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New Ways to Track Work for Students and Instructors in Brightspace

There now new ways for students and instructors to track work and submissions in Brightspace! We’ve added 2 new widgets to homepages Work to Do widget for students The Work to Do widget shows upcoming, due, and overdue work. Students can see the work for a course on the course homepage OR work for all …

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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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Using Anonymous Grading (& Why You Should)

Anonymous grading can help provide better outcomes for learners, instructors, and the organization because: Test-takers can receive results faster so they know the areas in which they’re excelling and areas where they can improve. A lot of logistical needs can be automatically taken care of for instructors and markers, enabling them to spend more time working with learners. The process …

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Using Brightspace for Foreign Language Courses – Débora Maldonado-DeOliveira on Best Practices for the New Normal

The pandemic brought with it major shifts in education and an abundance of opportunities to try new strategies and practices. During Planning Week 2021 several faculty members presented some of their pandemic success and how these best practices can continue to be utilized as we adjust to a new normal. Associate Professor of Spanish Débora …

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Add Extended Time and Accommodations to Brightspace Quizzes and Assignments

Life happens and a student suddenly needs more time on a quiz or paper. No problem! With Brightspace you can add Special Access to any Quiz or Assignment. Special Access allows you to add exceptions for specified students for Assignments and Quizzes. You can change State Date, Due Date, and End Date allow more time …

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Using Turnitin Outside of Brightspace for Instructors

We’ve had several inquiries about how to get similarity scores on student work without submitting assignments in Brightspace. Instructors can do so by accessing their account via turnitin.com.   If you have used Turnitin in your Brightspace environment already All you need to do is go to turnitin.com, Click Login, Use the Meredith email you use …

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