Category: Distance Education

Providing Online Office Hours Using Adobe Connect

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013


Providing office hours to students can be expanded into an online environment. Thanks to fast connection speeds at Purdue, students can communicate with you, the professor, in real time. Anymore, students use their laptops and tablets to interact with their courses online through Blackboard Learn, and many already use Adobe Connect for online courses or […]

Instructor Presence in an Online Course

Friday, June 21st, 2013


Presence is the most important best practice for an online course (Boettcher & Conrad, 2010, p. 53) Research has shown that an important component in students ‘performance in and satisfaction with their online course is the active participation of the instructor within their course (Picciano, 2002; Rovai, 2002; Swan & Shih, 2005). Students want to […]

Ten Things I’ve Learned Teaching Online

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013


I’ve been teaching online courses for over 6 years now, and every semester it seems to be a new experience. Some semesters go smoothly, and other semesters present new opportunities for me to change my approaches. Regardless of every group of students, there are ten things I have learned that I keep in mind when […]

Creating a Complete/Incomplete assignment option in Blackboard Learn

Monday, March 25th, 2013


Instructors sometimes ask,  “How can I create an assignment in Blackboard Learn that isn’t graded?” It is possible to create a check mark in your Grade Center indicating a task is completed without assigning a grade value.  The trick is setting that part up after you have created the assignment.  To have an entry that […]

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