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Best practices

Webcam icon - image from Wikimedia Commons Short videos improve instructor presence – Part I
Melany shares 3 easy ways to capture video to add some of you to your online class. Posted December 5, 2016
Before you decide to proctor
Proctoring exams may not be the silver bullet for assessment that it seems. Learn more about the complexity of proctoring online exams in this cautionary tale. Posted November 28, 2016
The default font size is "small" Default font size in D2L too tiny?
Rondi shares how to adjust the font size in D2L so that you don't strain your eyes while reading all those discussion posts. Posted November 21, 2016
Man reacting negatively to what he sees on his laptop. Hopefully it's not your online class. Top online course design mistakes
Learn some common mistakes in designing an online class. Posted November 14, 2016
A custom gmail label for a writing course Using your PCC Gmail account like a boss, part 2
Learn how to use a custom address to improve filtering of your class email. Posted November 7, 2016
candy eyeballs from the royalty free collection Royalty Free Media: More Than Eye Candy
Using royalty free media in your online courses can be a copyright safe treat. Learn some tricks for using these resources in your online teaching practice via a brief selection of prior best practices blog posts. Posted October 31, 2016
the Contacts menu in gmail Using your PCC Gmail account like a boss, part 1 2
Learn how to create a contact group in your PCC gmail to easily mail students. Posted October 24, 2016
Ernest Hemingway Tools to improve writing on the web 1
Improve your writing for the web with these two easy tools. Posted October 18, 2016
Decorative illustration of gears and Gamification title Gamification: Use What Works in D2L
MOOC data research is helping us understand which gamification features work in online classes, and a BrightSpace webinar can help you understand how to apply them in your D2L course. Posted October 10, 2016
news icon Using the style sheet in D2L
Peter shares how to use the DL style sheet to make your content look great on any device. Posted October 3, 2016