Tag: design

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 →

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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 →

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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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Updated “Student Preview” Tool in Blackboard

Have you ever wanted to view your course through the lens of an enrolled student, so you could see what they see, how they see it, and what they don’t see? If so, you may have used the “Add Test Student” or “Student View” tools that have been available in our Blackboard system for years. Or, you may be in the habit of toggling off “Edit… Read more →

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“Post First” Discussion Board Feature

A long-awaited feature in the Discussion Board tool, instructors now have the ability to force each student to publish their own thread to a forum before they can see their peers’ threads or reply to them. This prevents the paraphrasing problem that often exists in forums, where students expend more energy trying to figure out how to rewrite what others have written… Read more →

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Bb Course Template Change

You may notice a change in courses for future terms. The default course menu template has been modified based on years of feedback from instructors and students. Here is what you’ve seen (and said) for years:     So what? Who cares? Many people found the naming conventions of the default content areas ambiguous. “What is the difference between Information… 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 →