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AI in the Classroom: Can it help save professors time?

“When is this assignment due?”

If you’ve ever faced this question, chances are you didn’t just hear it once. Instead you heard it over and over again. 

So, what happens when teachers spend time answering the same basic questions over and over again? Does it affect their ability to create engaging lessons? Do they run out of grading time? Are they frustrated?

In a TED Talk from November of 2016, Computer-Science Professor at Georgia Tech, Ashok Goel, shared research he collected about an AI teaching assistant he used for an online class with upwards of 300 students. Goel named his AI Jill Watson.

Experiencing a New World: Union Board Hosts Virtual Reality in Kellogg Center

“It was great!”

“Wow!”

“You have to try it!”

If you walked past the Stack in the Kellogg Center on Friday, September 8 you heard these phrases a few times as students, faculty and staff had the chance to try a variety of Virtual Reality experiences.

This taste of technology was sponsored by the Albion College Union Board and provided by Cutting Edge Productions out of Grand Rapids, MI. Albion College students, faculty and staff who wanted to try out VR technology had the chance to don the HTC Vive, a virtual reality headset that works with the popular online gaming platform Steam. Experiences included 3D painting, space pirate fighting, robot building, archery, Google Earth, and more.

Software Suggestions to Replace EndNote

Recently, Albion College removed EndNote from the software list, which has left a few wondering: what do I do with my bibliography info?

The answer is actually quite simple. There are numerous free programs that work very similarly to EndNote. Albion College Information Technology recommends taking a look at Zotero or Mendeley. Both of these programs integrate with Microsoft Office. Zotero also integrates with WordPress, which several Albion College professors utilize for classroom blogs.

While those wishing to use the software will have to download these two programs, they can be found and accessed easily. Check below for download links, as well as links to guides and tutorials for exporting EndNote materials into the new program.

Free 3D Print Training for Albion College Students, Faculty and Staff

Have you ever wanted to learn how to use a 3D printer? Do you have ideas of things to create, but don’t know where to start? Would you like to learn a highly marketable skill in the increasingly technology-based job market?

In the 2017-2018 academic year, Albion College Instructional Technology and Media Services would like to invite others to learn the art of 3D printing. The goal is to have students, faculty and staff create, test, revise and finalize their 3-dimensional ideas.

For full access to the 3D printers, users must attend an in-person training as well as pass the 3D print test found at courses.albion.edu. If you do not have access to this course, please email  for permissions.

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