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Three people helping each other understand what is on a laptop screen thanks to digital text accessibility

Digital Text Accessibility Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash In today’s multimedia digital communication landscape, text continues to dominate.* Digital text accessibility doesn’t have ...
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Putting Current Events in the Classroom

As instructional designers, we spend weeks or months working with subject matter experts and programs to ensure that courses have ...
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Making Text Look Normal in Blackboard

Have you ever pasted text into Blackboard and found that it just doesn’t look right? It might be that the ...
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Resource Articles

Articles We've Been Reading - 3/23/18

Every now and then, we like to draw attention to the links to the articles that we instructional designers have read ...
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Accessibility Helps Everyone

One of the pillars of Universal Design Language, or UDL, is the idea that when you develop your instruction and ...
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Fostering Growth Mindset in Grad Students

“People with a fixed mindset believe that their traits are set in stone – they have a certain amount of ...
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Webinar Series

Webinar - Inline Grading with New Box View

The most recent update to Blackboard, over break, included an update to its inline grading functionality. To cover the new ...
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PDF Editing and Accessibility

PDFs (Portable Document Format), with their platform-neutral openability and read-only format, have become one of our most useful tools for ...
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Blackboard Features

New Blackboard features for 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Every December, the UNE IT department updates Blackboard, giving the gift of ...
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New Box Inline Grading Tool

The New Box on the Docs

Online and face to face faculty are likely familiar with the Crocodoc inline grading tool, licensed for use by Blackboard ...
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Webinar Series

Tools for Office Hours - Blackboard Collaborate

Last week we covered Appear.in as a tool for conducting online conferences. This week we’re going to go over the ...
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Webinar Series

Webinar: Tools for Online Office Hours - Appear.in

Two weeks ago we conducted a webinar in which we presented two conferencing tools as excellent options for holding synchronous ...
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Creating a Timeline with Timeline JS

Creating a Timeline with Timeline JS

Recently, I found myself testing different timeline creation tools to see how well they worked and how hard they were ...
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Online Graduate Students

What do online graduate students want from instructors? Just ask them.

Instructional strategies for online learning are a frequent topic of these posts, for good reason. A well designed online course ...
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Case Studies

A Case for Case Studies

The surest way to effective education process is active learning. Case studies are one of the pathways to active learning ...
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Resource Articles

The Future of Coding Boot Camps

What should we make of the proliferation of Coding Boot Camps? Do they threaten to disrupt higher education? Does the ...
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Information Literacy

Rubrics Revisited - From Bloom's to Beyond

The challenge of writing rubrics is in selecting the appropriate type (as explained in colleague Sarah’s 2016 post, “For the Love ...
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Webinar Series

Webinar: Using RefWorks for Online Learning

We are happy to present a webinar, developed and delivered by Cadence Atchinson, our Online Research and Teaching Librarian, on ...
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Digital Native Debate

The Digital Native Debate

We learn about things by naming them so that they can be distinguished from one another. That usually involves some ...
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Resource Articles

Articles We've Been Reading - 7/20/17

Every once in awhile we like to curate some of the resources and articles that have interested us these last ...
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Net Neutrality

What in the world is net neutrality, anyway?

What was going on yesterday? You may have noticed that several websites around the Internet were acting strangely earlier this ...
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Online Student Portfolios

Portfolios and Authentic Learning

In an earlier post, I wrote about our Instructional Design work with three of our online instructors in the MSEd ...
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Diagramming Tools

Diagramming Tools

Diagramming can be useful no matter your profession, but we have several health-related programs at CGPS, and in healthcare diagramming ...
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Virtual Reality Learning

Learning and Assessing in a Virtual Reality

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, billed as E3, is abuzz in the technology and entertainment news at the moment. One ...
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