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SoTL Conference
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning SoTL at the University of Findlay, Ohio (May 18, 19, 2015).
Title: Gamification of Classroom and Online Activities to Build Learning Engagement
Abstract: Student progress, retention, and professional success can be linked to academic engagement. Meaningful gaming builds engagement through peer instruction, crowdsourcing, learning networks, badges, and other pedagogical methods. Technology empowers educators to adopt such methods in both classroom and online environments. Specific classroom and online activities will be demonstrated to incorporate gamification in teaching.

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GVSU Teaching & Learning with Technology Symposium
Grand Valley State University TLTS, Michigan (March 11, 2015).
Title: How to Win the National Blackboard Exemplary Course Award
Abstract: The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program began in 2000 with the goal of identifying and disseminating best practices for designing engaging online courses. Using the Exemplary Course Rubric, instructors and course designers are able to evaluate how well their own course conforms to best practices outlined in the rubric.

Michigan Blackboard User Group
miBug 2015, Michigan.
Title: Hacking the Faculty Blackboard Grade Center
Abstract: Learn about copying grades to the Ellucian Banner SIS and importing from Cengage SAM system. Faculty will be able to explore the full usage of the Grade Center through categories, color schemes, custom grade schema, smart views, dropping lowest scores in a category, and other faculty ninja tricks. Conference program.

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