Beyond Papers and Exams, or How to Creatively Approach Assignments

As the author of Could We Be Doing Better with Our Assignments? argues, assignments are “vehicles through which students learn course content.” Are your course assignments—the papers, exams, quizzes, and homework you have students complete to demonstrate mastery of course concepts—the best method to assess learning? If you’re ready to take a more creative approach [...]

Grading Participation: Is There a Better Way?

Do you want to encourage class participation but are unsure of how to do so meaningfully? A recent article, Is It Time to Rethink How We Grade Participation?, suggests not simply grading participation, but to instead seek ways to “reward engagement.” While many of the measures we use to keep track of and assess participation [...]

Empowering Your Students

What’s an Empowered Student? asks instructors to consider not only why student empowerment matters, but also how it can be achieved through the dimensions of meaningfulness, competence, impact, and choice. Meaningfulness, or how well a course aligns to students’ “beliefs, ideals, and standards,” motivates students to “work hard and produce quality work.” The dimension of [...]

Using iPad Apps to Create Video Content

So you’ve been using your iPad to respond to student emails. Maybe you’ve even downloaded the Canvas Teacher app, so you can respond to discussion board comments and grade assignments while sitting in the Warrington courtyard or waiting for a flight at the airport. However, did you know you can also use your iPad to [...]

Learning On-the-Go

Whether a course is fully online or hybrid, learning increasingly happens on mobile devices that allow students to learn while on-the-go. Students on the Go: What’s an Instructor to Do? argues that instructors should remember that students “are not stationary beings.” Instead, enabled by smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, they complete many of their [...]

Record It and They Will Watch? Student Preferences for Video Content

A recent article, How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos, examines how student engagement is influenced by the length and style of course videos. While Guo, Kim, and Rubin focus on MOOC-based instructional content, their findings and recommendations have wider relevance for video-based instructional content for other types of classes, [...]

Flipping Not Just for Classrooms

Updated on November 7, 2014 As the post below details, flipping your class can offer a multitude of benefits. However, much of what is written on flipping focuses on the face-to-face classroom. And while flipping classroom courses can offer significant benefits, flipped strategies can have a positive impact on online classes, as well. Can You [...]

Online, On-Ground, or Hybrid? Online Conferencing Offers Multiple Benefits

Have you heard about online conferencing tools—such as Adobe Connect, BigBlueButton, Google Drive and Hangouts, and Skype—but aren’t sure if they’re worth incorporating for your class? As two articles make clear, whether your students are online, in the classroom, or both, online conferencing can offer a variety of benefits. A recent article, “Why I Love [...]

Improving Student Participation in Online Discussions

Updated on April 10, 2014 Online discussions are an important component of any course, whether it is online, on-ground, or somewhere in between. They provide a venue for student-student and student-instructor interactions, potentially enriching course communications and increasing course engagement. However, many instructors can find effectively incorporating discussions a challenge. A recent article, Structure and [...]

Flipped Your Classroom Yet?

Heard about flipping the classroom, but are unsure what that entails and want to learn more? A blog post by a DePaul mathematics professor provides a great place to start. As the post outlines, flipping the classroom means replacing classroom lectures and homework with short videos and in-class activities. This approach allows students to watch [...]