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Best practices

four examples of Q and A Widgets Adding a Q&A Widget to your course
Rondi shares how to set up a Question and Answer widget in your D2L course to help students find the answers to common questions and also ask questions anonymously if they aren't comfortable with email or public discussion posts. Posted November 23, 2015
Easy visuals with canva Easy visuals with Canva
Create visual components for your online content with Canva. It is easy to learn, has user friendly drag-and-drop interface and will get you professional looking results after few min of work. Posted November 16, 2015
videos Designing News items in D2L
Improve your use of the News tool in D2L. Posted November 9, 2015
Image of the cover of the book The Online Teaching Survival Guide The four phases of an online course
In this week's post, Peter discusses the stages of life for an online class and shares some literature that may be useful to online instructors. Posted November 2, 2015
Eyes Big Brother’s Toolbox 1
Math faculty member and DL mentor Ann Cary shares some tips for using D2L's tracking and progress tools to see how engaged students are. Posted October 26, 2015
The Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators (#WAMOE) ! 1
It's not too late to join WAMOE, a free online course that covers web accessibility for online educators. Posted October 19, 2015
HTML calendar template Use the D2L calendar for your students’ sake 2
Using the D2L calendar is a student-centric practice that allows students to view D2L class events in other places, like Google Calendar and the upcoming D2L mobile app, Pulse. Posted October 12, 2015
decorative hrule #UmpquaStrong 1
Writing instructor Caroline LeGuin's open letter of hope and thanks to our community following recent tragic events at Umpqua. Posted October 5, 2015
Introducing a guide for new and experienced online instructors
Check out the new What Works Well in Teaching Online at PCC booklet that was created by the Distance Learning Advisory Council with feedback from faculty and staff. Posted September 28, 2015
Image and video use recommendations for online courses, part 3
Part 3 of 3 on posts about use of images and video in online courses with specific recommendations that help you manage media and select options that compliment but don't compromise your content. This post focuses on video. Posted September 21, 2015