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toolsTools & Downloads

BlendKit Course:
The BlendKit Course is a set of subject matter neutral, open educational resources related to blended learning developed by Dr. Kelvin Thompson and available for self-study or for group use. BlendKit Course’s Do-It-Yourself task guides for more detailed resources supporting the development of blended learning courses.

Website Resources:
If you want to create banners and graphics for the online course, this website will prove handy for the purpose. You just simply have to right-click on the graphic after it is created to use in your course. Pop-up blockers should have been enabled on your browser while using this site as it has a couple of ads.

Finding Texts:
ReadWorks has a wealth of reading passages on a variety of topics, with accompanying questions. And it's free! You do have to sign up for an account to fully access the site.

Online Learning Glossary of Terms:
Explore this link to improve your knowledge regarding the existing and any new terms you come across in your online and virtual education endeavors.

Graphic Content & Imagery:
Canva offers free photos and templates that could be used for your course development. It also has templates for posters. Fliers and business cards. Although not all graphics, designs and templates are free but you can take advantage of many that are.

Helping Yourselves:
In online courses, you may not meet the instructor after class for extra assistance, if required. This will help you with reading, writing, note-taking, studying and time management skills. 

What is Your Learning Style? 

Every learner has his own distinct learning style. The style that suits one may not be benefitting to others. If you want to know that which learning style suits you, you can visit the above-mentioned link will furnish you with the step by step guide about your personal learning style preferences to make your learning faster and easier.

Online Teaching Activity Index:
This index represents a compilation of activities to help you plan your online, blended or even face-2-face courses. A complete description of each activity is given, along with examples when possible.

Readability: Readability Calculator:
If you have a particular article, passage, or short story you want to use with students, this free website is a good go-to for figuring out if it's in the ballpark for the level of students you are teaching (using Reading Anchor Standard 10).

Readability: Intervention Central:
This site allows you to choose from among several different readability formulas, and it formats the passage in a way that can be useful for fluency practice (timed readings).

What I Use in My Classroom:
This is a "teacher-authored collection of resource reviews for free online tools and materials. The recommended resources are accompanied by teachers’ reflections on the product’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as how they’ve used it effectively within their own local settings.

The Online Lecture Toolkit: 
This site is designed to provide you with the tools you need to create engaging and effective online video content for educational purposes. The approaches outlined here are a practitioner and evidence-based and designed for educators at every level of technological fluency.

Access E-Learning:
CATEA is a multidisciplinary engineering and design research center dedicated to enhancing the health, activity, and participation of people with functional limitations through the application of assistive and universally designed technologies in real-world environments, products and devices. Explore this link

Concept Mapping:
Cmap software is a result of research conducted at the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC). It empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps which are graphical tools for organizing and representing knowledge in an organized fashion.

IHMC:
IHMC is a not-for-profit research institute of the Florida University System and is affiliated with several Florida universities. Researchers at IHMC pioneer technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities. Explore this website to dive into various areas of contemporary research.

Webalizer:
The Webalizer is a fast, free web server log file analysis program. It produces highly detailed, easily configurable usage reports in HTML format, for viewing with a standard web browser. Website usage tools are available courtesy of The Webalizer that generates charts and graphs from Web server log files. It provides tables and charts that include statistics on the number of hits, files, pages, visits, and kilobytes processed per hour/per day. It also provides IP addresses or DNS names of hosts that visit the Web site, and a list of countries from which visitors access the Website.

Interactive Tools: :
Interactive Tools make easy to use, private label content management software for updating and enhancing websites. Freetextbox is compatible with Internet Explorer and Mozilla browsers. The user interface is nearly identical to Microsoft Word, so your users should find it to be quite familiar and intuitive. It’s also nearly as functional as Microsoft Word, providing a truly rich environment for user s to enter nicely formatted documents.

Free or Affordable Distance Education:
This is a wonderful resource with a multitude of areas and fields alphabetically cataloged in the form of links to be explored by you and derive the information you need from them.

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