Blackboard’s default settings sometimes obfuscate how to find important information in your course. You can change many settings to make your course easier to navigate. Here are three simple ways to make Blackboard work better for your course: Set your landing page to the most important information: Changing the Landing Page. Rename your course menu
With the increased use of iPads for teaching, faculty are asking what the best Apps are for use in the classroom. Unfortunately doing a google search on that topic produces a pretty scattered (and dated) list of App links. I found one promising list that way, but the rest of them were basically dead ends.
Audrey Watters is one of the more vocal voices in the world of educational technology. Her blog, “Hack Education,” is a provocative must-read for those of us who think a lot about the relationship between education and technology. Audrey has just published a short ebook titled, What Monsters Lurk in Your LMS? Here is an
There are some changes afoot in Academic Technology here at Chapman. First of all, we’ve moved to Smith Hall, suite 20 (which is accessible via the staircase near the elevator lift). Also, we’ve grown! Kim Welch who joined us during the summer is now the Blackboard Administrator. You can email her at email@example.com.
I’ve made many mistakes with technology. I’ve lost files due to not backing them up, I’ve edited the wrong versions of my articles because I didn’t have a good strategy for saving iterations of files, and I’ve had those awful moments where my printer ink runs out (which only ever happens when time is of
Hot off the press, the Academic Technology Workshop schedule for Intersession and Spring semesters. Except when otherwise indicated, these workshops are aimed for Chapman faculty: Location: LL305 Jan 28, 2-3:30pm: Blackboard Basics Jan 30, 2-3:30: Using Edublogs in your Course Feb 3, 9-11am: Blackboard Open House Feb 3, 5:30-7pm: Blackboard Open House Feb 4, 5:30-7pm:
Looking for ways to break out of the PowerPoint rut? Consider perusing a few of these links as inspiration (properly formatted as bullet points, of course): Friends Don’t Let Friends Use PowerPoint The Gettysburg Address, as a PowerPoint PowerPoint is Evil Some alternative tools: Prezi Adobe Spark Some examples of presentations that I’ve created using
I spend a lot of time supporting Adjunct Faculty in their use of pedagogical technology (Chapman employs about 400 adjunct faculty each semester). In fact, many of the most innovative uses of technology on our campus come from our Adjuncts. That’s one reason, among many, that the findings of this study about the effectiveness of
Now that the semester is nearing an end, here’s an idea for getting better student evaluations: Have them write a letter to students taking this class in the future.
Academic Technology is sponsoring a hands-on workshop for faculty who would like to learn ways of using Wikipedia in the classroom. This workshop will feature the efforts of Shira Klein and Jana Remy, who have both used wikipedia in teaching history at Chapman. Adrianne Wadewitz, a Wikipedia Ambassador and Occidental College Mellon Fellow, will also