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Demystifying the “Substantive” of Regular & Substantive Interaction (RSI)

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Did you know that Merriam-Webster has a Word of the Day podcast? I learned this as I was searching for the dictionary definition of “substantive” and synonyms for “substantive.” Due to it’s spelling, I assumed that it was closest in meaning to “substantial,” but it is actually closer to “significant.” Here’s the Word of the…Continue Reading Demystifying the “Substantive” of Regular & Substantive Interaction (RSI)

Make Group Projects Easier with Pronto

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Do you ask students to work together on any type of course project? Then you should check out Pronto! This versatile and simple tool flexibly supports group coordination and helps you manage group projects. Peer collaboration is a great practice in all types of classes, but Canvas doesn’t have the greatest tools to support group…Continue Reading Make Group Projects Easier with Pronto

RSI Round-Up: Part 2

In RSI Round-Up: Part 1, I highlighted a few previous blog posts. In our transition from our old blog platform to Edublogs, some posts hadn’t been marked as RSI. Below, I’m including additional blog posts that we’ve written about RSI topics. What’s a new-to-you RSI strategy that you’d like to try? Did we miss one…Continue Reading RSI Round-Up: Part 2

RSI Round-Up: Part 1

As you may have heard, the ACCJC Review Team completed an off-site technical review of our 2024 ISER as part of the accreditation process and identified Ensuring Regular and Substantive Interaction in Distance Education Courses as one of the Core Inquiries, or areas of focus, for their in-person site visit in February 2024. We, the…Continue Reading RSI Round-Up: Part 1

DEI Collaborative

At the Peralta Equity Conference in 2022, I attended a session about the DEI Collaborative. I loved what they were doing and signed up to participate. The DEI Collaborative is a cross-institution project to connect quality course design standards to best practices for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion so they can be cross-referenced. Here’s a short…Continue Reading DEI Collaborative

GIFs: Fun and Quick, But Not Always Accessible

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GIFs, or Graphics Interchange Format, have become a popular way to express emotions, reactions, and ideas on the internet. I know you’ve all experienced GIFs before. We are living in the meme generation, and some of the most fun ways to interact with others is through the sharing of memes via animated GIFs. Heck, popular…Continue Reading GIFs: Fun and Quick, But Not Always Accessible

Our Words Make a Difference

I listened to this TED Talk recently, How everyday interactions shape your future, in which Mesmin Destin presents research that shows how strongly we are affected by the things that people say about our education and career interests. After listening to this talk, I reflected on my own path and the discouragement that I received…Continue Reading Our Words Make a Difference

Highlights from the 2023 CCC LGBTQ+ Conference

This year, I was fortunate to get to attend the 5th Annual CCC LGBTQ+ Conference. The conference theme for 2023 was “Fiercer Together: uplifting queer and trans students on our campuses.” Throughout the California Community Colleges, support has expanded for LGBTQ+ students, bolstered by the recent, one-time allocation of $10 million dollars in the Postsecondary…Continue Reading Highlights from the 2023 CCC LGBTQ+ Conference

Accessibility & Video in Online Math Courses

I recently attended two sessions by the Online Network of Educators (@ONE): one on accessibility for online math courses and the other on using video in online math courses. There were lots of great resources and tools shared at these sessions which I’ll highlight below. Students First! Accessibility for STEM (Math) This session was led…Continue Reading Accessibility & Video in Online Math Courses

Worth 1,000 Words: Image Tips & Resources

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I love using imagery to bring content to life, and I’m so grateful for the plethora of free resources available these days. In this post, I will highlight image tips and resources with considerations not only for aesthetics but also for accessibility and DEISA∞. Image Tips from @ONE Watch this Byte-Sized Canvas video from @ONE’s…Continue Reading Worth 1,000 Words: Image Tips & Resources