Category Archives: From the Desk of Dr. Easley

Online Class Discussion

In online courses, class discussion is a mainstay of learning and participation.  as we make the move from blackboard to bright space, we are using this as an opportunity to make adjustments to our expectations and assessment of online class discussion. We have developed a new AGS online class discussion guidelines document (available here). Beginning […]

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Brightspace LMS Update

Activities are underway for the transition from Blackboard to the new Brightspace platform. The focus for the last several weeks has been working with our D2L project manager and implementation team to get our new site configured and online. Work begins this next week on setting up user authentication, which will then allow us to activate […]

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Transition to Brightspace

Last week, the university Cabinet officially approved a proposal to change learning management systems from Blackboard to Brightspace by D2L. That transition process will officially begin July 1 of this year, allowing for a full year of overlap between the two systems. Our contract with Blackboard expires in June 2017 and we will be completely […]

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Dwelling Among Us

As I write this brief reflection for the final 2015 issue of Connect:ED, I am sitting in my daughter’s room at St. Francis Children’s Hospital here in Tulsa. She was admitted yesterday with a severe eye infection requiring several days of antibiotics. For the fifth time in the last 18 months, I have again been […]

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State of the Program

Dear online and adjunct faculty, It is still hard for me to imagine that Thanksgiving 2015 is here. This year has flown by so unbelievably fast for me. We have covered some rich, fertile ground these last many months. I thought it might be good to stop and look behind us briefly and see what […]

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Meeting Face-to-Face Online

How would you like a tool that helped your online students feel more connected, engaged, and motivated to do well in your online course? What if you had a tool that could help strengthen communication with students, eliminate some of the frustrating email patterns online instructors often encounter, and create a much deeper sense of relationship […]

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