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Engaging Students on the First Day of Class

August 3, 2018  When I was an undergraduate, the first day of class was frequently predictable: syllabus, expectations, teacher’s introduction, a brief lesson, and early release. I tended to be more focused on who else was in the class (Do I know and like someone with whom to sit? If I don’t know anyone else, who do I want to befriend?) than on the information being imparted. Now, when I teach, I try to remember my own experiences and create a more engaging first class. Continue reading →

Creating Accessible Materials Reduces Stress Later

August 3, 2018  My mother’s words still ring in my ears: “Measure twice, cut once.” I did a lot of sewing growing up and have learned that one hasty snip of the shears can lead to frustration, loss of time, and cost of additional materials. In preparing a course, when considering accessibility, a similar principle exists: Do it right the first time. Continue reading →

Save Time and Headache with the Date Management Tool

July 30, 2018  While editing a document to change dates from one semester to the next (syllabus editing, anyone?) might be the epitome of administrivia, Blackboard, fortunately, has a handy Date Management tool to automatically make many such updates. Continue reading →

Getting Started with Blackboard

March 20, 2018  For instructors who are new to Blackboard or who just want a refresher, there are a number of ways to learn. Continue reading →

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