Category: Teaching Tips

Dispelling Neuromyths

Neuromyths – misconceptions about about learning and/or how the brain works – plague higher education. How often have you heard someone refer to themself as “left-brained”, or “a visual learner”, or “using only 10% of their brain”? It may seem harmless, but neuromyths persist because people not only believe them, they pass them on to…

Using Mastery Quizzes in Online History Classes

Teaching history survey courses online has its challenges, but ensuring that students attain the foundational knowledge required to move onto assignments requiring higher order thinking skills is not challenging if the instructor can implement adaptive, mastery quizzing. On our campus we use WWNorton Publishing for many of our history textbooks, and Norton has a quiz…

About HyFlex Courses

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SUNY, the State University of New York, has announced its current working definition of HyFlex courses: “Combines online and face-to-face instruction simultaneously into one single course section, with the mode of direct instruction determined by each individual student. Students are able to choose how to participate in any given class meeting – online or face-to-face.”…

Understanding by Design

Best practices for Online, Hybrid, and HyFlex courses Bowen, Ryan S., (2017). Understanding by Design. Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching. Retrieved [July 12, 2018] from https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/understanding-by-design/. OverviewThe Benefits of Using Backward DesignThe Three Stages of Backward DesginThe Backward Design Template Overview Understanding by Design is a book written by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe that…

About Open Pedagogy

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The idea of “open” in higher education confuses many, partly due to the varied terms thrown around – OERs, MOOCs, open education – but mainly due to the assumption that “OERs” (open educational resources) and “open pedagogy” are the same thing. Open educational resources (OERs) are the texts, quizzes, maps, blogs, videos, podcasts, websites, or…

Copyright and Course Content

Break time between semesters is a great time to review and update course materials. It’s easy to grab images and articles from the web, but, how can we be sure to do so legally? Here are some guidelines and resources to help ensure you are not breaking any laws when adding images, articles, videos, power…

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