People, Content, Technology in Course Design

I recently attended the annual Association for Educational Communications & Technology virtual convention (#AECT20), themed Towards Culturally-Situated Learning Design and Research. Initially dreading six days of Zoom-based conference sessions, I was hooked as speakers from all over the world shared approaches to the COVID-pandemic! This short priority list to meet COVID-19's challenges for education and … 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

How to Create Canvas Assignments Based on Your Syllabus

For those new to online teaching, below is a tutorial recording to follow along with as you develop your Canvas course. This tutorial starts with your syllabus and uses it as a base to create your Assignments in Canvas, add them to a module, and what the assignments look like in your gradebook. This is … Continue reading How to Create Canvas Assignments Based on Your Syllabus

Be Prepared for a Potential Pandemic Pivot

August 24, 2020--It's welcome back week for Ferris State University, and the first day back for many k-12 students. However, anxiety related to the uncertainty of schools remaining open due to Covid's effects overshadows the typical excitement of starting a new year. Adding to stressors, Zoom temporarily crashed. Fortunately, there are things under our control … Continue reading Be Prepared for a Potential Pandemic Pivot

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