Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January 19, 2011

Good morning everyone,

During last week's faculty meetings, adjunct instructor Cathy Kennedy mentioned she uses PhraseExpress on a regular basis to streamline her student communications and grading processes.  I wanted to take this opportunity to expand on Cathy's great tips by sharing this resource with you directly.

What is PhraseExpress?  PhraseExpress is a resource that "eliminates repetitive typing and manages frequently used text snippets in customizable categories" (  And some of its key features as articulated on its website are:
  • Organize frequently used text snippets.
  • Expand abbreviations as you type.
  • Launch programs with text shortcuts.
  • Auto-complete repetitive phrases.
  • Quick access to the Windows Clipboard History.
  • Correct spelling mistakes in any application.
And some additional benefits are:
  • Multiple clipboard phrase capabilities.
  • Free download and usability.
  • Works with any application, meaning it works in Blackboard and in Excel depending on the grading approach you use.
To see just how beneficial this resource can be, I encourage you to click here to see a visual timed demonstration.  I think you'll agree that this tool can be a big time saver for you!  Any time we can streamline our processes, it is a win-win for ourselves and our students as we can then spend more time on enhancing the learning environment for our students.  

And to view a full video tutorial on what the many features are, please click here

Check out this resource and let me know what you think!

Heather Thomton-Stockman
Online Instructional Specialist

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