Category: Course Design Considerations

Best practices in course design and tactical use of technology in teaching and learning.

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Help Your Students Develop Personal Responsibility – with Tools You Already Use

The ability for students to benchmark their performance against that of their peers can lead to greater self-awareness, increased effort, and personal achievement. A Blackboard Blog post highlights the use of a tool developed by the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The tool, called Check My Activity, is intended to encourage students’ personal responsibility for learning by allowing them to… 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 →

Round-Up: There’s an App for That

Today’s students seek ubiquity in their learning environment. That is, they desire flexibility and easy access regardless of time or location. At Saint Rose, we know that our students utilize mobile access to our learning tools. As educators, it is important we consider the changing behaviors and learning styles of our students in order to adapt our techniques to better meet their… 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 →

Learning on the Go: Blackboard Mobile Apps

First, two introductory videos. Then…the good stuff!   Blackboard’s first mobile app, Mobile Learn, was intended to provide instructors and students easy access to their course material on. Since its birth, Blackboard has moved to a persona-based approach in order to provide more specific and useful functionality to users with different roles, so they can accomplish more tasks on the… Read more →

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Anonymous Grading in Blackboard

A colleague at another institution recently uttered the words, “We all have those students we don’t love as much as others but they still deserve to be assessed fairly.” I know what you’re thinking. This is just plain false because you love all of our students equally. However, the fact remains that it can be difficult to assess student performance and… Read more →

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On UC Berkeley and Accessibility Solutions

In September 2016, UC Berkeley made news for considering taking down their free MOOCs rather than making them accessible.  The full Department of Justice letter cites Berkeley for inaccessible links, videos without captions, lack of alternate text on images and visuals, poor formatting of documents, and using inaccessible websites. UC Berkeley responded with a statement of their own, claiming that… Read more →

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E-Learning Pre-Approval Process for Instructors

Course instructors planning to teach an online or hybrid course will need to submit an E-Learning Pre-Approval form, and that form must be approved by all reviewers before the course schedule will indicate that the course is online or hybrid. We want students to have a fair shake at building their schedules, so forms should be submitted and approved prior to… Read more →