I recently attended the annual Association for Educational Communications & Technology virtual convention (#AECT20), themed Towards Culturally-Situated Learning Design and Research. Initially dreading six days of Zoom-based conference sessions, I was hooked as speakers from all over the world shared approaches to the COVID-pandemic! This short priority list to meet COVID-19's challenges for education and … Continue reading People, Content, Technology in Course Design
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
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
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
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
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.
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
No one questions assessment in gaming. Yet everyone gets an opinion of educational assessment. It seems like every day there is a new piece of research on assessment. How, why, when, and where, are all debated ad nauseam. It seems like the only thing we can agree on is the ‘who’. Most individuals seem to … Continue reading Who Assess the Assessors?
Written by Andrew Peterson Education can learn a lot from game design and development. Let's talk about feedback for a moment. Oftentimes when I'm feeling silly, I like to imagine a game that is designed to give feedback like a poorly designed or facilitated course. Allow the player to do anything in the game, and … Continue reading Feedback loop de loops
Last week’s “Engaged!” article discussed how instructors can “show up” to class online by providing and receiving feedback. Why is feedback so important? Feedback could be considered a dialogue, interaction, or a communication process to gather information. The practical purpose of communication is to get others to behave the way we want. If your students … Continue reading What’s all the Fuss About Feedback?