One concern teachers often have in terms of online teaching, particularly when it comes to delivering live, synchronous sessions, is how to keep their learners engaged. As educators at HCT and beyond move toward more blended and fully-online classes, having a few strategies in place will go a long way toward developing and delivering interesting, informative and interactive sessions online. In this blog post

Educators are often on the lookout for professional development opportunities to keep relevant and help deliver effective and engaging lessons in a supportive, student-centred environment. For many of us, schools and institutions offer several PD options throughout the year or on an ongoing basis through dedicated training departments. Such opportunities blend well with the specific needs of a school

Today’s teachers have a number of tasks that were not necessarily part of their domain years ago. Often, one of those tasks is designing courses, which some teachers can find overwhelming. A few weeks ago, a faculty member asked for some guidance, saying, “I’m not an instructional designer; how am I supposed to know how to create

Microsoft Teams, which comes on board as part of our HCT Office 365 account, touts itself as a hub for teamwork and a tool that “brings everything together in a shared workspace where you can chat, meet, share files and work with business apps“. It’s a great soundbite to be sure, but what does it actually mean

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Embedding a PowerPoint presentation into your Blackboard course provides the students with a more visually appealing course design. It is also the easiest way to share updates to the presentation with your students since any changes made will automatically be updated in the presentation in your Blackboard course. This makes it the most efficient way

  The Blackboard Grade Center is a very powerful tool that can help save instructor time. For example, in many courses the average quiz grade is calculated based on the best 3 out 4 quiz scores. Instructors can create a column in Blackboard that will calculate this average automatically for them. So, there is no

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