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.
"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
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
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
With only 25 more days left in this world-changing semester, it's a critical time for students and faculty looking to finish the semester successfully. In this time of emergency teaching and learning, it's important to adjust our expectations and focus to model for students how they can and will succeed. Help! We're drowning in emails! … Continue reading Less Is More to Support 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
If humor is the best medicine, what does it cure? If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how much is a cartoon worth? Last week at the 2019 Association for Educational Communications and Technology annual conference, CaptainBigIdea.com, a.k.a. Dr. Thomas Royce Wilson, had us laughing for an hour with his visual and humorous approach to many … Continue reading Humor is the best medicine