Author: Online Learning Services

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Turnitin, one paper at a time.

Have you ever gotten a last minute paper, or a a resubmitted assignment and find yourself in need of the Turnitin plagiarism assessment tool for just that one paper? In Blackboard, faculty had a “Direct Submit” option with the SafeAssign tool, but now with Turnitin (which needs to be accessed through Canvas), you can use your sandbox course to create… Read more →

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Threading Voices with VoiceThread

Post By: Daniel Nester, Associate Professor of English and participant in the Learning Community on Online Teaching & Learning Getting students to participate in class discussion remains an evergreen faculty concern. In the classroom, instructors might draw from any number of techniques, from working on the board or breaking up in groups to the classic open-ended Socratic question. Online learning presents… Read more →

The Opportunity Matters – Social Presence in an Online Environment

One area in which we receive a lot of questions by instructors-to-be of fully online and hybrid courses is about communication in online courses. How much should you communicate? What will students expect? How often should I log into my course? These are great questions! When we’re thinking about instructional design, we call this “social presence”. It’s part of a… Read more →

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Using Kahoot! to Improve Reading Engagement

Textbooks can be dull and dragging, making it difficult for students to bring themselves to read. But they do include vital information for students that aid in their classroom success. At the college level, reading quizzes take up valuable face to face time and are dreaded by both student and instructor. But sometimes we need to confirm that students have… Read more →

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Google Docs

The Benefits of Using Google Docs Google Docs is a free online word processor available to anybody with a Gmail or Google Apps account. Since student email at Saint Rose is run through Google Apps more and more students are using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides as opposed more expensive software like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students are also beginning to… Read more →

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Visualizing Your Students’ Learning, Online

How do we know that students “got it”? What lets us know that they understand the material, or that our assignments were focused on the learning objective in question? In the physical classroom, discussion, questions, and even non-verbal cues can let us know more about where the students are within a given set of material or objectives. But online, we… Read more →

How Students View Feedback in Chalk & Wire

Viewing feedback in Chalk & Wire requires a few extra steps by the students. This step-by-step process should guide them through seeing both their rubric scores and the comments made by the instructor. To begin, students should click on the link for their assignment from within the Blackboard course. The Assignment page will appear much like it did when the student… Read more →

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Winter is Coming…

Are you prepared for another polar vortex? I don’t mean the state of your wool socks. I mean your classes. (Though you may want to take a peek at your wardrobe all the same.) Last year, we had three snow days when the campus was closed and classes were cancelled. This loss of instructional time can be stressful for both the… Read more →