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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How do Technology Trends Impact Online Learning?

One constant with technology today is change--and deciding how the frequent, incremental changes in consumer technologies affect our teaching practice can be a challenge.  Amy Greene, Executive Director of Online Learning, and I put together this overview of technology trends set against the backdrop of what research says is needed to implement these trends.  Click …

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Using Social Media to Foster Class Culture and a Sense of Community in Online Courses

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 …

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What’s all the Fuss About Feedback?

Last week’s “Engaged!” article discussed how instructors can “show up” to class online by providing and receiving feedback. Why is feedback so important? Feedback could be considered a dialogue, interaction, or a communication process to gather information. The practical purpose of communication is to get others to behave the way we want. If your students …

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Have you engaged your students today?

“Are you there, prof?  It’s me, online student.” When teaching face-to-face (f2f) classes, engaging our students and letting them know we care about their learning is simple.  We show up early for our classes, stay late, offer office hours, look them in the eye and talk to them.  Showing up when teaching online courses is …

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