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

Give Me a Break! – Freshen Your Course

Everyone needs a break once in a while. Perhaps you need one now? Students are no different. Whether students are in online courses, or face-to-face, they need a change of pace, change of scenery and something new, just like you or I do. How can we give them the break, while still teaching them your … Continue reading Give Me a Break! – Freshen Your Course

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

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 … Continue reading Next Semester Will Be Different