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
Whether you enjoy armchair quarterbacking, backseat driving, second-guessing, reproducing art, being a devil's advocate, cover singing, or acting out parodies of public figures, using role play strategies can breathe new life into your teaching. Not only can role playing strategies engage students (Vizeshfar, F., Zare, M., & Keshtkaran, Z., 2019), they can connect students and … Continue reading Role Play Strategies to Increase Student Connections & Content Relevance
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
Are you a social butterfly? Whether you are or not, you meet new people and are exposed to new thoughts and content constantly. When you are in a discussion at work, or in a social setting, of a topic where you have little knowledge, you ask clarifying questions and try to relate the response content … Continue reading Question the Assumptions to Assess Outcomes
FEELING BLUE? STRESSED? Mid winter weather, long semesters and busy schedules can lead people to feel isolated and lonely by limiting the amount of contact and interaction one has with other people. It may be challenging, yet making intentional effort to keep connected with others is important to reduce these feelings. Although staying connected through … Continue reading Social Emotional Impact of Online Courses
5:51am Manton Consolidated Schools will be closed due to the impending storm...My first thought (like many humans), an hour extra sleep! I'll work from home rather than risk the 55 mile drive to work.6:45am Gypsy, my dog, expressed different thoughts. "Mom, mom, time to get up for our walk! We are going, right? … Continue reading Teach like a dog: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Design a course for ALL learner needs In today’s world, people have different backgrounds, cultures and learning needs, from all age groups and genders. Yet to move a whole group from one place to another, everyone needs to get in the boat. In education, we must get everyone in the boat to move them all … Continue reading Everybody in the Boat!
Teaching to the student’s level and reaching new depths - online. Whether a life preserver to a new swimmer, a parent holding the hand of a new walking toddler, a teacher in a classroom, or a coach to an Olympian, to move the person further one will: Meet the student where they are. Teach new … Continue reading Be the Life Preserver
As I was designing my course last summer, I could not help but to wish that all of my students learned like me because it would make my life easier when prepping my course. I reflected on all of my scholarly success, how hard I worked to get where I am, and how these students … Continue reading Who Are You Calling a Narcissist?