Presentations

Designing For Visual Learning

When thinking about ways to improve your course design, don’t underestimate the power of visuals. As we learn more about cognitive science, it’s becoming clear that visual learning should have a very significant role in instruction. There is some compelling evidence on the benefits of incorporating meaningful visuals to enhance learning. Educational studies show that we are “wired” to quickly comprehend and remember […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

No Syllabus Needed

Imagine a course with no syllabus, where students run the class, create their own learning projects, and, essentially determine their own outcomes. What would that look like? For University of Idaho Business majors, it looks like the “Vandal Solutions” course. Students enroll and run the class as an actual business. They hire and train student employees and managers. They determine the viability of project proposals, […]

5 Rules for Lectures, and 24 Powerpoint Alternatives

It can be difficult to make lecture materials engaging. You might have some great slide content, but who’s got time to animate, illustrate, and narrate all of their presentations, and still keep them up to date? You don’t need to be a programmer anymore to convert your lectures into lively multimedia video. Visit Custom Show’s website to review 24 great Powerpoint alternatives, including many free, easy-to-use web apps like PowToons […]

Top 10 BbLearn Features You Didn’t Know About: Free Blackboard Webinar Aug 26th

With the new 2014-15 school year starting, now is a good time to learn about BbLearn features that can make teaching online easier. Sign up here for The Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know Were in Blackboard Learn, and find out how: The BbLearn Retention Center can help you engage students and improve performance Automating test grading and inline assignment grading make assessing students […]