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 How do you get students to read your feedback? It's a question that I have asked hundreds of times, and it's a question that faculty new and old alike consistently ask me. We know how important it is to receive feedback, read it, and apply it if we want to improve as...

April 18, 2018

Powerpoint presentations don't (and shouldn't) be boring. Use these simple guidelines to help you make your online course videos visually engaging.

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April 3, 2018

While you may have never said you use pause procedure, you’re almost guaranteed to have done it. In the brick-and-mortar classroom, it usually sounds like this: does you have any questions, can anyone think of an example, what would you do in this situation, what does...

February 12, 2018

A good narrative will introduce you to major characters, develop them slowly over the time, complicate their relationships, toss them into challenging situations, change them from what they once were, and resolve their connections once more. Teaching a good course is m...

December 4, 2017

When you talk to someone in higher ed about assessment, you need to prepare for a number of reactions. Everything from disgusted eye rolling to a rant about the corporatizing of academics. Assessment, while nothing new to the college classroom, has become the academic...

November 13, 2017

It’s fair to say that students don’t care about objectives—at least, they don’t care about the word “objectives.” After all, they haven’t been engaged in conversations about practice-based pedagogy or learning assessment. They haven’t had to measure student artifacts a...

November 3, 2017

Let’s be honest: as students, we didn’t read the syllabus.  (In fact, some of our classes probably didn’t even have the concept of “syllabus” that we know, love, and loathe today, but rather a reading list broken into days with some vague assignments like “midterm,” “e...

October 20, 2017

When I first started teaching online, narrated presentations were the “hip thing” in online education—feel free to do the math there.  You can see the allure, right?  For the first time, online students could hear your voice with all of the inflections, personality, an...

September 4, 2017

Many of us accept the limitations of lecture-heavy teaching, (try to) practice learner-centered pedagogy, yet still remember fondly  the  privileged experience of sitting through a lecture course taught by a true master--mine was the late, great Miltonist A.C. Lab...

August 17, 2017

This week we will conclude our series on creating video content by exploring strategies for structuring videos into your course content.

As an instructional designer at a university, a significant amount of the work that I do is in a learning management system (LMS). Th...

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