Be Present in Your Online Course! – Part 2

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 …

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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,, a.k.a. Dr. Thomas Royce Wilson, had us laughing for an hour with his visual and humorous approach to many …

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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.  

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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 …

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Netflix: When words are not enough

“What are the top three things you love about technology?” is a question I’ve posed to hundreds of pre-service teachers I’ve taught as part of an icebreaker for the overview to ed tech class.   “Netflix” has made the list of almost every one of them.  92% of college students have access to a Netflix …

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Three simple strategies to bring new life to discussion boards

The amount of participation and interaction students experience in their online courses is highly correlated with success.  This can be challenging to keep up with as an online instructor, especially as the semester is in full swing with grading, teaching, service, and more vying for time.  Fortunately, discussion boards can leverage technology's ability to connect …

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10 smart ways to use smart phones

Are you using the smart parts of your phone, or just the phone part? Beyond the typical texting, talking, and picture sharing features, today's phones offer many smart tools to help us with teaching and learning. The ten ideas shared below are only the beginning of uses we can make sure our students know about. …

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