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, …

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Who’s New in eLearning?!

There is a lot of excitement in the eLearning Department at Ferris State University! We are enhancing the quality of educational technologies and online courses. Ergo, we hired Jonathon Eaton to help with technology trouble-shooting and grow esports, and Matthew Smith to make online courses epic! We would like you to meet the newest members …

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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

Be Present in Your Online Course – Part 3

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 …

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Next Semester Will Be Different

Each year, I end the semester giving finals, grading make-up work, helping students work through last-minute stressors, and feeling as if I'll never get all the grading done on the amazing projects students create.  All while trying to relax and enjoy the holiday season I have barely started preparing for.  Similar to a New Year's …

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Starting Fresh with a New Canvas

Attitude. We all have one, though it does change from time to time. Attitudes affect how we treat other people and how we feel.  The aftermath of Hurricane Florence devastated Spring Lake, NC on September 17, 2018. For a couple of months, people rallied to help by donating money, volunteering and praying for the victims. …

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