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Providing 24/7 Teaching Professional Development at UW-Platteville

With very busy schedules and numerous demands on their time, faculty and instructional academic staff at UW-Platteville find attending workshops for professional development quite difficult, if not impossible. In response to this reality, the Teaching & Learning Center created a year-long program for teaching professional development via Desire2Learn. You don’t need to be new to campus to participate – all faculty and instructional academic staff are welcome. Read more...

Using Copyrighted Materials

Copyright protects the expression of original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. You knew that, right? But a common myth is that copyrighted materials can be used freely for educational purposes. In many educational situations, copyrighted materials may be used without permission, but an evaluation must first be made to determine whether or not the use is considered fair use. Read more...

Is Online Learning/Teaching For You?

I think that some people believe a person needs to be a “Super Geek” to excel on a computer or to teach in an online learning environment, whether it be in completely online or as a supplement for their traditional classroom course. Well, if that’s true then I might be in the wrong line of work. Read more...

Prof Development Opportunity: Accessibility MOOC with Brightspace (D2L)

The Brightspace Teaching and Learning Community and Portland Community College office of Distance Education are collaborating to offer a free professional development opportunity. Registration is currently open on D2L Open Courses for the Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators, or #WAMOE. Read more...

Do you Doodle?

Have you ever used Doodle or another one of the numerous scheduling applications available for free online? If you have, I'd love to hear about your experience. If you haven't, I'd love to tell you about mine! Scheduling is a tedious but necessary part of every person's life to at least some degree. Fortunately, it's getting easier all the time and there are apps out there that even make it a little fun! Read more...

Learning & LMS

A learning management system (LMS) as an instructive tool can extend students’ learning experiences and augment faculty class management and pedagogical approaches to engagement and communication. InformED notes “many academic technologists regard Learning Management Systems with disdain, anticipating what they see as an inevitable decline.” However, a survey conducted by the Faculty Survey for Student Engagement found 4,600 faculty members at 50 U.S colleges and universities indicating LMS as being “most familiar” as a tool “second only…to the traditional chalkboard and PowerPoint.” Read more...

Textbook Publishers support use of Learning Management Systems

More textbook publishers are providing solutions that allow instructors to easily integrate text-related testing materials into Desire2Learn. When using an instructor's textbook as an integral part of a course, it may be possible to find ancillary materials, including relevant test questions that could enhance the assessment of course goals. Read more...

The Positive and Negative Impacts Technology Has on Our Daily Lives

Many of us have become very dependent on technology as it plays a very important role in our daily lives. How much of that is positive and how much just might be negative? Read more...

Just hit record: My experience creating an instructional video

It didn't seem like an ominous task when I was first said "Sure, I can do that." I've been sharing best practices for creating short teaching videos for over three years. The list of what you should do is fairly succinct Read more...

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