Posted by Charles Piscitello on April 16, 2018
What is Quality Matters? Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Sponsored by MarylandOnline, Inc, Quality Matters has generated widespread interest and received national recognition for its peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in online education. What is the Ohio Quality Matters Consortium? For several years, Ohio colleges and universities have been part of a consortium that utilizes the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric to improve online courses in a variety of ways. Originally organized by the Ohio Learning Network (OLN), the consortium has grown to...
Christopher Stormer Posted by Christopher Stormer on February 16, 2018
The Blackboard student app is used by many students in order to access quick information about their Blackboard courses-- it can also allow students to participate in discussion boards, read posted content, and check their grades. Check out this page for more information and download links for the student app . If you're the instructor of a Blackboard course, though, you'll want to download Blackboard's Instructor app-- this app will not only allow you to participate in your course discussions, post announcements and new content, but also will allow you to grade student work on your mobile device. This app...
Posted by Charles Piscitello on February 5, 2018
We can assess our students in two ways: Through summative assessment, a high stakes exam, paper, project, portfolio or capstone. Usually a significant portion of a student's grade. Allows the student the opportunity to showcase their mastery of the subject matter. Through formative assessment, a low or no stakes check-in, such as a quiz, class interaction, short reflection, etcetera. Formative assessments allow the teacher and the student the opportunity to gauge their understanding of the subject matter early and often. Gauging your students' understanding of the learning process is essential. And most of the time, the midterm exam is much...
Posted by Carl Nestor on January 26, 2018
A common topic when designing an online course revolves around the use of video instruction. The question regularly comes down to “what is the optimal viewing length?” You may hear that Americans have the attention span of a gold fish, or roughly 8 seconds. This factoid, however, is a bit misleading. It’s true that when sifting through a large volume of possible online choices, the mind makes quick decisions, often based on the first ten- seconds of a video. The mind filters the information and almost instantly makes a perceived ranking as to its worth. But this rule of thumb...
Posted by Keith Harris on January 23, 2018
Here is another opportunity to learn more about Qwickly Attendance and how you can easily integrate class attendance into your Blackboard gradebook. See how its features and flexibility will work with Blackboard. Features Automatically create a graded column in Blackboard and keep a running grade for attendance. See a list of all students and work down the list or show one student at a time as the instructor calls names. Send an email to students when they are marked as absent for the day. Provide students with acknowledgement that they were missed in class and a way to cross reference...
Posted by Vivian Beaty on January 22, 2018
A concept map is a visual display representing the spatial relationships and connections between ideas or concepts (Smith and Ragan, 1993). Concept maps have also been referred to as graphic organizers, sematic mapping, information mapping, and networking (West, Farmer, and Wolff, 1991). According to West, Farmer, and Wolff, there are three common types of concept maps. The three common types of concept maps include the spider map (also referred to as a cluster map), chain map (also referred to as a flowchart), and hierarchy map (West, Farmer, and Wolff, 1991). Examples of the common types of concept maps have been...
Christopher Stormer Posted by Christopher Stormer on January 10, 2018
Have you wanted to integrate class attendance into your Blackboard gradebook? Have you wanted an easy way for students to "check-in" to a course? Qwickly Attendance, a new tool at Ashland University, can do all of that, and more! Join Qwickly for an online workshop about using the Attendance tool that is integrated into our Blackboard Learn system. Qwickly Attendance Training January 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM ET Start your semester with the efficiency of Qwickly Attendance. Learn how to manage class attendance with our user-friendly software. For: faculty and other current Qwickly Attendance users REGISTER NOW >
Christopher Stormer Posted by Christopher Stormer on January 3, 2018
LearnAU, the Instructional Design and Technology Center at Ashland University, is pleased to announce our scheduled Instructional Design and Tech Tools Talks for the Spring 2018 Semester. The IDT^3 series features talks by our Instructional Design and Instructional Technology experts on a variety of topics of interest to faculty teaching in face-to-face, hybrid, or online environments. Using Concept Map Software for Scholarly Work Dr. Vivian Beaty, Ph.D., LearnAU Instructional Designer Thursday Jan 25th 2pm-3pm Webinar: http://bit.ly/IDTalk or join as a group in CONHS 139/141 This session will demonstrate the use of the Mindomo Concept Map software to gather research materials...
Christopher Stormer Posted by Christopher Stormer on February 5, 2016
Active discussions are a core element of any course, and research has shown that online course discussions do help students understand concepts more deeply. (For an interesting literature review and study of online course discussions, see Cranney et. al., Instructor’s Discussion Forum Effort: Is It Worth It? at http://jolt.merlot.org/vol7no3/cranney_0911.pdf ). Discussions are great for student learning -- but when you have an active discussion, there are LOTS of posts to wade through. In the default discussion board, you'll see a list like this-- you must click on each thread in order to read and reply to those entries. Wouldn't it...
Christopher Stormer Posted by Christopher Stormer on January 8, 2016
Keeping records of student attendance in class, or for synchronous sessions in an online course, is an important way to help you find and address problems that students may be having. If you can see a pattern of missed classes, or late attendance, that can be a part of an intervention strategy early enough to help that student turn their performance around. Besides the diagnostic benefit, financial aid requirements for many students hinge upon attendance, and so you may be asked by the registrar to provide this information for reporting purposes. While there are several different takes on how attendance...