~Written by Jackie Hughes, Coordinator of Instructional TechnologyAs human beings, sometimes we need to take a break and relax. Your laughing, I know. Instructors teach all day and grade all night.In Michigan, you need to get outside to kayak, camp, hike, boat or fish and enjoy the good weather while you can. However, you also … Continue reading Oh the Places You Can Go! Canvas Mobile App
Written by Matt Smith, Instructional Designer This is part 1 of a 2 part series. My three and four-year-olds absolutely hate bedtime. Beyond a doubt when that clock hits eight and it’s “go time” the five stages of bedtime grief roll in--denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally two hours later, acceptance. Many tears are shed, … Continue reading Total Immersion: Engaging your online students through gamification.
There is a lot of excitement in the eLearning Department at Ferris State University! We are enhancing the quality of educational technologies and online courses. Ergo, we hired Jonathon Eaton to help with technology trouble-shooting and grow esports, and Matthew Smith to make online courses epic! We would like you to meet the newest members … Continue reading Who’s New in eLearning?!
Do you feel stuck in a routine when teaching? Are you interested in adding new technology or trying a new online option for your students, but don’t know where to start? Never fear, the eLearning team is here! Let’s start with a little inspiration.If you’re planning to take some time over the holiday break to … Continue reading eLearning Box Office Hits!
Attitude. We all have one, though it does change from time to time. Attitudes affect how we treat other people and how we feel. The aftermath of Hurricane Florence devastated Spring Lake, NC on September 17, 2018. For a couple of months, people rallied to help by donating money, volunteering and praying for the victims. … Continue reading Starting Fresh with a New Canvas
As my liquid focus (coffee) begins to soak in the clarity of the 18 browser tabs, 7 email half-written, and 22 voicemail waiting to be listened to, I realize that I might just be buried. I have at least 3 ticketing systems, 2 project management websites, and 4 different calendars all merging notifications to me … Continue reading Thankful
~Written by Dr. Amy Greene, Executive Director for Online Learning and Adjunct Instructor in Learning Technologies All online courses are not created equal. Although the purpose of offering online courses is to provide students with additional course format options and improved schedule flexibility, we as educators can actually do more harm than good if the … Continue reading Debunking the Myths Associated with Condensed and Accelerated Courses
Written by Dr. Andrew Peterson, Coordinator of Instructional Technology A generation of content creators are emerging under the guise of gaming. The new media royalty are establishing themselves as content experts, entertainment personalities, and everything in-between. In a recent example, Fortnite (a popular / free online game) released their second chapter. During this online event, … Continue reading Esports as the New Media Hub.
I have the Maximizer strength and get energy when transforming something strong into something superb, including my students. Making students superb requires research and a strategic plan. My research led me to an investigation on my audience, also called iGen or True Gen. What I have learned has helped me come up with a strategic … Continue reading Teaching Generation Z
Back in April, I wrote a blog article about online science labs and promised to write another article about the technology enhancements that are available, which will provide for rigorous and engaging general education online science laboratory courses. Video Video technology has been used for a long time to enhance learning. I would contend that … Continue reading Online Science Lab Technologies