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Best Practices in E-Learning

The Lecture Doth Persist Lectures, either in-class or by video, have their place in education but still too lofty a place. If they are too long they can become a waste of time and the format itself kills student interaction. Why do we persist in the lecture as primary means of teaching when research suggests there…

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Personal Robots in 2017 It is not longer science fiction. For years, robots have been increasingly working in the manufacturing industry.  They are “helping, not replacing humans” as I heard one Toyota tour guide say. Now robots are quickly become part of our everyday life and culture. What was impossible or way too expensive a few…

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New video below on how to make a great PowerPoint presentation using the Assertion Evidence model. Also included 2 design tips and some other ways to present other than PowerPoint using Prezi, Haikudeck and the new Microsoft Sway. Using the assertion evidence way of making slides can lead to better comprehension, deeper learning and less sleeping during your presentation.…

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Canvas Instructure Help

Using Turnitin Directly to Submit a Document For Review – University of Kentucky

Note: These instructions are specifically for instructors at the University of Kentucky. These instructions may work the same for any institution that uses Canvas and single sign-on authentication (like a single user ID password for all web applications). Introduction Canvas instructors can use www.turnitin.com directly to submit documents for review. This is helpful when a student was…

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How to Submit an Assignment through Turnitin in Canvas for Students

Students: Having trouble submitting through Turnitin in Canvas? One the main reasons for issues seems to be not hitting the final “submit” button. Check out this video for a walk-through: Instead of the video, you can follow these quick steps below: 1. Upload the Assignment Navigate to your assignment page and click the button to…

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Using Live Polls or Surveys in Canvas using Polleverywhere

While the survey tool in Canvas works well for feedback to the teacher, it is lacking in some other features including the ability to give live results back to the students. Recently I tested out every online polling tool I could find to pick a winner I could suggest to our instructors. I put the full list…

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Using Conferences / The Big Blue Button in Canvas

The current default for conferences in Canvas is a software tool named “BigBlueButton.” Here is a how-to video tutorial on how to start and manage a conference in Canvas using the BigBlueButton: To learn more about the BigBlueButton, visit the official website here: http://bigbluebutton.org/

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Create Weighted Grading Categories in Canvas for Assignments

A short video on how to create weighted grading categories in Canvas. Click here for the official Canvas guide on this subject.

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