How to: Make your PowerPoints engaging and interactive with Office Mix

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Office Mix is a free Windows plugin for PowerPoint (Office 2013 and later) that lets you easily add narration, a talking head, annotations, screen recordings and more. It also allows you to add interactivity in the form quizzes and polls. It can then be saved as a regular video file or as an interactive presentation, with flexible online hosting  and … Read More

How to: Join a community in G+

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join a G+ community

A Google Community is a communal space where you can share ideas and have ongoing conversations with other people in your course, or with people around other shared interests. The following document will step you through the process of joining a Google Community. You can follow the links in the document, and note that related how-to’s are listed below should … Read More

How to: Set up a community in G+

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set up google community

What is a Google Community? A Google Community is a communal space where you can set up ongoing conversations around particular interest topics. You may want to create one for your course participants to share ideas, thoughts and artefacts. The following document will step you through the process of setting up a Google Community. You can follow the links in … Read More

Creative Commons Images

Eloise AcunaLearning Experience Design3 Comments

At one point in time, we’ve all needed an image for either a presentation, a course website – or for something like this, a blog post – and the first thing that comes to mind is to just grab one out of a Google search. The majority of these images are copyrighted “All Rights Reserved” and you’re obliged to get written permission to use such … Read More

How to: Show your scroll bar in Grade Centre (Mac users)

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Full Grade Centre

Are you a Mac user that has discovered in your Blackboard Grade Centre, that you can’t scroll across to view all your columns? To fix the problem just follow the steps below. Full Grade Centre Blackboard Grade Centre with no scroll bar visible Select System Preferences System Preferences window In the general settings, set show scroll bar to Always Blackboard Grade Centre … Read More

Closed Captioning videos on Youtube

Andrea McLaganEducational Technology1 Comment

Closed captioning

Video and audio resources are a valuable way to supplement course materials, and over the past year our team has posted on this blog about how to create these types of resources and use Youtube to manage them. (Just click the Youtube or video tags below this post to see those posts.) When creating a video it is also important to provide … Read More

Blackboard Drop-In Sessions at Bundoora

Zaina Indira NehmeEducational TechnologyLeave a Comment

Blackboard drop ins

You might remember my blog on Developing Skills for Blackboard published early in the year.  Since our initial meeting with Josephine Ng, lots has happened in this project and amazing progress has been made. So far, Cathy and I have had the great pleasure of travelling twice to the quiet and lovely Bundoora campus this year to conduct drop-in sessions … Read More