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
“Let me out!” Remember when you last went out to eat at a restaurant? How about a movie, concert or festival? A graduate class at Ferris State University tackled that problem as soon as social distancing began, and wanted to create a guide that took into consideration one’s mental, emotional and physical health. They interviewed … Continue reading Surviving Social Distancing
Everyone needs a break once in a while. Perhaps you need one now? Students are no different. Whether students are in online courses, or face-to-face, they need a change of pace, change of scenery and something new, just like you or I do. How can we give them the break, while still teaching them your … Continue reading Give Me a Break! – Freshen Your Course
This is the third and final post in a series on creating social presence in an online course. Where are you in your online course? Do students hear from you in your online course as they would in a face-to-face class? Do they feel that you are a real person? In Part 1 of … Continue reading Be Present in Your Online Course – Part 3
This is the second in a post series on social presence in an online course. Be there. An online learning experience should feel like a class, with people. It shouldn’t feel like an independent, isolating course or like you are responding to a CPU or robot. When you facilitate an online course, students take your … Continue reading Be Present in Your Online Course! – Part 2
Written by: Kelley Senkowski, Online Design Consultant How do you ‘be there’ in your course so your student’s feel that they have a present instructor, as in a face-to-face class? To take it a step further, how do your students know that they have a real person as a teacher or instructor? How does your … Continue reading Be Present in Your Online Course – Part 1
Are you a social butterfly? Whether you are or not, you meet new people and are exposed to new thoughts and content constantly. When you are in a discussion at work, or in a social setting, of a topic where you have little knowledge, you ask clarifying questions and try to relate the response content … Continue reading Question the Assumptions to Assess Outcomes
FEELING BLUE? STRESSED? Mid winter weather, long semesters and busy schedules can lead people to feel isolated and lonely by limiting the amount of contact and interaction one has with other people. It may be challenging, yet making intentional effort to keep connected with others is important to reduce these feelings. Although staying connected through … Continue reading Social Emotional Impact of Online Courses
You are the expert in your chosen area, and love to teach others. How do you share the knowledge with others to enable synthesis and use, or sharing with others? How do you do this in the online environment? Whether you’re transitioning a face-to-face course to an online course or creating a completely new online … Continue reading Writing for Online Courses – How is it Different?
Design a course for ALL learner needs In today’s world, people have different backgrounds, cultures and learning needs, from all age groups and genders. Yet to move a whole group from one place to another, everyone needs to get in the boat. In education, we must get everyone in the boat to move them all … Continue reading Everybody in the Boat!