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The First Day (an alternative to reading the syllabus)

August 3, 2016 by | Pedagogy

Back when I was a student, I hated the first day of classes (aka Read the Syllabus Day).  One semester I rather snarkily informed each of my professors how much I’d paid for their class that day, and that I didn’t feel as though I was getting my money’s worth when the day consisted of

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Links to Training for Faculty on Campus Solutions

August 3, 2015 by | Technology

If you’re a faculty member, you are certainly gearing up for the fall semester and are wanting to see your student rosters.  Of course you’ve probably already noticed that we are no longer using WebAdvisor for course rosters, and they are now in the Faculty Portal on Campus Solutions (at my.chapman.edu ).  Here are some

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Join Us for the Faculty Technology Fair!

April 23, 2015 by | Events

Are you a faculty member who’s curious about what new technology might be on the horizon for Chapman University? Perhaps you’re looking to see what updates will be coming in the future. Or maybe you just want to put a face to IS&T while snacking and potentially winning cool prizes. If you thought any of

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Downloading Grades from Blackboard

March 30, 2015 by | Pedagogy

This time of year our office often receives many queries about the Blackboard Grade Center.  Often, faculty would like to download the Grade Center data in a format that they can open in Excel.  Click here to view the website with the instructions for downloading grade data. Or, click here to download a PDF of

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Spring 2015 Academic Technology Workshops

March 17, 2015 by | Pedagogy

All of these workshops are scheduled in LL305: March 31, 1-2pm: Blackboard Advanced Workshop (led by Kim Welch) April 21, 2-3:30: ePortfolios for Tenure and Promotion (led by Jana Remy) April 23rd: 4-5pm: Turnitin.com for Plagiarism Detection (led by Kim Welch) April 24, 12:30-2: ePortfolios for Tenure and Promotion (led by Jana Remy) May 1,

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Make it Yours! Customizing your Blackboard Course

March 13, 2015 by | Technology

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

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iPad Apps to Use in Your Classroom

February 4, 2015 by | Technology

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. 

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We’ve Moved!

September 12, 2014 by | Technology

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 kwelch@chapman.edu.