To ensure that learning is engaging find teaching methods that provide opportunities for students that are authentic, are inquiry-based, leave room for collaboration, and leverage technology to help students have the best experience. (Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences, 2014). The strategies listed here are all ways to add engagement in a student-centered manner. All of these options are examples of active learning.
Do you find yourself explaining the same thing over and over? Try recording on a lightboard. A lightboard is a clear piece of glass that faculty write on while facing the camera. Students can see both your face and the diagrams and equations you are showing them. People often ask, “Do you need to write backwards?” Nope, the image is flipped electronically.
At Penn State, we talk about the “All In” initiative ~ a commitment to diversity and inclusion in all areas of the University. This includes our online classrooms. Here are some ways to use language to create diverse and inclusive classroom environments for all students.
P.S. These tips are good for traditional face-to-face classrooms as well!
When recording a Zoom session (for example to record an office hours session or a screen capture demonstration) it is nice to have choices on whether the recording should be stored in the cloud (for easy sharing from Zoom or Kaltura) or to your local computer (for editing and higher resolution video). To choose cloud or local recording options, you can select the carrot icon next to the record button in the Zoom toolbar and choose where to record the video.
Plagiarism is a big concern in higher education. In the article linked below from a recent issue of Faculty Focus, Christine Moore provides four practical strategies for fighting plagiarism in your course before any students cheat. It's a quick ready, but contains valuable information especially for faculty who use writing assignments in their courses.
Members of the Dutton Learning Design team recently produced the following video, entitled Creating an Engaging Presentation, for the Online Learning Consortium. This 2 minute 34 second video shares tips for getting your participants eager and excited about your topic. It's not all about the slides...keep it conversational and plan ways to engage your audience right from the start!
Looking for a way to help your students get more out of their studies? The study of effective teaching and learning strategies is sometimes known as the science of learning, and it delves deep into cognitive science to inform the ways we teach and learn. Research-backed strategies have proved to be effective for students of all ages.
Members of the Dutton Learning Design team recently produced the following video, entitled Creating a Welcoming Presentation, for the Online Learning Consortium. This 3-minute video features tips for making sure your presentations are understood and seen by all and that they are inclusive to every member of your audience. As the speaker, you set the tone and help your audience engage!
Building Academic Integrity into the design of the course and the assessments.
Set time limits on quizzes and exams.
- Use and leverage test banks or groups in Canvas.
- Create several questions that cover the same objective at the same level.
- Add new questions each time the course is taught to have more versions. Consider starting with 3 versions of each questions and an 1-2 more versions each time you teach. Eventually, you will have a large bank to draw from without having to write a new quiz or exam each semester.