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Developing Teachers as Leaders

One of the main responsibilities of being an administrator in the K-12 education setting is to evaluate the performance of ...
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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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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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Authentic Learning and Assessments: Readying Online Students for the Real-W

Last week at UNE Online’s first ever Online Learning Symposium View this post on Instagram One of our very favorite ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Connecting Online Students

Connecting People in Online Classrooms

We all dream of some sort of seamless integration of a myriad of tools (or a myriad of features) that ...
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Giving Good Feedback

5 Tips for Giving Good Feedback

Keep feedback focused on learners and their work. Draw attention to what is working and try to describe why you ...
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Webinar Series

Webinar: Fostering Instructor Presence

Last week we gave a webinar on fostering instructor presence using announcements, discussion, and feedback. The panelists were Becky Christian, ...
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Tips for Concise Writing

Teaching Online: 5 Tips for Concise Writing

In my last post, I discussed the importance of writing clear, concise instructions. Our online students are busy professionals, so ...
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Webinar Series

WEBINAR - Providing Effective Student Feedback

One of the keys to engaging online learners and facilitating critical thinking is providing students with timely, meaningful, and actionable ...
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Discussion Forum Prompts

Writing Discussion Forum Prompts

Discussion forums are a hallmark of asynchronous online courses like those at UNE. Previous posts on this site have offered ...
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Good Sources, Academia, Fake News

Good Sources, Academia, and Fake News

Fake news is a hot topic, these days, for reasons that are too complicated to get into here. But just the ...
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Different Hats of Course Development

The Different Hats of Course Development: SMEs and IDs

Many factors result in new curriculum development processes in educational institutions. To name a few: Stricter regulations and legislation require ...
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Webinar Series

Coordinating with OSASC for Student Success

Henri Moser, the Online Learning Specialist, and Lori Rand, the Online Writing Specialist, joined us from the Online Student Academic ...
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Relating Course Concepts

Current Events and Relating Course Concepts

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. Eleanor Roosevelt While I can get behind this ...
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How to Override a Grade

Video: How to Override a Grade

This video will show you how to override a grade in Blackboard and what the student sees on their side ...
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Student Perspective

The Student Perspective

When we design or teach an online course, we spend time thinking about how to reach our students. We consider ...
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