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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 28, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Motorcycle Santa 2015

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Before the Class Ends

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Before the Class Ends

Before the Class Ends

  1. Encourage your students to complete the online Course Evaluation Survey.
    Research has shown that the biggest influence on whether a student completes an end-of-class survey is the instructor! So a note from you that encourages your students to complete the survey and that assures them that the information will be used to improve the class is important.

    1. Have questions about the online contact the Dean of Extended Learning.

On the Last Day of the Class 

  1. Post an end-of-class announcement to wrap-up to the class. Include a final request to complete the Course Evaluation
  2. Handle any deferred grade requests 
  3. Remind students to download/print their work, if they desire. If the class utilizes an e-portfolio, recommend that students download a copy of their e-portfolio, especially if this is their last class in the program.
  4. Post final grades on Banner Self-Serve
  5. Review and revise your course materials while everything is still fresh in your mind.
  6. Download a copy of the Gradebook for your records. 
  7. Make an archive of the course and download a copy.

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 14, 2015 at 9:00 am

Active Learning in Blackboard: Debates

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With Debates, students are assigned to debate teams, given a position to defend, and then asked to present arguments in support of their position. The opposing team has an opportunity to rebut the argument. Each teach is given an opportunity to rebuttal the argument. This format is useful in developing argumentation skills (in addition to teaching content).

Debating in a classroom engages students, provides an opportunity to create both student and faculty feedback, and promotes preparedness for students. Participation will encourages dialogue among students and develop speaking skills

Blackboard Role Playing Activity

The way to begin a debate is to divide the class into groups, pro and con. Each group will be given a topic and a position. This can be done through the Groups tool in blackboard. (see my post Active Learning in Blackboard: Jigsaw Group Projects.)

Once the teams have had time to prepare for the debate a timeframe is set for the debate. The instructor can choose the format of the debate. The easiest way to debate online in through one of many online debate sites. My favorites are http://www.debate.org/ and http://www.edeb8.com/.

Debate.org

Debate allows you to create debates, opinions, and polls.

Debate Website

Debate Website

The debate format is set up with rounds. The rounds are color coded as a visual clue for the round.

Color Coded Rounds

Color Coded Rounds

Users can vote on the winning debater as well as the reasons they made the decision.

Debate Voting

Debate Voting

Edeb8.com

Edeb8.com is similar to debate.org in that you can create a debate and the rounds are color coded.

Edeb8 Color Coding

Edeb8 Color Coding

Users can judge and respond to the debate as well as make comments.

Edeb82 Comments

Edeb82 Comments

In the end, it is easy to identify the winner.

Edeb83 Voting

Edeb83 Voting

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 7, 2015 at 9:00 am

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