Three Steps to Create Easy & Engaging Interactive Video Quizzes

This week’s Online Makerspace activity combines a traditional teaching strategy [pre-and post-assessment] with one of the Canvas Studio features [Video quizzing] for an easy way to engage students in content.  Bonus—this strategy provides students with instant automated feedback, leveraging technology to scaffold student thinking! What does this look like?  Take this short, sample pre-assessment on … Continue reading Three Steps to Create Easy & Engaging Interactive Video Quizzes

Maker Space Online–Use this easy formula to create engaging discussions in your course!

This is the first edition in what I'm referring to as the "Maker Space Online" series--a set of short videos sharing the basic elements of teaching strategies.  Examples are included for you to use as a guide for creating activities in your course--regardless of your teaching modality! This week's edition shares an adaptable formula to … Continue reading Maker Space Online–Use this easy formula to create engaging discussions in your course!

Educators Guide to Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students

The "stay home, stay safe" order in place means the majority of faculty, students, and staff are now in a different family setting with college students back home and taking newly online courses, k-12 students home all the time, and many people working remotely while at home (and some wishing they could work but can't).  Social … Continue reading Educators Guide to Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students

Help Students Feel Connected to Ferris with Zoom Virtual Backgrounds

With so many Zoom meetings being held now to replace face-to-face classes and meetings, "virtual backgrounds" are gaining popularity for many of us with less-than-desirable home backgrounds for professional settings.  To help your students feel more connected to you and your Ferris classroom, eLearning has created a folder of images for you to use.  Directions on how … Continue reading Help Students Feel Connected to Ferris with Zoom Virtual Backgrounds

Resources to Help Prepare You When Teaching Remotely Feels Like Learning to Juggle in a Hurricane

https://youtu.be/tGAZGvyXGMc In a recent eLearning Department discussion on how best to support Ferris faculty, Jackie Hughes shared the apt analogy from Mark Prosser about learning to juggle in a hurricane.  Faculty are teaching during a state of emergency (and students are learning), watching events rapidly unfolding on a giant scale, and trying to continue normal functions … Continue reading Resources to Help Prepare You When Teaching Remotely Feels Like Learning to Juggle in a Hurricane

Save the date: Develop Your Online Teaching Skills, May 12-14, offered by Ferris and CMU

Full details coming this Friday for our May 12 - 14, multi-institutional opportunity to develop online teaching skills.  This is open to any faculty teaching online this summer or fall.  Interactive, workshop-style sessions to help prepare you for teaching online (or hybrid) will be offered for synchronous participation in single sessions, full-day line-ups, or you can … Continue reading Save the date: Develop Your Online Teaching Skills, May 12-14, offered by Ferris and CMU

Virtual Symposium – Online Teaching Essentials Information & Registration for May 12-14

What are essential characteristics of good teaching, and how are these characteristics implemented for remote, hybrid, and online teaching? If you are reading this, you already have two of the most important characteristics--you care enough to be a lifelong learner, and you are a highly knowledgeable content expert. Participatory sessions will address three additional characteristics … Continue reading Virtual Symposium – Online Teaching Essentials Information & Registration for May 12-14

Focus on Closure, Not Assessment for Student Success

As finals week approaches rapidly,  unsettling changes for many students, faculty, and staff with the emergency move to remote teaching have not slowed down.  For many students, course format shifts, limited quality study time and space, and often overwhelming Covid-19 caused changes makes preparing for final exams and projects seem an impossible task.  For faculty, … Continue reading Focus on Closure, Not Assessment for Student Success