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This interactive workshop will briefly introduce participants to generative artificial intelligence -- what it is and how it is different…
Apr 12, 2024
As this semester winds down, it is a great time to think about preparing and updating your course materials! COLRS multimedia specialist, Scott Moomaw, is…
Mar 22, 2024
The CDC reported in May 2023 that up 27% of adults in the U.S. have some type of disability. As educators, we know that federal and state laws require our…
Mar 06, 2024
This month, we’ve been focused on using plus-one thinking to improve assessments and grading practices. In order to see the fruits of your labor, you’ll…
Feb 27, 2024
Adding a grading rubric is a simple yet powerful "plus one" strategy that can significantly elevate the quality of assessment and feedback for your courses.…
Feb 13, 2024
Rubrics serve as guiding tools for instructors in evaluating their students' work or performance, enhancing reliability, validity, and transparency in…