Center for Educational Resources and Technology at DSU

Month: January 2018

Bb Grade Center Workshops January 24 – Choose 3 pm in Dooling 40 or 7 pm online

“Should I use weighted categories or points?” “Should I weight columns ‘equally’ or ‘proportionally’?” “How can I add an extra credit item?” “How can I automatically bring grades from publisher online sites and other third-parties into Blackboard?” “How can I add new grading categories?”

These questions and more will be answered at DEIT’s upcoming training workshops on the Blackboard Grade Center on Wednesday, January 24.

Two options are available (registration appreciated at www.desales.edu/workshops):

If you have questions or topics you’d like to be addressed at the session, contact DEIT at 610-282-1100, ext. 2290 or deit@desales.edu.

Harness the Power of Emotions to Help Your Students Learn (Guest Post, Flower Darby, Faculty Focus)

In a post for Faculty Focus, instructional designer Flower Darby from Northern Arizona University describes the power of emotions in learning. An excerpt:

We connect, understand, and remember things much more deeply when our emotions are involved. Just think about the impact of seeing a photo of a wounded refugee child, as opposed to reading a fact-filled analysis of the crisis itself.

So, if emotions have this much ability to affect our understanding, why try to keep them out of our classrooms? It just doesn’t make sense.

Read the full post, including a reference to a book-length treatment of the subject at https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/harness-power-emotions-help-students-learn/.

Synchronous Online Classes: 10 Tips for Engaging Students (Guest Post by Marie Norman, Faculty Focus)

If your online course holds synchronous (live) sessions, here’s how to increase engagement, participation, and accountability. And the video the article links to at the beginning is hilarious!

See the full post here.

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