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Equity Resources: Teaching from the ‘HIPS’ (High Impact Practices)

It can be a challenge to think of specific things we can do using educational technology to ensure success for our impacted students as well as Gen Z. High-Impact Practices (HIPS) are tried and true means for engagement that can push the needle forward for student achievement. Here are just a few resources that can…Continue Reading Equity Resources: Teaching from the ‘HIPS’ (High Impact Practices)

Creating Collaborative Moments that Engage Students

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This week’s blog post talks about the value of creating moments of collaboration between students through short, formative activities. Get some ideas for simple ways to add interactivity that can get students engaged with one another and with your course content!…Continue Reading Creating Collaborative Moments that Engage Students

My Virtual Understanding of Virtual Reality

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I have to admit that when I read Katie’s post last week, I had a moment of panic when she suggested asking us about using virtual reality in your courses because I felt like I didn’t know much about virtual reality. I made sure to start exploring the links that she shared and found that…Continue Reading My Virtual Understanding of Virtual Reality

A Little Friday Alliteration: Formative, Free and Fabulous

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A few things to consider when we teach regardless of mode of instruction is the nature of our assessments. Do we still have high stakes exams or quizzes to evaluate our students? Can we rethink some of our assignments so that we can get a better idea of student progress? These questions can lead us…Continue Reading A Little Friday Alliteration: Formative, Free and Fabulous

Sometimes The Best Things in Life are Free

Today marks the end of the annual Open Education Week – a time of global awareness-raising, training and outreach about Open Educational Resources (OER). At Mt. SAC we have a several initiatives that support the adoption and creation of OER, so let’s take some time to briefly go over why OER are critical for student…Continue Reading Sometimes The Best Things in Life are Free

Authentic Assessments: Blogs

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New Blog Series I’m excited to introduce to you a new FCLT News Bytes series on authentic assessments! Each post in this series will delve into a different type of authentic assessment. Katie’s post last week, Teaching & Learning Experts @ the FCLT, touched on authentic assessments as a strategy for reducing cheating, but authentic…Continue Reading Authentic Assessments: Blogs

Teaching & Learning Experts @ the FCLT

With the start of the Spring semester I would like to first introduce myself to all of you in a role that is new to the Mt. SAC community, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology. I come to this position with a little over 10 years serving in various positions in the CCC System,…Continue Reading Teaching & Learning Experts @ the FCLT

Wrapping up Fall 2021 and Looking Ahead to 2022

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Finals are just around the corner and the Winter Break and New Year are on the horizon. As you wrap up the term, you may want to consider offering students an opportunity to provide feedback about specific or general aspects of their course experience this term. This feedback is not a part of an official…Continue Reading Wrapping up Fall 2021 and Looking Ahead to 2022

Pope Tech: Expand Your Accessibility Arsenal

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Accessibility is important to us here at Mt. SAC. Our local technology and support units are always looking to implement useful methods, or simple-to-use tools and that help with the task of ensuring our content is accessible to our audience. This week we rolled out the latest installment on the list of accessibility tools available…Continue Reading Pope Tech: Expand Your Accessibility Arsenal

Want Students To Watch Your Videos?

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At InstructureCon 2021 , I attended Kona Jones’s session, How to Get Students to Watch Your Videos. I’m a big fan of Kona’s. She is Director of the Teaching & Learning Center at Richland Community College in Decatur, IL, adjunct professor of Statistics and formerly of Developmental Psychology, and a Canvas Community Coach. I’ve attended her…Continue Reading Want Students To Watch Your Videos?