Hypothesis Pop-Up

Annotate the Web with the Hypothesis Tool Extension

One of the most powerful differences between printed text and digital text, as we’ve already covered, is the ability to annotate in the margins as you would a physical book. We’ve talked about tools that allow you to annotate screenshots, and tools that allow you to curate, then annotate, webpages and articles–now, I want to cover a tool, and point…

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April 3, 2015 |
online student time management

Using Google Docs as Online Student

Among the things that online students point out as the most important to success are time management and staying motivated (see all the seven factors listed in this Educause article). Clearly, it’s easy to get side-tracked if you don’t have to go to a class at a particular scheduled time – remember this was actually the best thing about asynchronous classes…

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March 31, 2015 |
Reading Glasses

Protect your eyes: a particular concern for online students

While online students face many of the same problems as traditional students on the ground, a different sort of concern can be raised out of the convenience that a fully online degree program can afford. What is it? It’s called CVS. Computer Vision Syndrome, not to be mistaken with the lines of pharmacies, is the name for any host of optical…

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March 26, 2015 |
Audio Recordings

Audio Recordings

Over the last year, with the smoother integration of YouTube videos into the Blackboard system (such as Vide Everywhere, aka Record from Webcam), we have used the video features extensively and in an increasing number of courses. There are admittedly lots of advantages to taking courses online, but cultivating a robust community remains a challenge in distance education. So, using…

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March 26, 2015 |
genetics online course

Undergraduate Genetics Lecture and Lab Offered Online

Genetics lecture and lab now offered online This new and academically-challenging undergraduate level online genetics course, BIOL 1040, with online lab will examine transmission genetics, molecular genetics, cytogenetics, evolutionary genetics, molecular medicine, and developmental genetics. Students will learn from examples drawn from the scientific literature, which stress modern technological and experimental methodologies used in studying the genetics and genomics of…

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March 24, 2015 |
Google Cultural Institute

Google Add-ons: MailChimp, HelloFax, EasyBib and Many More

At first, I wanted to write about Arts and Social Work, but that was quite a bit of a stretch as I was only going to tell you guys about a very cool Google Chrome extension (only works in Chrome, of course) called “Google Art Project”. It can enrich your web browsing experience by opening a beautiful piece of art…

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March 19, 2015 |
Use Evernote to Study Online

Online Research with Evernote

This is not how online students study. Except for the screaming. That may sometimes occur. Studying as an online student The traditional student cram session, as it appears in the movies, takes place in a checked-out library study room, books piled high to either side of one disheveled, hangdog face. Maybe some of us have put ourselves in exactly this…

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March 18, 2015 |
How to Read SafeAssign Reports

Understanding SafeAssign Reports

Watch the complete webinar recording on Preventing Plagiarism and SafeAssign.  

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March 13, 2015 |
Feedback

Feedback

We have already touched upon the subject of feedback, and its peculiar and often subjective qualities and content. Today we resume the topic of feedback and challenge you to an exercise in feedback. We know that good feedback is always contextual, and is often tricky. Some of the trickiness is in the object of the feedback. Usually, it’s easy to…

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February 26, 2015 |
Edit Group Set Enrollments - New Student Orientation

Randomize Group Enrollments

Instructors often like to have control over student group assignment. Sometimes, it matters not who is where, but a rather quick assignment is needed. While there is absolutely no way to change the type of the group set already created (at present), it’s possible to have the system randomly assign all the students (more or less evenly) across all the…

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February 23, 2015 |
50 Most Affordable Online Master's Degrees for 2015

UNE named to '50 Most Affordable Online Master's Degree' list

UNE’s Online College of Graduate and Professional Studies continues to shine with its latest appearance on a list of the 50 Most Affordable Online Graduate Schools for Master’s Degrees, released by Best Masters Programs. Best Masters Programs is an online guide offering reviews and rankings of top online master’s degree programs. According to Best Masters Programs, the universities and colleges…

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February 23, 2015 |
Illustration of a man collecting coins as he goes up ladders to signify gamification

Gamification - An Implementation of Immersive Role Playing

Former colleagues of mine, Robert Prince and Owen Guthrie of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, developed a journalism course wherein the professor constructed the lesson plan to mimic the internal organization of a struggling newspaper. The students in the course were new hires looking to climb the professional ladder he’d constructed for them, from intern all the way up to…

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February 19, 2015 |
Forbes Magazine Top Colleges 2014

UNE named to Forbes' list of America's Top Colleges for 2014

The University of New England has been named to Forbes‘ list of America’s Top Colleges for 2014, a list that Forbes says is based on “output” and “return on investment.” Forbes‘ acknowledgment of the value of a University of New England degree follows similar recognition by Affordable Colleges Online, a website reporting on higher education affordability, which recently ranked UNE second…

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February 17, 2015 |
International Social Work in the Carribean

A New Paradigm: An Integration of Online Social Work and International Trav

We will be shifting gears today a bit, and will feature a social work article authored by Leslie Yaffa and Amy Storch on their ‘Social Work in the Caribbean‘ course and their experiences in Jamaica with a cohort of online students who came together for the first time. http://www.nyu.edu/classes/keefer/waoe/yaffal.pdf If any of you would like to share a social work…

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February 12, 2015 |
UNE classes with no admissions

Skip the admissions process with these online courses

When do you NOT need to go through admissions? UNE Online’s Science Prerequisites for Health Professions classes are our exception to the admissions process rule. They do not require an admissions process at all. Simply log in, register for the class, pay, and begin on the first or third Wednesday of the month.  All of our classes are instructor-led, high-quality courses. They are…

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February 10, 2015 |
U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Universities North 2015

UNE named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 "America's Best Colleges"

The University of New England is included among the “Best Universities” in the North that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” listing. UNE rose 15 spots in the top tier of this category and is now ranked higher than it has ever been previously. “UNE continues…

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February 10, 2015 |
Bartle Test

Gamification: The Bartle Test

In academia, “Gamification” is the (lately hyped) practice of applying game design to instructional design. The basic idea behind it is that well designed games motivate players to spend inordinate amounts of time learning the system of the game and boatloads of extra lives and respawns trying to beat/win/“game” the game. If one were to effectively align the artificial system…

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February 5, 2015 |
Facebook

Get more out of your online education with... Facebook?

Because we feel Facebook doesn’t have *quite* enough content – we’ve created a new Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/UNE.Online But to be serious, there’s a lot to be gained from joining us on Facebook. The potential benefits of Facebook for students are not only limited to academic development, but also personal, social and career development. Online social networks allow you to interact with…

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January 29, 2015 |
Timeline of construction of Eifel

Timelines as Creative and Attractive Projects

We are all very familiar with the basic presentation tools and formats. Oftentimes, projects are envisioned as white papers, an  MS PowerPoint presentation, or an alternative, such as Prezi or Keynote, and a website project. Recently, we have been adding YouTube videos as either oral testimonials, “sales pitch” presentations for grants, or weekly video check-ins. Sometimes the reasons behind these are…

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January 22, 2015 |
icloud

Types of Cloud Storage Tools Pt. 2

(This is Part 2 of a 2-part survey of the various cloud storage tools you can utilize in the classroom. For Part 1, looking at Dropbox, Box and Copy, click here.) Some cloud storage tools have evolved beyond offering storage on their own. The advantage of using the same tool to create your media as you use to store it…

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January 13, 2015 |
Affordable Colleges Online High ROI

'Affordable Colleges Online' ranks UNE for student ROI

University of New England graduates enjoy one of the greatest lifetime returns on investment in Maine, according to Affordable Colleges Online, a website reporting on higher education affordability. The website ranked UNE second in student ROI (return on investment) among 43 public and private colleges and universities in Maine, including four-year, degree-granting, fully accredited non-profit institutions. Return on investment: ROI…

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January 10, 2015 |
Box Logo

Dropbox or ...?

Types of Cloud Storage Services – 3 and 3 – Part 1 (In Part 2, I’ll return to talk about Drive, OneDrive and iCloud) Box, Copy and Dropbox This group of cloud services is simpler than the group I will cover in this two-part series, “Types of Cloud Storage Services.” Box, Copy and Dropbox provide some ancillary services, but their focus is…

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December 18, 2014 |
canoe line drawing

Interactive Stories

We have already talked about writing, let’s talk about writing interactive stories. In online courses, writing is often the predominant activity. It’s not just styles, grammar, and perfect APA citations that matter, of course. There are lots of skills that students must demonstrate when writing academic papers. What we don’t include as much is this dimension of interacting with writing…

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December 11, 2014 |
Blackboard Features

Look at all these Writing Tools in Blackboard

One of Blackboard’s strengths is the variety of tools it has that allow students to express themselves in writing. I’ve divided these tools into two camps, Individual and Social. Tools in the Individual camp are designed for writing projects that only the student and the teacher see; tools in the Social camp are designed to engage the class as a…

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November 20, 2014 |