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SPU Offers New Digital Learning Degree for Educators

Blended learning. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Flipped Classrooms.How are teachers keeping up with new trends in learning? To help educators and those who support them become leaders in the ever-changing world of educational technology, Seattle Pacific University is now offering a graduate program in digital education leadership. Students in the Digital Education Leadership MEd […]

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How to organize your gradebook in Blackboard 9.1

These slides are from a workshop that I have facilitated numerous times. The workshop is popular because Blackboard’s Grade Center options can be overwhelming for faculty as they attempt to set up a gradebook for the first time. The options can be confusing, especially when dealing with questions about the use of categories, weighting, and extra credit. […]

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Call for Nominations

Award for Innovation in Educational Technologies A component of NWACC’s Instructional Technology program, the Award for Innovation in Educational Technologies recognizes instructional technologists and faculty members at NWACC member institutions who have displayed innovation in the...

How to submit a WordPress blog post in Canvas

How to submit a WordPress blog post in Canvas

In my Computer Authoring course, I ask students to share Clear and Unclear blog posts each week, reflecting on what they learn and do not understand in the module. I use Canvas’ group feature to have them share the URL for their blog post with blog buddies.  I ask them to give their blog buddies feedback on each new […]

Lessons Learned From a Faculty Learning Community on Blended Learning

Lessons Learned From a Faculty Learning Community on Blended Learning

A faculty learning community (FLC) comprised of six professors representing different disciplines was formed in 2011 to study, develop, and teach blended learning courses. As part of this project, we sought to evaluate the efficacy of blended learning on faculty (efficiency, satisfaction) using interview questions designed by Garrison and Vaughan (2011) and students (access, learning […]

Blogging to improve student achievement

Blogging to improve student achievement

Workshop at the 2014 NCCE Conference in Seattle Blogging portfolios or bPortfolios will be introduced, including how they can be used to improve student achievement. Participants will learn how to: implement bPortfolios, assess student reflections, scaffold students in reflective writing, particularly with regards to Common Core Standards, and implement learning analytics based on bPortfolio and […]

Ghost bloging platform

Ghost bloging platform

There’s a new blog platform in town and its name is Ghost. Using a modern web framework, ghost is not only light weight and robust but fairly simple to get set up and running within a matter of hours. Step 1: Setup Amazon Web Services EC2 instance http://www.howtoinstallghost.com/how-to-setup-an-amazon-ec2-instance-to-host-ghost-for-free/ AWS Console: Create instance – download key […]

Synchronous and asynchronous video conferencing tools in an online-course:

Synchronous and asynchronous video conferencing tools in an online-course:

The maturation of free ubiquitous video conferencing tools provides an opportunity for faculty members to experiment with alternatives to conventional asynchronous discussion forums commonly used in online courses. However, there continues to be debate about whether synchronous video conferencing has a meaningful role to play in an online course environment. Although the Community of Inquiry […]