Ferris Faculty Moving Forward

Some faculty at Ferris State University have devoted extensive time creating high-quality online courses through the Course Development Agreement (CDA) process. The process uses backward design (McTighe & Wiggins, 2012) through three short online courses with the focus of: online instruction, pedagogy design, and developing the course in Canvas. Regardless of a faculty member’s online … Continue reading Ferris Faculty Moving Forward

Three Words Students Want to Hear to Succeed

Much like saying, "I love you" can change the course of a relationship, these three word sentences can change the course of students' academic future. Ever been stuck yourself, until someone pointed you in the right direction--then everything seemed possible again? "I struggled, too." For many students, especially those from underrepresented populations, the gap between … Continue reading Three Words Students Want to Hear to Succeed

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

Learning about Learning Technologies

Throughout the summer, we have all become more well versed in learning technologies than perhaps we ever thought we would. We applaud the patience, resourcefulness, and energy on display across the university as we serve our students this semester. As this learning process continues throughout the fall, we will share some of the (sometimes non-obvious) … Continue reading Learning about Learning Technologies

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

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

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