Brace Yourself in Lessons

So everyone likes new features - as long as they add value and they're not too hard to use.  A new feature in Sakai is a special set of 'codes' you can use to refer to the logged in user by first name. This neat feature was developed by the good folks over at University … Continue reading Brace Yourself in Lessons

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Organizing Favorites in Sakai

With the recent upgrade to Sakai 12.1, faculty and students are starting to notice some of the nuance and changes from Sakai 11. One of the new features in Sakai is in the Organize Favorites tab under the Sites area.  Here you can now elect to have your newly added sites automatically added as favorites.  … Continue reading Organizing Favorites in Sakai

Using Student Response Systems

There's an interesting post by James Lang over here, giving an honest and really practical account of how to use student response systems in class.  While Lang doesn't intend the post to be technical, it offers some very practical ways of how to implement their use. In most cases, universities and classes have gone away … Continue reading Using Student Response Systems

Data Informs Instruction

Ever teach an online course? Those who have know it's sometimes difficult to know what's going on with the students taking the course.  After all there's "no way" to engage face to face with them, or maybe there is. In any case having a pulse on if students are engaging in the course and how … Continue reading Data Informs Instruction

F2F or Online Presentation Engagement

Looking for a quick easy and FREE (did we say FREE) synchronous way to engage students actively in a course presentation?  What if you did so by having students raise their hands?  Doesn't sound revolutionary does it? Ok fine. What about trying Slido?  Or perhaps try other similar tools like it, such as Socrative, Poll … Continue reading F2F or Online Presentation Engagement

Screencast with Warpwire

Many of our faculty and courses use the institution's online streaming service Warpwire. Together with the combined effort of hundreds of faculty, Warpwire houses over 2000 video, image, audio and related media assets, placing, securing and delivering each and every one of them using Amazon's global content delivery network (CDN) to help all our students … Continue reading Screencast with Warpwire