Month: May 2014

Part 2 – Using Google Docs to Build Student Engagement and Success by Involving Students in the Rubric-Creation Process

Posted by on May 29, 2014

In this blog post I’ll discuss how to set up a Google Doc, as well as relate some classroom best practices for this type of collaborative online exercise, including how to get students started, how to constructively guide the editing session, and how to ready the finished rubric for use. (NOTE: You will need to […]

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Part 1 – Using Google Docs to Build Student Engagement and Success by Involving Students in the Rubric-Creation Process

Posted by on May 29, 2014

There is a wide consensus among educators that rubrics can be very useful tools. For instructors, rubrics often enable rapid student assessment and standards-based grading as well as reinforcing learning objectives and helping to standardize a course curriculum. For students, rubrics can be a useful tool for providing formative guidelines for assignments while—ideally—spurring reflection and […]

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S&T Students Prefer Canvas to Blackboard for Online Testing

Posted by on May 19, 2014

Over the last several months, many instructors on campus have come together to take a look at Blackboard and its competition. The decision was made by the faculty committee to conduct a pilot using Instructure Canvas, an open-source learning management system (LMS), which has experienced tremendous growth in the last couple of years. The faculty […]

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Blackboard FALL 2014 Courses Now Available

Posted by on May 9, 2014

FALL 2014 courses in Blackboard have now been renumbered, using a new 4-digit re-numbering system approved and adopted by both the Faculty Senate and the Registrar. Instructors can now access their Fall 2014 courses and begin adding course materials, either copying from existing courses or creating new content. The Registrar and IT have worked together […]

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