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Submitting Programming Assignments through Blackboard

The Assignment tool in Blackboard is powerful and robust for many instructors on Blackboard. Student upload their materials easy and papers can be graded in your browser. It also allows for a central repository of assignments and grades in a course, easily retrievable by both students and instructors. Reports can be pulled to see if students accessed materials, attempted to… 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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Blackboard Discussion Boards

Blackboard’s Discussion Boards are a great place to build community among your students and to mimic face-to-face classroom discussion in hybrid or online courses. The asynchronous nature of online discussions allows students to reflect on their responses before posting them and can help more reserved students feel comfortable participating. A Forum is a site where instructors and students can hold… 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 →

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Join a Zoom Meeting (As a Participant)

To join a Zoom meeting or enter as a class participant, follow these steps: If your instructor (or the meeting host) provided a link (or URL), click the link or paste it into your web browser. Or, if they provided only a Meeting ID then go to https://zoom.us/join and enter the Meeting ID there. If you have not previously installed the Zoom… Read more →

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Accessibility Checklist – Start Here!

Text and Textbooks/Readings Is your adopted textbook available in a digital format? Is your course pack available digitally, or have you informed your students which books you took chapters from and the original page numbers? Are your syllabus, journal articles and other text content arranged in one-column formats, and saved as Word documents or accessible PDFs? Are you using 12… Read more →