Monthly Links – March

Happy April! Here’s a list of links to a variety of teaching and learning topics posted throughout the month of March. Read them all, read none, read one – whatever strikes your fancy!

  • Summarizing an issue rather than arguing a position may help students become more aware of the gaps in their knowledge and more open to new information, according to Mike Caulfield in the The Power of Explaining to Others.
  • Citation reflects on the absurdity of tasking veterans and other students suffering from trauma with mundane – though critical – learning objectives.
  • Speaking of mundane, just how important is the Oxford comma? Its omission in a contract recently cost a Maine dairy $10 million, so you may want to brush up on your own comma skills.
  • Speaking of absurdity, check out Illinois on the map and in the chart at the bottom of this Inside Higher Ed article, State Support Up 3.4%.
  • Are you regularly posting grades, communicating with students, and publishing information/content in Canvas? A University of Utah student explains how crucial those behaviors are for student success in Canvas Should Be Mandatory for Teachers.
  • Further complementing Ruby Payne’s presentation at the spring in-service, McDonald’s: You Can Sneer, But It’s the Glue that Holds Communities Together takes a look at the critical social network role this French fry icon serves for low income populations.

And a few additional titles, just for fun:

Looking for contributors – if you come across something you think may be of value/interest to your colleagues over the next month, send the link to CanvasHelp@kcc.edu!

Open Educational Resources – More Opportunities

This year’s Growing Online Learning conference, “Transitioning to OER,” has come to a close. Thanks to all who were able to attend the sessions hosted at KCC!

Whether you were able to attend this week or not, the fun’s not over yet! Don’t miss out on these upcoming opportunities:

  1. View recordings of any of the sessions you missed. These are available in the ILCCO Archives. At the time of this post’s publishing, all but the final session have already been made available.
  2. Attend the OER Discovery Workshop. Join us in D328 on Thursday, April 6 at 4pm to explore what is available for your content area. See you there!

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FREE Growing Online Learning Conference Starts Today

The theme for this year’s event is Transitioning to OER. There will be six sessions offered for Illinois community colleges, all focusing on open educational resources and open textbooks. The Teaching and Learning Center will be hosting live broadcasts of these sessions, and all faculty are invited. This is an excellent opportunity for all faculty to learn how their peers have been making this transition at other institutions.

Please refer to the Growing Online Learning 2017 Flyer for all KCC hosted room locations and times.

Sessions can also be viewed from the comfort of your own home – view full conference details and registration info.

Today’s KCC hosted sessions:

  • How to Replace Information Systems/Information Technology Textbooks with OER, and then Engage Students in Content Development
    L 253, 10am
  • The Noba Project: The (Mostly) Good, the (Slightly) Bad, and the (Tiny Bit) Ugly Experiences of an Early Adopter of an Open Textbook for General Psychology
    L315, 1pm

Monthly Links – February

Happy March – boy did the past month fly by! Here’s a list of links to a variety of teaching and learning topics posted throughout the month of February. Read them all, read none, read one – whatever strikes your fancy!

Looking for contributors – if you come across something you think may be of value/interest to your colleagues over the next month, send the link to CanvasHelp@kcc.edu!

Monthly Links – January

Happy February! Here’s a list of links to a variety of teaching and learning topics posted throughout the month of January. Read them all, read none, read one – whatever strikes your fancy!

Looking for contributors – if you come across something you think may be of value/interest to your colleagues over the next month, send the link to CanvasHelp@kcc.edu!

Last Chance to Support a Colleague!

The nomination window for the KCC Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award is about to close. As fellow faculty you can offer a different perspective on what an instructor has to offer to complement the information provided by student nominations. Why not take a few minutes today to nominate a worthy colleague or two?

Nominate an Outstanding Professor!

 

Save Time and Heartache with UDOIT!

UDOIT is a free tool that you can use to easily find and correct common accessibility issues within your Canvas courses. With the click of a button, it will scan your course looking for appropriate use of things like:

  • headings in page structure
  • alternative text for images
  • table headers
  • color contrast

Not only will UDOIT identify errors and provide suggestions, it will allow you to view the item and make those changes without leaving the page!

For example, if UDOIT finds text without enough color contrast, it will provide you with other more appropriate colors to select from. Looking at the sample below, all you would do is click on the color you would like to change to, and hit Submit. UDOIT will make the changes on the Canvas page in question for you.

Sample UDOIT color adjustment field

Using this tool, you could quickly and easily make a significant amount of adjustments in just a few minutes, without ever leaving the UDOIT page.

There will be a short demonstration of UDOIT this coming Monday, January 30th from 2:15-2:45pm in D330. Swing by and check it out!