Author: Janene

  • “Finish knIT” February

    “Finish knIT” February

    Oh. My. As a crafter (crochet, embroidery, knitting)… I have many projects (WIP) works in progress. Further, I have goals. Upcoming plans for small amigurami. Great ideas for bees either on knit fingerless gloves, or fireweed embroidered on a newly made hat. February – one of the coldest, but not darkest months – is a…

  • One of my favorite patterns of all time!

    One of my favorite patterns of all time!

    So. I make myself a new hat whenever I lose my latest one. Yep. I lose knitted hats… made out of amazing yarn. Oh well. The Three Tams pattern as shown on knitty.com https://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTtam.html is my GO TO pattern. I’ve made these for friends… family. To give away. I love this pattern. It’s MOSTLY easy……

  • Crafting for relaxation and peace

    Crafting for relaxation and peace

    Lately there has been a LOT going on. I’ve taken to reading. Reading almost anytime I can helps stave off the severe uncomfortableness I am living through. In addition to reading, I am knitting and crocheting, plus journaling. DECEMBER What’s in the craft queue? And on the FINishing block?

  • Stay on Top of Course Tasks with Time Blocking

    Stay on Top of Course Tasks with Time Blocking

    Do you use a calendar? If you use an online calendar, add your courses to it and then block out a reasonable amount of hours to support your efforts in that course. Most classes will take between nine and twelve hours per week. This may include class time, or it may relate to heavy reading…

  • A succulent idea

    After going through a lot of Pantone colors looking for just the right HTML color codes to freshen up the look of my site, I decided to work on a miniature crochet project. This will be for the Tanana Valley State Fair in Fairbanks, Alaska for 2023. Succulents are the flower/plant. The following image is…

  • Recent (and not so) Writing

    A few of the titles and dates plus excerpts follow Transitioning from on campus to online by Janene McMahan | Jul 26, 2021 Your use of Canvas can help you translate your face-to-face course into an enjoyable online experience for you and your students. Here are a few steps to get you started, including how to build a…

  • Accessibility includes retrieval of materials

    What does access mean? In addition to the accessibility of your materials, consider other types of access. Students may not have the money to pay for good internet access or be in an area where it is available. Use the lens of ‘if you can’t reach it, it doesn’t matter if it is accessible.’ Therefore,…

  • Address uncertainty in your syllabus

    Address uncertainty in your syllabus

    Recommend strategies and language to include in your syllabus to help address the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, try surveying students about their current routines and internet access.

  • Adapting to recent changes in Blackboard

    Blackboard was upgraded last month to provide users with better performance and reliability. Get comfortable with the recent changes by reading our tips and solutions for some common tasks. These are the top things you need to know: The editor is more powerful, allows for distraction-free writing, dispels with the formatting nightmares of recent past,…

  • Three ways to make your course more accessible

    Three ways to make your course more accessible

    Originally posted 10/20/2020 on iTeachU. I’ve been a web developer and a teacher for decades. These worlds overlap when it comes to accessibility. So, for this tip I’m going to define accessibility as making your materials usable for every student regardless of their abilities. More students than you’d suspect do the majority of their coursework on…

  • Rolling out a renewed iTeach Online

    Rolling out a renewed iTeach Online

    iTeach Online “iTeach Online offers foundational training in online course design. Through a series of 5 modules, faculty start to build a solid online course founded in current research and relevant learning experiences. Faculty who complete the self-paced version of iTeach Online are prepared to design and teach an online course, and are eligible for…

  • Go back to your happy place

    As an instructional designer, I help faculty with their courses. The faculty member is the content expert; I’m a support person. I want to help them make the course easy to navigate, engaging to the student—learning can be fun—and, whenever possible, inspire or remind the teacher why he or she loves doing this. In early…