Author Archives: Brett Creech

About Brett Creech

Brett Creech is an Educational Technologist for the Consulting and Training Team within Teaching and Learning Technologies. He has been working with educational technology for over 10 years, including LMSs, web conferencing, 2-way video technologies, wikis, classroom technology, response systems, and more. He also has experience teaching online and in the classroom.

Using Anonymous Grading in Blackboard Learn

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 … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Adding Technology to Blend Courses

This Spring, I made a decision to enroll in a Blended Learning course sponsored by EDUCAUSE called “Becoming a Blended Learning Designer”. This MOOC requires participants to complete the course in six weeks, and during that time participate in discussions, … Continue reading

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Canvas Likes and Less-Than-Likes

In Fall 2014, Purdue started a pilot of the Canvas LMS to assess the usability of Canvas at Purdue University. With Purdue’s contract with Blackboard expiring in September of 2017, it is important to look at alternatives to see if Purdue … Continue reading

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Confluence as an Alternative Learning Management System

Recently, a faculty member commented to one of my colleagues and I that Blackboard was simply “too much” for things he wanted to do within his course.  That got me thinking as to why someone might consider Blackboard Learn to … Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Blackboard Assessments

Blackboard Learn offers the ability for instructors to create and deploy assessments that can be automatically graded (or even a mix of automatically graded questions plus instructor-reviewed essay questions). However, there are some pros and cons to consider if you’re … Continue reading

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Inline Grading in Blackboard Learn

One of the new tools introduced with Purdue’s recent upgrade to Blackboard Learn Service Pack 14 is inline grading. This new tool will change the way many faculty who accept student assignments via Blackboard Learn provide feedback to students on … Continue reading

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Need a Wiki for Your Course? Choose the Confluence Wiki!

For some faculty, the use of wiki software during a class can provide a easy way for students to quickly develop content that can be easily edited, updated, or modified during the term. Students can obtain practical experience in creating … Continue reading

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Never Overlook the Value of Communication When Teaching Online

I’ve been teaching online at an institution other than Purdue for about 7 years now.  During the Fall 2013 semester, a student commented to me that they really appreciated the amount of communication I had with them during the semester.  … Continue reading

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