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

Learning About the Future by Reflecting on the Past and Present

The Past I consider myself a life-long learner and enjoy entertainment based on historical events. I am watching the Peaky Blinders, which is about a group of gangsters who ruled Birmingham, England a hundred years ago. In the show, I was struck that they did not have a phone in 1919. When they did get … Continue reading Learning About the Future by Reflecting on the Past and Present

Trends in eLearning

~written by Amy Greene, Executive Director of Online Learning Many exciting things are happening in eLearning at Ferris State University and beyond. First, we are excited to introduce the newest member of our team, Kelley Senkowski. Kelley is a part-time Online Design Consultant who will split her time between main campus and our Grand Rapids … Continue reading Trends in eLearning