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Email Efficiency Tips

Posted November 08, 2023

by Patricia Werner

Here are a handful of useful tips to help you organize your Outlook emails.

Move emails that you are CC’d on to a sub folder 

    1. In outlook, go to file, manage rules and alerts (on a mac this is under Tools, rules) 
    2. Click on New Rule and click next on the Select a template page 
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    3. On the select condition screen, only check “Where my name is in the CC box” and “Where my name is not in the To box” and click next&#16...

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How Can I Ensure Regular and Substantive Interaction in Distance Education Courses?

Posted November 08, 2023

by IDLT

How Can I Ensure Regular and Substantive Interaction in Distance Education Courses?

Regular and Substantive Interaction (RSI) is the distinguishing feature that the US Department of Education uses to differentiate correspondence education from distance education. Correspondence education courses are mainly driven by student-initiated interactions triggered by completion of assignments. Distance education (or online courses) are driven by frequent instructor-initiated interactions w...

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Submitting & Publishing Within Cascade

Posted November 08, 2023

by Curt Price

The Cascade CMS features a robust publishing engine designed to render and publish content to one or more environments. Once content is published, it's completely decoupled from the CMS, allowing it to operate as a standalone entity on the University web server.

When a user tries to send content to the live web server, it's not that unusual for them to think that "SUBMIT" will publish their content to the web server.

It does not.

"SUBMIT" only saves your work within t...

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How To Properly Paste Text In The Cascade CMS

Posted October 11, 2023

by Curt Price

For those of you who use Cascade (SIUE's website content management system) to update and maintain your department's website, you probably do a fair amount of copying text and pasting it into a page in Cascade.

Did you know there is a RIGHT and a WRONG way to do this? And that pasting text the WRONG way into Cascade can cause some serious problems with your web page?

Sometimes, when you copy text from somewhere, you're also copying the formatting that goes along with that text, ...

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What assignment tool to use for my courses?

Posted October 11, 2023

by IDLT

What assignment tool to use for my courses? Blackboard assignment or Turnitin?

Blackboard (Bb) assignments and Turnitin assignments are both used to collect and grade a student’s paper. However, there are some differences between the two tools, which can make one a better choice than the other for certain types of assignments.

Bb assignments are a good choice for assignments that do not require plagiarism detection, such as:

  • Short essays/papers.

  • Group writi...

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Cascade CMS - Did You Know?

Posted September 13, 2023

by Curt Price

Cascade is the website content management system that SIUE has been using since 2013.

The move to Cascade from our previous system, Luminis, was a huge upgrade in terms of features, functionality, & stability.

If you are an end user who has access to Cascade, you can obviously update your department web pages using Cascade, but did you also know...

  • On the Cascade dashboard, end users can customize the data on that page by adding or removing widgets using the "Add Widget" butt...

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Free PDF Tools

Posted September 13, 2023

by Curt Price

We all use PDF's at work and at home. But besides opening a pdf in Reader or Acrobat to read a pdf, or to save/print a word doc as a PDF, most people aren't Acrobat acrobats and aren't sure how to do other things.

To make things somewhat easier in terms of working with a pdf file, the website https://www.pdftool.org has a number of free tools that will allow you to do some very useful things. Such as Encrypting PDF's to protect secure documents, Decrypting PDF's, optimzing (...

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Yes! Your grade center organization matters!

Posted September 13, 2023

By IDLT

As we hit our stride in weeks three and four of the fall semester, it’s important to review your course organization and make sure it's working as intended for your students. By now, some work has been submitted and graded and you are providing feedback for your students.

The Blackboard Grade Center can be a confusing grid of columns, and it is especially challenging when you import content from a previous course. Transparency is important for you and your students. The e...

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