Learner Engagement

Avoid These 5 Big Problems in Online Teaching

What are some of your biggest challenges with online teaching?  Here are some common problems that we hear about, and how you can easily avoid them. 1. The Absent Instructor. After all the upfront work required to prepare an online course, it can be tempting to let it run on “auto-pilot” once the semester starts. This is one of online students’ top complaints; they may feel isolated and alone in […]

Inspiring Student Learning: The Five C’s

Looking for tried-and-true ways to get your students motivated? Joe Ruhl has found some effective methods that will inspire new generations of students. He calls them the “Five C’s” and in a nutshell, he recommends these five easy-to-remember elements that you can integrate into your course design to help inspire student learning: Choice (e.g. a variety of different projects) Collaboration (teamwork) Communication – […]

Educating Generation Z

Consider the characteristics of Gen Z students coming into your classes, comfortable in their digital world, and ready to fully engage online to prepare for their future career. Are your courses providing the kinds of experiences, projects, and skills-based practice that will motivate and challenge these students? Or are you playing it safe with old-school lecture and testing? Taking risks […]

6 Easy Ways to Integrate Multimedia

New tools are making it easier than ever to incorporate great multimedia online; not just for lecture content and tutorials, but also for students projects and assignments. Meet the free and friendly tools of Web 2.0 – many allow simple one-click sign up via Facebook, and a very short learning curve. Assigning your students cloud-tool based projects can help them build 21st century skills, and offers creative alternatives for formal written papers. Here are 6 resources to […]

What is academic rigor?

Academic rigor is something we hear thrown around with other educational buzzwords, but not often defined. What does it mean in a practical sense? Rigor is not just about giving harder tests, assigning more homework, or providing extra credit for overachievers. Academic rigor is about creating challenging, engaging, and engrossing lessons that encourage each student to think in new ways. Dr. Robyn Jackson, an educational author and speaker, breaks it down into […]

Improve Lectures With Stories

With Summer here, and light at the end of the tunnel, maybe there’s time to think about course improvements for Fall. With better lectures, you can enhance both online and face-to-face courses. Here are 3 easy ways to make your lectures more effective and memorable: Improve lectures with personal stories: Humans are wired to hear and remember stories. Adding your own personal anecdotes […]

Winners of the 2014 “Education Oscars”

The winners of the 2014 University of Pennsylvania Re-imagine Education contest (considered by some to be “Oscars” of course design) have been busy innovating and developing new data-driven student engagement models to help students succeed. Even if you’re not ready to buy into to the winning companies’ services, you can employ similar pedagogical strategies to improve learning outcomes. From the winners list below, we’ve gleaned some easy, practical takeaways you can use in […]