Instructional Content Resources

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This method/tool will be the easiest to use of the other options presented.

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This method/tool is considered the most difficult to use compared to all other options presented.

  • Innovate Technology for Learning (ITL from 180 Skills) 

Need more oline instructional content for your manufacturing or aviation course? Consider adding ITL content from our partner 180Skills. The content is interactive in nature and includes study guides and assesssments. Topics cover everything from Aerosapce Mannufacturing to Welding, to PLC and Qualtiy Assurance

Contact ITAS and ask for access to the ITL Catelog .  Review the catalog and select the content you want to use.  Be sure to take note the 180Skills course number.  Put in a ticket to ITAS provide the CRN for you course or the name of the master/template and the 180Skills course number. ITAS will load the content to your course. If you indicate you also want the quizzes please be aware the gradecolumns will appear once ITAS completes the course load  

  • Softchalk

SoftChalk is the fast and easy way for you to create high quality, online lessons that are interactive and that engage students whether for skills training, content support for adjunct faculty, affordable content alternatives for learners or content for a variety of non-academic orientation and training requirements. Softchalk provides a way to keep all of your lesson material and assessment all in the same place. See below for a samples of Softchalk Lessons.

Links to Training

Web Links:

Software Download:

If you would like to use Softchalk, you can download the software here and install it on any computer. We have an enterprise license so no cost to you.

 

 

Join Softchalk for the upcoming Innovators in Online Learning Webinar:

Continued Learning in the Wake of COVID-19

Due to coronavirus COVID-19, schools around the country are canceling in-person classes and shifting to distance or online education to continue the learning—with little time to plan and prepare staff, families, or students. There are many tough questions rising across the country: How are schools continuing the learning? What is the best way to rapidly spin up an online learning environment? What is the best way to keep students engaged? How will students demonstrate knowledge acquisition?

SoftChalk and i3DigitalPD are teaming up to host a live online conversation that poses these questions and more. Access is free and open to anyone who wants to participate.

Join Kim Loomis, former Online & Blended Director of Nevada’s Clark County School District and CEO of i3DigitalPD for this lively and informative conversation.

Check out Kim's most recent blog post for helpful tips and background information prior to the webinar.  

Thursday, March 26   1:00 PM ET

  • Linkedin Learning

LinkedIn Learning is a website offering video courses taught by industry experts in several areas including software, creative, and business skills.  These video courses can be shared with your students and completion can be tracked in the Blackboard Grade Center.

  • Wisc-Online

Wisc-Online is a digital library of Web-based learning resources called "learning objects." The digital library of objects has been developed primarily by faculty from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and produced by software and multimedia developers who create the learning objects for the online environment. At present, over 400 WTCS faculty members have authored learning objects. The Wisc-Online digital library contains over 2,500 learning objects that are freely accessible to teachers and students at no cost and with copyright clearance for use in any classroom or online application.

  • Merlot

The Merlot System Provides access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools.  The site focuses on general educaiton disciplines but you will also find academic support services such as  hybrid and online course development 

Access the Merlot's web site.  Locate the topic drop down box on the left.  Select the discpline .  Click on the toipc tile. Click on Go to Material.  The teaching content will download or you will be redirected to a separate site that includes the content.  You can then upload the content to your Blackboard Shell 

Click on the link above to access OER resources compiled by ITAS staff that you use in your Blackboard course.

  • OpenStax

Using OpenStax is simple! Review the textbook online, and if you decide to use it in your class, let OpenStax know. To access faculty-only materials, you can create an OpenStax account and request faculty access. Once OpenStax manually verifies that you’re an instructor, you will have access to all faculty content. Include the textbook URL in your course materials, and from there, students can choose how they want to view the book.

  • MOOCs

A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials, such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive courses with user forums or social media discussions to support community interactions among students and faculty, as well as immediate feedback to quick quizzes and assignments. MOOCs can be added to your Blackboard course as supplemental content.  Some MOOC providers include edX and Coursera which offer free courses but also have a cost of if students wish to receive a certification.

  • Ted Talks

TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages.  These videos can be used as supplemental lectures and shared with your students.

  • Consider a basic Google Search…it is amazing what you can find!

  • Nepris

Nepris provides you with the tools and support to bring curriculum lessons to life, by virtually bringing industry experts into your classroom.  Nepris helps to engage and inspire students through connections with diverse role models!  

Access Nepris and then log on using your WSUTech credentials.  Create your profile.  You are ready to review the recorded sessions as well as request session with industry experts!

  • Net Tutor

Student in traditional classroom are used to having you there to answer quesitons as they arise. But sometimes in the online envrionmnet that is jut not possibe.  This is where Net Tutor comes in .  NetTutor is an online turoing resources which is freee to all students.  The staff at NetTutor provided services in 30 differnt topic areas including both tehcncial and general education.  Best of all the links to Net Tutor are found right in your Blackboard shell! 

Available under My Tutoring in Blackboard

  • Cengage - Pandemic Offer

If your campus has been closed due to COVID-19, your students on US campuses get a free subscription to Cengage Unlimited through the remainder of the term, which gives them access to all Cengage ebooks and platforms.

  • Here are 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free

The 8 Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania. 

 

The course are split into the following categories:

  • Computer Science

  • Data Science

  • Programming

  • Humanities

  • Business

  • Art & Design

  • Science

  • Social Sciences

  • Health & Medicine

  • Engineering

  • Mathematics

  • Education & Teaching

  • and Personal Development

  • Distance Learning Resources

Are you one of the many CTE teachers and faculty members around the nation facing an abrupt move to online teaching, owing to Coronavirus (COVID-19)? ACTE is compiling a list of resources about online and distance learning that can supplement this official guidance to build your confidence in your online teaching abilities.

  • Bob Moffatt/WELD.COM

  •  [Free Webinar] Tips for Creating an Accessible & Engaging Virtual Classroom

Thursday, April 2nd at 2 pm ET

  • NC3 Keep CTE Moving Resources

NC3 has been hard at work making many of their materials available to CTE programs across the country. Take a look at their Keep CTE Moving website to see all of the current offerings. 

A number of resources have been made available from participating industry leaders to assist schools with remote learning opportunities. To view these instructor curriculum resources, visit the CTE Coalition website

  • Helping You Navigate During COVID-19

Below is a list of resources to help you navigate teaching and learning during this unprecedented time.

Blackboard’s COVID-19-Related Resources:

  • Free Webinars for Educators

    • Select from five free 30-minute webinars geared to help you quickly transition to remote instruction using Blackboard Learn and Collaborate.

  • Free Online Courses for Educators

    • Click “Free Courses” to join an online course for getting started with Blackboard Learn or Collaborate — now available at no cost.