Enhancements to Blackboard

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Just sharing with you all that on the 2nd of December Blackboard will be upgraded.  Although the changes to take place are considered to be minor, these enhancements are very important as they aim at improving the staff and student experience in online learning and teaching.  These are as follow: Browser Support Blackboard 9.1 to support the Microsoft Edge Browser …

Create a Quiz with Google Forms

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We all know that Google Forms are an easy and handy way to design questionnaires and surveys; however, few people know that Google Forms can also be used to create a quiz with correct and incorrect answers for questions with multiple choices, checkboxes, or drop-down options.  For the purposes of this blog, I will assume that you already know how …

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 …

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 …

Blackboard drop ins

Blackboard Drop-In Sessions at Bundoora

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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 …

Lectures as Animated Videos?

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There are other ways to share essential knowledge and skills with students that do not involve a lecture capture, a podcast or a talking head recording

Artistic thinking

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A few months ago I attended a new media arts forum at RMIT. This triggered me to explore art thinking as a framework for educational development. Last week I flew up to Brisbane to meet the Ars Electronica people who are partnering with Queensland University of Technology on a range of projects. I met Gerfried Stocker, the Artistic Director to …

Bulgarian WordPress Camp

WordPress, pros and cons

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I’ve been asked to talk briefly to the pros and cons of WordPress, in the ODLT’s session on the RMIT Digital Ecosystem. Not all the elements of RMIT’s system could fit into a single seminar, so I appreciate the opportunity to talk about a thing that falls outside RMIT, and to quietly point to what we know of a wider realm …

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Student and academic needs

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Samuel Buemi states, “Somewhere along the line, our excitement over the latest technological tools has started focusing on the wrong thing.” The excitement ought to reside in the praxis of teaching, not the use of technology. I see many of us at a crossroads of sorts.” It is possible that higher education institutions are focusing on technology and not on …