People, Content, Technology in Course Design

I recently attended the annual Association for Educational Communications & Technology virtual convention (#AECT20), themed Towards Culturally-Situated Learning Design and Research. Initially dreading six days of Zoom-based conference sessions, I was hooked as speakers from all over the world shared approaches to the COVID-pandemic! This short priority list to meet COVID-19's challenges for education and … Continue reading People, Content, Technology in Course Design

Maker Space Online–Use this easy formula to create engaging discussions in your course!

This is the first edition in what I'm referring to as the "Maker Space Online" series--a set of short videos sharing the basic elements of teaching strategies.  Examples are included for you to use as a guide for creating activities in your course--regardless of your teaching modality! This week's edition shares an adaptable formula to … Continue reading Maker Space Online–Use this easy formula to create engaging discussions in your course!

Less Is More to Support Student Success

With only 25 more days left in this world-changing semester, it's a critical time for students and faculty looking to finish the semester successfully.  In this time of emergency teaching and learning, it's important to adjust our expectations and focus to model for students how they can and will succeed. Help!  We're drowning in emails! … Continue reading Less Is More to Support Student Success

Teaching Online During Coronavirus: Focus First on Process, Not Content

Are you worried about how to get everything done now that you're instantly having to move your course online? Wondering how you will transfer your face-to-face content into online-friendly materials?  It may seem counter-intuitive, but in early stages of this sudden shift, focusing first on the online teaching and learning process is more important than … Continue reading Teaching Online During Coronavirus: Focus First on Process, Not Content

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

Where’s Waldo, and How Do We Help Him Find His (Online) Way?

Click the image below from today's Course Design Basics workshop to learn strategies to orient students during your first week of class.  The notes section of each slide contains additional information, including links to research and applicable Canvas How-to information. Where's Waldo? - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Be Present in Your Online Course! – Part 2

This is the second in a post series on social presence in an online course. Be there. An online learning experience should feel like a class, with people. It shouldn’t feel like an independent, isolating course or like you are responding to a CPU or robot. When you facilitate an online course, students take your … Continue reading Be Present in Your Online Course! – Part 2