Week 3 – Let Blackboard Work For You – Week of 01/26/15

So far we have been talking about dates, so this week we will continue along those lines. Chances are you already know when you plan to release each module of your course. Chances are you manually go in and release them, why not let Blackboard do the work for you? Did you know that you can set your course up so that modules can automatically release based on date or completion? The tool used for this is Adaptive Release. It can seem a bit daunting, Continue reading →

Week 2 – Course Calendar – Week of 1/19/15

Last week we talked about the Date Management Tool, which seemed fitting at the beginning of the semester. This week we will continue along the lines of dates, as this is the time when most faculty are working to get courses and dates set up for the semester. In Blackboard, there is a Course Calendar for every course within it, and you can easily look at the calendar for every course you are involved in at once, you can even import these calendars into your Continue reading →

Week 1 – Blackboard Date Management – Week of 01/12/15

It is nice that each semester you can reuse your class from a previous semester and only need to tweak the content and assignments a bit. It is a pain, if you use dates, you need to go through and painstakingly change each one throughout the class. Or is it?? A new tool introduced with the latest version of Blackboard, that ECU is using, is the Date Management Tool. It allows you to have all of the dates in your course change by a number Continue reading →

The Swivl is here.

What is the Swivl?  Swivl is a camera dock with a twist.  Instead of holding your camera still, the Swivl will follow you around the room, tracking you as you move around on stage or in front of an audience.  This device follows the paired mic wherever it goes.  It is compatible with Android and IOS devices. So who is using it in COE?  Students have begun to use it to record class sessions for edTPA and ISLES.  OAA has been using it to interview Continue reading →

15 Facts and Stats That Reveal The Power Of eLearning

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 @ 12:45 PM There is a lot of talk about how the internet has revolutionized the way companies do business. With eLearning that’s no different. But, without hard data and solid advice, how can training professionals move forward and get ahead of the curve? Here are some great eLearning facts, figures and statistics that you should take notice of: Companies are now increasing their use of eLearning regardless of size, but 41.7% of global Fortune 500 Continue reading →

10 eLearning Commandments

The Ten eLearning Commandments [Infographic] Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 @ 01:18 PM In order to lay some ground rules for creating successful eLearning programs, we have put together 10 commandments for you to follow. Similar to having a mission statement or defined company goals, your eLearning development should rely on these ten pillars of success: 1. Thou shall start with good beginnings. Begin with a bait, an offer, or an honest introduction as if you are meeting someone for the Continue reading →

30 Incredibly Useful Tools and Resources for eLearning Professionals

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 @ 02:04 PM There are thousands of free eLearning tools and resources available out there. So, to make life easier for you, we’ve collected a list of 30 free resources. We believe all eLearning professionals, especially those on a budget, should know of these tools and resources since they are quite common. Take a close look at each one and consider the possible uses in your eLearning projects: Free Stock Images: When you need images for Continue reading →

10 Careless Mistakes That Will Totally Ruin Your eLearning

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 @ 12:21 PM It’s part of your job as an eLearning course developer to polish up your material before you hit publish. A single error speaks volumes. It tells learners you’re in a hurry to even check the course or think you don’t care enough about details. Worse, it may substantially delay or prevent them from completing on time. Don’t let careless mistakes muck up your eLearning courses. Here are 10 careless mistakes we’ve seen eLearning Continue reading →

5 Tips for Beating Boring eLearning

Posted by karla gutierrez on Tue, Aug 07, 2012 @ 10:15 AM The promise of eLearning for many students is the chance to engage in a “classroom” like never before. Every seat is in the front and the dynamic eLearning space has the potential for some of the most engaging curriculum and learning experiences students have ever experienced. So why are many eLearning environments so boring? Among the key success factors for eLearning include making sure it does not become boring, tired and predictable. Employees Continue reading →