Recommendations

For a list of what Instructional Technology tools the IDAT team currently recommends and supports for Meredith College faculty and staff, please visit our list our page within the My Meredith portal.

Explore tools by teaching goal

Do you know what you are trying to do but just don’t know which tool to use? We’ve got a chart to list tools by the teaching goal.

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  • Engage with students
  • Assessments
  • Student collaboration
  • Accessibility
  • and more

Other Instructional Tools

In addition to our categories exclusively for Zoom, Brightspace, and Google Workspace, we have many other instructional tools to use. You can also explore instructional tool tutorials and tips here on the blog under the “Instructional Tools” category.

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Effective Use of Color – Creating Accessible Content

Do you ever have trouble reading text in a document or on a website because there’s not enough contrast between the background and the color of the text? Do you find that the font style or the size is difficult to read?  Does colored text or bolding help you to discern what is important in …

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Use Quiz Answer Variations in Brightspace

Multiple choice questions are fantastic for the ease of autograding in Brightspace. But did you know you can create a answer set to autograde as well? It is a little more work up front but it opens up the door to more robust questions without manual grading. We can do this using regular expressions. These …

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Backwards Design and Transparency 2: Modules and Assignments

Previously we discussed how to use backwards design to design an entire course. You can apply some backwards design principles when creating your modules as well. Brightspace’s HTML editor and Insert Stuff tool are great for creating modules that provide clarity to your students by keeping the rationale for your decisions easily accessible and in …

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Backwards Design and Transparency at the Course Level

Numerous instructional and course design models depend upon “backwards design” as their prime organizing principle. Many instructors start by deciding which content they want to include in their course, then decide on assessments, then course objectives. Backwards design reverses that process, making content the last thing you would choose.  Flower Darby, in her book Small …

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Turnitin Draft Coach for Google Docs

Turnitin’s writing tools are now available outside Brightspace! In Google Docs you can now use the Turnitin Draft Coach to check for Similarity – compared with other text online or in the Turnitin repository Citations – inline citations and references Grammar – sentence fragments, punctuation, etc. More than a standard Google Docs spellcheck. Draft Coach …

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Gagné’s Nine Events of Instruction: Time tested approach to successful instruction

Oftentimes instructors need a simple, repeatable process to help them when they are in the weeds of course design. One such process is Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction.  Robert Gagné was an American educational psychologist best known for developing multiple systems for simplifying and delivering instruction. He pioneered the science of instruction during World War …

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Brightspace Course Builder

Course Builder is an alternate way to build your course and then make changes to it without using the Content editor in Brightspace. Many who use Course Builder think it provides a cleaner interface in which to see your entire course in a small area of screen space.  This is a brief navigation video of …

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PowerPoint Accessibility Module

This eLearning module will provide step-by-step instructions and best practices for making your PowerPoint presentations accessible to people with disabilities. When your slides are accessible, you unlock your content to everyone and people with differing abilities can read and use your slides. You learn, for example, how to add alt texts to images so that people using screen readers …

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