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Gracious Failure: Creating a safe place to fail using Game-Based Learning (GBL)

Gracious Failure: Creating a safe place to fail using Game-Based Learning (GBL)

It almost seems every class has one assignment that just doesn’t hit the mark quite satisfactorily somehow. Whether it is the classroom dynamics or the structure of the assignment, it just doesn’t work as we may have intended or expected. Indeed, as an instructor it is a struggle to find the right activity for your […]

Accessibility for All

Accessibility for All

The twelfth week is upon us and I have exciting news! There’s a built-in Accessibility Checker in Canvas!! This tool will help as you build out your final activities this semester and is a ‘must use’ when you start developing your spring courses. It is important to create accessible content for students from the onset […]

ONLINE & BLENDED FACULTY MONTHLY GATHERING – NOVEMBER

ONLINE & BLENDED FACULTY MONTHLY GATHERING – NOVEMBER

Last Friday, during our monthly Faculty Gathering we discussed Open Educational Resources (OER) and openCI. openCI is the name for the targeted CSU Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) effort on campus addressing textbook affordability for students. Jill Leafstedt  and Jaime Hannans reviewed last year’s openCI’s accomplishments and challenges. During the 2016-2017 Academic Year, students saved $259,151, benefitting 2,053 students […]

Faculty Inquiry Projects

Faculty Inquiry Projects

  I am excited to announce our latest Faculty Development Effort- Faculty Inquiry Projects.  Faculty Inquiry Projects are “faculty communities” focused on particular questions around big ideas. Faculty communities will meet to discuss, problem solve, and share ideas focused on a set of questions that they agree to explore. Groups will meet 5 times throughout the semester […]

Canvas Tips & Tricks: Integrating Google Docs

Canvas Tips & Tricks: Integrating Google Docs

As a writing instructor, Google Docs has been one of my favorite tools for student writing and collaboration. Even in non-writing intensive courses, Google Docs is a great way to be able to view student work, revisions, and collaboration. Students can conduct peer review on Google Docs (and we are able to see their comments […]

New Canvas Workshops

New Canvas Workshops

There are only a few weeks remaining of the Fall 2017 semester and so many of you are using Canvas already (Hooray!) that we decided to add more workshops to our Canvas series. From November 28th – December 19th we will be offering Canvas 3-5* but don’t worry these workshops will also continue during the […]

Learning with Games

Learning with Games

I have been a gamer since I was 5 years old when I began to play the Nintendo NES. There were games like Super Mario Bros and Donkey Kong. The games did not have the most in depth story line, but I remember them all. I remember every time I failed a level and how […]

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