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Top ten things you can do before the start of the semester

Are you ready for fall 2014? Here’s a checklist to prepare you for the new semester: learn (or remember!) how to check your course information, determine Instruction Mode, find your class rosters, and more.
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Adding streaming video to your course

Did you know that academic databases can be collaborative, even creative? Beyond just search & retrieve, users of Alexander Street Press can customize and manipulate music and video content with custom video clips, sound bites, and playlists. Better, even, is that it’s so easy to use and available from Queens College Libraries.
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Linking to Queens College Libraries from Blackboard

Did you know you can link directly to most of the libraries' electronic resources from Blackboard or other class management sites? This tech tip, a guest post by Kelly M. Blanchat (E-Resources Librarian at Rosenthal Library), will guide you through constructing permanent links to the library's databases, so that students will be able to access resources whether they are on or off campus.
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What’s new in Blackboard?

Q: What happened to the Early Warning System? A: It's now called the Retention Center. Read about this and other features of the recent Blackboard upgrade.
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Snowy Day Back Up Plan

How do you make up class sessions when you and your students can't get to campus?
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Class Rosters

Want to check your students' names and their contact information? You can get that from CUNYfirst and Blackboard. Here's how...
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PDF creation and editing tools

Do you need to create a PDF file? Combine two or more PDF files? Rotate the pages? You could spend a few hundred dollars on software that does all that and more. This month's Teaching & Learning Tip introduces you to a few free or low cost alternatives for making PDF files, using your departmental photocopier, your computer, or even your smartphone.
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Blackboard Early Warning System

The Blackboard Early Warning System is a tool for monitoring student progress and notifying those who may be struggling. You can find it and related tools in the Blackboard Control Panel's Evaluation tab.
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What is Qwriting?

This tip introduces Qwriting, a truly flexible website creation platform available to all Queens College members from staff to students to faculty. Make your first site in 15 minutes and explore the ways in which having your own WordPress site can complement your work. If you have never heard of Qwriting, now is a good time to listen in.
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Avoiding predatory publishers in open access publishing

Open access journals have benefits not just to financially strained academic libraries but to faculty and graduate students seeking broad exposure of their research. However, not all publishers of such journals are reputable. Learn how to protect yourself from predatory publishers.
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