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Beginning the semester on a positive note?

The beginning of the semester is a busy and exciting time for students and instructors.  Despite this normal chaos, how can we help our students begin on a positive note?  Have you considered writing a welcome letter (or email)?  I have written one for years.  I send it via email and post it in my announcements in the learning management system.  This is an excellent opportunity to introduce yourself and the course content, remind students of meeting time/room (or how to access an online course), and …the options are endless.  But, don’t make the letter endless.  They should be genuine […]

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Spring 2018 Workshops Available!

View the CTL’s spring 2018 workshops! You can also check out the schedule on the CTL’s Opportunities page or on the CTL’s Event Calendar page.  Please note, dates/times are subject to change. To register and see the most up-to-date offerings, please use the “Search, Register, and Pay for Non-Credit Classes” section of MVConnect. Refer to the Professional Development Training Guide for more information on using MVConnect to search, register, or drop sessions. If you do not have a Moraine Valley email address or cannot login to MVConnect to view and register for workshops, please contact the CTL at (708) 974-5347. Hope to see you […]

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Designing and Publishing with Atavist

Atavist is a great tool for writing stories, building websites, and creating interesting designs. Its interface uses a simple drag and drop interface for users to easily add blocks into their designs. Atavist can easily integrate videos, sounds, images, charts, code snippets, Twitter elements, and more.  Atavist is a great tool for dynamically presenting instructional content. It can be used in a face-to-face classroom as an alternative to standard presentation tools, or easily used online to present media rich content. It’s a great tool for students, too. Atavist can be used for students to convey reports and presentations, allowing for creating […]

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Making Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations Accessible

Accessibility checker Microsoft PowerPoint (2016 version for Windows and Mac) has a built-in accessibility checker. The tool is designed to aid an individual in determining a presentation’s accessibility issues. It does not cover all accessibility topics however, it does cover most of them and can be a time saver. The tool will scan a presentation and present a series of errors and warnings. Any issue can be reviewed by clicking on it, allowing the user to be presented with information on why and how to fix.  The accessibility checker can be accessed through the ribbon by going to File -> Check […]

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Audio Archive at the Internet Archive

The Audio Archive at the Internet Archive provides a wealth of audio recordings, including: Community audio Live music archives Free audiobooks and poetry Old radio programs and more. The Audio Archive can be used in a variety of courses, from the Humanities to the Social Sciences. Many of its recordings can easily be incorporated into an online course, a presentation, or other resource. Additionally, audio can often be used as a point of discussion for a critical classroom assessment in many situations. Take a look – Audio Archive at the Internet Archive.