7 Common Online Teaching Stressors and How to Minimize Them

"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

Be Prepared for a Potential Pandemic Pivot

August 24, 2020--It's welcome back week for Ferris State University, and the first day back for many k-12 students. However, anxiety related to the uncertainty of schools remaining open due to Covid's effects overshadows the typical excitement of starting a new year. Adding to stressors, Zoom temporarily crashed. Fortunately, there are things under our control … Continue reading Be Prepared for a Potential Pandemic Pivot

Three Steps to Create Easy & Engaging Interactive Video Quizzes

This week’s Online Makerspace activity combines a traditional teaching strategy [pre-and post-assessment] with one of the Canvas Studio features [Video quizzing] for an easy way to engage students in content.  Bonus—this strategy provides students with instant automated feedback, leveraging technology to scaffold student thinking! What does this look like?  Take this short, sample pre-assessment on … Continue reading Three Steps to Create Easy & Engaging Interactive Video Quizzes

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!

Educators Guide to Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students

The "stay home, stay safe" order in place means the majority of faculty, students, and staff are now in a different family setting with college students back home and taking newly online courses, k-12 students home all the time, and many people working remotely while at home (and some wishing they could work but can't).  Social … Continue reading Educators Guide to Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students

Help Students Feel Connected to Ferris with Zoom Virtual Backgrounds

With so many Zoom meetings being held now to replace face-to-face classes and meetings, "virtual backgrounds" are gaining popularity for many of us with less-than-desirable home backgrounds for professional settings.  To help your students feel more connected to you and your Ferris classroom, eLearning has created a folder of images for you to use.  Directions on how … Continue reading Help Students Feel Connected to Ferris with Zoom Virtual Backgrounds

Resources to Help Prepare You When Teaching Remotely Feels Like Learning to Juggle in a Hurricane

https://youtu.be/tGAZGvyXGMc In a recent eLearning Department discussion on how best to support Ferris faculty, Jackie Hughes shared the apt analogy from Mark Prosser about learning to juggle in a hurricane.  Faculty are teaching during a state of emergency (and students are learning), watching events rapidly unfolding on a giant scale, and trying to continue normal functions … Continue reading Resources to Help Prepare You When Teaching Remotely Feels Like Learning to Juggle in a Hurricane

Save the date: Develop Your Online Teaching Skills, May 12-14, offered by Ferris and CMU

Full details coming this Friday for our May 12 - 14, multi-institutional opportunity to develop online teaching skills.  This is open to any faculty teaching online this summer or fall.  Interactive, workshop-style sessions to help prepare you for teaching online (or hybrid) will be offered for synchronous participation in single sessions, full-day line-ups, or you can … Continue reading Save the date: Develop Your Online Teaching Skills, May 12-14, offered by Ferris and CMU

Virtual Symposium – Online Teaching Essentials Information & Registration for May 12-14

What are essential characteristics of good teaching, and how are these characteristics implemented for remote, hybrid, and online teaching? If you are reading this, you already have two of the most important characteristics--you care enough to be a lifelong learner, and you are a highly knowledgeable content expert. Participatory sessions will address three additional characteristics … Continue reading Virtual Symposium – Online Teaching Essentials Information & Registration for May 12-14