Center for Educational Resources and Technology at DSU

Month: April 2020

Coping with Coronavirus – a collection of articles from The Chronicle

There are good suggestions here to help you – and the faculty, staff, and students you support- cope with this crisis. For those of you that are not full-time in higher ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education is the newspaper of the higher education community.


This is your brain on stress

Blog post from Michelle Pacansky-Block. Michelle is an online education expert with a particular emphasis on how to humanizing online education (very Salesian!). Here is the beginning of her most recent post:

I am a person who prides myself on being responsive and reliable. This requires being organized and on-task. But this week, I am tired. I am stressed. I am not myself. I have made mistakes that have made me shake my head. Here is just a sample of some of the things I’ve done this…

Free Virtual Conference on VR, XR, Immersive Learning

iLRN 2020: 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network

Organized in conjunction with Educators in VR Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Education Society

June 21-25, 2020, Now Fully Online and in Virtual Reality!!!

Conference theme: “Vision 20/20: Hindsight, Insight, and Foresight in XR and Immersive Learning”

Conference website:


*** FREE registration for non-presenter EDU attendees until April 19th ***

The 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN 2020) will be an innovative and interactive gathering for a burgeoning global network of researchers and practitioners collaborating to develop the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning. It is the premier scholarly event focusing on advances in the use of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and other extended reality (XR) technologies to support learners and learning.

iLRN 2020 will now be held ***fully online using VR*** and other collaboration platforms, in partnership with Educators in VR, organizers of the highly successful Educators in VR International Summit in February 2020 that included over 170 speakers and attracted over 6,000 event participants from around the globe.

Scholars and professionals operating in formal education settings as well as those representing diverse industry sectors are invited to participate in the conference, where they will be able to share their research findings, experiences, and insights; network and establish partnerships to envision and shape the future of XR and immersive technologies for learning; and contribute to the emerging scholarly knowledge base on how these technologies can be used to create experiences that educate, engage, and excite learners.

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Look and Sound Good Online

With the rise in virtual meetings via Zoom, Skype, and other platforms, looking and sounding professional while online has become increasingly important.  Those of us who’ve been at this for a while, CERT for example, know how to accomplish this to the best of our abilities.  But for those of you who might be new to the game, so to speak, this might be an unfamiliar concept.  The negative impact of looking and sounding terrible during your Zoom meetings and classes really shouldn’t be understated.  It can be distracting, annoying, and at its worst it can shut things down completely. 

So, how can you look good on a webcam and sound good too?  Obviously, you can throw money at it and purchase the best webcams, microphones, headsets, and more, but you don’t necessarily have to.  That will only get you so far anyway.  Plus, some of those items might be tough to get right now due to shortages thanks to current demand. 

There’s good news though!  There are quite a few ways in which you can make the most with what you’ve got.  I highly recommend checking out Ultimate webcam tips: How to look and sound great online from Brian Cooley and CNET.  Brian does an extraordinary job explaining many of the concepts involved in making one look and sound their best during virtual meetings.  Concepts discussed include eye level, eye line, quality sound, monitor light, avoiding silhouettes, checking your background, and more (bonus points at the end).  His article is an easy read, but if you’re more of a visual learner like me, he also includes a highly entertaining and educational video.  You can find it in the article or check it out at this link – You Have to Look Good on a Webcam Today!  Watch, learn, enjoy and stay safe! 

For copy/paste links to the article and video, check the references below.  I’ve also included a link to the best webcams available in 2020 provided by Lifewire, in case any of you are in the market for a new one.  I realize many of these have gone up in price or are currently out of stock, but at least you can familiarize yourself with what’s out there. 


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