Two-Thirds of Students Use Mobile Devices for Coursework

DEIT’s Jim Holton shares an article from Campus Technology, “Two-Thirds of Online Students Do Some Coursework on a Mobile Device.”

DEIT will be working with faculty in the coming year to optimize courses for mobile devices, especially via Blackboard’s mobile applications.

If you have best practices for leveraging the power of Blackboard’s mobile apps, we’d love to hear from you at 610-282-1100 x2290 or

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Cognitive Psychology Ideas to Help Students Learn (Guest Post from K. Yee and D. Boyd via Faculty Focus)

While cognitive science literature on learning is exciting, it lacks a unifying structure to enhance practitioners’ recall and application of the findings. To assist time-strapped instructional faculty and staff, the authors of this article from Magna Publications Faculty Focus offer a consolidated summary of key cognitive science principles, in the form of an easy-to-remember acronym: ANSWER.

  • Attention
  • Novelty
  • Spacing
  • Why
  • Emotions
  • Repetition

Read the complete article How Can We Amplify Student Learning? The ANSWER from Cognitive Psychology at this link.

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Small Teaching – Small Adjustments to Your Instruction That Can Yield Big Results

DEIT recommends a recent EDUCAUSE online session given by James Lang of Assumption College. The webinar introduced three core learning principles that can help us make powerful, positive changes to the ways in which we design and teach college courses: the power of retrieval practice to promote the mastery of core skills and content; the benefit of helping learners connect new learning to their existing knowledge; and the important role that curiosity plays in motivating student learning.

To view the webinar you will need to set up an EDUCAUSE profile (free to the DeSales community). Contact DEIT if you need assistance. EDUCAUSE has many great teaching and learning resources in addition to this webinar.

Here’s the link to the EDUCAUSE webinar site (includes the PowerPoint and a recording of the session):

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Intro to the Flex Class Format

Check out this 2:25 video on the Flex class format.

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What to Do About Those Negative Comments on Course Evaluations (Guest Post: Maryellen Weimer, Faculty Focus)

Ideas for constructively mentally processing negative student course evaluations.

Read the post at:

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June 2018 Workshops

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4th Annual Instructor Roundtable and Dinner June 13 Trexler Library

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Blackboard Unavailable July 24-25 for SaaS Migration

Blackboard will be unavailable on July 24 and 25 as we transition from “managed hosting” to “software-as-a-service (SaaS)”. System users will not encounter any major changes to the interface on July 26 other than some minor upgrades. The SaaS infrastructure is designed to eliminate the need for system shutdowns for upgrades in the future and will assure that DeSales always has the latest version of Blackboard deployed. Questions? Contact DEIT at 610-282-1100 x2290 or

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Dooling VCRs, R.I.P.

Over the summer, the last remaining DeSales classroom VCRs on the 2nd floor of Dooling Hall will be replaced with BluRay players. Instructors that wish to retain material that only exists in VHS tape format (what, no Betamax?), should contact DEIT to have such material converted to digital format. Questions? Contact DEIT at 610-282-1100 x2290 or

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StudentLingo to be Discontinued at DeSales 7/31/2018

Due to lack of interest / use, DeSales subscription to the StudentLingo / TutorLingo video service will not be renewed upon expiration on July 31, 2018. Questions? Contact DEIT at or 610-282-1100 x2290.

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