Category Archives: Course Redesign

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

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 … 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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How is Student-Centered Instruction Different than Traditional Instruction?

Student-centered learning looks at where students are when they enter the classroom and attempts to customize teaching to allow students some freedom in choosing how to learn. This kind of teaching allows instructors to free themselves from the traditional lecture … Continue reading

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IMPACT FLCs: What are they all about?

Recently, as a presenter at the 2014 AECT International Convention: Learning, Design, and Technology, I shared information about being a support staff member for the IMPACT (Instruction Matters Purdue Academic Course Transformation) program in the presentation: Designing Instruction to Create … Continue reading

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Feedback: “Nice job. I enjoyed reading this. A-“

I took a cohort program for my master’s and had the same instructor for 4 or 5 courses. Each assignment was an essay. On every essay I got exactly the same feedback – absolutely no comments on grammar or specific … Continue reading

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Teaching From the Test: Exam Wrappers

As an educational technologist, I have the opportunity to consult with faculty members who want to know how they can best help students prepare for upcoming examinations. During our discussions, faculty members comment that students focus (obsess) on their test … 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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