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Tech Minute: Clearing or Ignoring Test and Assignment Submissions

Most of the time, student test taking and assignment submission goes off without a hitch. However, sometimes an assignment or test needs to be reset so that a student may either retake or resubmit it. Here’s the best practices for this process: Have questions about this process? Please give us a call at (630) 942-2490[…]

Growing Online learning Conference Videos Now Available

Growing Online Learning Conference Recordings Now Available

Couldn’t attend the Growing Online Learning Conference this past month? Not to worry, all the sessions were recorded so you can watch them when and where you want. You can find videos and information about each session on the ILLCO site here, but we’ve also cross-posted it here. Accessibility: A Civil Right Vance Martin, Ph.D.Campus[…]

Using Blackboard Collaborate for Language Learning 5 Ways

5 Ways to Use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for Language Learning

There are a lot of ways that Blackboard Collaborate Ultra can be a useful tool for learning (and one that’s often underutilized given the positive research on its use) but it can be especially helpful for those teaching foreign language classes, online or off. Here, we’ll discuss some of the ways that Collaborate Ultra can[…]

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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[…]

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 Online Instructor’s Bookshelf: 10 Books to Help You Better Understand Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

While it’s tempting say that good teaching is good teaching regardless of the setting, the reality is that there are real differences between what it takes to teach successfully in person versus what it takes to teach successfully online. Even adding in technology or web-enhancement into a course can significantly change how an instructor needs[…]

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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[…]