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Resources for instruction in the event of an emergency

Linfield has a number of online resources that instructors can utilize in the event that face-to-face classroom time is not possible. Instructors can always contact fdl@linfield.edu or Lige Armstrong (larmstro@linfield.edu) for assistance. Many of these resources are also very useful for faculty who may want to take advantage of blended course formats. A wealth of research shows that blended format courses:

  • Improve access and participation. In many face-to-face classes, not all students engage fully in classroom discussions due to shyness, language barriers, disabilities or simply because high talkers tend to dominate the conversation. These and other barriers are reduced or removed altogether in a well-structured online discussion.
  • Within reason, online students can exploit a slower, more reflective pace that suits their own rate of learning.
  • A well-structured blended environment can induce deeper understanding of course materials, which can later lead to improved face-to-face activities.

Resources include:

Email: Instructors can reach individual students by email. Also, each instructor can reach students in his or her entire class by utilizing their class list, which is managed by ITS.

CatFiles: For storing and sharing documents, CatFiles is an excellent, secure network storage system that makes it possible to share and collaborate on files according to permissions that the instructor can set. Visit the CatFiles Help page for more information.

BBLearn:  With BBLearn, Linfield's online learning management system, every course is created and populated automatically each semester. BBLearn  provides a web interface that allows users to securely upload and download files as well as a multitude of tools for online interactivity such as discussion boards,a grade book, an assignment manager, a set of assessment tools, whiteboards, chat rooms, and more.  Support for BBLearn is split across several people - to access the primary support person for Portland, DCE or Mac, please complete this help request form. To learn more about BBLearn at Linfield (including a quick start guide for first time users), visit http://www.linfield.edu/blackboard/.

Other resources that may be useful:

SoftChalk - a teaching tool to create interactive lessons for students. Contact Lige Armstrong at 503-838-2729 or larmstro@linfield.edu, if you'd like to utilize this resource.

iTunes U - contact Lige Armstrong at 503-838-2729 or larmstro@linfield.edu for your own iTunes U "class" site. iTunes U is a good place to store audio or video files.

Turnitin.com plagiarism prevention tool - for information on how to access the Linfield College Turnitin account, please contact Lige Armstrong at 503-838-2729 or larmstro@linfield.edu.

Edublogs.org, blogger.com or Live Journal - free blogger tools staff recommend and use.

Wikispaces.com - a great place to get a free wiki. You can create both public and invitation only wikis.

Facebook - join the Linfield network and connect with peers and students.

Twitter - a free resource for frequently updated microblogging.

Jing - a free screencasting tool - great for PowerPoint voice annotations, software or simulation trainings.

Google Docs - a free, online productivity suite that makes collaboration a snap.

 

If you have any needs or questions, please contact fdl@linfield.edu.