Category: General Tips & Musings

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Accessibility: Not just a civil right

A recent article published by EDUCAUSE Review makes the case that framing ‘accessibility’ as a civil right is perhaps the most effective way to gain the attention of college faculty, staff, administrators, and students. That’s because a potential civil rights violation is assumed, by many, to be a serious matter that could put the organization’s finances and reputation at risk. While… Read more →

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Time On Task Sample

The following demonstrates one way to report your Time On Task for a course that includes an online component (distance education). This sheet was attached to an E-Learning Pre-Approval Form to help demonstrate “regular and substantive interaction” as well as quality and rigor in this course. If you have questions about reporting your Time On Task, ITS Online Learning Services… 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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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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The Importance of Instructor Presence Online

In online courses, we don’t have the benefit of non-verbal and in-person communication to help us connect with our students. Instead, much of this communication comes through in actions we might otherwise pay little attention to, and has a much greater effect than you might believe! Your virtual presence in your course through direct contact with students (via email, discussion… Read more →