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  • Richard E Lillie
    Video Primers for e-Teaching & Learning -- 27 Video...12
    blog entry posted October 17, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

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  • Richard E Lillie
    Competency-based education is all the rage: What is it?9
    blog entry posted April 7, 2015 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research, teaching in TwT public

    In his blog "OLDaily," Stephen Downes referenced an article published in The Tennessean (4/07/2015) titled Competency-based education is all the rage:  What is it?  The article was written by Kimberly K. Estep, Chancellor of WGU Tennessee (Western Governors University).


    Estep provides a great definition of competency-based education (CBE).  She provides an interesting example of how CBE works at WGU Tennessee.


    I'm interested in finding out whether your college or university has adopted any type of CBE programs, particularly for accounting.  If you have adopted a CBE for accounting or are considering doing this, please REPLY to this posting telling us about the program.


    Best wishes,


    Rick Lillie


    Rick Lillie, MAS, Ed.D., CPA (Retired)

    Associate Professor of Accounting, Emeritus

    CSUSB, CBPA, Department of Accounting & Finance

    5500 University Parkway, JB-547

    San Bernardino, CA.  92407-2397


    Email:  rlillie@csusb.edu

    Telephone:  (909) 537-5726

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  • Richard E Lillie
    12 Tech Innovators -- Who are Transforming Campuses6
    blog entry posted July 26, 2012 by Richard E Lillie, tagged research, teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

    The Chronicle of Higher Education has published its first e-book titled Rebooting the Academy:  12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses.  The book is available through Amazon.com in Kindle format.

    Bob Jensen commented about the book in an AECM posting this morning.  Rather than purchasing the e-book at this point, I decided to learn something about the work of each innovator.  I discovered that the name of each innovator on the Chronicle web page is an active hyperlink to a support web page describing the innovator and his(her) work.

    Click the image below to access the "Technology" page (Thursday, July 26, 2012) in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Click the name of an innovator to find out about the person's work.  Also, peruse the feedback comments at the bottom of the Chronicle web page.  The comments are quite good.

    If an innovator's stories tweaks your interest, you may want to search deeper for articles about the innovator's work. Alternatively, you may decide it's time to purchase the Kindle e-book.


    Rick Lillie (Cal State, San Bernardino)



  • Richard E Lillie
    Send email messages to a student's cell phone4
    blog entry posted December 4, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

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    In Gmail, this is pretty easy to do.  Start by logging into your Gmail account.

    1. In the upper right hand corder of the screen, click SETTINGS.
    2. On the SETTINGS page, click the FILTERS tab.
    3. You will see a set of text boxes to be filled in.
    4. Put the email address addresses of people who you wish to have forwarded to your cell phone in the FROM box.
    5. Click NEXT.
    6. On the next screen, put a CHECK next to the box that says FORWARD IT TO.
      • This is where you type the EMAIL ADDRESS of your CELL PHONE.
      • Use instructions below to find your cell phone's email address.
    7. Click CREATE FILTER.
    8. You're done.
  • Richard E Lillie
    All My Faves -- Quick way to find web resources3
    blog entry posted December 3, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology tools in TwT public

    Here's an interesting web page that includes lots of links to web resourcesCategories are listed down the left side of the web page.  Resources are listed across each row.  Click an icon to link to the resource website.  Click the tabs at the top of the web page to find resources by topic area.

    Click the picture below to access the webpage.

    All My Faves

    Rick Lillie (CalState, San Bernardino)

  • Richard E Lillie
    Learning Amongst the Riches: Students in the Cloud3
    blog entry posted September 1, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

    In an article in Campus Technology (September 1, 2010), Trent Batson (MIT) writes that students are moving away from their college or university, not physically, but in terms of their online “center.” More and more, they can engage independently in learning conversations using applications of their own choosing, and they can create their own digital identity that includes their learning spaces--all without using campus-based technology.

    Student working in the cloud

    Without specifically using the term, Batson refers to the challenge of meeting teaching-learning needs of Millennial students.  He considers this issue from four different perspectives.

    • Institutional cloud.
    • Academic side of the cloud.
    • Return to "The Learning Conversation."
    • Student ownership in the cloud.

    Of the four perspectives, the one I found most interesting is Batson's focus on "learning as a conversation."  He says that "conversation among people interested in inquiry in the same field of knowledge is the basis for the idea of the university."  He then considers how Web 2.0 technologies are changing the nature of the teaching-learning conversation.  He suggests that "the cloud" (Web 2.0 technologies) is where new learning conversations and related activities are happening for Millennial students.

    During 2010 CTLA in San Francisco, we talked about the impact of using Web 2.0 ("cloud") technologies to create and share course materials, and to create interactive teaching-learning experiences.  While we considered how we can use Web 2.0 technologies in the teaching-learning process, I am not sure that we viewed Web 2.0 technologies as being an enabler of a conversation.

    Batson concludes that while learning is becoming virtualized, the role of universities (and faculty) is essential as ever (i.e., to guide learners through the process of learning).  The objective remains the same.  How we get there is what is changing.


    Rick Lillie (CalState San Bernardino)

  • Richard E Lillie
    Google does it again -- Unveils "Google Instant"3
    blog entry posted September 10, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

    Yesterday,  Google unveiled a new search tool called Google Instant, a tool that shows results as you type in your search term or query.  The search process is extremely fast, results are focused and include links to resources from both general search and Google Scholar.  In a word, Google's new innovation is super!

    Google Instant is set as the default when you perform a Google search.  Give Google Instant a try.  Tell us what you think of Google's latest search innovation.

    Rick Lillie (CalState, San Bernardino)

    Google Instant

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  • Richard E Lillie
    Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education2
    blog entry posted December 21, 2013 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching in TwT public

    I'm sure you have heard of Salman Khan and the Kahn Academy.  Through video recordings available through the Khan Academy,   Khan has demonstrated how video can be used as a tool to change the way we create instruction materials and share them with students.

    I've have been a fan of Khan's work for some time.  I've been mixing some of his video techniques with mind map diagrams that I created for my blended and online accounting courses.  Doing this has enabled me to create materials that are personal, informal, and repeatable.  A student can use the video materials to learn concepts outside of class at his(her) own pace.

    Below is a recent TED talk by Salman Khan titled "Let's use video to reinvent education."  Click the start icon (>) to view Khan's presentation along with follow-up comments by Bill Gates.  Gates is a major supporter of the Khan Academy.

    Khan offers interesting ideas that you could incorporate into your course design.  He offers excellent "food for thought."


    Rick Lillie (CSU San Bernardino)

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  • Richard E Lillie
    Creating a Dynamic Presentation using Prezi + Webnotes...2
    blog entry posted January 2, 2012 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

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  • Richard E Lillie
    One Approach to Getting an Online Course Up and Running2
    blog entry posted September 27, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching in TwT public

    Each term, I teach a course for UCLA Extension.  The course is presented in a fully online format.  The course is the third course in the Intermediate Accounting sequence (i.e., the last eight chapters in the Kieso, Weygandt, Warfield, 13th Edition textbook).

    Students are located around the world.  This presents several interesting instructional design challenges.

    1. How do I make a personal connection with students in an online course?
    2. How do I set a positive tone for the class?
    3. How do I get students up and running with the course and course technology?
    4. How might I do this using asynchronous methods and techniques?


    I use the welcome announcement as my starting point.  The welcome announcement is usually the first thing a student notices when logging into the learning management system.  UCLA Extension uses Blackboard.

    I combine text and video to create a welcome announcement.  Below is a screenshot of the welcome announcement.  Below that is an embedded YouTube video player.  Click the start icon (>) to view my welcome announcement for Fall Quarter 2010.

    The welcome announcement screen includes an opening paragraph, an embedded YouTube video commentary, a link to the introductory script for students who have special needs, and a link to four short video tutorial programs that demonstrate how to work with course features, the syllabus, and online, interactive class assignments schedule.


    For me, technology is a means, not an end.  I do not fall in love with a technology tool and limit what I do to the features of the technology tool.  Rather, I focus on the teaching-learning experience that I want to create.  Once I can see how the experience should work, I search for appropriate resources to help me create the experience.

    I want to create a warm, fun, challenging teaching-learning experience that works in face-to-face, blended, or fully online formats.  The desired experience drives my instructional design.  Technology helps me get there.


    If you have questions or comments about the "Welcome Announcement" technique described in this post, please post a reply comment.  If you would like me to contact you, please include your email address.  This will get things started.

    Rick Lillie (CalState, San Bernardino)

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