Month: January 2016

Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class

Posted by on January 29, 2016

Four quick ways to shift students’ attention from life’s distractions to your course content. Source: chronicle.com One of the more challenging aspects to teaching is to start each class in the right way. This means getting students to put aside the conversations that they might be having with friends in the class, or through texting, […]

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A Lecture From the Lectured

Posted by on January 29, 2016

We’re tired of sitting silently in the dark, listening to you read the PowerPoint aloud. Source: chroniclevitae.com Note: This essay was written by a group of students taught by Catherine Prendergast, a professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Too often we speak of what we think students want. This article reminds […]

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What is Authentic Assessment? (Authentic Assessment Toolbox)

Posted by on January 28, 2016

Let me clarify the attributes by elaborating on each in the context of traditional and authentic assessments: Selecting a Response to Performing a Task: On traditional assessments, students are typically given several choices (e.g., a,b,c or d;… Source: jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu With the start of a new semester, it seems like we really focus on how are […]

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Instructors: FS15 Blackboard Courses to be Set to “Unavailable”

Posted by on January 20, 2016

Blackboard courses from last semester, FS15, will be made “unavailable” on January 20th at the end of the day. Don’t worry, the courses aren’t gone, they’re just hidden from the default student view. If you want to preserve student access to that course, you’ll have to go in and make it available again. Here is a […]

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Reminder to Instructors: You Must Make Your Course “Available” for Students to See It.

Posted by on January 19, 2016

Blackboard courses are set to “Unavailable” by default; the instructor must make them “Available” in order for students to see and access the course from the Blackboard homepage. To set course availability using the control panel, navigate to Customization→Properties and set the course availability to “Yes.” Here is a short visual tutorial of the required […]

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Avoid Using Microsoft Internet Explorer to Access Blackboard

Posted by on January 12, 2016

S&T Educational Technology recommends NOT using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as your internet browser when accessing Blackboard. As of Jan 12, 2016, Microsoft themselves are discontinuing support for all previous versions of Internet Explorer.   You had a good run, IE, but it’s time to retire.

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