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. 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.
- 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.
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.
Kaltura: Linfield's streaming server. Think of it as our private YouTube. Please see the Kaltura Getting Started Page.
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/.
Webex: Host an online discussion with your students in real time with screen sharing. Linfield's Webex Info
Other resources that may be useful:
Turnitin - plagiarism prevention, grade annotation and peer evaluation tool. TurnItIn is accessed directly through Blackboard
Facebook - join the Linfield network and connect with peers and students.
Twitter - a free resource for frequently updated microblogging.
Google Docs - a free, online productivity suite that makes collaboration a snap.