Thursday, February 25, 2010

YouTube EDU: Videos for Higher Education Professionals (Lectures and Activities)

YouTube EDU provides users with videos that are specific for higher education audiences. This is a refreshing website for me, because I use youtube in my classes on a daily basis. When performing searches for videos, I have to sift through various videos that do not have anything to do with the higher education environment. From this point forward, I will start using this website to find content-specific materials.

In addition, I plan to recommend this website to my husband, a high school science teacher who teachers dual credit classes for a local community college.

Please let me know what you think about the website!

Millennial Professor
Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Monday, February 22, 2010

"A Dozen Great Free Online Video Lecture Sites" - A Great Link for Educators!

If you teach online or if you enjoy creating engaging lectures for your students, please visit this link, "A Dozen Great Free Online Video Lecture Sites". This link features a collection of several websites that feature online video lectures.

One of these websites, YouTube EDU, is especially helpful for K-12 and higher education professionals who wish to integrate videos in their classroom lectures.

Millennial Professor
Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Online Adult Students and Predictors of Success

Many adult learners are choosing to take online classes in conjunction with their face-to-face classes (or exclusively online classes). This is an exciting opportunity for both colleges/universities and adult learners. However, some of these adult learners experience both barriers and supports when pursuing their degrees.

Recently, I discovered a great literature review focused on adult online learners, "Predictors of Success for Adult Online Learners: A Review of the Literature". This literature review focuses on adult online learners and the predictors of their success. I am very interested in this topic because I will teach two online courses in the fall semester. I hope to provide these online students with ample opportunities to overcome potential barriers they may encounter in the online educational process.

This article was very helpful!

Millennial Professor

Monday, February 15, 2010

A College President's Experience with Twitter

One college president uses twitter to keep in contact with his followers (i.e. - students, faculty, staff, parents, etc.). Personally, I think this is an ingenious strategy for college administrators who wish to maintain a level of social presence with the people they serve.

Here is his twitter profile -

He has 170 followers and is following 105 people.

Read more about this college president's strategy here -


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

People Like Me: A Unique Marketing Strategy Utilized by For- Profit Universities

I have been meaning to write this post for awhile, but it seems that every time a commercial is released, there is a new one to replace it.

Recently, my area of Texas has experienced an increase in the amount of for-profit universities (i.e. - Kaplan University, University of Phoenix, etc.). These universities have embraced a marketing strategy that tends to appeal to the average working adult, single mother, and disgruntled student. I am very impressed with their marketing strategy and I think many people may take advantage of their services (now and in the future). Their commercials feature students of both genders, many racial backgrounds, and lifestyles. In fact, some of these commercials are so appealing that I wish many traditional universities would replicate their marketing strategy by using social media websites (i.e. youtube).

Monday, February 8, 2010

What If Someone Had a Record of ALL of Your Online Searches? (An Interesting 45 Minute Video)

On New Year's Eve, my husband and I watched a very interesting documentary-style report on The report was enlightening, but scary at the same time. Today, I found the report on hulu (thank goodness for hulu) and it is around 45 minutes long.

What are your reactions?

Millennial Professor/Jennifer T. Edwards


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Twitter Toolbox - 111 Web-Based Twitter Tools

 "111 Twitter Tools" is a list of 111 web-based twitter tools that novice or advanced twitter users can use for twitter analysis, information gathering, network building and management, twitter management, sharing tools, organization and productivity, life tools, business and finance, and health, and blogging. Check out this great list! -

Monday, February 1, 2010

Introducing Scholastic's "Expert Space" - A Tool for the New Digital Classroom

Grade 4-12 educators and educational technologists: Scholastic just released a digital curriculum titled "Expert Space". This curriculum features social studies and science content that teachers can display in class and on the internet. This curriculum is based on a literature review titled, "Expert Space Digital Curriculum & Tools for the 21st Century Effective Web-Based Learning Environments: A Literature Review".

To access this website please click the following link - 

In addition, teachers and other interested parties can sign up for a free webcast titled "The New Digital Classroom, Building Expertise in the Science Curriculum". This website also lists several additional workshops focus on K-12 learning and instruction in the 21st Century using inquiry, collaboration, technology.

Millennial Professor/Jennifer T. Edwards