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.
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
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
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?
"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
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
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
Do you feel stuck in a routine when teaching? Are you interested in adding new technology or trying a new online option for your students, but don’t know where to start? Never fear, the eLearning team is here! Let’s start with a little inspiration.If you’re planning to take some time over the holiday break to … Continue reading eLearning Box Office Hits!
As my liquid focus (coffee) begins to soak in the clarity of the 18 browser tabs, 7 email half-written, and 22 voicemail waiting to be listened to, I realize that I might just be buried. I have at least 3 ticketing systems, 2 project management websites, and 4 different calendars all merging notifications to me … Continue reading Thankful
~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