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!
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
Are you worried about how to get everything done now that you're instantly having to move your course online? Wondering how you will transfer your face-to-face content into online-friendly materials? It may seem counter-intuitive, but in early stages of this sudden shift, focusing first on the online teaching and learning process is more important than … Continue reading Teaching Online During Coronavirus: Focus First on Process, Not Content
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
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
This is the second in a post series on social presence in an online course. Be there. An online learning experience should feel like a class, with people. It shouldn’t feel like an independent, isolating course or like you are responding to a CPU or robot. When you facilitate an online course, students take your … Continue reading Be Present in Your Online Course! – Part 2
During her 2012 Ted Talk entitled “Connected, but alone?” Sherry Turkle proclaimed, “technology is making a bid to redefine human connection.” Because we have learned to rely on technology to compensate for feelings of vulnerability, it has become increasingly common for humans to be satisfied with the false sense of connection provided by technology and … Continue reading Getting Connect-ED
Building a sense of community and reflecting university culture in online courses is a consistent challenge for higher education faculty. Although it’s clear that student-faculty interactions both in and out of the classroom enhance student learning experiences and success in college (Astin, 1993; Pascarella, 1980; Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991, 2005), faculty often struggle with replicating … Continue reading Using Social Media to Foster Class Culture and a Sense of Community in Online Courses