Looking for a way for students to interact asynchronously using a communication platform used by the advertising industry, I decided to try Slack…
As of January 16, 2016, the Video Everywhere feature of Blackboard is no longer available because of changes made to the underlying YouTube functionality. Consequently, faculty and students can no longer record webcam videos directly within the Blackboard environment using the Video Everywhere tool. Nevertheless, using the Blackboard mobile app, student and faculty users are still able to upload audio and video directly to the course. This short training video is provided to all Blackboard users by Wichita State University’s Instructional Design and Technology team.
Crafting an instructor presence can be a daunting task for instructors who have just started teaching online. Maintaining that same presence can be just as challenging for repeat online instructors. Instructor presence (or social presence) is all about reminding your students that you are there, that you are present, and that you are listening. Each of
Yesterday, I spoke a little bit about how to prioritize building trust between student and instructor in an online class through design. However, as I said before, building and maintaining trust in an online class also depends on how the course is delivered. Design is all about planning; delivery is all about, well, delivery.
In my online Business Writing class at Wichita State, I require my students to use a variety of social media tools. From personal blogs to Facebook, social media provides a familiar avenue for students to increase their participation and create an online community. When I initially started using these tools, I noticed that my students
Growing up surrounded by the ease of Internet communication, I have learned the importance of practicing responsible asynchronous communication. As Carolyn pointed out earlier this week, this form of communication allows for a refreshing sense of freedom. Asynchronicity made it possible for her to build a successful career in academia while simultaneously raising four boys