Blackboard Workshops

October 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Blackboard 9.1 Workshops

Library 2nd Floor  Room 207B

Learn about new features in Blackboard, how to design a course and how to        import/upload data.

Dates:  Wednesday, November 2 @ 10am

Thursday, November 3 @ 4 pm

Saturday November 5 @ 12 pm

Monday, November 7 @ 7pm

Tuesday, November 8 @ 9am

Please RSVP to


Welcome to Blackboard!

October 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Morton is pleased to welcome Blackboard onboard as part of it’s impressive aresnal of instructional tools.  More information to come soon on training and deployment!

Access the National Jukebox for Free

May 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Jukebox photo by phphoto2010

Visit the Library of Congress’ recently released National Jukebox website to listen to historical sound recordings. Currently there are 10,000+ recordings (AND GROWING!) from 1901 through 1925 in the collection that span across various genres, including classical, popular, religious, and spoken word. Upon each visit you can choose from sampler playlists or create your own!

Students Not Going to Class . . . Is Technology to Blame?

March 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Students Not Going to Class . . . Is Technology to Blame?

No . . . but advances in learning technology, in combination with some other factors, seems to have an impact, even if indirect, on student choices/behavior.

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Actually Going to Class for a Specific Course?  How 20th Century,”  focuses on how technology-based resources that provide access to course content are being used by students to avoid going to class.

Instructors who share resources like recorded lectures and PowerPoint slides are offering some great study tools for some, but other students are using these materials in lieu of attending class.   While a lot of valuable learning experiences take place outside the classroom, educators, especially those using similar tools, might start asking themselves how they can make students more accountable for coming to class, and in some cases, how they might make the time spent in class more worthwhile for students.

2011 Horizon Report

February 10, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Click here to view the 2011 Horizon Report.

About the Report:

Each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years. The areas of emerging technology cited for 2011 are:

Time to adoption: One Year or Less

  • Electronic Books
  • Mobiles

Time to adoption: Two to Three Years

  • Augmented Reality
  • Game-based Learning

Time to adoption: Four to Five Years

  • Gesture-based Computing
  • Learning Analytics

Taken from the Educause website:

Materials from the Instructional Technology Showcase

January 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Did you miss the Instructional Technology Showcase on the Morton College in-service day?

View the presentation materials below and handout here! IT Showcase handout

Chronicle of Higher Ed Lists Top 10 2010 Tech Stories, Etc.

January 27, 2011 at 8:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

See   “Most-Popular Education-Technology Articles of 2010” by Jeff Young.

Check out the list of top headlines, top podcasts, and top feature articles in 2010 in the Chronicle of Higher Ed’s Techology section.

Some highlights from the list include:
Students Lack Basic Research Skills, Study Finds

Students Retain Information in Print-Like Formats Better

High-Tech Cheating Abounds, and Professors Bear Some Blame

Is Technology Making Your Students Stupid?

Teachers Without Technology Strike Back

CT Article on the Myth of eLearning

January 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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” . . . But, in reality, learning is not that simple; our rhetoric about teaching and learning had just made it seem so. Learning is not content, we now know, and learning is not delivery of content.”

Read one higher ed professional’s perspective on the impact of information technology on teaching and learning in higher education in this Campus Technology article:  The Myth of eLearning: There Is No ‘There’ There

Upcoming Spring Blackboard Workshops for Faculty

January 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Upcoming Instructional Technology Workshops for Faculty

Basic Blackboard

Interested in using technology to enhance your course?  Blackboard (formerly WebCT) is a course management system used by Morton College.  It provides instructors with the means to manage students, organize course content, and make use of a variety of assessment and communication tools, within a web-based environment.  Come learn the basics!


Where: Library

When: Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 10am – 11am

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011, 10am – 11am

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011,   10am – 11am

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011, 6pm – 7pm


Please RSVP with Instructional Technology at 708.656.8000 x430 or


Advanced Blackboard

Are you comfortable using the basic features of Blackboard and want to expand your knowledge of its more advanced offerings?   Explore tools like content module, quizzes, and grade book.  Learn how to customize the look of your course pages and how to make content more accessible for your students by simply converting files to a web-friendly format.  Bring any questions you might have about using advanced Blackboard features.


Where: Library

When: Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 3pm – 4pm

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011, 12pm – 1pm

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011,   3pm – 4pm

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011, 7:30pm – 8:30pm


Please RSVP with Instructional Technology at 708.656.8000 x430 or

Can’t make it to a workshop?  Have questions?  Need assistance?  Please contact Instructional Technology for a consultation at 708.656.8000 x430 or

Tech Trends in 2011

December 16, 2010 at 1:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Check out Campus Technology’s “5 Higher Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2011.”

No major surprises here . . . Expect more action in the cloud, especially in the online/distance learning arena!  Meanwhile, mobile devices will see an increase in educational use and the world becomes more wireless.

On the contrary, these folks are predicting that a backlash is going to be the inevitable result of the current tech-hype.  This is not such an awful situation, in this humble blogger’s opinion, especially if it encourages institutions of higher ed to more carefully consider how we use certain technologies and maximize the benefits our tools offer.

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