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Erin Maney replied to Alexandra M. Pickett's discussion Job Openings
"Alfred State currently has an opening for an instructional designer.  If you know of anyone who may be interested, please share this link:"
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Robert Piorkowski replied to Donna Simiele's discussion Discussion Topics for Psychology in the group COTE Community Call
"Here are the instructions ... Instructions for Website Discussions: Your first post to this forum should be your Website Review. Copy your review and paste it into the forum using the New Post link . Facilitate the ensuing discussion of your…"
Donna Simiele replied to Donna Simiele's discussion Discussion Topics for Psychology in the group COTE Community Call
"Rob, When I used the Development Psychology example there seems to be a problem with the link to Website Review/Discussion Instructions.  This link is in all modules but when you click on it just takes you out to the Learning Modules…"
Robert Piorkowski replied to Donna Simiele's discussion Discussion Topics for Psychology in the group COTE Community Call
"Hi Donna, There are a few courses for observation that might help you in finding useful approaches to discussion for this faculty member: Developmental Psychology (SS 152) -- Developed by Bill Pelz, Herkimer County Community College General…"
Donna Simiele added a discussion to the group COTE Community Call

Discussion Topics for Psychology

Hello Everyone,I have a faculty member that would like to incorporate discussions into the following courses; Intro to Psychology (PSY100) & Lifespan Developmental Psychology (PSY210).  I would like to reach out to you to see if anyone has any ideas.  You might have someone in your Psych department that is having great success with discussions in this area. Does anyone know of a faculty on their campus that has discussion topics that have a proven track record for high interaction?  I would…See More
Andrea Gilbert replied to Martha V. Gold's discussion Course template
"Hi Martha,  I am an instructional designer at MCC and our team has just finished developing a course template on Blackboard that we are using with our Open SUNY+ courses. We have designed it to fit with the OSCQR rubric so that much of…"
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Robert Piorkowski replied to Alexandra M. Pickett's discussion Who are you?
"Thanks so much Martha! I'm so glad you liked it! Have you had the opportunity to use OSCQR yet ... on your own, or with your faculty? I look forward to hearing about your experiences with the rubric. Thanks again!"
Martha V. Gold posted a discussion

Course template

Hi Everyone, In an effort to standardize the interface of our courses in Blackboard, make navigation easier for students and faculty, and ensure that essential components (ADA compliance, instructor information, assignments, grading categories and weighting, etc.) are addressed, we are considering creating a course template to be made available to all faculty to copy and use.The course template closely follows the suggestions listed in the OSCQR rubric. In addition to easing navigation within…See More
Jul 24
Martha V. Gold replied to Ian August's discussion Recommendations for Screen Casting Software
"Excellent resource, Andrea!  "
Jul 23



Course template

Started by Martha V. Gold in Online Instructional Design. Last reply by Andrea Gilbert yesterday. 1 Reply

Online Course Development Course for Faculty

Started by Andrea Grace MacArgel in Online Instructional Design. Last reply by Alexandra M. Pickett Jul 2. 7 Replies

Online Adjunct(s) Needed - SUNY Potsdam

Started by Michael Phillips in Online Teaching and Learning. Last reply by Raymond Bowdish Jun 6. 1 Reply

Blended Learning

Started by Erin Maney in Online Instructional Design. Last reply by Greg Ketcham Feb 3. 1 Reply

Internal quality review process

Started by Tracy Cofiell Miller in Online Teaching and Learning. Last reply by Tracy Cofiell Miller Feb 4. 8 Replies

Blog Posts Seeking Peer Reviewers

Posted by Arthur L. Finkle on June 9, 2015 at 10:32am 0 Comments is a gateway for educational materials appearing on the web. Created by the University of California, it over 20 Editorial boards, each with a group of Peer Reviewers that are the essence of MERLOT materials.  As a Peer reviewer, you participate in the peer review process (described below).  Each board has an Editor that triages each material in their discipline and assigns it to a reviewer in that discipline.  This section describes both the  …


Punished by innovation: The need for better focus on IMPLEMENTATION of educational technologies

Posted by Mark K. Warford, Ph.D. on October 13, 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Nearly  two decades ago, educational innovation researcher, Gene Hall (1995), warned of a growing "development-implementation balance". The pace of innovation in educational technologies, on top of the increased accreditation and accountability demands placed on P-12 teachers and higher ed. instructors, suggests a need to slow down and think through the consequences of adoption decisions.

While it has been rightly criticized as a theoretical framework that is prone to determinism,…



Posted by Women mental health on October 26, 2013 at 5:03pm 0 Comments

Welcome! My name is Valentina Capponi, I'm a psychiatrist in Chile and I am doing a research trainee program in women mental health at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston MA.

My interest is to build a system of communication between specialists from different countries working in this area. The objective is to create a partnership between hospitals that have a service specialized in women's mental health with training programs in this area, and other countries where this is still…


Who's on the other end?

Posted by John Thompson on November 25, 2010 at 10:25am 1 Comment

Once people hear I teach online, I've had a few ask me how I know it's the real student actually taking the online course (assignments, discussions...). What are the latest thoughts on maintaining academic integrity/honesty in making sure online students have not hired someone to take the course for them? There was a recent Chronicle of Higher Education piece that raised some concerns.

Pulling back and looking at learning theories

Posted by Robert Piorkowski on October 21, 2010 at 10:34am 0 Comments

As a K12 teacher in my formative years, I remember taking education courses while I was teaching high school French to complete my masters. These were required for NYS certification as well as tenure. Like most young teachers, my first years in the classroom were filled with daily, "urgent" needs to have lessons and materials prepared for my students. When I would go to my… Continue

Research on authenticity of student work

Posted by Dan Feinberg on September 30, 2010 at 4:09pm 2 Comments

Online faculty (and the public at large) frequently have questions about how to maintain academic integrity in online classes. While research shows that people assume more cheating is happening online, there is no conclusive evidence that there is any difference in the amount of cheating that actually occurs...I thought this was an interesting paper on the subject: Assessment Design and Cheating Risk in Online Instruction (… Continue

Thanks for joining the community to help me test the site!

Posted by Alexandra M. Pickett on August 21, 2010 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Hi! During this limited release of this site, i am looking for feedback, comments, suggestions, edits, clarifications that i need to make, broken links you may find... anything that will help improve the navigation and usefulness of the site.

I really appreciate your help.


Alex : )


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