A Quick Guide for Creating Course Curriculum

Regular curriculum updates can help maintain a course’s relevance, rigor, and effectiveness in providing a high-quality education. A faculty member might be called upon to update or develop the curriculum for a course to keep up with current developments and research in the field. As disciplines evolve, new knowledge and technologies emerge that need to […]

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Ideas for Active Learning Assignments

Engaged learning ideas are plentiful, but from time to time, instructors may seek inspiration for their classroom practices. Below, we offer a list of active learning assignments and activities that may be used in class Integrating these activities and assignments into the curriculum can enhance student engagement, deepen understanding, and promote critical thinking and collaboration. […]

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Implementing Transparent Teaching Methods

Transparent teaching methods enhance student understanding and academic performance by clearly communicating the purpose, tasks, and assignment criteria. This clarity reduces confusion and anxiety, fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment. Students from diverse backgrounds, including first-generation and non-traditional students, benefit particularly as these methods level the playing field by making expectations explicit. By understanding […]

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What Are Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)?

Understanding WCAG and Building Course Content The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are guidelines developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to make web content more accessible to all learners and users. The mission of W3C is to ensure that the web is for all humanity and that all web content is designed for […]

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End of Semester — A Time for Reflection and Growth

By Dr. Erin Bell, Assistant Director of Educational Development There is much to accomplish at the end of the semester. Instructors are moving through grading examinations and other assessments, bringing closure to course outcomes, and inputting final grades, but this time can also be a period centered on reflection and growth. As we close out […]

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Getting Started Using Multimedia in Course Content and Feedback

Using multimedia content and feedback in courses is an effective practice; it caters to diverse learning styles, engages students actively, and enhances comprehension and retention of course material. By incorporating multimedia materials such as videos, audio recordings, and visual aids, instructors can ensure that information is presented in numerous formats appealing to diverse learners. Providing […]

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Kick Off Rubric Creation with Blackboard AI

By Russell Davidson, Associate Director for Digital Education Blackboard has introduced an array of AI-assisted tools to enhance ultra-style course sites. If you have utilized the stock image search to add a course banner following our February 2024 newsletter, you have already interacted with one of these AI features, as the default image search keywords […]

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Banners Bring Color to Your Ultra Course Site

By Russell Davidson; Associate Director for Digital Education By design, Blackboard’s Ultra style course sites limit some of the customization found in the classic-style sites. Consistent navigation among course sites means students don’t have to re-learn how to locate resources and tools in every course. Adherence to a black-and-white color scheme avoids potential usability issues […]

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Prompt Construction for Generative AI: Getting Started

An effective way to understand how to utilize technology such as Chat-GPT or Google Bard is to engage in experiential, hands-on exploration of the tools. The CETL has provided some guidelines to help instructors explore and effectively utilize generative AI. One of the critical components of using generative AI is effectively writing prompts. To begin […]

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