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Blackboard End of Semester Checklist

December 18, 2017 by | Technology

Download your Grade Center. Print or Save Discussion Board posts. Download Turnitin Assignments. Perform a course review. What worked well and what did not work? What technical difficulties did you have? What content or tools do you need to modify/add/remove? What tools or features do you want to learn more about? Perform an accessibility review.

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Accessibility and Accommodation

December 15, 2017 by | Pedagogy

For a more complete explanation on this topic, I recommend reading this Educause article, “The Section 508 Refresh and What It Means for Higher Education.” In a nutshell, an accommodation is a specific change that is made to allow a student to participate in a course.  For example, an accommodation could be providing audio files

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Accessible Videos

December 12, 2017 by | Technology

At our institution, we are fortunate to have several video-making spaces and programs at our fingertips. For example, we have Panopto, a streaming service that captures, stores, and shares in-class and desktop lectures, and we have the One-Button Studio at both our Orange and Irvine campuses. Add to this all of the individual devices with

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Submit your grades and enjoy your Holiday Break!

December 11, 2017 by | Technology

All fall semester grades are due Monday, January 1, 2018, but why wait! Online grade submission must be done through my.chapman.edu; grades entered into Blackboard are not considered official and are not applied to student records. For step-by-step instructions on how to assign final grades please download the PDF below. Also, for more training and

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Blackboard Upgrade Updates

December 8, 2017 by | Technology

What’s New Drag and Drop Files It is easier than ever to attach files in Blackboard. As a faculty member, you can now add files to Items and Assignments by dragging files from your computer to the “hot spot” in the Attach Files area. Students can also drag and drop files to upload when they

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Using Google Drive in my courses

December 8, 2017 by | Technology

For quite some time I’ve used GoogleDrive to store my course materials. For me it is the easiest way to manage the many documents that I create during a semester, and the iterations of those documents as I update them each time I teach a class. To share these documents with my students I add

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Designing instruction for ALL learners

December 3, 2017 by | Uncategorized

I’d like to think that all higher education faculty, at Chapman University and elsewhere, are aware of several ways that we accommodate students who have documented disabilities and need assistance in order to optimally perform in our classes. Large print materials, screen readers, voice amplification, use of a laptop or a note taker, preferential seating,

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Blackboard Outage on Nov. 23rd, 2017

November 20, 2017 by | News

Blackboard Learn will be unavailable on Thursday, November 23rd, from 7:00pm to 9:00am on Friday, November 24th. This downtime is for a necessary upgrade to the software, and it is the hope that it will minimally impact Chapman users because it occurs during a holiday period. If you have any concerns or questions about this

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Accessible Word Documents

November 17, 2017 by | Technology

Word documents are often used to deliver content and agendas to students in courses. Whether faculty know it or not, a portion of their students may be at a disadvantage when trying to extract the information from Word pages due to documented or undocumented disabilities. Some of the various issues that may prevent students from

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