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
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
This is the third and final post in a series on creating social presence in an online course. Where are you in your online course? Do students hear from you in your online course as they would in a face-to-face class? Do they feel that you are a real person? In Part 1 of … Continue reading Be Present in Your Online Course – Part 3
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
Written by Dr. Andrew Peterson, Coordinator of Instructional Technology A generation of content creators are emerging under the guise of gaming. The new media royalty are establishing themselves as content experts, entertainment personalities, and everything in-between. In a recent example, Fortnite (a popular / free online game) released their second chapter. During this online event, … Continue reading Esports as the New Media Hub.
Written by: Kelley Senkowski, Online Design Consultant How do you ‘be there’ in your course so your student’s feel that they have a present instructor, as in a face-to-face class? To take it a step further, how do your students know that they have a real person as a teacher or instructor? How does your … Continue reading Be Present in Your Online Course – Part 1
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 … Continue reading LMS tools – Simple strategies to welcome students and simplify your semester
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 … Continue reading Supporting students takes faculty grit and perseverance
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
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 … Continue reading What does persistence and resilience look like at Ferris?