Audience Response Systems

Audience response systems analyze and display student responses to questions posed in class, giving students the opportunity to actively participate during a lecture (while preserving anonymity). These systems are known by many names including student response systems, classroom response systems, and “clickers.” Clickers can be used for a variety of purposes such as gauging student comprehension […]

Time-Saving Tips for Reviewing Discussion Posts

Blackboard’s Discussion Board tool is flexible and lends itself to many applications for your classes. If you are looking for some ideas for how to build discussion and interactivity in your course, these posts will give you a place to start. Once you have a Discussion Board activity setup, the tips below can help you […]

An Introductory Video on Flipping Your Class

You may have recently read or heard a lot about “flipping the class.” The basic idea behind flipping your class is presenting some content to your students outside of class time (often through recorded audio or videos). As a result, you can spend your in-class time together working on activities that allow your students to […]

Energizing Online Discussions

Face to face discussion gives students opportunities to engage with course content and each other in deep and meaningful ways. Sometimes, though, it is a challenge to create energetic discussions in an asynchronous, online format. Here are some ideas for taking class discussion online and keeping students engaged. Building Community Online discussion boards allow you […]