using infographics for teaching and learning

Getting Started Guide: Using Infographics for Teaching and Learning

Infographics are everywhere these days, from Twitter feeds to cereal boxes. And with good reason: they make it easy to share data and important information in an easily digestible and engaging format. Infographics might look complicated to make but in reality, anyone, even those who aren’t design experts, can make one. The process can actually[…]

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Digital You: Tech Tools to Help You Create Amazing Avatars for the Online Classroom

Even if you don’t know the term, if you’ve used a computer in the past couple of decades you’ve seen an avatar. Avatars are digital graphical representations of the user, either as themselves or an alter ego, in both 2-D (like a BitMoji) and 3-D forms (like in Second Life). Today, avatars are used everywhere[…]

Web Accessibility Part II: Accessibility Law

Accessibility By the Books: Understanding and Following Disability Law

By and large, technology has been an incredible tool for learners with a disability, improving their independence and allowing them to utilize resources that they wouldn’t have had access to in years past. However, it hasn’t been a perfect solution. Many types of tech also come with barriers that can make it difficult for those[…]

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Web Enhancing Your Course: The What, Why and How of Embracing Blackboard

Not every course can or should be an online or hybrid course. However, that doesn’t mean that instructors can’t take advantage of the variety of teaching and learning opportunities afforded by the Web, and by extension, Blackboard. Here, you’ll learn why web-enhancement can be a boon to your students’ learning and your productivity alike, and[…]

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The New Online Instructor’s Guide to Feedback Fundamentals: Part III

This is the final part in our series on giving online students feedback. This time around, we’ll discuss how you can make time for giving feedback and what you need to do to figure out where you can improve your feedback. Let’s get started! Making Time for Feedback By now, you’re probably thinking, “Well all[…]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Educational Podcasting

First gaining attention back in 2004, by tech world standards podcasts are practically dinosaurs. Yet despite all of the flashy, fun new technology and media that has launched in the intervening decade, podcasts have only grown in popularity, both as a forum for entertainment and a tool for education. Some, like the recent Serial, have[…]

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The New Online Instructor’s Guide to Feedback Fundamentals: Part II

This is the second part in a series of articles about giving feedback. The first time we focused on why good feedback is important and what defines good feedback. This time, we’ll focus on what you can do to improve the feedback you give and the elements your feedback should contain. See Part I here.[…]

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Not Just a Distraction: How Mobile Phones Can Help Your Students Learn

Are your students more interested in checking Facebook or playing Candy Crush than the material you’re covering? While mobile devices have long been verboten in the college classroom, if students are prioritizing time killers over learning, the problem may not really be the phone. After all, if students aren’t interested, they don’t need a phone[…]

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The New Online Instructor’s Guide to Feedback Fundamentals: Part I

Giving feedback to your online students provides them with insights into how they are progressing in your course, but ensuring you’re delivering it in a way that’s constructive rather than purely critical is a delicate balance and one that can take years of practice to get just right. Yet it’s precisely because it’s so difficult[…]

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The New Pedagogy: 6 Web Design Principles You Need to Know to Improve Your Online Course Outcomes

The word design comes from the Latin de signare, meaning to mark or sign, to give something significance and thereby designate its relation to other things. Design, by very definition, is a way of making sense of the world by giving order to things and making them “understandable and meaningful” to the viewer or user.[…]