Ashley Leslie

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Webinar Basics

Webinar. You’ve probably heard the term, but do you truly know what a webinar is? Do you know how webinars can benefit instructors and students? A webinar is a meeting that takes place online where participants from various locations come together and interact as if they were face-to-face. Students are able connect with each other …

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Using Technology to Help Foster Classroom Connections

Building new connections and fostering valuable connections can be intimidating for both instructors and students, particularly those new to a university. Numerous studies have shown, when students have strong connections with instructors they reap positive benefits including better engagement in the classroom and higher self-confidence. As more faculty integrate technology, particularly Canvas, into all classroom …

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Benefits of e-Portfolios

An electronic portfolio, also known as an e-portfolio, is a digital collection of one’s learning or experiences over a period of time. Typically, e-portfolios include text, documents, images, multimedia, and articles, as well as personal interests, experiences, and achievements of the creator. When considering e-portfolios in education, there are many benefits for both faculty and …

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Increasing Learner Interaction

As educators, we know the purpose of learning activities is to guide learners down the path of mastering the course learning objectives. Well-planned learning activities align with course objectives and encourage learner interaction. Learning activities must have a clear purpose within the course and can take place in three different formats: learner to content, learner …

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What’s Your Canvas Role?

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What’s Your Canvas Role?   Within a Canvas course, participants are designated with a specific role that has pre-determined permissions. The course-role and role permissions determine the type of interaction a user has with a course and the content within the course. At Longwood, there are five Canvas-roles that are used most often: Teacher, Teaching Assistant, …

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For the Sake of What? The Why Behind DEC Tech Shops.

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Why? Why is professional development important? Professional development is an integral part of any profession, particularly education. Students are encouraged to never stop learning, to hold on to their curiosity; there is always knowledge to be gained. Professional development is how educators feed our own curiosity and increase our knowledge regarding the tools and resources …

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Continuing the Conversation of Digital Citizenship Week

This year, I had the privilege of delivering not one, not two, but THREE talks at Longwood University’s Digital Citizenship Week. The first was about leadership in the digital age, which followed the next day with a luncheon where I covered Digital Reputation, and my last talk focused on being a chick in cyberspace. Getting …

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