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Blackboard 9.1 **NEW** Feature Spotlight: Inline Assignment Grading!

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March 14, 2013

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**BREAKING NEWS** To celebrate Pi Day, we’ve rolled out a new Blackboard feature: Inline Assignment Grading!   What does this have to do with Pi?   Absolutely nothing.   But hey, I had to acknowledge the day somehow, right? Inline Grading is an improvement (we think) to how instructors can view and provide feedback to student submissions that […]

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Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Spaces

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January 17, 2013

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You’ve set up your profile in the brand-new release of Blackboard.  Great!  Now, what are you going to do with it? One option is to set up a “Space”, which is essentially a tiny social organization with very basic features.  Anyone can create a space if they have a Blackboard account—it doesn’t matter if you’re […]

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Teaching Naked: a Review

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October 24, 2012

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Disclaimer: If you found this blog post by Googling, you may or may not be in the right place since the title of this blog post, and the book being reviewed, may seem somewhat… “controversial”…   However, I assure you that the only thing that you might find that is even remotely controversial, but certainly not […]

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The MOOC and You!

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September 20, 2012

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Communities of Practice have been long standing features at Higher Education Institutions; Journal Clubs, Special Interest Groups, User Groups, and even Study Groups are all examples of how we come together in academia to form focused groups interested in learning and developing together.  I do not think that anyone out there would argue with me […]

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Hammering home your (power)Point – Presenting Part II

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August 1, 2012

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In my last post, I shared some ideas from EDUCAUSE’s Malcolm Brown on presenting.  I ran out of time and space before I had a chance to finish!  Here are some more of my thoughts on his tips. Idea 15:  Who do you think you’re talking to?!?  Though it is impossible to address your entire […]

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If Powerpoint is the hammer, is my presentation the nail?

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July 5, 2012

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Maslow said, “I suppose it is tempting, when the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”  We constantly hear phrases like “Death by Powerpoint”, but is it Powerpoint’s fault that it just happens to be a really good hammer?  I think not. I recently had the […]

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Trends in Online Education: More predictions

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April 5, 2012

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It must be the season for predictions!  Jes posted yesterday about the Horizon Report, and there is more to come!  In the meantime, our neighbors to the north have some thoughts as well.  Sir John Daniels of Ontario’s Distance Education Network Contact North introduces three trends he thinks will have a high impact on higher […]

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Revisiting the Horizon

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March 30, 2012

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  Report that is!  It has been a few years since we reviewed the Horizon Report and I thought it would be a good time to double back take a look at the predictions from 2010 and continue forward to the Horizon Report 2012. Just as a recap, The Horizon Report is published each year as a joint […]

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Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Add Test Student

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February 22, 2012

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Late last week we added a new tool to the Blackboard 9.1 server called “Add Test Student.” This tool allows instructors to easily create a student account on the server “YOURUSERNAME_s” that you can enroll into any of your courses.  So the first question that comes to mind is: ‘Why would I want to do […]

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Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Paste from Word

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February 16, 2012

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So you’ve toiled on a lengthy piece of text, and now you’d like to make this available to your students as a new announcement, content item, or threaded discussion in your Blackboard 9.1 site.  And let’s say you’ve really outdone yourself this time, too.  Using Microsoft Word, your page looks like a veritable Mona Lisa […]

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