Captioning Made Easy with Yuja

Captioning Made Easy with Yuja

The good folks in the Learning Technologies office have already blogged about captioning using YouTube. With this post, I want to show you one more awesome thing about Yuja (in addition to adding quizzes in videos, and syncing that with the Blackboard gradebook. Yuja does the captioning for you. That’s it. That’s the post. Let[…]

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Getting Acquainted with Blackboard’s Retention Center

I am one of those people who like to maker her work simpler and more streamlined, hence my elation at the discovery of the date management tool in Blackboard, which I posted about in an earlier post. The second key tool I use to streamline my workflow in Blackboard is the column organization page, accessed[…]

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Death to… Death by Powerpoint: Some Tools

Obligatory disclaimer: I am not a designer. This is not my field. I’m just a community college prof trying to use best practice to the best of my abilities. In this post, I want to showcase some of the tools that I use the most commonly with respect to design. Again, I make no claim[…]

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Death to… Death by Powerpoint!

Death by the powerpoint. We’ve all experienced it, more often than we’d like. You know what it is: that lengthy presentation with a speaker reading slides tightly packed with text, font size -16. It’s deadly. We usually remember nothing from such presentations except our own boredom and our promise of never again being subjected to[…]

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Mind Mapping: The Answer to Everything! Part 1

No, seriously. Ok, here goes: And by thing I mean papers. There, I’ve said it. But seriously, I do. They do nothing for me that can’t be accomplished through better means. I mostly teach introduction to sociology here, so, my main goal is to make students understand what sociology is, how to apply its core[…]

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Content Curation and Sharing Made Easy

Many of us have asked our students, at one point or another, to compile lists of sources on a variety of topics. Depending on the field or requirements, we may also have required a specific formatting (APA, MLA), a given number and type of sources, or any other combination of those elements. The simplest version[…]

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Updating All Your Course Dates with the Date Management Tool in Blackboard

Colleagues, I have been so wrong for so many years in the way I handled some of my Blackboard components. Case in point: due dates. Every term, I have painstakingly gone through every items in my courses and updated them from previous terms. There is a much easier, more efficient, and yes, cooler way to[…]

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The Productive Professor: The Tech Tools You Need to Get More Done When Working Remotely

Whether you’re plugging away at work over break, doing some late night grading, or teaching your online course from a distance, it can be hard to stay focused on work the same way you might in your office, whether due to the addition of distractions or the logistics of not always having colleagues and materials[…]