Monday, January 31, 2011

I Need Your Help! - "Ask a Millennial Professor" AND "Let Me Review Your Product"


I need your help!

This year's new blog feature, "Ask a Millennial Professor" needs some questions! :) This is a feature that will be available to readers every Friday!

I plan to host a giveaway every month and I plan to purchase most of these items myself. However, if your company would like to contribute/donate some items for the monthly giveaway, please let me know! :)

That's it! If you have any suggestions or ideas for promoting the blog, please let me know! I would be happy to receive your e-mail! -

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Google Docs to the rescue | Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning


As most of you know, I am an avid user of Google Documents. I try to learn as much as I possibly can about this wonderful online software package. A university in my area, Texas Wesleyan University, has a great blog titled, "Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning". One of their recent entries (as part of their series titled 12 days of CETL: Tips for the Holiday Season) focused on Google Docs to the Rescue

In her post, this professor (Dr. C) tells her readers how she uses Google Docs for organizational purposes (i.e. - writing book chapter manuscripts, working within their office, etc.). In addition to her experience with Google Documents, she also created a Google Doc (go figure) consisting of various links and resources for educators who are interests in using the resource in their classrooms.

Visit "Google Docs Resources" here - LINK

Google Docs to the rescue | Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Free Webinar! - Seeing and Hearing Online Students in an Asynchronous Environment - Increase Involvement and Authentic Assessments using Student Generated Video - sponsored by YouseeU - FREE | The Sloan Consortium


Here's an amazing (and free) webinar sponsored by the Sloan Consortium and YouseeU! This workshop is titled, "Seeing and Hearing Online Students in an Asynchronous Environment - Increase Involvement and Authentic Assessments using Student Generated Video" and it will be held on February 8, 2011 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm. 

Price: Free for all - Register here

This webinar will focus on the key activities of student presentations in online courses, asynchronous video discussions, and oral exams conducted at a distance. After wrestling with the use of video in asynchronous online courses for over 12 years, Dr. Jeff Lewis designed and developed an academic system to solve the problems faced in his online courses. The system has proven effectiveness and has matured into a full-featured academic platform in use at leading institutions.
Asynchronous online learning has gained widespread acceptance because of the flexibility and convenience it provides to students and increased reach it facilitates for institutions. To date, the majority of interactions and assessments in these courses has been text based, incorporating discussion boards, written tests and reports or essays, and occasional chats. Advancements in synchronous web interactions and conferencing have been significant, but don't always fit the mission of the asynchronous model.
Student video recordings used for discussions and presentations show promise for increasing rich communication and interaction in asynchronous courses. Because of issues related to file size, student privacy, and workflow efficiencies, video interaction has been limited. Recent advancements in academic tool sets are facilitating increased usage of student video recordings. This webinar will focus on the key activities of student presentations in online courses, asynchronous video discussions, and oral exams conducted at a distance. After wrestling with the use of video in asynchronous online courses for over 12 years, Dr. Jeff Lewis designed and developed an academic system to solve the problems faced in his online courses. The system has proven effectiveness and has matured into a full-featured academic platform in use at leading institutions.
NOTE: If you have a disability, use assistive technology, or may need accommodation to fully access a webinar, please email us at You will be contacted by someone from our workshop staff as quickly as possible to discuss your needs.
Price: Free for all - Register here

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

SoTL Mentors to the World


If any of you are interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (a national movement), please check out this list of SoTL Mentors to the World. This is an amazing resource from the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

This resource is like a "pick your own" mentor! :) What a great idea from the IJ-SoTL!

Here's the link - SoTL Mentors to the World

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Freebie Wednesday - Something for the Office! - Quaker Oatmeal Squares


At the beginning of each semester, I bring my new after class "snacks" to the office. These are my incentives for writing scholarly papers, reading student work, and attending meetings. This semester's snacks include Special K Fruit Crisps, Progresso Soup - several varieties, Food Should Taste Good - Sweet Potato Chips, and lots of Ozarka Water.

In addition to my snacks, I always drink a cup (or two) of Honey Ginseng - Daily Green Tea from the Republic of Tea Company. Yum!

This week's freebie is from the Quaker Company! Quaker Oatmeal Squares are a great, wholesome snack for professors and educators on the go! I actually like the cereal as dry snack. Such an awesome freebie for this Wednesday!

Here's the Link! - Quaker Oatmeal Squares

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

IJ-SoTL: Current Issue: Volumn 5, Number 1 - January 2011


I am excited to announce that the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning just released their FIRST issue for 2011! This issue is their fifth anniversary issue! Congratulations on such a great issue IJ-SoTL - LINK!

Here is a list of the articles featured in this issue:

*Thanks IJ-SoTL!

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Feature Essays
Getting There: An Integrative Vision of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Pat Hutchings (Carnegie Foundation), Mary Taylor Huber (Carnegie Foundation) & Tony Ciccone (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) 
Invited Essays on SoTL
Current Perspectives on SoTL
Lorraine Stefani (University of Auckland)
Improving Group Functioning in Solving Realistic Problems
Sassan Asgari & Gloria Dall'Alba (University of Queensland)
What's Stalling Learning? Using a Formative Assessment Tool to Address Critical Incidents in Class
H. Brooke Hessler (Oklahoma City University) & Amy Rupiper Taggart (North Dakota State University)
Inquiry Learning: Level, Discipline, Class Size, What Matters?
Susan Vajoczki, Susan Watt & Michelle M. Vine (McMaster University), Xueqing (Rose) Liao (University of Toronto)
Developing a Statistically Valid AND Practically Useful Student Evaluation Instrument
Jeff Skowronek, Bruce Friesen, & Heather Masonjones (University of Tampa)
The Influence of Tech-Savvyness and Clicker Use on Student Learning
Jennifer A. Zapf & Adolfo J. Garcia (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)

Exploring the Variation in First Year Undergraduates' Induction into Their Academic Disciplines
Min Yang, Beverley Joyce & Michael Prosser (University of Hong Kong)

The Potential for Teaching Quantitative Reasoning across the Curriculum
Nathan Grawe (Carleton College)
Business as Usual: Business Students' Conceptions of Ethics
Anna Reid (University of Sydney), Paul Taylor & Peter Petocz (Macquarie University)
The Power of Fiction: Reading Stories in Abnormal Psychology
Adrian S. Janit, Georgina S. Hammock & Deborah S. Richardson (Augusta State University)
What Really Matters: Assessing Individual Problem-Solving Performance in the Context of Biological Sciences
William L. Anderson, Cheryl A. Sensibaugh, Marcy P. Osgood & Steven M. Mitchell (University of New Mexico)

Essays About SoTL
Which Way to SoTL Utopia?
John Draeger (Buffalo State College) & Linda Price (Open University, UK)
Going to the Balcony: Two Professors Reflect and Examine Their Pedagogy
Linda J. Searby (University of Alabama at Birmingham) & Jenny S. Tripses (Bradley University)
Mapping the Field of Statistics Education Research in Search of Scholarship
Linda van der Merwe & Annette Wilkinson (University of the Free state)

IJ-SoTL Reviewers: Getting SoTL Articles Published
On Publishing SoTL Articles
Trent Maurer (Georgia Southern University)
What Makes a Great Article for IJ-SoTL
Patricia Rogers (Bemidji State University)
Exemplary Dissemination: Sowing Seed in IJ-SoTL
Nicola Simmons (University of Waterloo)
What Makes for a High Quality IJ-SoTL Research Article?
Lorraine Stefani (University of Auckland)
Identifying High Quality SoTL Research
Jeffrey L. Bernstein (Eastern Michigan University)

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Great Resource - "Welcome to Teaching Media" Website


If you teach media courses or if you integrate media literacy in any of your courses, here is a great website for you - "Welcome to Teaching Media". This website is a collaborative resources that facilitates the exchange of college teaching resources among faculty and those interested in media.

What a great resource!


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Friday, January 21, 2011

» Blog Archive » Texas A&M Launches Social Media Scavenger Hunt Texas A&M News & Information Services


This should be VERY interesting! Texas A&M University is launching a campus-wide scavenger hunt! According to the A&M News and Information Services website (LINK):

Texas A&M University is teaming up with The Collegiate Licensing Company to launch a first-of-its-kind campus-wide social media scavenger hunt using smart phones. The scavenger hunt, scheduled for Jan. 25-26, is designed to encourage the university’s nearly 50,000 students to explore their 5,200-acre campus as never before—and reward those checking into campus destinations using their smart phones.

What a great idea! Recently, I started using Four Square and I plan to visit each of the locations on the TAMU campus very soon!

Does your university have a similar program?


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Emerging Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011


I love the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies website, because they feature A LOT of great ideas (which are released on a daily basis). Today's great idea was the "Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011 List".

Check it out!

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Freebie Wednesday! - Save Money on Post-It Notes for Class!


I love purchasing items for my students to use in the classroom. This includes candy, school supplies, and other motivational giveaways. One giveaway that works very well for college students is Post-It notes! We use them for activities and the college students use them for labeling their book chapters! I wait until these items go on sale and I purchase them with coupons (like the one in the link below).


Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

New Issue Released - International Journal on Multicultural Education


I am on the board for the International Journal on Multicultural Education and we just released a new issue! Here's a letter from our editor...

Dear IJME Readers:

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Fall 20010 issue (Vol.
12, No. 2) of the International Journal of Multicultural Education. We
invite you to review the Table of Contents here and visit the journal site
( for full text free of charge.

We ask you to spread the news to others who may be interested in using the
content or submitting their work to this free online publication. We would
also like to invite you and your colleagues to volunteer as reviewers. If
you have not registered yourself as a reviewer, you may update your profile
once you log in to the journal.

Thanks for your continuous interest in and support of our work.


IJME Editors and Heewon Chang, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, IJME

International journal of multicultural education
Vol 12, No 2 (2010): Open Theme Issue
Table of Contents

Articles (Peer-reviewed)
Biculturalism and Multiculturalism: Competing Tensions in Visual Arts
Education in Aotearoa-New Zealand
        Jill Elizabeth Smith

"He said it all in Navajo!": Indigenous Language Immersion in Early
Childhood Education
        Louise Lockard

Teaching Practices in Mexico: A Way to Understand Mexican English Learners
in the United States
        Marcela de Souza

The Scholarship Informing the Practice:  Multicultural Teacher Education
Philosophy and Practice in the U.S.
        Paul Cameron Gorski

Praxis Articles (Peer-reviewed)
Immersion and Identity: Experiences of an African American Preschool Child
        Ruanda Garth McCullough,        Sharon Adelman Reyes

Whose immigration story?: Attending to hidden messages of material in
social studies
        Eleni Oikonomidoy,      Gwendolyn Williams

Culturally Relevant Teaching in Science Classrooms: Addressing Academic
Achievement, Cultural Competence, and Critical Consciousness
        Gloria Boutte,  Charlease Kelly-Jackson,        George Lee Johnson

Professional Book Reviews (Section Editor: Carol Kennett)
 Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited: China, Japan, and the United States
 by J. Tobin, Y. Hsueh, and M. Karasawa
        Eric J Johnson

 Dreams Deferred: Dropping out and struggling forward  by C. Carger
        Brandon E Lewis

 Interrogating Privilege: Reflections of a Second Language Educator  by S.
        Hoi Yuen Chan

 Teaching Adolescents Religious Literacy in a Post-9/11 World  by R. Nash
and P. Bishop
        Matthew W. Peterson

Art Review (Section Editor: Hwa Young Choi Caruso)
Photos Cartographic Imagery in Contemporary Art
        Dr. Hwa Young Caruso

Multimedia Reviews (Section Editor: John Caruso, Jr.)
Film Reviews Fall 2010 Caruso
        Dr. John Caruso, Jr.

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Free Chick-Fil-A Simulcast on January 28th! - Great for Leadership, Communication, and Business Classes!

GiANT Impact would like to invite you to experience our leadership content during a FREE 2-hour simulcast on January 28!

Join renowned author and psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud and learn concepts straight from his newest book, Necessary Endings, to be released this month:

  • Know when to have realistic hope and when to execute a "necessary ending" in a business, or with an individual;
  • Identify which employees, strategies, projects, activities, and relationships are worth nurturing and which are not;
  • Overcome resistance to change and create change that works;
  • Create urgency and an action plan for what's life or death to the business;
  • Change the business' culture from stuck to moving ahead;
  • Stop wasting resources needed for things that really matter.
Register today to receive the FREE link to the Necessary Endings Simulcast, broadcast LIVE on January 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST. Also available on-demand from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST.
Don't forget to invite your friends!

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Service Learning - Celebrate MLK Day By Serving Your Community!


I realize that a majority of you have not started classes yet, but today is MLK Day! Celebrate MLK day by visiting the following websites to learn about the creat service opportunities that are available around your area on this day!

Here's a letter from Mr. Marco Davis, Director of Public Engagement for the Corporation for National and Community Service:

*Thanks National Service Press Office!

Dear Service Leaders,

Thanks to so many of you, the momentum of the 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is building, and results will be extraordinary!

Across the nation, thousands of organizations will honor Dr. King and mark the 25th anniversary of his holiday by bringing Americans together in service to meet community needs.

As we go into the final stretch, we want to remind you of a few key things that will help ensure that the 2011 MLK Day is a great success.

Let Us Know Your Results:

• Tell us about your MLK Day project and how you made a difference using our Share Your Story tool (  Be sure to include not only the number of volunteers but also any facts or statistics about your project's impact (e.g. number of meals delivered, schools beautified, food packages assembled, homes weatherized, etc).  Include any involvement of elected officials, including service participation or proclamations issued. Your answers will help us highlight the many powerful ways Americans are honoring Dr. King through service.

Use Social Media:

• Like our Facebook page:

• Follow us on Twitter: and include the #MLKDay hashtag in your tweets

• Share your project photos on Flickr:

Resources for You:

Our website has many helpful resources to make sure your project goes off without a hitch including tips on final preparations, an event checklisttalking pointsmedia tips and more.

We are about to unveil an extremely moving new MLK 25th anniversary video featuring Rep. John Lewis, Rev. Joseph Lowery, former Senator Harris Wofford and other civil rights and service leaders reflecting on Dr. King's legacy of service.  This video is perfect to show at your MLK Day of Service event. Look for it soon on, and use it to inspire your volunteers. 

To mark the 25th anniversary of the holiday, and to continue the momentum for the MLK Day of Service throughout the year, we are launching the MLK 25 Challenge: What Are you Doing for Others?  This initiative calls on Americans to honor Dr. King by pledging to take at least 25 actions during 2011 to make a difference for others and strengthen our communities.  Stay tuned for more details on

Thanks again for all your hard work, and best of luck with all your planned activities.  We can’t wait to see the impact of your efforts.

In service,

Marco A. Davis
Director of Public Engagement
Corporation for National and Community Service

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Friday, January 14, 2011

"Ask a Millennial Professor" Friday - "How Do You Grade on Blackboard Using the iPad?"


Happy "Ask a Millennial Professor" Friday! Here's this week's question:

Hi Dr. Edwards,

I recently came across your experiences with the iPad in the college classroom.  I am a college professor as well and was very excited about not only the integration of the iPad in the higher education classroom but the usefulness for me personally. I must say, though, I  never purchased the iPad personally as I was not able to access and grade papers through Blackboard (my son has one).  I could get on Bb, but couldn't see all student submissions or open them.  However, I noticed you mention that you use the iPad to grade through Bb.  I was hoping you would enlighten me...I must be missing something obvious?


[Name of Professor], Ed. D

Sent from my iPhone

Here's my response:

Dr. [Name of Professor],

Thank you for your question! Currently, our university uses Blackboard (CE Enterprise License - Release 8.0). This particular version of blackboard is very compatible with the iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch (which my students use before and after class). I am able to see their submissions (which emerge in another window) and I am able to grade their submissions in an additional window. Now, I know that my last statement may seem a little "window" heavy, but the iPad is the multitasking machine!

To help with the large number of attachments that can emerge from each of your online and hybrid classes, I recommend that you have your students create a Google Documents account and submit their papers via Google. This has helped my grading process become a little less time consuming since I can grade on the go!

Thank you for your e-mail!


J. Edwards

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A New CourseSmart App for Students AND Professors!


Over the holidays, I received an e-mail from CourseSmart. This e-mail promoted the company's new, free iPad/iPod application. In addition to the e-mail, I visited the company's blog and found an entry titled, "Getting the Most from Your Tablet".
Here's the information...

*Thanks CourseSmart Blog (

So, you got a tablet this holiday, and you can’t wait to take it back to school. While access to email, Facebook, and endless amounts of games are great, how can you really get the most of your new gadget this semester? Well, we’ve got a few tips to help you get the most from your device, and keep you at the top of your class.

Don’t judge a tablet by its cover.
Having a cool case for your tablet not only protects the device, but also serves as an extension of your personality. Companies like InCase offer cases in a variety of colors, materials and even patterns. But, why not make your case work a little harder? Cases with integrated Bluetooth keyboards are now hitting the market. Kensington recently released the KeyFolio for iPad, and Brando followed suit with a Bluetooth keyboard folio for the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Keep organized and carry on.
Coursework can get overwhelming very quickly if you aren’t prepared for the onslaught of essays, exams, projects and presentations. Keep your school life, and personal life organized by taking advantage of your tablets built-in calendar app. Color-coding classes, or projects, setting reminders and alerts will help keep you on top of everything happening this semester. Need some heavy duty organization? Check out web-based calendars like Google Calendar or Mozilla Sunbird. Both calendars offer the ability to create a highly organized calendar with the added bonus of being available to you anytime, anywhere on any web accessible device. A newer player in the organization game is Scrybe. Scrybe is a web-based organizer that offers all of the functions of a regular online calendar plus, thought-sharing, list building and research assistance. Perfect for those team projects you will be tackling this semester!
Ditch the paper! Save your back and the environment.
Try something new this semester by purchasing eTextbooks instead of the old print versions. Not only are you eliminating the need to carry around those heavy textbooks, but you are also being green and saving some trees. Taking advantage of apps like CourseSmart’s new iPad app lets you view your textbook anytime, anywhere, and can save you some money as well. With features like highlighting, searching and printing, you can still mark up and even have print copies of the info you need most. Just grab your tablet as you head off to class for the day, and you’ve got all of your textbooks in one, easy to carry place!

Never miss a detail.
Once you’ve gotten your hands on a case with a keyboard and your eTextbooks loaded, you’re ready to tap out class notes like a pro, right? Well, even the pros could use a little help once in a while. If you decide to go paperless with your tablet this semester using a note taking or highlighting app can help you keep all of your class notes in order without having to carry around loads of binders or notebooks. New apps like Note Hub allow you to view multiple items at once, and you can even mark them up and take notes on them. You can easily view a textbook, notepad and calculator on one screen so you can tackle that crazy stats homework. You can even adjust the size of the items making the textbook larger so you can read the text, while still being able to use the calculator and write things down. Don’t let note taking for web research get you down. Many browsers now have compatible web highlighter add-ins that allow you to create persistent highlights, add sticky notes, and even share your highlights with friends.

Now that we’ve got you started with some tips to help you get the most out of your tablet (and your education) this semester, you’ll be taking better notes, studying smarter and saving a ton of time.

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

SAGE Open - A New Program from Sage Publications

Dear Reader,

I hope you are having a great break (or a calm before next week's storm)! Over the break, I received this e-mail about a new service from SAGE publications. Please let me know what you think!


J. Edwards

SAGE is extending you a special invitation to be among the first to publish in SAGE Open – our new open access publication launching January 1, 2011.

SAGE Open will publish peer-reviewed, original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities. Find out more at

Why publish in SAGE Open?
  • Quick review and decision times for authors
  • Speedy, continuous-publication online format
  • Global distribution of your research via SAGE Journals Online, including enhanced online features such as: public usage metrics, comments features, subject categories, and article ranking and recommendations
  • Professional copyediting and typesetting of your article
  • $195 introductory author acceptance fee (discounted from the regular price of $695)
Consider publishing in SAGE Open if you want your article to receive:
  • Quality reviews and efficient production, ensuring the quickest publication time
  • Free, broad, and global distribution on a powerful, highly discoverable publishing platform
  • Branding and marketing by a world-leading social science publisher, including promotion of your article via publicity and social media channels
  • Open access publication due to university or government mandates
Manuscript submissions will be handled online through SAGE Track, SAGE's web-based peer review and submission system, powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts™.

Bookmark — manuscripts may be submitted starting January 1, 2011. Click here for full manuscript submission guidelines.


Bob Howard
Director, Social Science Journals
Please direct any inquiries to 

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.