Choosing a Navigation Style for Your Website – Things to Keep in Mind

Before any organization can proceed with its website redesign efforts, involved facilitators need to start by declaring an appropriate page style. The chosen style will form the foundation of a site’s navigation elements and will directly impact the users’ engagement with the organization’s website.  (more…)

Using QR Codes for Faculty Course Content Distribution

Although the idea of including QR codes on course materials may seem somewhat gimmicky, in some cases it could make sense and prove to be a very effective strategy for faculty. When it comes to an instructor’s course content, syllabi, and even published-texts, if/when the material is made available, a displayed QR code could serve a variety of purposes. For example, allowing an enrolled student to scan a QR barcode so that person can be automatically re-directed to an instructor’s website, textbook purchasing site, online course resource page, or other related content that is deemed relevant, are all potentially useful possibilities.


The Future of Higher Education: From the Classroom to the Web

The higher education industry is being directly impacted by the maturing Internet and an education revolution is here.  Students today are much more web-savvy than in years past and they have personal and professional needs and demands that are continually expanding along with the capabilities of today’s e-learning technologies. Combined with the idea that the costs of education are increasing at what some consider to be unsustainable rates, and with employment opportunities not being as abundant as they once were, new distance learning models should be developed and embraced if universities and other teaching institutions hope to remain as relevant as they can be.


What is iTunes U? Distance Learning 2.0 Evolved

iTunes U has evolved into what was once a basic collection of categorized multimedia content in the iTunes online store where recorded course lectures and related material from various educational institutions could organize and offer free audio and video podcasts. For the most part, this content could – and still can be (as individual files), downloaded and subscribed to by anyone. But very recently, iTunes U has been entirely overhauled and polished and has matured into an app-based platform with a full ecosystem of course related content that is augmented using iOS based technology to establish full-fledged virtual classroom experiences.


Quick Tip Alert! How to Save Web Pages as PDF files on an iPad and iPhone

While perusing the web recently, I came across a concise tutorial that explains a great workaround that will allow iPhone and iPad users to bypass one of the significant limitations of iOS. For those of you who work with a Mac, you might agree that one of its simplest, yet most valuable, tools is the built-in function that allows users to select the “print” option while navigating the web to save almost any online content as an archivable and easily distributable PDF file.


How to Secure and Back-up Your WordPress Course Sites

When managing information online, there are many instances when securing related data may be a high priority. Content management systems used to curate and disseminate that information, like WordPress, do offer some security measures by default. But those platforms aren’t necessarily designed to comply with the strict standards many may feel a need to impose. When it comes to online course management… gradebook records, profile information, course assignments, and other miscellaneous data, maintenance through the use of various plug-ins can help you meet your security and privacy needs.