Does your course content use any Adobe Flash elements? This article will break down why Flash is a problem, how to know if you have Flash-based content, and how to replace the most commonly-found uses of Flash-based instructional materials. [Read more…]
Creating authentic learning experiences for students is an essential element in online course delivery. Through recent discussion instructors have inquired “How do we provide meaningful learning experiences for students using tools that are intrinsically motivating?” 2 Questions as such imply the need to provide instructors with “. . . innovative ways of integrating technology that encourage higher-order thinking skills.” 2 Research indicates that “Today’s students, regardless of demographics, have shown an interest in digital opportunities to learn, and the range of Web 2.0 tools that make collaboration, innovation, and individual exploration possible is incredible.” 2 Practitioners within the field of education have thought of unique ways to connect digital tools with the framework of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, which has led to the emergence of a Digital Bloom’s Taxonomy. [Read more…]
In this tutorial, you will learn how to take a lecture available on YouTube and embed it into your Blackboard course. [Read more…]
In this tutorial, you will learn how to use TechSmith Relay, an application used to produce and upload video recordings online, to publish your recordings to YouTube. [Read more…]
This tutorial will show you how to share videos stored in MediaAmp, a cloud-based media server used by ASU, with other users in Blackboard. [Read more…]
In this tutorial you will learn how to upload a video recorded by the TechSmith Relay application to MediaAmp- a cloud-based media server, and then link it into your Blackboard course. [Read more…]
Subject librarians are connected to each academic program at ASU with the purpose of providing research and instructional support for faculty and students.
There are a variety of ways that Subject Librarians can support faculty who teach online as well as students participating in online courses:
Ways Subject Librarians Assist Faculty:
- Offer guidance on copyright and fair use
- Identify relevant library material supporting course assignments including research databases, e-books, open education resources, primary sources, or unique resources from ASU libraries’ special collections
- Provide assistance in developing permanent links to articles and e-books in Blackboard
- Connect you with services for making ASU Libraries video content available in Blackboard
- Recommend options for building and/or reinforcing research skills in assignments
Ways Subject Librarians Assist Students:
- Recommend strategies and resources for promoting academic integrity and effective citation practices
- Provide in-depth research assistance to students
- Create and customize Library Guides to help students find relevant information on their topic
- Provide guidance in use of citation management tools [e.g. RefWorks, Mendeley etc.]
- Develop online tutorials and other learning materials to boost research skills and knowledge
Find your subject librarian at http://lib.asu.edu/librarians
Co-developed in partnership with ASU Libraries, Lisa Kammerlocher, and ASU Online
At EdPlus, our philosophy is that technology can provide instructors and students with the means to succeed in their online courses and meet their career goals.
In the past, we shared a comprehensive list of third-party tools used in ASU Online courses. In this post, we will share the technology tools that are deeply integrated with Blackboard and you can start using today. We will also discuss tools that we are currently piloting and planning on integrating in the near future. [Read more…]
We have entered a generation in which technology has enabled students to have 24-hour access to information at their fingertips. With this ease of access also comes the opportunity for students to be able to quickly grab information from various sources, websites, and databases. This has caused the task of citation dictation to become difficult and more confusing than ever before. In most online courses, students will be required at some point to submit a writing assignment in which they are instructed to use a specified style of writing to properly cite their references. How can instructors more effectively assist their students with this daunting task and make the process of citation dictation effortless?
RefWorks! What is it and how does it work?
RefWorks is a “web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases and other various sources.” In conjunction with the use of RefWorks, students can use databases such as PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane, and search engines such as Google Scholar to locate and import articles or journals directly to their RefWorks account. RefWorks also aligns with Write-n-Cite for in-text citations and acts as another method to create a bibliography.
How to Incorporate RefWorks into your online Course
As a best practice, it is encouraged to begin by providing students with information pertaining to the basics of research and citation style guides (ex: Purdue OWL: Online Writing Lab; 6th edition of the Publication Manual of American Psychological Association). Once students identify and understand the style required by their instructor, they can proceed by accessing their RefWorks account and begin adding articles, journals, and much more to their database.
To help get students started, course instructors should include clear directions and information on how to set up a RefWorks account for new student users and a link to the RefWorks login page for existing student users. If students have more detailed questions that are specific to their research, use of certain databases, or the import of articles and journals into their RefWorks accounts, instructors can direct students to contact their ASU Subject Librarian or send an email to RefWorks@asu.edu.
- ASU Student, Staff, and Faculty RefWorks Guides
- Basics of APA Style
- RefWorks Fact Sheet
- Resources for ASU Online Students: Citing Sources
- ASU Libraries: Overview of Citation Management Tools
- What Is RefWorks? (n.d.). Retrieved May 29, 2015, from http://www.refworks.com/refworks/help/Welcome.htm
- Welcome to the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab). (n.d.). Retrieved July 9, 2015, from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2
Co-written by Obiageli Sneed and Jessica Cole
Finding unique ways to implement and deliver student activities within an online course can be quite challenging to many instructors. Most of the difficulty revolves around the concepts of translating on-ground course activities to the online environment and how to revitalize an old activity with new technologies. This article provides four essential tips that will help to shed light on these common instructor dilemmas and provide effective ways on how to incorporate new and innovative technologies into your online course.