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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The Swiss Army Knife of Tech Tools

Why did no one tell me about this??? And by this, I mean H5P, the tech tool to create interactive content. H5P is available in Blackboard, with a ton of options. Because it is such a multifaceted tool though, you should create yourself an account over at so you can check out the tutorials[…]

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SOTL meets Learning Tech

This post is a two-fer. It is part book review and part tech tool. At this point, we all have to contend with the fact that our students do not use effective studying / learning strategies. More than that, they may use strategies that are detrimental to their learning. There is ample research demonstrating this.[…]

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Mind Mapping: The Answer to Everything! Part 2

In this second part, I want to show you how useful mind maps can be in mapping actual content. I have already mentioned the benefits I see in mapping as opposed to traditional assignments and papers. Most often, I use mapping when students work with videos. This is going to sound weird, but our students[…]

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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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Integrating Quizzes within Videos… and a Puppy!

That was some clickbait, wasn’t it? It will be worth it, I promise. Colleagues, here is a problem I have faced for a long time: I use a lot of video materials (hello, PBS Frontline!), but my students do not know how to watch videos. That’s right. They can sit and watch something but not[…]

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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[…]