Using Anonymous Grading in Blackboard Learn

Friday, June 5th, 2015


One of the features in Blackboard Learn that may not be as well known is the ability for student assignment submissions to be graded anonymously. This allows instructors, teaching assistants, and graders to grade student submissions without knowing who submitted the work. This can help avoid bias and ensure all papers are properly and fairly […]

How to Create Your Own Professional Development Network Using Twitter

Friday, May 22nd, 2015


I used to subscribe to several academic magazines in an attempt to stay informed in the worlds of higher education, technology, and pedagogy. I stopped nearly all of those subscriptions the moment I started using Twitter as a resource-gathering tool. It saved me time, money and I found better and more current information. Like many online tools, […]

Instructional Designers Increase Student Satisfaction

Thursday, May 7th, 2015


Every day, millions of students log onto a learning management system. Too often they find syllabi that are inconsistent with the actual course contents, disjointed activities, and links that require them to navigate a complicated maze. More times than not, colleges and universities assume that they have a great online learning product and maintain that […]

Simple Thoughts for Simpler Times: ‘Think like a Student’

Friday, March 6th, 2015


We all strive to create effective online learning content and experiences for students. Yet, when we are teaching content to students and designing our online course, it’s so easy to overwhelm students with lists and folders of materials, cross-links and multiple links, and giving them everything we ever wanted to them to know about our […]

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