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Campus Candid

On Friday, February 3, the Serious Games Meetup Group had a fantastic meetup as faculty, staff and students came to experience Virtual Reality (VR). Using PC- and Sony Playstation-based VR technologies, attendees sampled a variety of applications ranging from immersive entertainment to educational and exploratory simulations.  Participants considered the many possibilities of the new technology for education!

Special thanks to P.J. Moskal, PhD, associate professor of digital media arts and Andrew Stewart, PhD, assistant professor of biology for supplying the Virtual Reality equipment!  Stay tuned for more Serious Games Meetups, on the first Friday of every month during the fall and spring semesters!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI

Let COLI Help

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In the Center for Online Learning & Innovation, we are always happy to help Canisius faculty and staff with projects involving digital tools and methods. Whether you have specific questions about an ongoing course or administrative task, would like help planning an upcoming project or even have only a vague idea of something you’d like to do, we’d be glad to meet with you to help out.

You can book an appointment with us via our convenient scheduler:

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Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI

COLI Covers Campus Tech

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is offering numerous workshops covering a variety of different topics this spring. As in the past, these are a useful way to get to know technologies related to teaching, learning, research and other kinds of productivity.  For example, Google Drive is a great toolset for providing students ongoing, comprehensive feedback on their writing.

Take a look!


Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI

Serious Games Meetup Group Takes Journey on Apollo 11

SeriousGamesMeetup2The third meeting of the Serious Games Meetup Group is Friday, February 3 at 10:30 a.m. in Lyons Hall 122. Experience the immersive power of Virtual Reality (VR) in a one-hour play session.

VR is well known for thrill-inducing roller coaster rides and other entertaining experiences,  however, it can also be a powerful tool for immersive and interactive story telling experiences that serve educational purposes. In this VR play session we will experience educational applications of VR that include a brief history of flight, exploration of anatomy within a human body, a journey to the moon on board the Apollo 11 spacecraft, an autism simulator and others.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI

COLI’s Google Apps for Education Meetup

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Today, January 31 at noon, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will host the first in a series of meetups for those interested in Google Apps for Education.  Bring your lunch! We’ll meet in Old Main 119, where computers, internet and collaborative spirit are plentiful.

If you use Google Apps to teach, help students, make administrative work less burdensome or facilitate research, please show us!  Bring your questions for the group!  Complete novices, casual users and power users all welcome!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI