Focus on Closure, Not Assessment for Student Success

As finals week approaches rapidly,  unsettling changes for many students, faculty, and staff with the emergency move to remote teaching have not slowed down.  For many students, course format shifts, limited quality study time and space, and often overwhelming Covid-19 caused changes makes preparing for final exams and projects seem an impossible task.  For faculty, … Continue reading Focus on Closure, Not Assessment for Student Success

Five Time Saving Tips for Teaching Online in the Coronavirus Crisis

As the dust starts to settle from the initial rush to move all classes online and all students back home, the differences in teaching face-to-face versus online become more apparent.  Using your time wisely is critical as students are also sharing the struggle to change their learning habits. Keeping in mind the tasks to complete … Continue reading Five Time Saving Tips for Teaching Online in the Coronavirus Crisis

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

Five Coronavirus Readiness Strategies to Move In-Person Courses Online

With increasing Coronavirus prevention measures being taken some states are moving all in-person courses to online delivery effective immediately  In Michigan, staying on track for the semester is already challenging due to our annual flu season and frequent winter storms.  Rather than anxiously awaiting updates on cancellations and quarantines, why not use this opportunity to … Continue reading Five Coronavirus Readiness Strategies to Move In-Person Courses Online

Oh the Places You Can Go! Canvas Mobile App

~Written by Jackie Hughes, Coordinator of Instructional TechnologyAs human beings, sometimes we need to take a break and relax. Your laughing, I know.  Instructors teach all day and grade all night.In Michigan, you need to get outside to kayak, camp, hike, boat or fish and enjoy the good weather while you can. However, you also … Continue reading Oh the Places You Can Go! Canvas Mobile App

Total Immersion: Engaging your online students through gamification.

Written by Matt Smith, Instructional Designer This is part 1 of a 2 part series. My three and four-year-olds absolutely hate bedtime. Beyond a doubt when that clock hits eight and it’s “go time”  the five stages of bedtime grief roll in--denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally two hours later, acceptance. Many tears are shed, … Continue reading Total Immersion: Engaging your online students through gamification.

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