

Podcasting assignment for storytelling and collaboration: Annie Blazer’s RELG 100 course

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In Annie Blazer’s Religious Studies 100 course, students learned about the power of oral storytelling, first by analyzing professional podcasts and then creating and sharing their own using simple, free tools. This eLearning Instructable shows you how to create a podcasting assignment using audio recording and editing software (Audacity) and turn those audio recordings into an online podcast using a free podcasting website (Soundcloud). All you need is a computer (Mac or Windows) with a built-in microphone and an internet connection to get started. Read more…