Can you really use Google Classroom to teach an online or blended course?

The Digital Education Leadership program at Seattle Pacific University has used Google Classroom as a learning management system (LMS) since it became available in September 2014. Faculty enjoy the ease of use and students enjoy learning with a platform they can use with their own students. Participants in this session will learn: 1) Research-based practices for […]

How to organize your gradebook in Blackboard 9.1

These slides are from a workshop that I have facilitated numerous times. The workshop is popular because Blackboard’s Grade Center options can be overwhelming for faculty as they attempt to set up a gradebook for the first time. The options can be confusing, especially when dealing with questions about the use of categories, weighting, and extra credit. […]

How to submit a WordPress blog post in Canvas

In my Computer Authoring course, I ask students to share Clear and Unclear blog posts each week, reflecting on what they learn and do not understand in the module. I use Canvas’ group feature to have them share the URL for their blog post with blog buddies.  I ask them to give their blog buddies feedback on each new […]

Can using a tool like Google+ lead to the death of the LMS?

This summer I have enjoyed using Google+ in place of Blackboard‘s Discussion tool in two courses that I am teaching.  Students were able to interact with each other, chat with participants in another course, and even learn with real-world education experts like +Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz and +Larry Ferlazzo. An LMS (e.g. Blackboard) “protects” students by letting them only […]

Satisfied with the Basics: 2012 Faculty Evaluation of Blackboard

Satisfied with the Basics: 2012 Faculty Evaluation of Blackboard Seattle Pacific University  Janiess Sallee Assistant Director Instructional Technology Services  David Wicks Assistant Professor, Director Instructional Technology Services  Seattle Pacific University has used Blackboard as its Learning Management System (LMS) since 1999.    Technology has since rapidly developed and transformed the way in which we learn […]

“Playing” with Technology All Day Long

Each school year predictably begins with Seattle Pacific University professors asking me one of two questions: What new technologies are you examining? Or, How do you keep up with all the changes? Professors who ask the first question usually follow up with a statement about how fun my job must be to be able to […]

Blackboard + Sprint ≠ True Love

Image by Dominic Williamson Blackboard plus Sprint does not equal true love.  A recent article in the Chronicle about Sprint’s lawsuit against Blackboard reminded me of a conversation I had with my Blackboard rep during the Spring.  I told him I was tired of seeing Blackboard promote partner “deals” that aren’t addressing the real challenges […]

What’s the Story with Mobile Learning in Edu and at SPU?

In a recent post I wrote about eBooks being one of six emerging educational technologies to keep an eye on in the near future. Continuing with that theme, I would like to share about the current status of mobile learning or m-learning in higher education and at Seattle Pacific University. The 2011 Horizon Report predicted […]

What’s the Story with Mobile Learning in Edu and at SPU?

In a recent post I wrote about eBooks being one of six emerging educational technologies to keep an eye on in the near future. Continuing with that theme, I would like to share about the current status of mobile learning or m-learning in higher education and at Seattle Pacific University. The 2011 Horizon Report predicted […]