Roane State Community College

Pedagogical Resources

D2L Lightning Sessions

Grab your lunch, and enjoy a quick 30-minute session from the comfort of your office. There will be a 15 to 20-minute presentation with a 10-minute question and answer session to follow. One of our D2L certified trainers will be leading you through a variety of features so come and learn how you can enhance your students’ course experiences.

D2L lightning sessions will be held via Adobe Connect each Thursday at 1 pm. Log in to Adobe Connect (opens in new window):

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You’ve Got Mail

Join us for a quick session on how you can reduce the amount of emails that you receive from your students. When students get confused, they will often send emails, flooding your inbox with questions. This session will demonstrate how you can make course navigation clearer for your students, reducing their need to send numerous emails.

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Something to Talk About

Join us for a quick session to learn how you can benefit from using online discussion boards. Discussion board activities can serve a variety of purposes and can be used to meet a wide range of instructional objectives. Whether you teach face-to-face, hybrid, or online courses join us to learn how you can build class community, allow for in-depth reflection, allow students to interact with guest experts, and/or allow students to develop thinking and writing skills.

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No Excuses

Join us for a quick session where you will learn how to utilize D2L’s calendar tool so that students stay up-to-date on what is happening in your course. When students use the “Pulse App” and faculty use the D2L calendar, students can keep track of important updates, deadlines, and grades. These tools will make life simpler and give students “no excuse” of missing deadlines.

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Let’s Get Personal

Ever wonder how you can personalize communication with students online? Join us for a quick session to learn how you can use “replacement strings” to personalize messages, instruction, and other information in your course. By utilizing this simple D2L feature, you can build a better relationship with your students, increase engagement levels, and improve the overall learning experience for your students.

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If This, Then That

Ever wonder how you can use “Release Conditions” to create a custom learning path? Join us for a quick session on how to utilize “release conditions” within the following D2L tools: Checklists, Content Modules and Topics, Discussion Forums, Assignments, Grade Items, Announcements, Quizzes, and Surveys.

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Stay Calm and Grade On (Part 1)

Want to know how to set up your Grade Book in D2L? This session talks about how to set up your Grade Book from the beginning. It goes over different options for getting started and how to create categories and items to help it be organized.

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Stay Calm and Grade On (Part 2)

Want to know how to link your course graded items to Grade Book in D2L? This session talks about how to link those items to your Grade Book and best practices for doing it. It goes over different options for getting started and how to use existing items if you already have them created.

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Teacher Tip Thursdays

Momentum/D2L Tips:

  • Gradebooks. (video) Learn how to set up two common styles of gradebooks in D2L, and easy ways to use grades in a traditional or web course. Presenter: Darren York
  • Parade of Courses. (video) Tips, tricks, smart moves, and great ideas from real Roane State Professors teaching online or using Momentum/D2L to supplement their courses, including technical requirements, navigation tips, and sound teaching philosophy. Hosted by Darren York.

Online Library Tips:

  • Research Guides. (video) Library Guides: Customize the Library to Meet Your Needs. Your librarians have been busy building webpages to showcase the best books, journals, videos, and databases for each discipline. Explore these powerful webpages and learn how librarians will partner with you to customize a guide for your specific class needs or assignment. Hosted by Robert Benson and Ollie Nolan.
  • Online Librarian. (video) The Lurker, The Dipper, The Works: Partnering with an Online Librarian for Student Success! Partnering with your own personal online librarian can help your students find better resources and understand how to think critically about their own information skills and habits. Learn more about Roane State Library’s Online Librarian Program and start planning your own personal pilot. Hosted by Molly Stover and Ollie Nolan.
  • eBooks- Get library eBooks on your mobile device. (video) Roane State Library has more than 250,000 eBooks. Many of these eBooks can be read online or downloaded to your mobile device. Setting up the first download is a pain. It gets easier after that. Expert advice on how to use Roane State’s incredible eBook collection wherever and however you want. Hosted by Robert Benson.
  • What’s So Scary about Research? (video) Although we expect our students to have some grasp of research conventions and synthesis, and many courses require a research project as evidence of mastery of prescribed competencies, we often dread these assignments, sometimes even putting them off until the very end of the semester when it is too late to ensure quality through drafting and revision and too late to address plagiarism productively. This webinar will offer some tips to overcoming this dread by integrating research into your course early on and building research projects in stages. Hosted by Mike Hill.

App Tips:

  • Utilize Socrative in your classes. (video) Socrative – a student response system that allows students the ability to respond to faculty using their computers, laptops, tablets, or Smartphones. Carrying out formative assessment can provide valuable insight into what concepts need to be reviewed or even re-taught. It allows you to administer exit tickets and quizzes to your students regardless of what devices they are on as long as their device has web browser capabilities. Socrative only takes teachers 3 minutes to set up and takes students 20 seconds to load. Hosted by Ronda Blevins
  • Air Server Passwords and Pass codes. (video) Learn how to use Air Server to wireless project your iPad in the classroom. Most importantly, we will be discussing passwords and passcodes so your classroom screen cannot be high jacked by another classroom using Air Server. Hosted by Nikki White.

Other Tips:

  • Mediascape. (video) Join us as we share the newest collaborative work space on the Harriman campus. Students, faculty, and staff may BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to develop ideas and work on projects in this open environment. Presenters: Nichole White and Robert Benson
  • Study Group Starter Kit: Encouraging Study Groups. (video) For years we have seen research proving the efficacy of study groups outside the classroom, but the formation of these groups can often be a trial in the community college setting. This webinar will discuss the ways an instructor can both incentivize and embolden students to form effective study groups outside of class. * Very useful in the flipped classroom model.
  • Teaching without the Text. (video) Explore ways Roane State faculty are using online resources from the library and open web to deliver flexible, relevant, engaging courses. Hosted by Mike Hill & Robert Benson
  • Low Tech Lessons that Still Engage. (video) Despite our and our students’ reliance on technology, both in and out of the classroom, there is still room for teaching which requires little, if any gadgetry. This webinar will highlight a couple of assignments which can be easily adapted to a variety of disciplines, which engage students, and which address a range of learning outcomes. Hosted by Mike Hill.
  • Creative Commons. (slides) Jane Park from Creative Commons will give a brief overview of Creative Commons, Creative Commons license use in education, and Creative Common’s integral role in the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement. She will explain the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) requirement for TAACCCT program grantees, how the CC BY license works, and free support CC will over to grantees around application of the license to grantee materials. Hosted by Jane Parks.