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

Next Semester Will Be Different

Each year, I end the semester giving finals, grading make-up work, helping students work through last-minute stressors, and feeling as if I'll never get all the grading done on the amazing projects students create.  All while trying to relax and enjoy the holiday season I have barely started preparing for.  Similar to a New Year's … Continue reading Next Semester Will Be Different

Humor is the best medicine

If humor is the best medicine, what does it cure?  If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how much is a cartoon worth?  Last week at the 2019 Association for Educational Communications and Technology annual conference, CaptainBigIdea.com, a.k.a. Dr. Thomas Royce Wilson, had us laughing for an hour with his visual and humorous approach to many … Continue reading Humor is the best medicine

LMS tools – Simple strategies to welcome students and simplify your semester

You can see energy crackling around schools, as students of all ages prepare to start a new semester. "Will this be the year I... [any hopeful or dreaded outcome]?" Returning faculty often exude a different vibe.  They tend to ask things like, "Where did the summer go?" or "How will I get everything done?" or … Continue reading LMS tools – Simple strategies to welcome students and simplify your semester

Is Your Student Writing Quality Less Than Desired? Try These Tips and Tools

Whether you teach writing directly or indirectly in other subjects, this writing Tips and Tools website from the University of North Carolina is one to bookmark and share.   Photo by Timothy Paule II on Pexels.com Categories include Writing for Specific Fields and Specific Writing Assignments and Contexts in addition to traditional writing process standbys. 

Leveling up your online presentations

What's the best way to present content to engage students?  Any teacher will tell you that is a constant challenge when it seems there is always so much to cram in and only so little of a students' attention span available.  Most of us are not blockbuster filmmakers or Netflix stars, and love the discipline … Continue reading Leveling up your online presentations

Supporting students takes faculty grit and perseverance

Similar to major athletic events, the closer we are to semester end, #finalsweekstress levels are evident.  Gone is the back to school game face, replaced by the disheveled look of late-night studying or suited up final presentation look.  Look past the exterior sweat or smart suit--The pressure's on, and who's going to make it through? I think … Continue reading Supporting students takes faculty grit and perseverance