Scaffold Academic Integrity with Note Taking Strategies

Discussion about academic integrity often centers around strategies for during and after the assessment process, such as remote proctoring and plagiarism checkers. Teaching a variety of note taking skills proactively addresses many underlying causes related to academic dishonesty such as, fear of failure, not understanding the material, lack of practice with the material, and failing … Continue reading Scaffold Academic Integrity with Note Taking Strategies

Everyone Has Mental Health

Have you ever taken a "mental health day?" Or wish you could? Hailey Hardcastle's Ted Talk, "Why students should have mental health days" addresses benefits of treating our physical health and our mental health as equal and related needs. Travis Bussler, Assistant Professor in the College of Business, shares his presentation on mental health resources used with his classes.

Three Words Students Want to Hear to Succeed

Much like saying, "I love you" can change the course of a relationship, these three word sentences can change the course of students' academic future. Ever been stuck yourself, until someone pointed you in the right direction--then everything seemed possible again? "I struggled, too." For many students, especially those from underrepresented populations, the gap between … Continue reading Three Words Students Want to Hear to Succeed

Role Play Strategies to Increase Student Connections & Content Relevance

Whether you enjoy armchair quarterbacking, backseat driving, second-guessing, reproducing art, being a devil's advocate, cover singing, or acting out parodies of public figures, using role play strategies can breathe new life into your teaching. Not only can role playing strategies engage students (Vizeshfar, F., Zare, M., & Keshtkaran, Z., 2019), they can connect students and … Continue reading Role Play Strategies to Increase Student Connections & Content Relevance

Are You Teaching Students How to Change the World?

Despite most people's wish for a calmer 2021 to catch up from pandemic-driven changes of 2020, January's events showed this as unlikely. Wallstreetbets' stock manipulation using game theory principles and the insurrection in our capital over the election may have seemed surreal as we watched them unfold in the media, but these events are as … Continue reading Are You Teaching Students How to Change the World?

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