Category: General Tips & Musings

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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 →

Accessible Design Benefits All

Researchers are finding that courses built for accessibility can actually benefit all learners – not just student(s) with documented disabilities. The scope of what we mean by “building” or “designing” can range from a fully-online course to a traditional course that houses a few documents or resources on Blackboard – blended learning. Likewise, the scope of who we mean when we… Read more →