Role Play Strategies to Increase Student Connections & Content Relevance

Whether you enjoy armchair quarterbacking, backseat driving, second-guessing, reproducing art, being a devil's advocate, cover singing, or acting out parodies of public figures, using role play strategies can breathe new life into your teaching. Not only can role playing strategies engage students (Vizeshfar, F., Zare, M., & Keshtkaran, Z., 2019), they can connect students and … Continue reading Role Play Strategies to Increase Student Connections & Content Relevance

Are You Teaching Students How to Change the World?

Despite most people's wish for a calmer 2021 to catch up from pandemic-driven changes of 2020, January's events showed this as unlikely. Wallstreetbets' stock manipulation using game theory principles and the insurrection in our capital over the election may have seemed surreal as we watched them unfold in the media, but these events are as … Continue reading Are You Teaching Students How to Change the World?

People, Content, Technology in Course Design

Dreading days of Zoom-based conference sessions for the Association for Educational Communications & Technology's virtual convention (#AECT20), I was hooked as speakers from all over the world shared COVID-pandemic approaches! The theme, Towards Culturally-Situated Learning Design and Research, hit home along with this priority list to meet COVID-19's educational and societal challenges: People first. Content … 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

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!