The Northwest eLearning Conference

by Ron Austin In October 2019, I attended the NWeLearn Conference in Bend, Oregon with fellow Bellevue College Instructional Designer Bruce Wolcott. I was surprised I hadn’t heard of this particular group before attending the event. This organization has been around for over twelve years (since 2007) and is made up of many educators from ...more about The Northwest eLearning Conference


A Survey of Online Teaching

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Faculty nationwide who have worked with instructional designers say they have enjoyed the experience and report that their courses have benefited from the collaboration, according to a survey recently published in Inside Higher Ed. 93% of faculty describe the experience as positive or very positive, and nearly 70% agree or strongly agree ...more about A Survey of Online Teaching


5 Ways to Use Canvas in Your Onground Classes

by George Rowe If you’re an instructor in a higher-education classroom, it’s unlikely you haven’t heard of or used the ‘flipped learning’ or ‘flipped classroom’ approach: students access course content online via video lectures and other multimedia, then come to class armed with questions and background knowledge ready to engage in guided, workshop-oriented tasks. Through ...more about 5 Ways to Use Canvas in Your Onground Classes


Respondus Lockdown Browser

by Sukirti Ranade Respondus LockDown Browser is a specially-designed web browser for taking tests in Canvas. When you build your quiz, you are able to setup that quiz which can only be completed, using the LockDown Browser. Students will need to download and use the LockDown Browser software to take that quiz. You do not ...more about Respondus Lockdown Browser




Educators Love a Good Metaphor

by Ron Austin I remember a guest educator speaking about “scaffolding” at a Bellevue College professional development day ten years ago. The term “scaffolding” is an educational metaphor I studied while earning my Master of Education degree. I listened with interest as the educator and another visitor discussed something I had recently learned about myself. ...more about Educators Love a Good Metaphor


What to Read When You’re (Not) Teaching: September Edition

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Earlier this month, I stumbled across a handful of new books focused on digital learning at Tech.edu: A Hopkins Series on Education and Technology. The series began in 2014 and currently features nine books covering topics as varied as gamification, teaching with new media, screen learning, developing knowledge and authority in online ...more about What to Read When You’re (Not) Teaching: September Edition


Free Professional Development Certificates Available through the end of 2019

Free professional development micro courses are provided by IRIS for modules running through the end of 2019, thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. (Most modules require between 1-3 hours to complete.) I recently completed the modules in Accommodations: Instructional and Testing Supports for Students with Disabilities and ...more about Free Professional Development Certificates Available through the end of 2019