Month: September 2018

“Being There” – Instructor Presence in Online Classes

One of the encouraging messages that emerges from research on online learning is that instructors matter.  In particular, students’ perceptions of your social presence in a course strongly correlates to perceptions of learning and instructor satisfaction (Richardson & Swan, 2003, Swan & Shih, 2005).  Social presence is the extent to which members of an online…

Tools: Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking tools help you organize and share links to articles, videos, images, websites, social media – any online content you wish to collect. You can also share your collections with colleagues and students. This is a great way to provide students with links to resources for research and exploration. Why Use a Special Tool…

Keeping Student Stress from Devolving into Distress through Course Design

Contents: Defining Stress, Distress, and their Origins How Distress Manifests in the College Setting Why Make an Effort to Reduce Distress Among Students? Reducing Distress in the Classroom Further Resources References Defining Stress, Distress, and their Origins Stress is an omnipresent feature of most Americans lives (American Psychological Association 2010). The American Psychological Association defines…

Growth Mindset Discussion

Help raise students’ awareness of how they receive new ideas by incorporating the following discussion into an online/hybrid course or face-to-face class. Watch this five minute video on Fixed versus Growth Mindset: https://youtu.be/KUWn_TJTrnU   Think about the quote from Samuel Beckett in this video: “Ever tried, ever failed, no matter. Try again, fail again, fail…

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