Scaffold Academic Integrity with Note Taking Strategies

Discussion about academic integrity often centers around strategies for during and after the assessment process, such as remote proctoring and plagiarism checkers. Teaching a variety of note taking skills proactively addresses many underlying causes related to academic dishonesty such as, fear of failure, not understanding the material, lack of practice with the material, and failing … Continue reading Scaffold Academic Integrity with Note Taking Strategies

Everyone Has Mental Health

Have you ever taken a "mental health day?" Or wish you could? Hailey Hardcastle's Ted Talk, "Why students should have mental health days" addresses benefits of treating our physical health and our mental health as equal and related needs. Travis Bussler, Assistant Professor in the College of Business, shares his presentation on mental health resources used with his classes.

Ferris Faculty Moving Forward

Some faculty at Ferris State University have devoted extensive time creating high-quality online courses through the Course Development Agreement (CDA) process. The process uses backward design (McTighe & Wiggins, 2012) through three short online courses with the focus of: online instruction, pedagogy design, and developing the course in Canvas. Regardless of a faculty member’s online … Continue reading Ferris Faculty Moving Forward

Three Words Students Want to Hear to Succeed

Much like saying, "I love you" can change the course of a relationship, these three word sentences can change the course of students' academic future. Ever been stuck yourself, until someone pointed you in the right direction--then everything seemed possible again? "I struggled, too." For many students, especially those from underrepresented populations, the gap between … Continue reading Three Words Students Want to Hear to Succeed

Role Play Strategies to Increase Student Connections & Content Relevance

Whether you enjoy armchair quarterbacking, backseat driving, second-guessing, reproducing art, being a devil's advocate, cover singing, or acting out parodies of public figures, using role play strategies can breathe new life into your teaching. Not only can role playing strategies engage students (Vizeshfar, F., Zare, M., & Keshtkaran, Z., 2019), they can connect students and … Continue reading Role Play Strategies to Increase Student Connections & Content Relevance

Are You Teaching Students How to Change the World?

Despite most people's wish for a calmer 2021 to catch up from pandemic-driven changes of 2020, January's events showed this as unlikely. Wallstreetbets' stock manipulation using game theory principles and the insurrection in our capital over the election may have seemed surreal as we watched them unfold in the media, but these events are as … Continue reading Are You Teaching Students How to Change the World?

People, Content, Technology in Course Design

Dreading days of Zoom-based conference sessions for the Association for Educational Communications & Technology's virtual convention (#AECT20), I was hooked as speakers from all over the world shared COVID-pandemic approaches! The theme, Towards Culturally-Situated Learning Design and Research, hit home along with this priority list to meet COVID-19's educational and societal challenges: People first. Content … Continue reading People, Content, Technology in Course Design

Six Resources for Switching to HyFlex Midstream

As the rate of Covid-19 infections across the nation rise again, particularly among college-aged students, some faculty are choosing to move to a HyFlex approach mid-semester. The HyFlex model created by Brian Beatty offers flexibility to students to attend class synchronously (at the same time) either face-to-face or from a remote location via Zoom (or … Continue reading Six Resources for Switching to HyFlex Midstream

Learning about Learning Technologies

Throughout the summer, we have all become more well versed in learning technologies than perhaps we ever thought we would. We applaud the patience, resourcefulness, and energy on display across the university as we serve our students this semester. As this learning process continues throughout the fall, we will share some of the (sometimes non-obvious) … Continue reading Learning about Learning Technologies

7 Common Online Teaching Stressors and How to Minimize Them

"Is anyone else noticing they are more tired than they have ever been before?" Within 48 hours of semester start, variations of this question were popping up everywhere from faculty and teachers. Faculty burnout was oft-mentioned prior to Covid-19 (Gooblar, 2018). Almost six months after the shift to emergency remote teaching, nothing seems easier, everything … Continue reading 7 Common Online Teaching Stressors and How to Minimize Them