Fifth Annual Instructional Innovation Conference

October 31st, 2012 in Announcements

On Friday, March 8 CEIT will hold its fifth annual Instructional Innovation Conference.

Have you been innovating in your classes? Other faculty would like to hear what you’re doing! Please visit 2013 Submission Process to read about the innovation submission process. You may also visit 2012 Instructional Innovation Abstracts to find abstracts and presentations from last year’s Conference. Submissions are due by December 10, 2012. If you have any suggestions for the program, please contact Lauren Hess at or 617-353-8718. We hope to see you there!

Also, it’s not too late to register for the remaining Teaching Talks and Teaching Tech Talks for the fall semester:

The full schedule is available after the jump.



BU pilots MediaKron timeline/map software

October 26th, 2012 in College of Arts & Sciences, Honors College, Maps and GIS, MediaKron, Theology

In the 2012-13 academic year, BU has joined an exciting partnership with Boston College to pilot MediaKron, a new tool for maps and timelines. BC has been using MediaKron in its own courses for a few years, but this year it has chosen a few select institutions to pilot MediaKron for wider adoption, and BU is among them. BU faculty already using MediaKron in the fall pilot include International Relations professor Andrew Bacevich, in his Honors College course “War for the Greater Middle East,” and School of Theology professor Christopher Evans, who is using it now for a graduate course on American church history and will be using it in the spring for an undergraduate survey course on American religious history. In the spring they will be newly joined by Writing Program instructor Gwen Kordonowy, who will use it to map out student-created content for her writing course “Literature and Art of the Depression Era.”

The professors’ MediaKron sites are restricted to members of their courses. For examples of MediaKron in action, visit the MediaKron sites on Chinese popular culture and world philosophy


International health professor documents learning in unique ways

October 11th, 2012 in Case Studies, Digication, e-Portfolio, Public Health

One of the greatest challenges facing educators is to document and assess the learning that takes place in and outside the classroom. For several years Professor James Wolff at the School of Public Health has found Digication e-portfolios to be an exciting and innovative way of reflecting on the learning experience, documenting the competencies and skills acquired during a course, making learning visible by creating a permanent record of classroom activities, and assessing the progress and competence of students.

Wolffy, as he is known by colleagues and students, teaches several courses for master’s students in the School of Public Health, all of which have successfully integrated e-portfolios. His first experience with e-portfolio was in IH 790, Leading Organizations to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals. In this course students reflected on the leadership skills they are acquiring and the e-portfolio was used for both formative and summative evaluations. More


Online training on Microsoft products

October 4th, 2012 in Announcements, Microsoft Office, Office Software

Ever wondered about additional features in Word or PowerPoint but weren’t sure where to turn? Online training about Microsoft products is available to all BU faculty and staff. Learn more about this training at