Accommodating Different Needs in Blackboard

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I have a disability and I’m fairly open about my needs. It’s hard not to notice the font size on my monitor or the special lighting in my office. But not every accommodate is that obvious, in fact, the easiest accommodations in Blackboard are a little tricky to find. Test Availability Exceptions Blackboard added a […]

Seven Life Hacks for Blackboard Grade Center

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Okay, so there was just another post by Rachel Kleinsorge about Blackboard Grade Center, but guess what? It’s the end of the semester and grades are on everyone’s minds. I’ve been talking faculty members through setting up their shiny new Grade Centers when they first set up their Blackboard sites now for many years, and […]

Blackboard Spring Cleaning: Archiving Your Gradebook and Courses

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The term has ended; the dorm rooms have been emptied. Painstakingly-taken class notes were thrown away just minutes after final grades were distributed. Students sold books back or passed them along to friends. No one wanted to carry the minutia of the spring term into their summer. Post-Semester Blackboard Clean-Up A similar ritual takes place […]

The Inline Grading Tool: Blackboard’s Electronic Red Pen

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You might miss the feeling of the red pen in your hand, not to mention its ability to clearly mark portions of an assignment, when students submit assignments electronically through Blackboard. Thankfully, Blackboard’s inline grading process is a red pen for the electronic age.

What I Learned About Collaborative Writing from a Wiki Project

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Last spring I used a wiki in a course for the first time. It had its ups and downs, but for the most part it went well and it was a useful tool. However, as these things go, it of course had some pitfalls (caused by me, not the wiki itself) — the most surprising to me was the way that student collaborative writing went. The ease of collaborative writing was the aspect of using a wiki I was most sold on, and it did not work out at all the way I’d expected.

How to Quickly Archive Tweets for Research

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Twitter has become more than just a medium for people letting their friends know what they’re up to. News organizations, celebrities, governments, and others use Twitter for disseminating information to large numbers of people — many of these feeds may be of interest to scholars. One of the problems with using Twitter as a researcher, though, is that Twitter is a fleeting medium — tweets aren’t automatically archived, and older tweets can be difficult to access and search.

If you’ve been interested in using Twitter feeds for research, but don’t know how to go about archiving tweets, read this post: For her dissertation, Kim wanted to save the Mars Curiosity Rover twitter feed in case she needed it later. In this post, read about how to save a Twitter feed for future use.

Using WordPress in Your Class for Student Writing and Websites

Thinking about using a Web-based assignment in a class this semester? If so, this post covers the basics of assigning these kinds of projects to students. Evan also lists many resources for writing Web-based assignments using WordPress, as well as tutorials to help you get started.

Finding WordPress Help

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When starting to use WordPress, finding answers to your questions can be overwhelming. Because so many people use WordPress to run their web sites, there are countless options for finding assistance. Understanding a little more about WordPress can help you narrow down your options and get the help you need.

Change a Display Name

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One of the easiest things you can do to make your blog posts look a little more polished is to change how your name appears in your byline.  WordPress allows you to change this easily in your Profile. 1.) Log in to your site. 2.) Click on your name in the Admin Bar in the […]

Wiki Writing in Prague (Podcast)

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Jim Barber, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, and April Lawrence, Academic Technologist in the School of Education, recently sat down to chat about how Dr. Barber used WM Wikis to support a travel abroad experience to Prague, Czech Republic. [audio:http://at.blogs.wm.edu/wp-content/files/2011/11/lawrence_barber.mp3] Interview with Dr. Barber: Wiki Writing in Prague (Download Audio Podcast) Dr. Barber and a […]