Developing Your Online Learning Skills

How Do You Develop Online Learning Skills? Adult learners are finding the convenience and flexibility of online learning a match for their learning goals and busy lifestyles. This study was developed to provide perspective and to identify useful strategies that online learners can utilize for their online courses.
  • Develop a time-management strategy
  • Make the most of online discussions
  • Put knowledge to work through collaborations
  • Make questions useful to your learning
  • Stay Motivated
  • Communicate the instruction techniques that work
  • Make connections with fellow students

These techniques can promote a rich learning experience for students and provide a foundation for them to develop the necessary skills to succeed.

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Useful Web Sites

Amazon Prime shipping benefits free for 6 months

Take advantage of this special offer exclusively for students to get FREE 2-day. Shipping from items purchased on Amazon.com

Tricks for students conducting research

By pressing Ctrl+F (on a PC) on your keyboard, you can type in a word to find all the instances of that word on the web page you are on.

Improve your focus while studying with this free white noise generator

This tool can help to improve your focus the next time you need to get down to business at writing a term paper.

Ways to backup your computer files

For anyone that has had a computer crash, you know the importance of backing up your files.

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Useful Articles From Around The Web

Blackboard 9.1 Known Issues and Resolutions

At the start of the summer semester of 2011, we upgraded the Blackboard system to version 9.1.

 

Below is a list of currently known issues relevant to students. Click here if you would like to see the complete list.

 

Area

Issue

Resolution/ Workaround

Browser Compatibility Issues with Internet Explorer 8 and Blackboard Using Internet Explorer 8 with Blackboard will cause problems for students attempting to submit tests or use the file upload feature. To avoid these issues it is suggested to use Mozilla Firefox.
Digital Dropbox Removed from version 9 Faculty should use assignment manager for file uploads.
External links – now called URL URL link may not open for students in IE. Please use the Option, “Open in New Window”
Homepage Removed from version 9 Faculty can encourage the use of a blog , if an avatar is added under personal information then a photo is shared in blog.
Tools – Course Menu Tool not available in course menu The “tools” area was removed after upgrade. All current and future courses will have the tools area as a default option.

Blackboard 9.1 Known Issues

At the start of the summer semester of 2011, we upgraded the Blackboard system to version 9.1. Below is a list of currently known issues relevant to students. Click here if you would like to see the complete list.

Area

Issue

Resolution/ Workaround

Browser Compatibility Issues with Internet Explorer 8 and Blackboard Using Internet Explorer 8 with Blackboard will cause problems for students attempting to submit tests or use the file upload feature. To avoid these issues it is suggested to use Mozilla Firefox http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ie.html or change to the “compatibility mode” in IE8 (Tools > compatibility mode” in IE8 (Tools > Compatibility View Settings > Check ‘Display all websites in Compatibility View’ > Close. You will need to close IE8 and reopen the browser before the change takes effect.)
Copy and Paste Copy and pasting text from Word to a Bb text editor or discussion post causes formatting problems in Blackboard. Blackboard offers a Paste from Word Mash Up Tool. Click this link for the video tutorial.
Digital Dropbox Removed from version 9 Faculty should use assignment manager for file uploads.
External links – now called URL URL link may not open for students in IE. Please use the Option, “Open in New Window”
Grade Center System errors occur when trying to access submitted assignments Some columns defaulted back to NO CATEGORY. Once the category is changed to assignment, etc., the submitted assignments are accessible.
Grade Center Can’t view column information Quick Column Information – can access in Internet Explorer but not Firefox.
Grade Center System error occurs when trying to access certain areas of Grade Center Change the ordering of one column temporarily to force a re-organization of Grade Center. Sometimes this will resolve an issue causing a system error.
Homepage Removed from version 9 Faculty can encourage the use of a blog , if an avatar is added under personal information then a photo is shared in blog.
Tools – Course Menu Tool not available in course menu The “tools” area was removed after upgrade (was in lower box below course menu in version 8). Faculty can make a Tools menu item for courses prior to SU 2011. All current and future courses will have the tools area as a default option in the snapshot course.
YouTube Mashup tool If you choose to pick the Embed Video player option, Firefox will not display video properly Keep the default “thumbnail view” for the YouTube player option.

New College Software Seeks to Personalize Recommendations

Imagine a system that collects information about students in order to make useful suggestions regarding course schedules, instructors, and services. Here are a few examples of how this system could benefit students:

  • New Students receives a link to the online orientation
  • A student with a high GPA receives a link to the honors program; a student with low grades will be pointed to tutoring services.
  • Based on the pattern of classes you’ve taken in the past, a class schedule will be created – already screened for prerequisites. They also don’t have a time conflict with when a work schedule.

There is a recently developed technology system called Sherpa which does just this. With more information about students, the suggestions could get more specific. What do you think about this type of technology? Is it a great new convenience or is data mining student information inappropriate?

Integrating Facebook into Classroom Instruction

Should Facebook be integrated into classroom instruction? Does it improve communication between students and instructors? On the hand, is it too much of an intrusion into students’ personal and social lives for educators to be using it as an educational method? Is it just too much of a distraction from learning? Gain a broader perspective of this topic by reading this article on 100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom.

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Topics in Higher Education: Share your Opinion

The Wilmington University Online Facebook Page is dedicated to helping students establish an interactive presence on Facebook by engaging with their campus community. We want to hear from you, so please use this page as a forum. Below are two of the topics in higher education being discussed now on the page, share your opinions by writing on the page’s wall!

What is Wimba Pronto?

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What is Wimba Pronto?

Wimba Pronto is the only instant collaboration system specifically designed to advance and promote learning. It enables registered users to instantly connect with classmates and instructors by working with the institution’s Learning Management System to automatically populate a list of that user’s courses and classmates. Use it to whiteboard with study groups, ask an instructor a question or video chat with classmates or colleagues.

How to download Wimba

  1. Login to Blackboard
  2. Click on one of your courses
  3. Under the Tools menu, click Communication
  4. Scroll down and click the Wimba Pronto link
  5. Follow the directions on the sign up page. Once complete, you can use Pronto at any time.