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

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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…

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…