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Accessibility Helps Everyone

One of the pillars of Universal Design Language, or UDL, is the idea that when you develop your instruction and assessments so they are accessible to a wide audience, including to those with sensory impairments, the results benefit everyone. This dynamic exists across modalities, such that the more we design for students with certain sensory…

Rich Internet Applications – Conversations and Mashup

CLEAR’s RIAs Michigan State’s Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) has created a number of Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) that can be used across a variety of disciplines. Because CLEAR is funded by a US Department of Education grant, the applications are free to use. Furthermore, they do not include annoying advertisements. As a world language…

Engagement and Interactivity in Online Lectures: Exploring TED-Ed

In the best circumstances, a lecture attended in person is an exercise in engagement and interactivity as well as instruction. Understandably, this too is what we strive for in online education, but we are presented with additional hurdles. The instruction being given is prerecorded, has already happened, and cannot be influenced in real time by…

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Kanopy Video Database

The UNE Library supplies us, faculty students and staff, with a huge quantity of learning and entertainment materials. Mostly, we think of books when we think of these materials, or the vast online databases connecting us with scholarly articles from around the world. But there’s more to the library than what you can check out or download…

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Video Everywhere Working Again! With one extra step…

Hey all! We’re excited to announce that Video Everywhere is working again. However, for the time being there is one extra step necessary for using it to embed videos directly, easily, into Blackboard. The default dimensions for the embedded video are, for the time being, set to 120×90. Before you click to complete the submission…

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…

Workaround for Media Content after Upgrade

In order to avoid issues, we encourage you to use Safari on Mac and Firefox on Windows. However, for Chrome users and Firefox on Mac, please follow these steps to view some of the media content (YouTube videos, Vimeo, and some other services have not been affected). The following is a set of directions for…