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Contingency Planning: Creating Content and Assignments When Classes are Cancelled

Sometimes we are unable to hold our face-to-face classes. In some cases there is an outbreak of the flu or measles, in other cases, there is inclement weather, conferences, and illness. In all of these instances there are technologies and assignments available that can help you deliver content to your students or have your students work together even if they cannot attend physical classes. Included here are some ideas for recording lectures that students can later view, holding synchronous lectures with video conferencing, and assignments that students can do either independently or collaboratively over the web.

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Inclusive Access for Textbooks

Inclusive access for textbooks is available for some course materials. When a student enrolls in a class using an inclusive access textbook the students will receive the materials automatically by the first day of class, and they will be charged a discounted rate to their university account in UAConnect.

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LinkedIn Learning: Linking to a Course or Video in Blackboard

LinkedIn Learning, formerly Lynda.com, is a website that has thousands of online video tutorials that can be used for a wide variety of subjects.  You can link to these courses from Blackboard and share them with your class. This allows you to provide opportunities for increasing student skills outside of class with LinkedIn Learning courses.  

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Lecture Capture: Echo360 Livestreaming Classrooms

There are numerous classrooms on campus where you can use Echo 360 to live stream your lecture. When there is bad weather or an outbreak of the flu, sometimes students can’t make it to the classroom. Live streaming your lecture can help them be sure that they don’t miss out.

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TFSC: Faculty Teaching Improvement Grant and Research in Teaching Grant Poster Session

The All Faculty Dead Day Luncheon, sponsored by the Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center (TFSC), concluded with a poster session that featured winners of the 2017-2018 Teaching Improvement Grants and Teaching in Research Grants.

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Blackboard: Force Completion

When giving an exam, we want things to go smoothly. Oftentimes there are situations that arise that cause problems for both instructors and students. We have found that selecting force completion on exams and quizzes in Blackboard is one of those instances. So, what is force completion and why does it cause so many issues?

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