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  • What to Include on Your “Getting Started” Page

    Helping your students get off to the right start so that they can be successful in your course has always been important, but new challenges that come with teaching in the middle of a pandemic make it even more critical. If you’re grappling ...


  • Using Explanation in Assessments

    As I’m sure you’ve all experienced this spring, sometimes there isn’t a perfect online equivalent for all of the things you were doing in the classroom. This can be especially challenging with STEM courses, where we rely on labs and othe...


  • Students discuss the instructional text on an assignment.

    The Importance of Instructional Text

    Does this conversation sound familiar? Student: I saw the materials for class, but I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do. Instructor: Well, I posted it all in Blackboard. I’m not sure what the problem is. If your students are tel...


  • Students complete Blackboard quizzes that use calculated formulas.

    Q&A: Creating Blackboard Tests Using Calculated Formulas

    33976200250 Because ASU now offers a minor in astronomy, Assistant Professor Dr. Kenneth Carrell knew it was time to bump up the requirements. He added some mathematical equations to his introductory course, PHYS 1303 Fundamentals of Astro...


  • ASU students complete a chemistry lab exercise.

    Improve Lab Report Submissions

    Lab reports. Across our college, faculty collect a lot of lab reports that take on many shapes and sizes. 35138150188 Dr. Gregory Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is trying some cool new stuff wit...


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