Designing Group-Based Learning Activities

For a while in my online teaching career, I’d been reluctant to use group learning techniques with my students. My students are primarily undergraduate majors who have been out of school for a while and generally need more hand-holding (or so I thought). What I’ve learned after many years online is that even though my students work individually, they also work collectively as a group. In fact, my wonderful students often initiate working in teams…

Tips from the Pros: Online Videos That Transform Students into Teachers

An effective online learning environment cannot be sustained without the development of a learning community. Students must be engaged and feel that their voices are not only being heard, but are a key component of the instruction. In an online grammar classroom, students must also fulfill the need for a social connection—they should feel that they are coming to class, just as they would to a seated course on campus (Palloff & Pratt, 2007).

How to Design Online Courses to Enhance Student Engagement

When designed and implemented effectively, online learning holds huge potential for education, but many online courses that we see nowadays are not designed based on sound instructional design and adult learning principles. Simply providing students with online content and expecting them to learn on their own is not an effective approach to online learning. Such online courses don’t provide students with the high-quality learning experience they deserve.

Three Ways to Use Google Drive to Improve Teaching Efficiency

Any teacher will tell you that they could use more time. One way to save time is with the Google Drive suite of tools. These free apps are not only powerful in themselves, but a host of add-ons have been developed around them that increase their power. Many faculty are not aware of these add-ons, but I have found that they turn Google apps into must-use systems that save me time in my teaching. Here are three uses of Google apps that I would recommend.

Infographics Assignments for Better Learning

Most faculty require students to present the results of their research and thinking in text form—the ubiquitous “paper” assignment. But in the real world, information is often presented in visual form. Reports are loaded with graphics to represent information. A mutual fund does not demonstrate the performance of the S&P 500 over the past 30 years with a list of daily closing values. They present it as a chart. …