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Building Assignments in Canvas

Building Assignments in Canvas

“But I want my students to learn to keep their own calendars.  Auto-scheduling assignments for them doesn’t support this life skill.” This was a colleague’s comment earlier this year as I was touting the benefits of building assignments in Canvas.  She collects papers in hard copy and had planned to provide students with PDF assignments […]

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 […]

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 […]

EdPuzzle:  Make Any Video a Lesson

EdPuzzle: Make Any Video a Lesson

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the net worth of a video? With free video resources such as Youtube and the ease with which instructors can curate and create their own, augmenting  traditional print materials with video content in online, blended, and face-to-face classes is common practice. Videos have the capacity […]

Thank you Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Thank you Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Dear Colleagues It is with mixed emotions that I write this post and share that Michelle Pacansky-Brock has decided to leave CI. Michelle has accepted a new position as Faculty Mentor, Digital Innovation with the California Community College system. She will be coordinating professional development efforts related to emerging technologies in online teaching and learning […]

Thinking, Crafting, Doing: Overcoming Fear of Digital Tools

Thinking, Crafting, Doing: Overcoming Fear of Digital Tools

Digital comfort is not synonymous with growing up in the digital age. While most students use popular social media platforms, only a few are comfortable exploring new tools and applications. This is even truer amongst faculty trying to keep up with each new technological application presented.  Digital tools are increasingly user friendly and essential for […]

Online Teaching Preparation Program (OTPP) is a Course on Effective Teaching (and a Little Technology)

Online Teaching Preparation Program (OTPP) is a Course on Effective Teaching (and a Little Technology)

 “Education is the kindling of a flame. Not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates Student centered learning is the main stated mission for California State University – Channel Islands (CSUCI). This is a lofty goal and is often a challenge to implement. Less planning is required when creating an instructor driven lecture that requires […]

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