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Turnitin faces new questions about efficacy of plagiarism detection software | InsideHigherEd

I have long been having controversial feelings and thoughts about plagiarism detection and its place in higher education. Our contention has always been that it’s a tool at best, and a highly imperfect one at that, to help faculty find things in students’ writing. What sort of things exactly? This article brings up what this…

Universal Design for Learning

CAST: About Universal Design for Learning

CAST: About Universal Design for Learning . We at MSW are very ambitious about making sure that our course design offers learning opportunities to diverse students, not the proverbial “middle”, or only fully-abled English as-a-native-language speaking students. By including additional content formats (transcripts for videos and audio, alternate text for images for example), we open opportunities for students who may either need assistance…

How to Work with Google Drive Folder Shared with You

We have been trying to streamline the process of storing and sharing files, especially in document-intense courses like Field Seminars and Practica. While there are a number of advantages to setting up our system this way, there has been some difficulty navigating around the shared folders as they don’t always feel intuitive for a particular…

Video Everywhere workaround

Video Everywhere Workaround – YouTube

Just in time tips from your most responsive team of instructional designers! In case you are not aware yet, YouTube has been updating and upgrading its system. As a result, certain devices and applications are no longer compatible with its interface . It appears as though Blackboard’s feature, Video Everywhere, has been impacted by this upgrade and it doesn’t function as it has been. Please watch…

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More on Interactive Videos

As you are considering creating more interactive experiences for students in your courses with video content, this service may come in handy. Zaption is a service that claims to “turn online videos into interactive learning experiences that engage students and deepen understanding.” It’s friendly, clean and easy to get started with. While a lot of the…

online student time management

Using Google Docs as Online Student

Among the things that online students point out as the most important to success are time management and staying motivated ( see all the seven factors listed in this Educause article ). Clearly, it’s easy to get side-tracked if you don’t have to go to a class at a particular scheduled time – remember this was actually the best thing about asynchronous classes when you signed…

Google Add-ons: MailChimp, HelloFax, EasyBib and Many More

At first, I wanted to write about Arts and Social Work, but that was quite a bit of a stretch as I was only going to tell you guys about a very cool Google Chrome extension (only works in Chrome, of course) called “Google Art Project” . It can enrich your web browsing experience by opening a beautiful piece of art every time you open a new tab…