Author: Lily Shafer

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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Submitting Programming Assignments through Blackboard

The Assignment tool in Blackboard is powerful and robust for many instructors on Blackboard. Student upload their materials easy and papers can be graded in your browser. It also allows for a central repository of assignments and grades in a course, easily retrievable by both students and instructors. Reports can be pulled to see if students accessed materials, attempted to… Read more →

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Summer 2016 Blackboard Upgrade

This Blackboard upgrade will be a fairly minor one – many of the updates are happening on the back end, which won’t impact the student and instructor experiences at all. However, there are a few highlights we’d like to bring to your attention. Tool¬†Changes and Improvements Announcements When creating an announcement, “Not Date Restricted” is now selected by default. This… 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 →