Thu, 16 Aug, 2012
What can you do to further increase collaborative learning in traditional, blended, and online courses? Try using Google Docs.
Google Docs has a several options (and tons of templates). You can create a document that allows simultaneous typing, editing, and critiquing.
Mon, 18 Jun, 2012
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
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.
*A special thank you to Jamie Kipfer for sharing this tool.
Director of Distance Education
Thu, 17 May, 2012
Friday, May 18th, is the last day to register for a Distance Education course for the summer term. Registered courses should be available in your Blackboard now.
Success Tip: Take the time to familiarize yourself with the course before it begins.
Classes being Monday, May 21. Please make sure you check in during the first 3-5 days. Students who do not check in and complete the first week's assignments may be dropped from the course. Once a student is dropped, he/she cannot be added back. It is very important to us to see you through your summer term courses.
Success Tip: Communication in an online environment ensures that you stay connected with your instructor. Happy summer!