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…

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UNE Instructional Design: demonstrating excellence in online graduate education

What is Instructional Design? Very broadly, Instructional Design is the process by which instructional materials are designed, developed, and delivered. It’s the job of the Instructional Designer to coordinate learning experiences that are efficient, effective, and appealing. The terms instructional design, instructional technology, educational technology, curriculum design, and instructional systems design (ISD), are often used interchangeably. Instructional design…

Video Everywhere Workaround UPDATED

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqufrxQEjuQ] Hello again all. Unfortunately, some faculty have reported ongoing issues using even the Video Everywhere workaround we posted last time around. Therefore, we’ve come out with an updated Video Everywhere workaround that takes these issues into account. The above video is the same workaround as last time with a segment tacked on at…

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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…

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Web Annotation with Hypothesis Extension

One of the most powerful differences between printed text and digital text, as we’ve already covered, is the ability to annotate in the margins as you would a physical book. We’ve talked about tools that allow you to annotate screenshots , and tools that allow you to curate, then annotate, webpages and articles –now, I want to cover a tool,…

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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…

Protect your eyes: a particular concern for online students

  While online students face many of the same problems as traditional students on the ground, a different sort of concern can be raised out of the convenience that a fully online degree program can afford. What is it? It’s called CVS. Computer Vision Syndrome, not to be mistaken with the lines of pharmacies, is the…