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Why Online Classes Matter

Why Online Classes Matter

When I listen to conversations about online education with college educators, the dialogue almost always turns into a debate about quality. And face-to-face classes are regarded as the quality standard. Why is this a problem? Because quality has nothing to do with course modality. High quality learning occurs in both on-ground and online classes when […]

Summer is Here!!

Summer is Here!!

On behalf of the Teaching & Learning Innovations Team, we want to wish you a fabulous summer!  We will be working hard this summer to assure your move from CI Learn (Blackboard) to the new and improved CI Learn 2.0 (Canvas) is as smooth as possible.  Remember, you may opt-in and use Canvas in the fall […]

Online & Blended Community Gathering – CI Learn 2.0 – Learning & Teaching with Canvas

Online & Blended Community Gathering – CI Learn 2.0 – Learning & Teaching with Canvas

During our April Gathering we focused the discussion on our soon-to-be new Learning Management System Canvas. Canvas pilot participants were joined by faculty totally new to the platform and even by some friends from our local Community Colleges (thanks Matt!). We learned how faculty is using the Dashboard to better understand students’ involvement (thanks Prof. Ekin), how […]

Managing the Paper Load: Holistic Assessment of Student Writing

Managing the Paper Load: Holistic Assessment of Student Writing

My recent Teaching and Learning Innovations workshop, “Managing the Paper Load,” centered on helping faculty engage in holistic assessment of student writing. We discussed the difference between responding to student writing during the drafting and revision process, when students can use feedback to improve their work, versus assessing final drafts. Instructors often feel compelled to […]

Creating Opportunities Online for Service Learning

Creating Opportunities Online for Service Learning

I embarked on a new journey this semester into the unknown. I piloted a new Canvas online course which incorporated a service learning project. I had taught the same course the previous semester, face-to-face; however, it was the first time I taught it fully online. I wanted to incorporate a service learning project for the […]

Who am I? Digital identity, ePortfolios, and Stars

Who am I? Digital identity, ePortfolios, and Stars

The 21st century has seen a tremendous growth of technology used in everyday settings. This technology growth, and the growth in society’s digital presence with online profiles and social media platforms have led to an increasing need for students to maintain a professional digital identity, especially as undergraduates. Gill, Zampini, and Mehta (2015) define digital […]

Ready?  Set? GOogle! Love at First SITE

Ready? Set? GOogle! Love at First SITE

New Google Sites enables the designer to make an aesthetically pleasing, informative, and custom website with ease. Why e-Portfolios? Employers want evidence of digital competency.  Providing a platform for students to create e-portfolios allows them to graduate with evidence of digital literacy and a professional website that can be linked to professional networks such as […]

How Do I Get My Book Manuscript Published?”

How Do I Get My Book Manuscript Published?”

Summary of Dr. Matthew Bokovoy’s Presentation: “How Do I Get My Book Manuscript Published?” Sponsored by Teaching and Learning Innovations and the History Program On Thursday March 9, Dr. Matthew Bokovoy, Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Nebraska Press, spoke to an audience of ten faculty from the academic programs of English, History, Nursing, […]

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