June 19, 2017 by | Technology

Blackboard Basic Workshop Post an announcement Upload content Change your course menu Create a grade center column Send an email Blackboard Intermediate Workshop Part I Create folders, modules, or lesson plans Create an assignment Create categories in the grade center Change course availability Link to a third-party vendor Blackboard Intermediate Workshop Part II Create a


What will Scholarship look like in the year 2025?

June 16, 2017 by | Digital Scholarship

[This post is part of my ongoing series about Digital Scholarship…] Over the past decade there have been numerous attempts to reimagine the typical scholarly publication practices of authoring journal articles and monographs.  An early experiment in this vein was the Vectors journal produced at USC, which used a variety of web technologies to create


When Will Fall Courses be Available in Blackboard?

June 12, 2017 by | Technology

Courses are uploaded to Blackboard 60 days prior to the term start date. Instructors have to be assigned to the course in PeopleSoft. Once you are assigned in PeopleSoft it takes about 4 hours to gain access to your Blackboard course. You will know when you have access if you see the course listed on


Voices from the Archive

June 2, 2017 by | Pedagogy

In a previous post I’ve written about the powerful experience of bringing students into the Center for American War Letters Archive (CAWLA), which is located in the lower level of the Leatherby Libraries. In order to extend the reach of the archive experience further than the walls of my classroom, I’m collaborating with librarian Doug


Measuring Learning

May 31, 2017 by | Learner Experience

This YouTube video created by EDUCAUSE has me thinking that after hundreds and even thousands of years, we still don’t have a grasp on our assessments. Even some of our education thought leaders have a hard time defining what learning is. This video acknowledges the struggle of trying to assess learning and it suggests that


Blackboard Assignments Using Dropbox Content

May 22, 2017 by | Technology

Whether it is an assignment that requires large data sets, a group project, or a research project, Dropbox allows instructors and students to share, submit, and exchange files without having to download files and use up computer storage. With the integration between Dropbox and Blackboard assignments can be created and submitted with Dropbox content. Dropbox


Are you ready to be Googled?

May 19, 2017 by | Digital Scholarship

No matter what your current career stage–on the job market, or are applying to present at a conference, or publishing a new monograph–you will be Googled.  And the real question is then, what will be found when that happens? Curating an online scholarly identity doesn’t happen overnight, but you can get the ball rolling with


Calming the Anxious Student

May 17, 2017 by | Learner Experience

This semester has been a tough one for my students. We had illness, car accidents, senior capstone stress, and the typical spring fever–all of which brought a great deal of anxiety into my already-difficult class. As their teacher, I know I’m supposed to maintain a certain amount of rigor in the content and assessment of


Blackboard and Dropbox Education

May 15, 2017 by | Technology

The Dropbox integration allows instructors to easily link to their Dropbox content into their Blackboard Learn courses by using the mashup menu found in the content area. This integration eliminates the need to manage content in multiple places. Also, students can upload their assignments directly from Dropbox into Blackboard Learn. To learn more about how


Technology to Support Collaborative Learning

May 9, 2017 by | Technology

Collaborative learning is a pedagogical method often used to help students build advanced skills with material by using a social learning model. It is based in social learning theory, such as Lev Vygotsky’s foundational ideas on the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) (summarized, this means the learning one can achieve by being paired with and

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