Instructional Technology Resources
BeachBoard Best Practices
General Instructional Technology Best Practices
- CSU Chico's Rubric for Online Instruction Development
Chico's rubric outlines the best practices of what is baseline, effective and exemplary criteria in course design, delivery and evaluation.
- The Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education How can students and faculty members enhance undergraduate education? Many campuses around the country are asking this question. To provide a focus for their work, these seven principles based on research on good teaching and learning in colleges and universities is worth reviewing. "A library of ideas" for incorporating the seven principles.
- Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as a Lever
This essay describes some of the most cost-effective and appropriate ways to use computers, video, and telecommunications technologies to advance the Seven Principles.
- University of Maryland's Quality Matters - Online Course Rubric The Quality Matters rubric specifically focuses on course design, rather than on course delivery or course academic content. The rubric is intended to be used for courses that are delivered fully online or with a significant online component (hybrid and blended courses). The distinguishing feature of courses for which this rubric is applicable is the use of technology (a course management system) to structure and drive the teaching and learning in the course.
- San Diego State's Tech Stars This site showcases faculty efforts in the use of technologies for teaching and collects Learning Stories from faculty regarding their experiences with the use of technologies to support learning. These Learning Stories may be helpful to other faculty interested in successfully integrating technology into their teaching practice.
- Blackboard's Greenhouse Exemplary Course Winners
View multiple Blackboard and WebCT courses that have been reviewed via a rubric and then selected as exemplary.
Making Instructional Materials Accessible
Emerging Technologies - Web 2.0
- Calibrated Peer Review (CPR)™ is a unique Web-based writing and peer-review program that enables frequent writing assignments even in large classes with limited instructional resources. In fact, CPR can reduce the time an instructor now spends reading and assessing student writing by training and incorporating students' input. CPR offers instructors the choice of creating their own writing assignments or using the assignment library. Although CPR stems from a science-based model, CPR has the exciting feature that it is discipline independent and level independent. CPR funding has been generously provided by the National Science Foundation and by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and it is based at UCLA. http://cpr.molsci.ucla.edu/
CSULB CPR administrators are Professors Mike Myers (mmyers2*csulb.edu) and Florence Newberger (fnewberg*csulb.edu). Please contact them to set up an account and for training.
- Pachyderm is a template-based web authoring tool available to students, staff, and faculty at CSULB. It provides the ability to publish educational interactive presentations. Pachyderm takes care of transforming the author's media files into the required formats and dimensions for each template. It then produces rich interactive learning objects suitable for delivery on the internet or CD/DVDs.
- Clickers Best Practices from Univ Wisconsin or Ohio State University
Clickers use radio frequencies via hand-held remote control devices which each student has in the classroom. They allow for active participation during a lecture as students answer questions via the buttons on their hand-held device. A portable receiving station in the classroom picks up their responses and condenses them for display on the screen. The process provices immediate feedback to the instructor and the students about any confusion or misunderstandings of the material being presented in the classroom.
A blog is a website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order. A blog can encourage in-depth and extended writing and reflection than email or discussion boards. They can be used for poetry and creative writing, debates, short story writing and reviews for example.
- Wikis [new window] and Wikipedia What is a wiki?[new window] Wikis encourage democratic use of the Web and promote content composition by nontechnical users. As a result, the tool can be utilized by students to become the "experts" as they format and generate a wiki on a classroom-based topic. This process gives the students ownership and includes them in the participation of the generation of knowledge with assignments.
- RSS feeds in Plain English (Short video)
del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website -- the primary use of del.icio.us is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any computer, share bookmarks publicly for reference, and view/interact with others' public bookmarks. On del.icio.us, you can use tags to organize and remember your bookmarks, which is a much more flexible system than folders. You can also use del.icio.us to see the interesting links that students and other people bookmark and share links with them in return. You can even browse and search del.icio.us to discover the useful bookmarks that everyone else has saved -- which is made easy with tags.
- Research - Writing an article? Researching for a project? Slaving away on your thesis? Use del.icio.us to keep track of all the source materials and commentary that you find online.
- Podcast - Want to hear some great podcasts? Visit the mp3+podcast tag combination and start listening. Are you a podcaster? Start posting your mp3 files to del.icio.us and we will create an RSS feed for you
- Linklog - Save bookmarks to interesting websites and add a bit of commentary to create a lightweight linklog. Then, use linkrolls or the daily blog posting feature to include your del.icio.us bookmarks on your blog or website.
- Collaboration - Students, instructors, coworkers, and other groups can use a shared account, special tag, or their del.icio.us networks to collect and organize bookmarks that are relevant -- and useful -- to the entire group.
- MERLOT Multimedia Education Resources for Learning and Online Teaching is a free resource for faculty and students of higher education. Browse the collection of learning objects or search for course materials. Members may add materials, comments and assignments to MERLOT. Membership is free.
Additional instructional resources can be accessed once logged into BeachBoard. "BeachBoard Special Interest Group (SIG)" is located in the Organizations area on the MyBeachBoard page or contact Leslie Kennedy.