YouTube is both a blessing and a curse for online learning. YouTube hosts thousands and thousands of great educational videos aimed for higher ed learning, and their topics range from introductory algebra to advanced business management. Any instructor could find supplementary material for their students via YouTube. Unfortunately, most of these videos do not meet federal accessibility standards.
We have seen this problem intermittently this fall.
During the next few weeks professors of fully online courses will continue to receive letters outlining recommendations from the Spring, 2016 online course audit. We have had some questions about the audit process, so I thought it was a good idea to outline exactly what happens when your course is audited using the Friendly Audit process.
Everyone is busy getting ready for the first day of classes. Some important notes as you prepare:
I recently returned from Blackboard World 2016 in Las Vegas, and WOW! There were tons of fantastic sessions, ranging from accessibility to using social media in online courses to how to increase engagement in the online classroom. Perhaps one of the best parts about the conference was the confirmation that other universities and instructional design
Many of us might have been in this same situation as former students or even current professionals in an online academic environment:
You are navigating your way through an online course and a question pops into your head. Maybe it’s “Don’t I have a paper due this week?” or “What is Spring Break?” So you navigate to the course’s syllabus section and click on the link to navigate that document.
I’m happy to announce that we have managed to meet all the challenges, and we are now able to offer a university-wide course template for Blackboard courses. This template will be useful for anyone teaching a fully online, hybrid, or flipped course, and it can also be used or modified for face-to-face courses that have a Blackboard component. You can modify the template as you see fit, and it is designed to fit together with our updated menu items in the basic Blackboard course instance that you see when you first enter a new course shell.
Carolyn sits down with the university’s Senior Educational Technologist, Jay Castor to discuss the LMS review. – Spoiler Alert! – They tell you how to get access to the “sandboxes” for all of the LMS instances that are being evaluated by the university LMS committee.
Building an online course is quite an undertaking, much like building a house. For a house to be solid and withstand the elements, the construction should take logical, consecutive steps. Same applies for a course, particularly an online course. Here’s one way to break down the overwhelming task of new online course development into a manageable