Horizontal Rules to Break Content

an example of a horizontal rule

When we talk about good Web layout, and student usability of courses, one of the main factors is the readability of the textual content that they are expected to learn and/or interact with. Any number of factors can hinder this usability – which include, but are certainly not limited to, images that, rather than enhancing the learning, become distractions with movement or irrelevance to the topic at hand; difficult to read fonts. Likewise, serif-style fonts (i.e. Times New Roman) are generally more difficult to read on a computer screen than their sans-serif (Arial, Tahoma, Calibri) cousins, as well as too much text filling up the field of vision.

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Colored Triangles in Microsoft Excel

Assorted images of Microsoft Excel
Did you know that those triangles in my cells in Microsoft Excel are useful indicators?

In Microsoft Office Excel, there are seven options buttons and three colored triangles that can appear in or next to a cell. These buttons and triangles provide useful commands and information about the contents of the cell, and they appear at the moment you need them. This TEI tip describes what each of these triangles mean and how you can work with them.

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Have You Tried a Little Merlot?

The Merlot Logo

Have you tried a little MERLOT? No, not the wine, but the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. MERLOT provides a Free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff, and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy. MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, cataloged by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.

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Celebrating National Distance Learning Week

Word Cloud with words pertinent to Distance Learning, online learning and MOOCs

In celebration of National Distance Learning Week, let’s take a brief look at the history of distance learning and the emergence of MOOCs. Distance learning is a method of providing education and instruction, typically on an individual basis to students in a non-traditional setting. That is students not present in a traditional setting like a classroom, but students that may have restrictions in term of time, distance or both time and distance.

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