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Apr 06

#TechTipThursday: GitHub as a Collaborative Tool

GitHub is a tool fairly new to the Instructional Technology Collaborators although some of us have used GitHub in support of academic requirements. Today’s #TechTipThursday will introduce users to the set up and initial use of GitHub as a collaborative tool for coding projects.  This post focuses on the tool’s web interface but there are other options for …

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Mar 23

#TechTipThursday: Introduction to Task Labels

Task Labels is an app that allows you to organize just about every aspect of your life into ‘labels’. You can separate different extracurricular activities, courses, occupations, and even tasks for your everyday life. Within each ‘label’, you can insert various tasks. This app helps you keep your busy life in order; you can access the web version …

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Mar 02

#TechTipThursday: Staying Connected with Canvas

Recently, the Canvas servers experienced a widespread outage that reached far beyond Longwood University. While we are hopeful that these situations will continue to be minimal, there are ways in which you can stay connected with Canvas. The Digital Education Collaborative is always a resource; know we utilize resources from Canvas directly as we monitor …

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Feb 23

#TechTipThursday: Overview of Bear

Bear is a flexible writing app for composing anything from notes to prose to blogs. It works on all OS devices so you can write whenever, wherever. You can link notes to each other to build one comprehensive body of text. Its functionality is beyond Apple’s built-in Notes application and offers a, free, simple white theme. Users …

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Feb 08

MakerMondays Come to Longwood

The Digital Education Collaborative is excited to announce that we are hosting a series of MakerMondays this semester! The DEC is currently developing its makerspace, called the DIGILab, in partnership with the Greenwood Library. While we continue to put the finishing touches on the DIGILab, we want to give you a preview of its possibility. …

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Feb 06

Now hiring students for fall 2017!

Did you know that the Digital Education Collaborative employs undergraduate students to assist us in supporting the university’s commitment to academic success and pedagogical excellence through the effective application of instructional technology? We are currently accepting applications for new student workers to start in the fall 2017 semester. We are seeking students who are detail-oriented, …

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Feb 02

#TechTipThursday: Assess Student Learning in Panopto

Panopto is Longwood University’s screen capturing solution and replaced Echo 360 in June 2016. Serving a multitude of functions, instructors are able to use this tool to record lectures for viewing by their students at a later time. Panopto’s direct integration with Canvas facilitates and simplifies an instructor’s ability to record a face-to-face class or …

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Dec 08

#TechTipThursday: Troubleshooting Respondus LockDown Browser

At Longwood University instructors have the ability to use Respondus LockDown Browser (with or without Monitor), intended to serve as a cheating deterrent, to enhance the integrity of the online testing environment. You may recall our introduction of the LockDown Browser, in addition to other Respondus products, in 2015. The LockDown Browser is a browser, which opens as would any other, that essentially …

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Dec 01

#TechTipThursday: Managing a student’s Incomplete in your Canvas class

As we approach the end of a semester and receive many inquiries on the subject, today’s post focuses on course completion. There may be any number of reasons why a student is unable to complete the requirements of an academic course. Fortunately, instructors have the option of granting students an “incomplete” grade in the course. …

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Nov 17

#TechTipThursday: Change with TurnItIn for Instructors

Longwood University uses TurnItIn, primarily within Canvas, to assess student submissions for originality. In other words, TurnItIn functions as a plagiarism-checker for any assignment in which the instructor has enabled TurnItIn and is submitted to Canvas. Although instructors have the ability to submit any student work through TurnItIn’s website, that is rarely done. *Note: the account administrator can …

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