Engagement

Register for Canvas 201: Take your Course to the next level!

Use Canvas to overcome barriers to learning - Explore in depth tools in Canvas that enhances student learning. Fall quarter start date: Tuesday October 23rd ends November 30th Audience: Faculty or Staff Required: Completion of Canvas 101 PD Hours: On completion participants receive 22 hrs of professional development time. Review the Syllabus Facilitator: Mandie Nash, ...more about Register for Canvas 201: Take your Course to the next level!


Canvas 101: Teaching with Canvas, Accessibility 101: Principles of Inclusive Design and Copyright Information for Educators

Teaching with Canvas: Canvas 101 Canvas 101 is perfect for new online instructors, and it is modular so instructors with varied backgrounds and experience can select the order of the modules that best apply to their needs. This online based workshop is intended to introduce instructors to the available tools in Canvas. It is self-paced, project-based, and guided–a facilitator will be available to answer ...more about Canvas 101: Teaching with Canvas, Accessibility 101: Principles of Inclusive Design and Copyright Information for Educators


Collaboratory “Interactive Worlds” events sponsored by eLearning

Our Goal: We want to get BC students, faculty and staff to attend live events and presentations taking place in the new Collaboratory  located in the Bellevue College Learning Media Center. BC Facilitators: Bruce Wolcott, Gordon Hom and Sukirti Ranade Guests: Dr. Don Alvarez with FilmmakerLive, Software engineers Brian Zhou and Xinli Zou with Wyzlink BC communications ...more about Collaboratory “Interactive Worlds” events sponsored by eLearning


Creating a YouTube Channel

With accessibility issues taking center stage in our courses, faculty are looking for the simplest, fastest way to add closed captioning to self-produced instructional videos. YouTube can both host your instructional videos and provide rudimentary closed captions. The captions will need to be edited and that will be the topic of another post. There is a ...more about Creating a YouTube Channel


On the Shelf in the Library Media Center: New Directions in Higher Education

When I have a few spare moments I enjoy browsing the shelves in the Library Media Center (LMC) to find journals relevant to teaching and learning. The journals are on the first floor just to the left of the stairs as you enter the library. I discovered New Directions for Higher Education, a Jossey-Bass (Wiley ...more about On the Shelf in the Library Media Center: New Directions in Higher Education


Are you new to teaching or designing hybrid or online classes?

If so, this is a great place to start! This checklist was developed by the Bellevue College eLearning Council for instructors and course designers who are teaching or building hybrid and online courses for the first time.


BC Faculty Call Quality Matters® Training “Transformative”

What is Quality Matters? Quality Matters (QM) is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to improving the quality of online course design. Though QM has established a multi-faceted process for assuring the quality of online courses, the best place to begin is with the QM Rubric. Based upon research-supported and published best practices for online ...more about BC Faculty Call Quality Matters® Training “Transformative”


Add Guided Practice to the Flipped Classroom to Increase Student Engagement

Though the flipped classroom model has amazing potential for helping students to achieve higher-order learning outcomes, flipping a course has its own special challenges. The successful flipped classroom goes beyond simply posting lectures, reading materials and videos online for students to view. Guided practice provides students with the support they need to remember and understand new content, so they come to class ready to apply, analyze and create with new course concepts. Dr. Robert Talbert, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, has written a very helpful post which details the way he designs and implements guided practice in his flipped math classes.


Does the Growth Mindset Need Help from Lev Vygotsky?

A fascinating new article from the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at Rice University opines that the idea of the Growth Mindset is not complete without the company of Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development.


Motivating Adult Online Learners

Online learning must be active learning. A February Faculty Focus article described a recent survey of Florida State University students taking online courses which revealed that many students did not feel they were getting the educational value from their online courses that they would from a traditional face-to-face class. Among students’ primary concerns were course relevance, lack of instructor presence, and absence of timely feedback.