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!

Focus on Closure, Not Assessment for Student Success

As finals week approaches rapidly,  unsettling changes for many students, faculty, and staff with the emergency move to remote teaching have not slowed down.  For many students, course format shifts, limited quality study time and space, and often overwhelming Covid-19 caused changes makes preparing for final exams and projects seem an impossible task.  For faculty, … Continue reading Focus on Closure, Not Assessment for Student Success

Less Is More to Support Student Success

With only 25 more days left in this world-changing semester, it's a critical time for students and faculty looking to finish the semester successfully.  In this time of emergency teaching and learning, it's important to adjust our expectations and focus to model for students how they can and will succeed. Help!  We're drowning in emails! … Continue reading Less Is More to Support Student Success

Five Time Saving Tips for Teaching Online in the Coronavirus Crisis

As the dust starts to settle from the initial rush to move all classes online and all students back home, the differences in teaching face-to-face versus online become more apparent.  Using your time wisely is critical as students are also sharing the struggle to change their learning habits. Keeping in mind the tasks to complete … Continue reading Five Time Saving Tips for Teaching Online in the Coronavirus Crisis

Teaching Online During Coronavirus: Focus First on Process, Not Content

Are you worried about how to get everything done now that you're instantly having to move your course online? Wondering how you will transfer your face-to-face content into online-friendly materials?  It may seem counter-intuitive, but in early stages of this sudden shift, focusing first on the online teaching and learning process is more important than … Continue reading Teaching Online During Coronavirus: Focus First on Process, Not Content

Communicating to Students about Coronavirus Course Changes

Students are experiencing anxiety about course changes and relocating away from their campus homes as anxious faculty rush to put course content online.  We are the leaders to their future, and we can do a lot to reduce their stress. Beyond basic college student challenges, they now worry about how to learn online, how this … Continue reading Communicating to Students about Coronavirus Course Changes

Five Coronavirus Readiness Strategies to Move In-Person Courses Online

With increasing Coronavirus prevention measures being taken some states are moving all in-person courses to online delivery effective immediately  In Michigan, staying on track for the semester is already challenging due to our annual flu season and frequent winter storms.  Rather than anxiously awaiting updates on cancellations and quarantines, why not use this opportunity to … Continue reading Five Coronavirus Readiness Strategies to Move In-Person Courses Online

Where’s Waldo, and How Do We Help Him Find His (Online) Way?

Click the image below from today's Course Design Basics workshop to learn strategies to orient students during your first week of class.  The notes section of each slide contains additional information, including links to research and applicable Canvas How-to information. Where's Waldo? - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires