The ASU Online Faculty Center is much more than just another resource for faculty and instructors who teach online. It was developed based on recommendations from ASU Online Program Leads and online instructors from across the university. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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.Continue reading →
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 Canvas
Connect you with services for making ASU Libraries video content available in Canvas
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
…or “You can provide student feedback, but how do you know if it’s really ever read?”
Instructors strive to provide effective feedback in a timely manner to help their students learn and be successful. Logistically speaking grading especially in large enrollment classes, can become an especially arduous task. Frequently, TAs are employed as graders to help lighten the workload. While such a strategy may be necessary from a management standpoint, it does hinder instructors from making a closer connection to students and better identifying where students are having difficulty. However, no matter what the size of the class, there are strategies to help instructors to more easily manage the delivery of feedback to students. Continue reading →
A new ASU Student Help module is now available for all Blackboard courses! The new ASU Student Help Module offers Live Chat with friendly Blackboard team members 24/7, 365 days a year. When students engage the live chat, a help ticket is automatically created providing a record of the technical difficulty and when it occurred. The new ASU Student Help Module allows instructors to stop being the first point of contact when students have technical difficulties.
The new ASU Student Help Module is available in the HELP tab on the Blackboard home page.
Additionally, instructors may also add the new ASU Student Help Module directly inside their Blackboard courses.
By inserting the new ASU Student Help module inside your Blackboard course, students can receive immediate support without having to leave the course. The process to add a Blackboard module is extremely quick and easy.
Directions to add the new ASU Student Help module.
1. Click the plus symbol in the course menu (top left corner of any course).
2. Select the module option from the provided menu.
3. Title the new module, then click Submit
4. Identify that you have successfully added a new menu item on the left side navigation
5. Click Add Course Module
6. You are now inside the module library, please locate and click Help and Support on the left side navigation. Identify the ASU Student Help module and click Add.
7. Congratulations, the ASU Student Help module is now available inside your Blackboard course!!
8. You can add additional modules using the same workflow.
Now that you have added the new ASU Student Help module, we recommend adding information to your course syllabus regarding this new technical assistance. Students can now receive immediate support 24/7, 365 from inside the course! There are a variety of additional Blackboard modules that instructors can add which strongly support both student learning and the overall experience students have in their Blackboard courses. We hope you will consider adding other modules to support all of your courses.