Growth Mindset livestream from Khan Academy

Do your students say things like “I’m just not a math person” or “Writing just isn’t my thing”? Tune in to our free Growth Mindset livestream to find out how you can use LearnStorm’s six Growth Mindset Activities and lesson plans to turn fixed mindsets into growth mindsets this school year. The challenge starts on 9/12, so sign up today at!

Etudes Certification Training at West with Jim Marteney!

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Enhance your on-campus instruction using the College’s Learning Management System (LMS), Etudes. Participating in this one day instructional program will introduce you to Etude’s tools and features enabling you to develop your first web-enhanced class. Participants will work face-to-face with a certified Etudes trainer in an on-campus workshop.


Complete your Etudes Certification by participating in a three-week, hybrid instructional program which will introduce you to the Etudes online learning management system. In addition to learning about the tools and features in Etudes, you will also start to develop your first online or hybrid class. Participants will have an opportunity to work face-to-face with a certified Etudes trainer combined with the flexibility of working online in between class meetings.

The training consists of weekly on-campus sessions in addition to 5 – 7 hours of work online each week. This gives you a flexible schedule and the opportunity to experience what it is like to be an online student. Dates and contact info below.

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Warning: Grading Discussions Is Bad For Your Health


Discussions can be the heart of an online class. In some cases the message boards are the only place where students can freely communicate with each other on a number of focused topics created by you, the instructor.

In the best of worlds students are engaged in lively discussions, thinking critically as well as getting to know their classmates.

Discussions can also be a grading nightmare. Imagine having 8 topics and requiring 3 posts per topic. Times that number by 30 students. Then times that number by how many classes you’re teaching that semester. You’re talking thousands of posts!

If you read and evaluated each and every post you could easily get overwhelmed and wind up like that poor cat in the picture.

Here are my somewhat controversial grading tips to make life easier. If you have an opinion or another strategy that works for you, please share in the comments section.

*Note these instructions are to be used when grading by category, but they can be modified for grading by forum or topic.

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The Great Purge starts next week

Etudes Purging & Archiving Old Sites starting July 4th
purge-maskedkillers-outside-fullNo, it’s not quite like the movie “The Purge” but starting next July 4th, Etudes will begin purging and archiving old Etudes course sites.

What will we do on July 4?

  • Keep all of 2014 and 2015 sites “live” on, including student records.
  • Archive all 2013 sites. [2012 sites were archived last year and will remain in archives for another year].
  • Purge 2013 live sites. They will no longer be accessible, but you will be able to import their content for a year.
  • Purge 2011 sites from archives. 2011 sites will no longer be available in any form.

How can you preserve the content of a course site from 2011 that’s scheduled to be purged?

If a course is older than three and a half years and is scheduled to be purged in July, you can request a development site and import its content into it to preserve it permanently. Dev Site Request:

How can you back up student records from old course sites before they get archived?

If you would like to retain student grades, course activity, or assignment submissions from old term sites, you can download the relevant spreadsheet reports from the Gradebook, Activity Meter, and AT&S.

For more information on the Etudes Data Retention Policy, please see:

Call for Proposals – Etudes Summit

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The Etudes Summit is a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas, knowledge, experiences and lessons learned with your colleagues in the Etudes community. The event is all about YOU – your success stories and your work with students.

Don’t wait! Submit your proposal today!

Deadline for proposals:  Sunday, July 12, 2015 (midnight)

Some ideas on themes for proposals include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Technology Innovation – Creative use of Etudes, social media, mobile devices and other software to support student learning (not limited to online teaching. Uses of Etudes and other technologies to support traditional instruction are also encouraged, as this is an area of growth and interest).
  • Student Retention & Success – What practices, techniques, methodology, or tools do you use systematically to engage learners with the subject matter, you, and each other, and for improving your retention and student success?
  • Testing & Assessment Techniques – How do you assess, measure and evaluate your students’ learning? What approaches, rubrics,  tools, and features do you rely on? Share your success stories, challenges and findings.
  • Tool demos – Showcase how you have integrated external technologies successfully with Etudes.
  • Round tables. Facilitate a round table discussion on a topic of interest. Ideal for the exchange of ideas across colleges and programs.
  • Ensuring Quality in Distance Education  – How do you ensure a quality online program? Issues in this track include processes for course and program evaluations, DE policies for ensuring quality instruction, academic honesty, student support, and strategies for addressing and meeting state and federal regulations.
  • Support Services & Resources – Student Services, Instructional Design and Faculty Services, and other Teaching/Learning Resources.
  •  Universal Access – Accessibility, learning styles, etc.

Got something else to share? What are you waiting for? Get your proposal in today.

Presenters will be notified by July 25.

100+ Video Sites Every Educator Should Bookmark

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By: Alvina Lopez

Bringing multimedia into the classroom is a great way to engage students in learning. Supplementing lessons, opening up new interests, and offering inspiration, online videos make for an incredible teaching tool.

Educational Video Collections


Specifically designed for education, these collections make it easy to find video learning resources.

  1. TeacherTube: This YouTube for teachers is an amazing resource for finding educationally-focused videos to share with your classroom. You can find videos uploaded by other teachers or share your own.
  2. Edutopia: An awesome place to find learning ideas and resources, Edutopia has videos, blogs, and more, all sorted into grade levels.
  3. YouTube EDU: A YouTube channel just for education, you can find primary and secondary education, university-level videos, and even lifelong learning.
  4. Classroom Clips: Classroom Clips offers media for educators and students alike, including video and audio in a browseable format.
  5. neoK12: Find science…

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