Distance Education

Canvas spotlight: The Calendar Tool

Canvas, the learning management system recently chosen to replace Oncourse, has many tools that will help instructors and students better manage their academic lives. In this series we’ll be examining some of the nifty things we can do with these tools. The first tool to be spotlighted is the Calendar tool. When I first started… Read more »

next.iu decision: IU chooses Canvas

To keep Oncourse, or not to keep Oncourse, that was the question… …and now we have an answer. Over the next two years, Indiana University will be transitioning away from Oncourse as our learning management system (or LMS, for those who like acronyms and abbreviations), in favor of a new LMS called Canvas. Canvas is… Read more »

eLearning with Captivate 6

Adobe Captivate 6 is eLearning authoring software, and broadly speaking, eLearning is learning online or via some electronic device.  It’s a different experience than you would have sitting in a classroom and taking notes as a lecturer gives you information.  For some, the experience is better, and for others, it’s worse.  Whatever you think of… Read more »

The (too) long path home

I’ve encountered a problem I never thought I’d have: I’m too organized. No one looking at my office (or my house) would suspect it, but all of my computer files are very neatly stored and nested, sub-folder within sub-folder. My virtual desktop is almost completely empty, save a few shortcuts. Any time I see two… Read more »

Oncourse Assignments: No more paper cuts!

A few years ago I made the decision to stop grading papers. This might come as a bit of a surprise to my Spanish students, as they still have to do homework and write research papers. What I really did was come to the conclusion that I was done with paper. I was spending way… Read more »

Oncourse Tests & Surveys tool: Set it up

Oncourse’s Tests & Surveys tool lets instructors change a wide variety of settings in the assessments they create. Students should pay attention to these options too, as different settings might change their test-taking strategies. Under Settings, instructors can specify delivery dates for their assessments, including whether or not to accept late submissions. In addition they… Read more »

Oncourse is your new best friend

Oncourse, the open source learning management system that is used by IU, was created right here – and is constantly being revised, tweaked, and improved.  (Technically Oncourse is our version of Sakai).  Oncourse provides a place for collaboration and learning for faculty and students. Every course taught at IU automatically gets an Oncourse site. The… Read more »