Tag: quality

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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 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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Improve Testing (and Teaching) with Item Analysis

Did you know that Blackboard’s Test tool includes an Item Analysis Tool that provide statistical data of student performance both by question and overall?   This information can help you better align your instruction and assessments by identifying areas where students struggle.   Easily recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance, improve questions for future use, or adjust credit on current attempts. You can… Read more →

Beginning of Semester Checklist

First Week Success Research shows that students will be more successful in your online course if you do successfully engage them the first week. Be creative and think of something that will motivate your learners. Have them use the discussion tool to introduce themselves, respond to other students, and take a sample quiz. Consider a homework assignment to give them an… Read more →

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Chalk & Wire ‘Support Central’

What is Chalk & Wire? Chalk & Wire is an electronic portfolio and learning assessment platform that allows the College to evaluate its own effectiveness at delivering the quality, consistency, and rigor that we are proud of. Individual students can see how the quality of their coursework stacks up against the big-picture standards that guide the College’s academic programs. Academic departments can use… Read more →

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Plagiarism. Now What?

SafeAssign, the plagiarism detection tool built into Blackboard, does a decent job identifying potential plagiarism in student work. But, software cannot and will not replace the knowledge, judgment, and practical experience of an instructor. When the system suggests potential misconduct by one of your students, what are you to do? What should the student do? Is this a learning experiencing, and… Read more →