Teaching Tips

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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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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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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Faculty Center – Ready for Fall 2013

Are you ready for fall 2013? Learn how to check your course information (including Instruction Mode) in the CUNYfirst Faculty Center.
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Wrestling the alligator: Blackboard Grade Center tips

We have been asked many times by our colleagues how one goes about dropping the lowest grade from a set of assignments, tests, and/or heterogeneous graded items. Since this process is simple, on one hand, and challenging -- in that it involves specific Blackboard knowledge -- on the other, we felt it might be a very helpful process to walk you through a solution to this goal.
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Saving time: The art of the shortcut

As the spring semester enters its late stages and many of us are feeling the pressure of our schedules, it is a good time to brush up on some keyboard techniques to improve efficiency and quality of life.
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Teaching green

Spring is finally here, and with Earth Day 2013 practically around the corner, now is a great time to consider adopting practices to make your teaching more environmentally friendly. How can you make your teaching more “green”?
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