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Parking ticket phishing email

PhishingTextA new phishing email is appearing in inboxes, urging users to pay a parking ticket.  Below is an example of the email with suspicious areas highlighted.

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Hello spring, goodbye digital clutter

Digital Spring CleaningJust as our lives can get cluttered with physical stuff, our digital lives can also benefit from some spring cleaning. Use the tips below to help clear your devices and make sure you are still using secure online practices.

TIP #1 Remove unused apps

“Clean” your mobile devices by deleting unused apps. Not only do they consume storage, they also clutter your screen.  For apps you do use make sure they are up to date and review their permissions. Continue reading »

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Open book assessments may reduce academic dishonesty

Picture of an open bookPreventing academic dishonesty in online and blended environments is a challenging obstacle. An open-book assessment with challenging questions that refer directly to course content may be an effective technique in reducing academic dishonesty.

You can administer this type of assessment on the whiteboard, with a Word document, inside your Learning Management System’s test bank, or through discussion forums.
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Are you interested in teaching online this summer?

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Did you know that Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) facilitates a training program for faculty teaching online? The program provides resources and training to faculty while they modify their face-to-face course for the online environment. Continue reading »

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Moodle Calendar: Helpful tool for online courses

CalendarThe Moodle calendar is one of my favorite features, and especially helpful for Elon students partaking in the summer online program.

If you use the standard Moodle assignments and add a due date to the course activity, Moodle automatically propagates that information to the course calendar block as an event!

The calendar automatically keeps track of and displays all course related due dates (projects, quizzes, chat room appointments, assignments).  In addition, students can add personal events to the calendar and customize it with user options (i.e. the time display, upcoming events, and first day of the week). Continue reading »

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Wiki ideas for math, science, history and literature courses

Idea with a Post-it noteA wiki is a collection of collaboratively authored web documents that has many class uses.  Here are some suggestions to use wikis in your Math, Science, History and Literature classes. Continue reading »

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Encourage class-wide participation with Moodle Forums

Image of Speech BubblesA Moodle forum is an asynchronous communication activity used to discuss various course topics.  There are several types of forums and different purposes for each.  Continue reading »

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The Online Syllabus: A Roadmap to Success

A well designed online syllabus explains how the class will unfold, faculty expectations, student responsibilities, office hours, assignments, projects, assessments, rubrics, grading criteria, and technology tools– as well as incorporates important links, examples, and contact information.  This post serves as the roadmap for your course guiding the student to success.  Continue reading »

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Discussion: experience your students by the words they express

Discussion boards can encourage conversation outside the classroom walls. Here are some tips to use this tool across disciplines.2954658325_24afb04069

  • Post pictures, videos, and/or audio of students to build community in the LMS
  • Set rules and standards for good netiquette before the first post, or have the students develop these guidelines
  • Ask questions focused on knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
  • Require students to provide substantial posts backed up with class information, readings, and references or resources
  • Post an example of a stellar response
  • Alternate postings by assigning students to respond every other week; or summarize discussion points in the forum
  •  Incorporate external website links to maintain current discussions
  • Summarize the important points in the discussion boards weekly as announcements
  • Assign groups a different course topic to explore; post in the main discussion area for review and comment
  • Assign discussion groups to create a product such as:  a quiz for the class, write a response to an author, compose a critique of a reading, brainstorm a topic, create a journal article review, compare and contrast an issue, reinforce procedures, or post products in the main discussion area for review and comment

Learn more

If you’re interested in learning more about blended, flipped or online courses, contact Teaching and Learning Technologies at 336.278.5006 or tlt@elon.edu to schedule a consultation.

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Elements of successful journaling

Image of a stack of journals Journals are a means self analysis and reflection.  Journaling requires students to synthesize materials, compose their thoughts, and write their opinions about specific topics. This allows instructors to build relationships with students individually.

Key elements

There are several key elements identified in the research for successful journaling: Continue reading »

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