Blackboard Accessibility Tips: Designing Courses for Students Using Screen Readers

Blackboard hosts an annual conference known as BbWorld. In July I attended my first BbWorld with Rachel Kleinsorge (LMS Applications Specialist) and Kari Slettemoen (Application Engineer). The conference was held at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. More than 2,000 professionals in K-12, Higher Ed, and Professional Ed attended. Today’s Learner and […]

New Online Course Offerings for the Summer

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Arts & Sciences at William & Mary has expanded its undergraduate online course offerings for summer 2015. During last year’s second summer term, Randy Coleman and Till Schreiber taught our first fully online summer courses. Students rated their overall learning experience favorably in those courses as indicated by a student satisfaction survey. Randy and Till enjoyed the […]

Quality Matters Orientation — Improving Online Courses

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All William & Mary faculty and staff are invited to attend a Quality Matters Orientation session! During each orientation session, Instructional Designer Ali Briggs and Academic Technology Specialist April Lawrence will explain the Quality Matters program and how the rubric is typically used during course design and review. Orientation Session Times and Locations Monday, March 30th from […]

Ten Ways to Overcome Barriers to Student Engagement Online

Let the screen be the only thing that separates you from your students.

Student engagement is a concept often discussed in education and an abundance of research exists on the topic. Student engagement is something instructors want to see and feel in their classrooms. Generally, student engagement tends to be viewed as the level of interest students show towards the topic being taught; their interaction with the content, instructor, […]

Collaboration Made Easy with Padlet

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Recently I became an Instructional Designer for William & Mary. My role involves assisting faculty with online course development and implementation. My background is in academic technology so I’ve been exposed to many e-learning tools and resources over the years. Some of those resources were amazing, but proved unreliable when integrated into the classroom or […]