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May 3, 2022

New Session Engagement Insights-Collaborate Ultra

Session Engagement Insights

Session Engagement Insights is a new tool companion in Collaborate Ultra. Now, moderators can view data on audience engagement during a live session! For example, moderators can see at-a-glance attendees’ interactions such as the number of hands raised and the number of chat messages sent throughout the session. Please note: The Session Engagement Insights panel…


April 28, 2022

SafeAssign Plagiarism Detection

SafeAssign Report

SafeAssign is a Blackboard tool used by instructors and students to review the originality of assignments. SafeAssign compares submitted assignments against a database of academic papers and identifies overlap between the assignment and existing works. SafeAssign reports the originality of the assignment with a score. Both instructors and students can use the report to review…


March 31, 2022

Intelligent Failure: An Opportunity for Discovery

An Icon of a Brain

Written by Janay White, MA Estimated reading time: 4 minutes “A person who has never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein As we navigate the ever-changing educational climate, the one constant that remains is the desire to create engaging and informative learning experiences for our students. We test methods, tools, and…


February 14, 2022

I Love Teaching Because…

  “I have a passion for teaching; be it in the classroom or the laboratory. The satisfaction I receive from watching a student progress from a novice to a proficient scientist is one of the reasons that I chose to leave the industry and return to the academic setting.” — Mari Davidson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor…


January 3, 2022

New Year, New Techniques: Fresh Instructional Design Trends for 2022

Written by Janay White, MA Estimated reading time: 4 minutes As the new year (and new semester) begins, you may be tasked with developing innovative solutions to keep your courses interactive and engaging. By rooting any changes you make in core instructional design principles, you will be better positioned to help your students succeed (Skyepack.com,…


September 1, 2021

Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Types of Test Questions

Though some types of questions are quick and easy to write or score, the focus should be on student’s ability to think critically and assess how students learn the material. Advantages by Question Type Multiple-choice Easy to score (by hand or electronically) Can test higher-order thinking skills (but difficult to write) Much content covered on…