Recently, my attention has turned toward online utilities that facilitate learning for all sorts of learners, like those with predominate auditory, visual, and kinesthetic styles. Universal Design (UDL) is something we in TLP embrace and promote in our trainings, and if put into practice, encourages instructors to utilize content that engages students in multiple ways.
This web resource, developed by College@Home, lists 100 resources instructors can use to facilitate learning for multiple learning styles. I encourage you to check the list and try a few. If you find one you think is valuable, let us in TLP know and we will share your findings.
To see the list go to:100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner
Anyone who is a client of Blackboard Academic Suite or Enterprise License who didn’t get the marketing email might want to have a look at the “sneak peek” video that Blackboard posted about their “project NG” or Next Generation LMS:
Okay, now that we’ve sucked down a heaping helping of hype, let’s actually dissect what we’ve seen. I’ve taken the liberty of chopping some freeze frames out of the video for us to decode. Keep in mind that I’m looking at these snaps from the perspective of a Blackboard WebCT Vista user, so if anyone else has a perspective on this as an Academic Suite user, I’d love to hear from you in the comments or by email.
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This week has been especially busy for the CSU Chico Technology and Learning Program. For the past two days the department has been conducting accessible technology training for faculty who are redesigning their courses to insure their course materials are accessible to all students. The faculty in the photo comprise the first group to go through the training.
[Front left to right: Hsuying Ward, Ann Bykerk-Kauffman, Rich Rosecrance, Margaret Bierly, Jane Rysberg, Teri Todd, Jeff Jiang, Paula Selvester, Sue Steiner, Kathryn Schifferle, Sara Cooper, Julie Schneider, Katie Whitlock, Steve Koch]
Session One, Two, and Three of our ATI Course Makeover Summer Camps took place in June. Fourteen faculty members each, learned how to apply the Universal Design for Learning principles to their courses, and learned to understand the Accessible Technology Initiative from the Chancellor’s office. TLP is offering two more 2-day workshops in July. Check out the hard working faculty members and the goofy training staff with some flickr photos. -Laura
WebCT Campus Edition 4.2, which served as the primary Learning Management System at CSU, Chico until 2006, has been finally retired from service. The migration tool is no longer available to faculty who wish to copy older course content forward into the newer Blackboard Vista system. Special arrangements are necessary to access any student performance information related to grade challenges; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.