Reincarnation: Breathe Life into A Dead Online Course Using Video

Engaging students in online courses happens by design, not by chance.  The Community of Inquiry (CoI) model asserts that social presence is not only important (Garrison, Anderson & Archer, 2000), but that “there are things the instructor can do to help design for and elicit social presence through teaching presence” (Lowenthal & Mulder, 2017). Using … Continue reading Reincarnation: Breathe Life into A Dead Online Course Using Video

Design Tips to Engage Today’s Learners

Tools in teaching have come a long way, from the Abacus to smart phone calculators. Although they teach the same concept, the tool used has changed dramatically during the Information Age of the past few decades. As tools or devices have changed so have the way a student processes information and learns. In the past, … Continue reading Design Tips to Engage Today’s Learners

Teach Technology, Teach Democracy

There is more to the digital divide than simple ideas of those with technology and those without (DiMaggio, P. & Hargittai, E., 2001; Warschauer, 2003), or conceptions of Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants (Prensky, 2001).  If those of us in education do not teach how technology is used to communicate information, we inadvertently become assistants … Continue reading Teach Technology, Teach Democracy

Who Are You Calling a Narcissist?

As I was designing my course last summer, I could not help but to wish that all of my students learned like me because it would make my life easier when prepping my course.  I reflected on all of my scholarly success, how hard I worked to get where I am, and how these students … Continue reading Who Are You Calling a Narcissist?

Using Social Media to Foster Class Culture and a Sense of Community in Online Courses

Building a sense of community and reflecting university culture in online courses is a consistent challenge for higher education faculty. Although it’s clear that student-faculty interactions both in and out of the classroom enhance student learning experiences and success in college (Astin, 1993; Pascarella, 1980; Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991, 2005), faculty often struggle with replicating … Continue reading Using Social Media to Foster Class Culture and a Sense of Community in Online Courses

Have you engaged your students today?

“Are you there, prof?  It’s me, online student.” When teaching face-to-face (f2f) classes, engaging our students and letting them know we care about their learning is simple.  We show up early for our classes, stay late, offer office hours, look them in the eye and talk to them.  Showing up when teaching online courses is … Continue reading Have you engaged your students today?