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Assignment Design Checklist

Careful planning and implementation of assignments will help your students produce th evidence you expect to prove they met your learning objective. Consider using this checklist as a tool to trouble-shoot your assignment design and identify possible areas to refine. Other considerations may be required for your specific assignment, but this will give you a…

“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…

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…