Category: Teaching Tips

“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…

Designing Assignments that Encourage Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity - Do your own work, cite your sources

Encouraging Academic Integrity In an ideal environment students would always cite their sources, write their own ideas, and turn in independent work. However, sometimes students break plagiarism rules, unintentionally or on purpose, and we are forced to penalize students instead of provide constructive feedback. Changing how assignments are designed can help alleviate this problem. It…

Icebreaker: Find Someone Who . . . .

Three People Interacting

Icebreakers help us create a sense of community which is essential when we are going to collaborate with people.  In the classroom, especially in a foreign language class where students need to try to get their mouths to pronounce unfamiliar words and sounds, people need to know that they are in an environment where it…