Category: Canvas

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 →

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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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Exposé on Academic Dishonesty

When technologists talk about Academic Dishonesty, we tend to think about tools used to combat cheating. An entire industry exists on the premise that technology (software) can fix this age-old problem. In fact, this company states that their software comes with “integrity built in.” We don’t agree, and neither does the research. Academic dishonesty has existed for a longer period of time than… Read more →