Friday, November 14, 2014

November Lunch and Learn's

Please join us for two Lunch and Learn sessions in November, 2014.

The first is  "Culture Making with Andy Crouch."  This session will be held on November 19, 2014 in Steudler Lounge from 12-1.

The second is "From the Garden to the City" with John Dyer.  This session will be held November 21, 2014 in Steudler Lounge from 12-1. 

Please RSVP to and indicate which session you want to attend.  Lunch will be served.

Friday, September 26, 2014

October 10th Lunch and Learn: Order Out of Chaos



Steudler Lounge
October 10, 2014 12-1 pm

In this interactive Lunch and Learn, Christian visual artist Dayton Castleman, who does his large scale sculpture with blow torches and power tools, will discuss the surprisingly close connection between a biblical perspective on art and a biblical perspective on other types of composition, engineering, and design.  Dayton will investigate the ways that humans engaged in processes of design share in God’s creative work that brings order to chaos by dividing, multiplying, and stratifying the material stuff of creation.  Anyone interested in creativity,  engineering, design, building, composition, or a Christian perspective on work in general, will enjoy this lively conversation that will encourage us to think more deeply about the Christian nature of our innovative and creative work.

Dayton Castleman is a multi-modal artist, an educator, and manages the 21c Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. A New Orleans native, Dayton received his BA in Art from Belhaven University and his MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has taught as Assistant Professor of Art in sculpture at Trinity Christian College, and as a Museum Educator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He serves on the city of Bentonville's Public Art Advisory Committee, and the Bentonville Arts District Planning Commission, as well as the board of the Fayetteville Underground gallery. He has lectured and exhibited his artwork in museums and galleries throughout the United States and in Europe.
View his work at:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

October 14th Lunch and Learn

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL)


"Camtasia, Snagit and Doceri"

Please join Ms. Lois Knouse as she discusses how she created her robust online Precalculus course using these tools.

October 14, 2015
Steudler Conference Room
12-1 pm

Lunch will be served

Please RSVP to
Please note date of sessions since there are two offerings this month

Monday, August 11, 2014

How many times will I get that email?

In a time when electronic communication spans time and space and our inboxes tend to be overflowing, there are specific things each of us can do to protect the time and space of those we communicate with.

One specific practice we can use is "Bcc" or Blind Carbon Copy. 

I know, I'm old? Why? Because I actually used carbon paper to make copies. It was so cool. You could get a sheet of carbon paper, put it between two pieces of paper and make instant duplicates. Of course, carbon paper hasn't been used in centuries decades. "CC" or "Bcc" in our email systems still refer to this ancient practice of carbon paper. 

When sending an email, we all know what the "To" is for. That's the person you are addressing the email to. "CC" are those you believe should see a copy of the email. When should you use "Bcc"? Many use it to copy in a hidden way a recipient for an FYI. A warning on using "Bcc" to hide a recipient. Many of our mobile devices don't indicate well whether you received an email as a "To", "CC" or "Bcc". Don't trust "Bcc" as a secure way of privately copying a recipient on an email. A better way would be to forward the sent email to the person you want to see a private copy.

So how does "Bcc" help with information overload? If you are sending email to a large group and don't have a tool like Constant Contact or Mail Chimp that sends an individual "To" email to each recipient, you can and should consider using "Bcc". "Bcc" provides you a way to copy a large audience but will prevent all of the recipients on that email from accidentally hitting "Reply to All" and filling everyone's Inbox. Sometimes this can prevent embarrassment as well. It will certainly help with information overload in our email.

We have documented guidelines for sending LETU-Wide communications. Click here to review and happy communicating. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

DHL Delivery and Wireless AT&T Bills

One of our Administrative Assistants reported something that happened this week. 

She received a call from someone claiming to be from DHL and wanting to know our address and the email for the President. She did not give them the information but asked them to tell her what they already had on file. Then, she asked for a number to call them back. The number she was given was bogus.

As we have the privilege of participating in the story of God's redemption, we live in a world of sin and deceit. From email to phones we are forced to be alert.

Thank you to each of you for continuing to keep alert and help protect God's work here at LETU.

Another LETU Inbox received this very well formed AT&T "scare" bill claiming to owe $1905.47! We saw this in a previous blog entry

As a reminder, and it's a hard one, don't ever click on a web link in an email you receive. For example, if you receive a "bill" like this and you are an AT&T customer, go to the AT&T web site and log in and check your billing. If you aren't an AT&T customer, delete it. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Get Safe Online

Several good videos and advice for staying safe online. It's something all of us do as part of our processes in working in this digital world.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April Lunch and Learn Video

April Lunch and Learn Video

 “An Insider’s View of the Journal Publication Process”

Dr. Scott Anson

The video link can be found here:  April 2014 Lunch and Learn

Friday, April 11, 2014

Update on the Heartbleed Bug

We have checked and updated as necessary all of our LETU servers that use OpenSSL to guard against a serious computer bug referred to as the “Heartbleed Bug,” which was discovered by Google Security on Monday, April 7. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide additional updated information if any further actions are warranted. OpenSSL is used around the world to provide secure access to web servers.

Friday, April 4, 2014

March Lunch and Learn Video Links

Please view the video's from the March 2014 Lunch and Learn's below:

Professor Dov Shinar from Hassadah University in Jerusalem speaking on media in the Middle East:

Professor Dov Shinar

Becky Teerink and Lauren Bitikofer from Aviation discussing how to use Doceri Software:


Thursday, April 3, 2014

More from Dr. Kubricht


In developing a MOOC, the Swinburne team introduced us to “Storyboarding.”  “Storyboarding” was developed by the Walt Disney studios to create animation films.  “Storyboarding” is critical to developing a successful MOOC.  To a faculty member, learning and then developing a MOOC may seem like an overwhelming proposition because normally faculty members are not current in all of the latest learning technologies and the useful features in each technology medium.  Faculty are content specialists.  “Storyboarding” forces a faculty member to lay out a content plan for the length of the course.  The next issue is how to implement various technologies and assessments to reinforce student learning.  Lecture clips and PowerPoints are most often used, but there are many other options that can be used depending on what the faculty member wants a student to learn.  But again, most faculty are not learning technology and social media experts and in many cases do not wish to put the time in to become a learning technology expert.  (On the other hand, a learning technology professional is not going to have graduate content expertise in most academic disciplines if they were developing a MOOC).

What has to happen?  Successful “storyboarding” and MOOC development then becomes a team effort.  A faculty member (and perhaps a department colleague) and one or two technology specialists work as a team developing a “storyboard” for the length of a course.  Let’s say it is a 10 week course.  In the “storyboard” a visual chart is created which shows the content goals for each of the 10 weeks and then how various technologies and activities will be used each week to enable student learning.  Assessments for each week are also developed. At that point. the course is ready to offer to students.

What results is a course that reflects team creativity and allows for freshness in many of the tasks required for each week of the course by moving beyond video lectures and PowerPoints.  The time invested in the initial development of the course pays off with a course that is easier to manage, but also assures accreditors and others that it is a quality course with appropriate learning outcomes.

Mindmeister tutorial (mind mapping):

Friday, March 28, 2014

Thoughts From Our Very Own Dr. Paul Kubricht

Dr. Paul Kubricht is currently taking an online course from the Distance Learning Association of Australia about MOOC's.  Here are his comments about what he has learned:


For many of us Facebook may be the limit of our social media involvement.  But if you begin to use several social media websites the issue of managing all of the sites and staying up with what is being said can become a challenge.  This web site gives a person a number of apps or tools to update them all through one account. These are not just used in a MOOC environment, but are also popular with businesses using social media. An app can save time by allowing a faculty member to post an announcement and have students using different social media all see it in their media of choice.  Please see the link below.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March 31st Lunch and Learn


31 March 2014



Becky Teerink and Lauren Bitikofer
12-1 pm

MSC Little Theater
Please RSVP to Denise Bailey at 3510 or

Please join our aviation faculty members as they share their experiences using the Doceri application in their programs. They will demonstrate how they have effectively used this tool to help students understand theories, schematics, analyze DC circuits and mathematical equations.

Friday, March 7, 2014

URL and Power Point Slides for March 4th L&L


Here is the URL to the recording of his presentation

If you would like a copy of the PowerPoint presentation please contact the CITL at 4170. Thank you!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

March 28th Event Dr. Dov Shinel from Israel

Lunch & Learn

Presented by the Office of Global Initiatives, Dept. Of History/Political Science, Depart. Of Language and Literature and the CITL



Seeking the Facts or Stirring up Strife? The Role of the Media in the Conflicts of the Middle East


Prof Dov Shinar (Hadassah College, Jerusalem) will give examples of the ways in which the Media escalate war in the Middle East, and offer a new paradigm for journalism that has the potential to encourage peace and reconciliation.
March 28th 2014 from 12-1 p.m. in Steudler

Please RSVP to Denise Bailey at 3510 or

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