About 60-70% of faculty believe that teaching online courses is more work intensive than teaching face-to-face courses. Factors include course preparation before teaching, managing sometimes unwieldy online discussions, and even fielding student questions around the clock.
Authentic assessment can be difficult when you are faced with a vastly diverse audience of students. How can we best meet their needs when each of their learning styles, skills, and passions widely vary? The answer to this challenge may live within the concept of choice.
Research shows that in order to be successful in online classes, students need to be able to manage their time, motivate themselves to work on schedule, and seek help when needed, among other executive functioning skills. One major online learning challenge occurs because many online students are still developing these life skills.
Despite the efforts of excellent online instructors, there’s still a widespread misperception among faculty that online classes are like slow cookers: set and forget. However, neglecting interaction with online students eliminates the best chance of actually teaching them online, of guiding their learning, and helping them make new meaning.
Standards-based grading and specifications grading are forms of mastery grading, which is an alternative to traditional percentage or points-based grading scales.This program provides specific instruction about the relationship between backward design and mastery grading, while leading to how to implement mastery grading into your course.
In order to truly advance the careers and lives of adult learners, educators need to understand the importance of adult learners to universities, the complex lives of adult learners, and the appeal of online courses among this learner group. Not insignificant to this goal is the fact that many of these learners are now millennials with distinct learning preferences and life challenges.
Student engagement – especially in conversation and peer interaction – can be a big challenge for college educators. This program introduces four tried-and-true techniques to create a learning environment that is literally buzzing with student conversation.
The benefits of a thoughtfully designed and learning-oriented post-exam review session is a win– win for both faculty and students. When post-exam review is implemented with concepts critical to student learning, students are given the opportunity for metacognition, to identify both strengths and gaps in knowledge, explore content to apply classroom knowledge, and differentiate correct from incorrect thinking.
What things can teachers do to become more effective scholars? For faculty who are interested in becoming a better and more efficient researcher and writer, this presentation shares scholarship advice assembled from outstanding research professors.
Balancing teaching, scholarship, and citizenship responsibilities is challenging for college professors. What can teachers do to more effectively fulfill their citizenship responsibilities?
Your syllabus is one of the first impressions your course will make on your students. Need an “aha” moment to punch up your syllabi? Learn how to transform them from long, boring and text-laden documents to something elegant and engaging that your students will want to read.
Backwards design is a straightforward process that provides value to both learners and instructors by creating alignment between objectives, class format, and examination questions. This method can assure student success by focusing on the outcomes first and ensuring that the course content aligns with those outcomes, while also creating a better process for instructors by allowing them to focus on their own content more efficiently.