Category: Content Delivery

Creating, presenting, and consuming course content within the LMS.

Online Collaboration and Group Work Activities

How To Conduct Group Work and Online Collaboration In An Online Class Summarized from Online Collaboration: Learning Together in Community By Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt Purpose: It brings students together to support the learning of each member of the group. It fosters creativity and critical thinking. Deeper levels of knowledge are achieved. Collaboration uses the constructivist approach to learning… Read more →

Group Work in Asynchronous Classes

Group Work in an Asynchronous Class Asynchronous classes can have successful group work activities by explaining the procedures in several places at several times. In the syllabus module of the class, create a page that describes the structure and sequence of the work flow. Inform them of how many groups of how many people there will be. How the groups… Read more →

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Branching Structure in Learning Design

A branching structure in the teaching and learning process is helpful because it gives students more control over the learning process and the freedom to choose the sequence of their learning. Adult learners like to learn skills that they can see will directly help them on the job. Branching engages students because it allows them to learn the skills they… 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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TechSmith Relay Upgrade – Integration, Quizzing, and Analytics, Oh My!

The upgraded TechSmith Relay carries with it a slew of new features, as well as performance improvements on the features you were accustomed to! Some of the features we’re most excited about are Canvas integration, quizzing, and analytics. For beginners, start by watching the video, “TechSmith Relay in 1 Minute,” then return here to dive in. TechSmith Relay is now integrated… Read more →

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Captions as Universal Design

Increasingly, studies are being released that suggest that video captions help more than just D/deaf or hard of hearing students.* I recently watched a webinar on the “e-accessibility” movement at the University of Cincinnati that focused heavily on captioning and made captions the first step to a universal design environment for students. So how can captions help all types of… Read more →

Your Students are Mobile Learners

In this article, I provide some evidence that our students are consuming online course content on their mobile devices, and suggest that we consider this a reality when designing courses. Blackboard Mobile Learning Blackboard’s mobile apps have gone through a few iterations over the years. They have recently re-named Bb Student to Blackboard and have built an better instructor app named Blackboard Instructor.… Read more →

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Time On Task Guidelines for Learning Activities

So, you’re sitting in front of an E-Learning Pre-Approval Form wondering how on Earth you can accurately estimate the time your students will spend completing the tasks outlined in your syllabus. You start to make assumptions regarding the speed at which student read, write, analyze, etc. but you feel very uncertain because, after all, the time it takes you to… Read more →