Introducing Turnitin Studio Feedback

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On Friday 2 December 2016, RMIT University upgraded its version of Turnitin Classic to the new Feedback Studio.  While still offering the same functionalities as the old version, Feedback Studio offers a more simplify, streamlined and intuitive interface by bringing together into one single menu bar the grading, feedback, and similarity checking.  The new interface allows instructors to have all the feedback … Read More

Learning Environments: Creating a positive user experience

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A few weeks ago, the Digital Learning Team published a blog post called “Designing an advanced online learning environment for higher education” in where we discussed the importance of having a set of principles in mind that could guide the design or selection of a learning environment for higher education.  I strongly encourage you to read it, if you haven’t … Read More

Semester is coming…

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reminder

There are a number of things you need to do before the beginning of semester to prepare your Blackboard site for teaching. Remembering that students gain access to their Blackboard sites in the week before semester commences, it’s best to run through following list in the next few days to make sure you’re ready. … if you can’t find what you … Read More

Be Blackboard and Google Drive/Apps ready for semester 2

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The beginning of a new semester can be a daunting experience not only for students but for teachers as well; in particular for those who are teaching for the first time, are relatively new to teaching or simply are returning to teaching after a break.  Teachers often get asked: “Are you ready to go? and the answer to this is … Read More

How to: Show your scroll bar in Grade Centre (Mac users)

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Full Grade Centre

Are you a Mac user that has discovered in your Blackboard Grade Centre, that you can’t scroll across to view all your columns? To fix the problem just follow the steps below. Full Grade Centre Blackboard Grade Centre with no scroll bar visible Select System Preferences System Preferences window In the general settings, set show scroll bar to Always Blackboard Grade Centre … Read More

Closed Captioning videos on Youtube

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Closed captioning

Video and audio resources are a valuable way to supplement course materials, and over the past year our team has posted on this blog about how to create these types of resources and use Youtube to manage them. (Just click the Youtube or video tags below this post to see those posts.) When creating a video it is also important to provide … Read More

Blackboard Drop-In Sessions at Bundoora

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Blackboard drop ins

You might remember my blog on Developing Skills for Blackboard published early in the year.  Since our initial meeting with Josephine Ng, lots has happened in this project and amazing progress has been made. So far, Cathy and I have had the great pleasure of travelling twice to the quiet and lovely Bundoora campus this year to conduct drop-in sessions … Read More

Online portfolios for professional communicators

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When your Google Search result is your #portfolio, the internet is your platform. #theinternetistheplatform What Ekaterina Tokareva and Lucinda Strahan teach Professional Communication Studio and ask their students to create a personal website as a portfolio. The question we wanted to address: How do third year students from an interdisciplinary media program articulate and showcase a clear and succinct professional … Read More

Google+ Communities for in-class projects

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Google+ Communities allow real-time collaboration, sharing and engagement while creating a repository of artefacts Related pattern: What Eloise Thomson teaches future teachers, and looks for ways to integrate technology into courses so that students can see examples of how to integrate it into their teaching. In “Geography in a Social Context” the in-class time is spent in workshops where students … Read More