Tag: technology

SIP 6.8 Creating Comfortable Relationships with Blackboard

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Many of us earned our degrees B.G. (Before Google), when computers served the function of word processors rather than a gateway to infinite amounts of information.  Now technology and the internet have opened up new and different ways to teach, including online education.  Higher education and K -12 settings are both seeing a sharp increase in the adoption of online courses.  According to …

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SIP #3.14 Ensuring Online Accessibility: Three Best Practices

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? As creators of instructional content and designers of meaningful online learning experiences, establishing a consistent process for ensuring accessibility isn’t easy. At some point, we all encounter moments when we sacrifice universal accessibility for the sake of just getting things done. Beyond saving time, as humans, we’re also just …

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SIP 2.2 Accessible Documents

Thirsty for Strong Instructional Practice? The growth in online enrollments is now outpacing the growth of traditional enrollments.  The 2013 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group reveals that the number of higher education students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 7.1 million (http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/highered.html).  With the advent of …

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SIP 1.10: Polling to Expand Student Participation

This is a picture of dozens of students in a large lecture hall. All of the students have computers out in front of them and there are large screens around the whole room.

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Getting a large group of students involved in class interaction can be a challenge. Some students participate willingly while others are more reluctant. Take a SIP of this: Polling to Expand Student Participation Interactive technologies can provide a platform that will encourage broader interaction. Through the web-based technologies listed below …

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SIP 1.6: Closed-Captioned Videos for Everyone

The closed captioned logo

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Instructors often wonder what the rules are around closed-captioning videos for pedagogical use. The truth is that any video you show in class needs to be ADA compliant to meet the letter of the law, but making videos ADA compliant by adding closed-captioning actually helps many more students than …

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SIP 1.2: Screen Readers

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? We want students to read the material we assign, but sometimes they don’t. Take a SIP of this: Screen Readers One way to facilitate students’ reading is to encourage them to use VoiceOver technology, available on every computer and mobile device sold. Students can listen to the text while …

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SIP 1.1: The Class Notetaker

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? We want students to take notes during class, but they often don’t know how to take effective notes. Take a SIP of this: The Class Notetaker One way to demonstrate the value of taking quality notes and to help students improve their note-taking skills is to build note-taking into …

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