Say Goodbye to Kaltura

The Kaltura integration into Blackboard will be disabled on August 21st, 2015. This will end the ability to directly upload videos into Blackboard using Kaltura and disrupt most videos that are linked from Kaltura into Blackboard, depending on exactly how the videos are linked. The entire Kaltura service and all videos – whether linked to Blackboard or not – will then be taken offline on November 1st, 2015. If you have video in Kaltura that you would like to keep using, please review this post on how you can identify your videos and request that they be transferred from Kaltura…

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Maximum Illustrator Effects

I attended last year’s Adobe MAX conference which took place in Los Angeles (October 4–8, 2014). Adobe MAX is an annual conference bringing together professional people in the graphics and video arts. Adobe makes applications such as Photoshop (for photos), Illustrator (for graphics), InDesign (for print), and Premiere Pro (for video); all popular design industry standards. Last year’s conference showcased Adobe’s latest Creative Cloud applications and the first 2014 version updates. I took 13 sessions (or classes) concentrating on or related to graphic design and illustration. I went there to learn something new and get inspired, which happened! Selecting items…

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Get Your Students More Involved

Ask students to get engaged in the learning process and they respond: perhaps not with enthusiasm (at least initially) but certainly with results. When active learning techniques are designed and implemented in line with evidence-based practices, they promote deeper engagement with course content and better retention of course material. The challenge for instructors is to incorporate activities which are appropriate, effective, and don’t require a great deal of time to design and implement. Incorporating active learning strategies into your classroom doesn’t mean an end to lecture. Consider breaking your class into fifteen or twenty minute chunks, and using some of…

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