Author Archives: Donna Simiele

About Donna Simiele

Currently working at Niagara County Community College as the eLearning Technology Support Coordinator. I am a graduate of Empire State College with a BS and completed a certificate in Instructional Design from SUNY.

Open SUNY/SUNY Online – Your Resources for Remote Learning During Covid-19

Open SUNY/SUNY Online – Your Resources for Remote Learning During Covid-19 SUNY has created a website dedicated to Support Remote Learning during Covid-19 for Campuses, Students and Faculty/Staff.  They provide technology tools, webinars/training and much more.

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Tea for Teaching

Check out – Tea for Teaching Check out this great resource created by John Kane and Rebecca Mushtare.  They run the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the State University of New York at Oswego. This website offers … Continue reading

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Good practice respects diverse talents and ways of learning

This month we are highlighting Principal 7: Good practice respects diverse talents and ways of learning. I recommend that you take a few minutes this week to learn about UDL (Universal Design Learning).  UDL allows educators to provide a spectrum … Continue reading

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Remind – Tool Tip of the Week

Remind text messaging!  At times throughout the semester, do you wish you could get a quick message to your students?  I would highly recommend using Remind to communicate with your students. This tool is free! Many students already have knowledge … Continue reading

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Tip of the Week! Sharing Grades with Students Confidentially!

This trick is for those of you using the Blackboard Grade Center. As the semester is winding down we are constantly getting the question “What are my grades” or “How am I doing”.  In the Blackboard Grade Center the faculty … Continue reading

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Do Online Discussions Have a Place in On Campus Classes?

As a tip of the week I would like to share an article by the University of Oregon and their Teaching Effectiveness Program.  I decided to send this out to all faculty because of the success that has been seen … Continue reading

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Sharing PowerPoint Presentations after MyBrainShark is Discontinued

Since MyBrainShark is discontinuing their free service I would like to offer a few alternatives to sharing PowerPoint Presentations. Each one of the options below offers different services from transcripts (based on slide content), embed links, and video transfer just … Continue reading

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Using myBrainshark to share content such as PowerPoint presentations

MyBrainshark If you are using PowerPoints in your course I recommend using a service such as myBrainshark to host your presentations. This free service offers many features (listed below) that can be used for instructional materials. One tool within Brainshark … Continue reading

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Is Your Blackboard Grade Center Too Large To Handle? Learn How To Use Smart Views

Smart Views Smart Views in the Blackboard Grade Center allow you to customize your view based on categories, grades, specific items, by student, and many other options. Smart Views is also a tool that can be setup to view assignments/assessments … Continue reading

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New Open Education Resources “OER”

As the costs continue to rise in higher education it is important to explore new Open Education Resources to use in today’s classrooms. We have added 2 new OERs to our blog.  To view a more visit the NCCC eLearning … Continue reading

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