Everyone Has Mental Health

Have you ever taken a "mental health day?" Or wish you could? Hailey Hardcastle's Ted Talk, "Why students should have mental health days" addresses benefits of treating our physical health and our mental health as equal and related needs. Travis Bussler, Assistant Professor in the College of Business, shares his presentation on mental health resources used with his classes.

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?

7 Common Online Teaching Stressors and How to Minimize Them

"Is anyone else noticing they are more tired than they have ever been before?" Within 48 hours of semester start, variations of this question were popping up everywhere from faculty and teachers. Faculty burnout was oft-mentioned prior to Covid-19 (Gooblar, 2018). Almost six months after the shift to emergency remote teaching, nothing seems easier, everything … Continue reading 7 Common Online Teaching Stressors and How to Minimize Them

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

Give Me a Break! – Freshen Your Course

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

Debunking the Myths Associated with Condensed and Accelerated Courses

~Written by Dr. Amy Greene, Executive Director for Online Learning and Adjunct Instructor in Learning Technologies All online courses are not created equal. Although the purpose of offering online courses is to provide students with additional course format options and improved schedule flexibility, we as educators can actually do more harm than good if the … Continue reading Debunking the Myths Associated with Condensed and Accelerated Courses