New Tool for Blackboard: You Can Count On It

Mon, 18 Jun, 2012    add-onblogdiscussionsfirefoxjournalsmozillawikisword count

Sometimes giving a word count requirement makes it easier for students to understand the expectations that a faculty member has for them for Discussions, Wikis, Journals, and Blogs. The issue is how to get the word count once the assignment is complete.

Question: How do you find the word count for assignments? A: Copy and paste into Word. Highlight all the text. Click Review tab. Click Word Count. B: Just eye it. C: Use the new add-on tool for Mozilla Firefox.

Answer: Although each of the options are feasible, the one that creates the least amount of work and allows for the greatest accuracy is option C.

Click the following link to download the Mozilla Firefox add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/Word-Counter-Bb

Liberty Cafe Mozilla Firefox Word Count Add On Tool The add-on only works in Mozilla Firefox and must be installed on each computer that you plan to use to grade Discussions, Wikis, Journals, and Blogs. Once the add-on is installed, the faculty member can highlight the text and click Word Count in Blackboard. Word Count Add on for Mozilla

*A special thank you to Jamie Kipfer for sharing this tool.

Katherine Spradley
Director of Distance Education
Campbell University

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TechKnow June 2012 Edition

Thu, 7 Jun, 2012    techknow

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Benjamin Bloom: Inspiring Higher Learning?

Tue, 5 Jun, 2012    active learningbloom's taxonomycourse designengagementstudent learning outcomes

Maybe you have heard of Bloom's Taxonomy and maybe not.

What can it do for you? Bloom's Taxonomy identifies and classifies levels of learning cognition. In a nut shell, this diagram shows a theoretical order in which we process information and learn.

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MOOC?

Thu, 31 May, 2012    continuing educationcourse designfaculty

What is a MOOC? MOOC is short for Massive Open Online Course. MOOCs allow you to attend a (typically) 'not for credit' course on just about any subject in an online environment.

Why should you care? MOOCs can provide another method for instructors to keep current in their respective fields or just another way to learn something new.

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