Remind – Tool Tip of the Week

Remind text messaging!  At times throughout the semester, do you wish you could get a quick message to your students?  I would highly recommend using Remind to communicate with your students. This tool is free! Many students already have knowledge of this service because it is used in most high schools to communicate with their students. This service allows you to quickly push out messages to your students without giving them access to your personal cell phone number.  You choose if the service is one way or allow students to text you back.  This is all done without exchanging phone numbers.

To learn more about Remind visit their channel in YouTube.

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Principle #3 Encourages Active Learning

This academic year the eLearning department at NCCC is focusing on providing training and workshops to support our new Online Course Observation/Effective Online Teaching Behaviors self-evaluation guide. Each month we will focus on one of the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education with a specific focus on Online Teaching. December will focus on Principle 3 which is to “encourage Active Learning.”

Active learning methods engage students in the learning process by encouraging them to discover, process, and apply information.  In an online course, student activities to support this would be active uses of writing, speaking, or other forms of self-expression, opportunities for information gathering, synthesis, and analysis in solving problems, engaging in collaborative learning, and reflecting on their learning.  Below are a few articles you can read to learn more and I invite all NCCC faculty to join us for our live sessions via Zoom.  We will showcase examples of active learning tools such as reflection journal assignments, resource curating and sharing, and collaborative learning spaces.  See this document for the session schedule and log in information.

Suggested Readings:
7 Things You Should Read about Instructional Strategies for Active Learning

Simple Techniques for Applying Active Learning Strategies to Online Course Videos

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Tip of the Week! Sharing Grades with Students Confidentially!

This trick is for those of you using the Blackboard Grade Center.

As the semester is winding down we are constantly getting the question “What are my grades” or “How am I doing”.  In the Blackboard Grade Center the faculty view is showing all students grades making it hard to sit down with a student and go over their grades.

Blackboard has a quick feature that you can use to hide all rows except one.  To do this go the Bb Grade Center, point to the students last name and an arrow will appear to the right of their name.  Click the arrow and select “hide other rows”. This will show only the one students data. To display all the rows again go back to the student’s last name click the arrow and select “Show All Rows”.

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Effective Online Teaching – Principle #1

This academic year the eLearning department at NCCC is focusing on providing training and workshops to support our new Online Course Observation/Effective Online Teaching Behaviors self-evaluation guide. Each month we will focus on one of the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education with a specific focus on Online Teaching. We will start this series off this October by providing resources, tools and strategies to support Principle #1 which is to “encourages contact between students and faculty.”

In the guide you will see evidence  that can show you meet this principle.  Examples are detailed and frequent announcements,  timely responses to messages and email,  a great narrated screen cast that welcomes students to your online course and that provides an overview of the course and the student learning outcomes.  The students should be able to see a picture of you or (use a web cam) and hear your voice.  In addition, you could communicate with students through email, free text services like remind, and provide online office hours through web conferencing tools like Zoom.  We will also send out tips of the week through the Blackboard eLearning faculty group to help you enhance your teaching skills with Principle #1.

During October the NCCC eLearning department invites you to join in to listen to our lunch time webinars, register for our campus workshops, and view the additional resources in Magna and Atomic Leaning to help you enhance your online teaching skills for Principle #1.

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Ensuring online courses meet the same “time per credit hour” as grounded courses

So how can you ensure that online course requirements meet the same “time per credit hour” requirements as grounded courses?  Courses delivered online are still required to meet the same “time per credit hour” standards as in the classroom as per the MSCHE Credit Hour Policy and SUNY credit/contact policy and definitions.  In the following resource you will learn how “time” in online courses is calculated.  Since online courses don’t have “seat time” like grounded courses, it’s important that you and your students understand how much “time” it will take to complete the course.

Students at NCCC can estimate how much time a course should take them through the use of our eLearning Time Management Estimator. 

Faculty should review the following resources from R.I.T. to learn how “time” in online courses work. The resources will provide information on how you can ensure your online courses  require the same amount of  learning and should equal the same amount of time per week as grounded courses.

Time on Task  overview from the Learning Institute at R.I.T.

Time on Task expanded version PDF file from the Learning Institute at R.I.T.

Lisa Dubuc, Coordinator of Electronic Learning

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Campus-Wide Atomic Learning License at NCCC – Learn More…

NCCC now as a full campus-wide site license for Atomic Learning – Join us for an Atomic Learning Overview

Wednesday October 21, 1:30pm – 2:30 pm in FRCAE or  register to watch it online Presenter – Leah Klocker, Atomic Learning

The office of Electronic Learning is pleased to announce that we now have a full campus-wide license for Atomic Learning.   Since Atomic Learning has resources to support  the entire campus,  I would like to offer you an opportunity to learn more about Atomic Learning by registering and remotely attending the webinar. Leah Klocker from Atomic Learning will be providing the training.

Leah will provide a site overview of the resources available, and provide information on how to insert content into Blackboard.  The online training library has over 60,000 short, video training tutorials on over 250 of the most commonly-used technology devices and software applications and is available to you and your students 24/7.  There are also workshops and tutorials on plagiarism, citation, how to be a successful college student, how to be a successful online learner,  ADA, career success, campus safety, and more.

This resource can also help you eliminate the cost of some expensive computer technology text books.   There are full workshops with assessment attached that can be integrated into Blackboard and results added directly to your grade book.  I hope you can register and listen in to learn more about this new campus-wide resource.

Here is a link that maps out an overview of the campus-wide learning solution.   This short video will provide you an overview of Atomic Learning for Higher Ed. You can access Atomic Learning now by going to the link from the institution page in Blackboard. Once logged into Blackboard, no further authentication is needed.

Note:  the eLearning department will be scheduling workshops and opportunities for consultations so you can make the best use of this resource.  This session is designed to provide an overview of Atomic Learning.

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Do Online Discussions Have a Place in On Campus Classes?

As a tip of the week I would like to share an article by the University of Oregon and their Teaching Effectiveness Program.  I decided to send this out to all faculty because of the success that has been seen in student engagement in online discussions. After reading this article you may decide to incorporate online discussions for assessment in your on campus classes.

Online discussions open the door for those student that never raise their hand in class or don’t want to open their mouths in class.  You might find that one of these students has a lot to offer in an online discussion! They might just surprise you if they have time to think about what they want to say or have time to research their ideas.

Donna Simiele
Niagara County Community College
eLearning Technology Support Coordinator

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