LMS tools – Simple strategies to welcome students and simplify your semester

You can see energy crackling around schools, as students of all ages prepare to start a new semester. "Will this be the year I... [any hopeful or dreaded outcome]?" Returning faculty often exude a different vibe.  They tend to ask things like, "Where did the summer go?" or "How will I get everything done?" or …

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Question the Assumptions to Assess Outcomes

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 …

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Supporting students takes faculty grit and perseverance

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 …

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Netflix: When words are not enough

“What are the top three things you love about technology?” is a question I’ve posed to hundreds of pre-service teachers I’ve taught as part of an icebreaker for the overview to ed tech class.   “Netflix” has made the list of almost every one of them.  92% of college students have access to a Netflix …

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Social Emotional Impact of Online Courses

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 …

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Three simple strategies to bring new life to discussion boards

The amount of participation and interaction students experience in their online courses is highly correlated with success.  This can be challenging to keep up with as an online instructor, especially as the semester is in full swing with grading, teaching, service, and more vying for time.  Fortunately, discussion boards can leverage technology's ability to connect …

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What does persistence and resilience look like at Ferris?

Local area schools are at a record 20+ snow days and many parts of Michigan were declared a "State of Emergency" in the last month.  Nothing like a good "Snownado" or "Thundersnow" followed by a full-on blizzard to start your week off! Rather than share ideas on improving how we teach or strategies to incorporate …

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