When designing online courses, it can be very tempting to use a lot of color to catch your students’ attention, point out important information, and dress up your course content. Unfortunately, even the smallest choices in color can present challenges for students. One of our greatest challenges when designing online courses is designing for “readability.” Readability standards ask that content of your courses be written in clear, precise language that is well structured.
As we all know, Kansas is currently undergoing a budget crisis, and this crisis has hit public schools very hard. Everyone at Wichita State is doing their part to cut funding where we can, being careful to maintain a great student experience here on campus. It was very frustrating to hear representatives from other schools offer financial solutions to problems. I felt myself wanting to scream “but how does that help us?”
Hello, everyone! Today I’m gearing up to present at the UBTech 2016 Conference. While you might not be able to join me here in Las Vegas, I’d love to have you take a look at my presentation. My presentation, “Bridging the Gap: Creating Pedagogical and Technical Training Videos for Faculty and Students” describes the process, implementation, and future of our video training project that began in October of 2015.
In an effort to eliminate unused space and streamline the Blackboard experience for Wichita State users, IDT has made a few changes to Blackboard coming in Fall 2016. These changes have been made only to the left-hand navigation bar.
There is nothing our team loves more than working with instructors to develop online courses for Wichita State University. Last year, I had the opportunity to work with Leigh Jackson, a lecturer and instructor for the History department. I sat down with Leigh to talk about her experiences teaching online and working with our team:
In order for courses to be accessible to all learners in Blackboard, images should have accompanying alt tags. Learn how to add alt tags to new or existing images in Blackboard with this short video.
If you are about to teach a Blackboard course for the very first time and need to be acquainted with the Blackboard Control Panel, watch this brief video to learn more.
Created and produced by Wichita State’s Instructional Design and Technology team, this brief video shows students how to turn on Closed Captioning in YouTube.
Created and produced by Wichita State’s Instructional Design and Technology team, this brief video shows students how to use the “Blogs” tool in Blackboard.