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6 Ways To Start Using Online Quizzes In The Classroom

6 Ways To Start Using Online Quizzes In The Classroom

Added by on 2013-03-23


As a teacher, getting your students excited for test time can be a drag. The students don’t always know what to study or how much of the material will be covered, despite what you try to outline for them. Plus, it’s a lot of organization just to get things up and running.
Quizzes are one of the best ways to test student’s mastery of specific material without letting them feel overwhelmed about a full test or exam, and they can help the students prepare for larger, more comprehensive tests that may be required by the curriculum. In addition to better mastery, online quizzes further support adoption of technology in the classroom.

Take advantage of online learning opportunities

With today’s interconnected world, students are already familiar with the web. They use smartphones, tablets, and computers to interact with friends and family, learn about the world around them, and discover new and interesting things.
So, how do you incorporate online quizzes into your classroom? While there are tons of options, here are five of my favorite applications:
1. History Lessons
What happened in 1956 vs. 1978? That’s where online quizzes come in. For your history students, quiz them on what happened in certain time periods, famous quotes or even town history.
2. Chapter Recap
Are your students having trouble giving you summaries of what happened in the last chapter? Use online quizzes to help them remember events, characters and plot lines. This way, when they read the rest of the book, they’ll have better memory of what’s already happened.
3. Chemistry Class
Chemistry was always tough for me in grade school. Having a quiz to know the difference between electrons, protons and neutrons would have helped. Or better yet, how about a quiz on ionic bonds vs. covalent bonds or even lab safety protocols before new experiments?
4. Foreign Language
Think online quizzes can only be in English? Nope. They’re perfect for learning a foreign language. Create quizzes on different types of product at the market, how to navigate a city, or French vs. Spanish. The repetition helps your students memorize new words and apply what they’re learning in a real-life conversation.
5. Quotes by Writers, Speakers, and Activists
Almost everyone loves inspiring quotes. Here are a couple examples of how to incorporate quotes into online quizzes: Quotes from a famous speech like Martin Luther King, Jr., quote comparisons from Emerson and Thoreau, or for fun, quotes from comedians or favorite role models.
6. Class Project Participation
The most exciting application for online quizzes is encouraging class participation. Get students who are normally quiet to interact with a fun and engaging online quiz. Or, if you’ve got group projects coming up, make an online quiz part of the rubric.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to use online tools in the classroom. Online quizzes are just one way to get started integrating technology into your lesson plans.
How have online tools influenced the way you teach?
Author Bio: Michael Adams is the Marketing Guy at QuizPoo, an online this-or-that quiz maker perfect for your classroom. Make class participation and test-taking more interesting by making your own quiz at
Photo courtesy of Eagle Brook School on Flickr


AAUW Membership


There has been such a wonderful outpouring of response to AAUW's college/university partner program that we are extending the deadline for a special discounted offer. Join online today and take advantage of this special rate — only $125 for the next 15 months.
For more than a century, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has partnered with colleges and universities to expand competitive programs and resources available to women and to enhance the value of their tuition dollars.
As an AAUW partner, your institution could be part of a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.
We know that many women in the community college system are not traditional students; many are raising children, and others are working full time. AAUW can provide the support and resources your students need to succeed. We can make a difference.
But the benefits of AAUW membership don't simply extend to the deserving students at your institution. AAUW membership also boosts your school's reputation and visibility. Faculty and staff can
  • Take advantage of valuable publishing and speaking opportunities,
  • Serve on AAUW's fellowship and grant selection panels,
  • Participate in our nationally recognized research, and
  • Gain recognition and fill leadership roles within the AAUW community.
Most important, your membership magnifies your role in creating a stronger education system that promotes gender fairness from the classroom to the workplace.
Thank you for helping us support today's students and build the future of women's leadership.
Linda D. Hallman, CAE
AAUW Executive Director
By joining now, Dillard University will receive two free national AAUW memberships to give to two qualified individuals on campus. You'll also join our online partner member directory and powerful network.
Join AAUW Now!


You are cordially invited to the 2013 Western Regional Meeting of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress. The conference is titled Faculty and the Future of Higher Education, and will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Portland State University (Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 328), 10am - 4:30pm.

You are cordially invited to the 2013 Western Regional Meeting of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress.  The conference is titled Faculty and the Future of Higher Education, and will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Portland State University (Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 328), 10am - 4:30pm.

To register, please click here:

We have an exciting line-up planned, including:

- The Truth Behind University Finances w/ AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum and AAUP CBC Chair Howard Bunsis

- Panels on: -- On-line Education, MOOCS, Intellectual Property, and Corporatization -- Faculty Voice in Public Policy -- Building Strategic, Dynamic Contract Campaigns

…and a special lunch time plenary with Representative Michael Dembrow, Chair of the Oregon House Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development.   Lunch will be provided.  Please be sure to RSVP by March 31, 2013!

Questions?  Please contact AAUP Northwest Coordinator Scott Clifthorne at 415 810 0652, or


The 2013 Winter issue of POD Network News is now posted!

Dear POD Members:

The 2013 Winter issue of POD Network News is now posted.  This issue features our POD President's Message from Michele DiPietro, a conference wrap-up from the 2012 conference team, an announcement of the new Core Committee members and POD's next President Elect, and three guest columns contributed by Constance Ewing Cook, Executive Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) University of Michigan, USA; Edna Manotas, Communications and Educational Material Design Coordinator, and Anabella Martinez, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia; and Andrew State, Makerere University, Uganda, and Mary Wright, University of Michigan, USA.

The deadline for the Spring 2013 edition of POD Network News is April 10, 2013.  Submissions can be sent to

Dr. Amanda G. McKendree
Assistant Director
Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning
University of Notre Dame

"The Kaneb Center stimulates scholarly reflection and conversation about teaching, and supports the adoption of practices that enhance learning."


Dillard University Launches Inaugural International Arts & Music Festival April 6, 2013


For More Information, Contact:
Mona Duffel Jones
504.816.4024 office
504.812.2535 mobile

March 14, 2013


Dillard Launches Inaugural

International Arts & Music Festival April 6, 2013

WHAT:          International Arts & Music Festival hosted by Dillard University

The International Arts & Music Festival will feature entertainment, art and cuisine representing every region of the world to provide the community with a global understanding of arts, music and culture. To aid this effort the event will be infused with local community organizations that provide global knowledge and celebrate global cultures.

Proceeds from the event will help provide scholarships for Dillard University students studying abroad, and international students entering under provisional admissions programs in the Department of International Students and Study Abroad Program.

WHEN:          Saturday, April 6, 2013
11am - 8pm

WHERE:       Front Lawn at Dillard University

2601 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (504) 816-4926.

Dillard University's mission is to produce graduates who excel, become world leaders, are broadly educated, culturally aware, and concerned with improving the human condition. Through a highly personalized and learning-centered approach, Dillard's students are able to meet the competitive demands of a diverse, global and technologically advanced society.

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CHEA 2013 Summer Workshop


Council for Higher

Education Accreditation

One Dupont Circle NW
Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036
(tel) 202-955-6126
(fax) 202-955-6129

Mark Your Calendar!

CHEA 2013
Summer Workshop

June 25 - 26, 2013

Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC

A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. For more information, visit CHEA's Website at


10 Years of Online Education

10 Years of Online Education


Calvin Mackie Wins Three Awards!

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March 11, 2013
Trifecta: Dr. Calvin Mackie Wins Three Awards In Ten Days!
New Orleans, LA (March 2013) Dr. Calvin Mackie, STEM Leader Extraordinaire, ended February with a bang by receiving three highly-acclaimed awards from three top education, leadership, and community service organizations in the span of ten days. The motivational speaker, bestselling author, mechanical engineer, award winning mentor, and entrepreneur received the United Negro College Fund’s Legacy Award, Morehouse College's Bennie Award in Achievement, and the Jack Leadership and Community Service Award. These awards commend Dr. Calvin Mackie for his notable character attributes and laudable actions toward improving the community and world around him.

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is the country’s largest minority education organization, and the Legacy Award is the highest award an alumnus of an UNCF college can earn. The Legacy Award honored Dr. Mackie for his long-standing record of encouraging students to realize their full potential. The Legacy Award was presented to Dr. Mackie on Friday, February 15, 2013 during the UNCF Alumni Recognition Event at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. “It’s a true honor to receive the Legacy Award,” says Dr. Mackie. “Having experienced the challenges that many minority students face today, I take great pride in helping them overcome adversity and grow into successful men and women.”

In addition to the UNCF, Morehouse College, Dr. Mackie’s alma mater, honored Mackie with the 2013 Bennie Award in Achievement. He was presented with the award during the “Candle in the Dark” Gala on February 16, 2013, as part of Morehouse’s annual Founders Week. The black-tie gala event highlighted the talents of current Morehouse students, while simultaneously celebrating nationally acclaimed African Americans who are leaders within their respective fields.

Dr. Mackie was accepted to Morehouse College under the condition that he undertake remedial classes first. Surpassing everyone’s expectations, he went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude and as a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. Over the course of the next 11 years, he earned four STEM degrees, reaching the peak of educational success with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. In 2003, he was presented with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in a White House Ceremony. The 2013 Bennie Award in Achievement served as a profound reminder to Dr. Mackie of his modest beginnings and the power of hard work.

As if winning two esteemed awards within ten days was not enough, Dr. Mackie hit the trifecta when the New Orleans Chapter of Jack and Jill of America presented him with the 2013 Jack Leadership and Community Service Award on February 24, 2013. The non-profit African American organization supports future leaders by enriching children ages 2-19 through chapter programming, community service, legislative advocacy and, philanthropic giving. Dr. Mackie was honored and celebrated as a professional, leader, father, and dedicated member of the New Orleans community, especially in areas that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005.

For more information about Dr. Calvin Mackie or booking for speaking at your organization, please visit


About Dr. Calvin Mackie

Dr. Calvin Mackie is an award-winning engineer, internationally renowned motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, author, and arbiter of social change. He is a recognized and respected authority on business decision-making and ethics, leadership, educational excellence, and mentorship. He has won numerous awards, including the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, which he received at the White House.

His first, best-selling book, A View from the Roof - Lessons for Life & Business (Acanthus Publishing, 2005) offers life lessons that empowered him to reach his dreams without compromising his values. It is now in its sixth printing and has sold over 40,000 copies around the world. His second award-winning book, Grandma's Hands: Cherished Moments of Faith and Wisdom (Acanthus Publishing, 2012) celebrates the enduring values of the women in Dr. Mackie’s life, offering their guidance and wisdom for the challenges of 21st-century life.

Mackie is currently a partner in Golden Leaf Energy (GLE). GLE produces biodiesel, which is a clean-burning, renewable alternative to petroleum-based diesel made from natural, renewable, sustainable sources, such as vegetable oils. The company distributes to commercial clients, including the Louisiana Hollywood film production industry and operates a 2.2 million gallon, multi-feed stock facility in Southeast Louisiana.

Dr. Mackie currently resides in New Orleans with his wife, Tracey, and his two sons, Myles and Mason.
© 2013 Calvin Mackie. All rights reserved.


Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice: Bridging the Gap Between Climate Change Theory and Experience Conference

Bridging the Gap Between Climate Change Theory and Experience Conference

April 4 – 6, 2013

Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

Professional Schools Building, Rooms 131/135

This conference will focus on the disproportionate impact of climate change on vulnerable and marginalized communities. Conference sessions will address racial, social, public health, and economic disparities in the wake of climate related disasters. The conference will serve as a call-to-action for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to become engaged in the conversation around climate and justice. Discussions related to students becoming a part of the green economy will also be a major focus.


This is an exciting venture to fully engage African American students through education and training on issues related to climate change and its adverse impacts. It is our expectation that this conference will catalyze students around issues related to the environment and prepare the next generation of leaders to bring solutions to climate change. The conference is free for Dillard University faculty, staff and students, however you must register to attend. See attached flyer for more information or contact Mary I. Williams at or 504-816-4028.   


Mary I Williams, M.Ed.

Assistant Director for Community Relations and Student Engagement

Dillard University

Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

2601 Gentilly Blvd, DUICEF Suite 227

New Orleans, LA 70122

504-816-4028 office

504-816-4032 fax


Dillard University Center for Teaching, Learning and Academic Technology Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Institute (SoTL)

Dillard University Center for Teaching, Learning and Academic Technology
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Institute (SoTL)
May 22-24, 2013

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Institute funded by Andrew Mellon Foundation will be held May 22, 23 & 24th at Dillard University. All Dillard faculty are invited as well as members from other HBCUs. The Institute’s objectives are to:
• Increase faculty interest in teaching and learning through SoTL and FLC principles;
• Provide expert assistance to faculty for investigation or utilization of new strategies in the classroom;
• Study complex problems in the classroom;
• Increase publication submission rates at participating institutions.

A stipend will be available upon submission of the article for publication.

How To Start Using Google Apps In Education

How To Start Using Google Apps In Education

Added by on 2013-03-14

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As teachers, our plates are perpetually and impossibly full. The idea of adding one more component – such as incorporating technology into instruction – can seem daunting to say the least. In my own attempts to incorporate technology into my practice, Google has been the most valuable tool I have found thus far. Not only does it increase my ability to organize my instructional tools, but it also allows me to incorporate more technology when I feel ready to do so.

Why use Google Apps?

google-apps-educationGoogle provides a multitude of Apps that can be accessed through multiple mediums – computer, smartphone, or tablet. Apps range from the Microsoft Office-like suite which allows you to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations and such, to more expensive programs such as a site-creator or centralized grading and email system for the whole school.
These apps are all free and come with varying levels of privacy ranging from completely public on the web to limited only through sharing with specific contacts. Not only are Apps free but as someone who generally prefers her pen and paper, I can vouch for the fact that they are also very intuitive and easy to use. This large variety of products is really fundamental to helping you manage all the components of your teaching centrally.

So how can I use Google Apps in my teaching?

google-edu-appsTo showcase the management advantage of Google Apps, I will highlight an example of how I use Google Apps in my own instruction. Currently, I am a student teacher and thus working within the classroom set up of another educator. By extension, I have much more restriction in terms of how much I can infuse technology into my practice. I am not in a position to empower my students to use technology independently, I do however, use Google Apps to plan for the Civics course which I lead teach.
To do this, I first created a folder in my Google Drive (you can think of this like a storage space on the internet versus on the hard drive of your computer) titled ‘Civics’. Within the Civics folder I created a Google Spreadsheet where I have all my lesson plans for the entire course. In this Spreadsheet, I have the long term vision of where I want to go with the course, daily lesson plans broken up under tabs for each unit, links to the different resources I want to use for each lesson, and reflections I have made about how well certain lessons or activities went and how they can be improved. In addition to my planning spreadsheet, I also create and store all my assessments, activities, notes, or otherwise related ideas in the Civics folder and add to them as I go along teaching the course. Once I finish a unit, I put all related documents to that unit under a sub-folder titled ‘Unit One – American and Civic Identity’ or the appropriate unit number. Everything I used for my Civics class can be found in my Civics folder on my Google Drive.
The fact that I have all of this in one place is great because when, as an in-service teacher, I get the chance to teach the course or one similar to it, I will have immediate access to everything that I had already worked on related to Civics. Additionally, I will be able to make changes to the activities I made before and thus continuously enhance and develop my instructional tools as I grow in the profession. I will be able to build and add to my previous experience instead of starting from scratch every time I teach a course.
chromebook-eduThis snapshot of how I am currently using Google Apps in my practice is not the end all or be all of Google’s usefulness in the classroom.The most powerful aspect of Google Apps that has been significant to my teaching is its exponential potential for growth within my practice. If your school has incorporated an online grading system, but you still have everything written out on your calendar, and you have students handing in large papers or homework periodically, you already know how easily you (and a couple of student papers) can get lost in the shuffle. With Google Apps, you can centralize all of those things in one place. You can have students utilize Google Docs to write their papers and then give them feedback instantly by commenting directly on their document. You can utilize Google Calendar to put all your dates in one place and then share that with students so that they can know when things are coming up. You can even synchronize both your docs and calendar across the whole school so that if the administration needs to update anything it will automatically show up across your Google products. Really, once you begin using Google Apps you start discovering that there are always more things to try and more room to grow.

Maybe not right now…

Currently, I am using technology to aid my own planning and organization, but have not yet helped my students utilize technology in their own learning process because I am not working in my own classroom. What is great about Google Apps though, is that when I am ready for that step, I can easily begin incorporating different Apps into my direct instruction of students. If right now you feel unable or overwhelmed by the idea of having to incorporate technology not only into your behind-the-scenes practice, but also directly with students, Google Apps is perfect for you. It gives you that space to grow comfortable with using one tool and then moving on to another one. Because Google Apps are so centralized, the more you gain familiarity with one tool, the more it will aid you in your use of other tools in the future.There is no rush then. Maybe right now you are not ready to transform your class into a technology haven, but you recognize the need for students to learn with technology. With Google Apps, as you grow in your own learning of technology, then you will be able to help your students grow with their own. Want to learn more? Click here to get started.


Reminder: Association of Black Psychologists' Meeting Today at Dillard University!


EmergingEdTech: Are ePortfolios Still Relevant for Today’s Students?



Are ePortfolios Still Relevant for Today’s Students?


Electronic Portfolios are no longer just a good idea, that are an expectation and a powerful element of college and career readiness for many.

Just a few years ago ePortfolios were all the rage with schools and employers. You couldn’t open an education or employment blog without reading tips for creating the best online ePortfolio so you could get into the school of your dreams and land your ideal job afterwards. But it seems the ePortfolio fad has died out or at least slowed down quite a bit as of late. So, what caused the flow of articles on ePortfolios to subside? Are ePortfolios a victim of the struggling economy or just a victim of circumstance? Do ePortfolios matter anymore?
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Dillard University President Dr. Walter Kimbrough to be inaugurated October 19, 2013


Founders’ Day
Saturday, October 19

Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 2013
Inauguration of Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough

Seventh President of Dillard University


Thursday, October 17

Brain Food: The Dillard University President’s

Lecture Series

Friday, October 18

Inaugural Performance "A Taste of New Orleans" Featuring: Dillard Students and Guest Artists

Saturday, October 19

Founders’ Day: Investiture and Inaugural Reception

Sunday, October 20

Worship Service:

Rev. Walter L. Kimbrough, Pastor

Columbia Drive United Methodist Church, Decatur, GA


Dillard University SPSS Workshop: Research Analysis Techniques

SPSS Workshop: Research Analysis Techniques
Examine types of data and data collection techniques;
Explore fundamental applications (Descriptive Statistics);
Regression and ANOVA;
Applying SPSS to your own research problem and data.
This workshop topic is applicable to all majors.
Faculty and staff are also welcome!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
DUICEF, Rm. 101
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Hong Dai, Mathematics, STEM
Dr. Willie Kirkland, Dir. Office of Institutional Research; Political Science
Lynn Strong, Dir. Undergraduate Research; Human Subjects Research Protection
Lynn Strong
Director, Undergraduate Research
Human Subjects Research Protection/IRB
Dillard University
Ensuring students more than a degree.
PSB 250
2601 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70122
T: 504-816-4446!/@DUUndergradRes