Flip the Classroom with Student-Generated Online Lectures

Description When a classroom is typically “flipped,” course materials are introduced online before face-to-face class time, and face-to-face class time is focused on application of what the student has learned online. The instructor’s primary role in the face-to-face classroom is to coach and facilitate, rather than lecture. But how best to blend the two learning …

Related Tags: , , , ,

Using Class Announcements to Make Content Connections Across Weeks or Units

Description This strategy consists of sharing content-related announcements (either via email or through the Learning Management System) to help students see how topics being addressed at various points throughout the term are connected.  This strategy is useful because online students value the clarity of information presented in the course (Sheridan, 2010), and courses that poorly …

Related Tags: , , ,

Deliver Content Using Short, Focused, Instructional Videos

Description Learning management systems provide different ways to deliver content.  Linking presentations, uploading documents, and embedding articles make course materials easily accessible to all students.  Embedding or linking videos in an LMS can also be effective content delivery methods, however, whether or not the videos are engaging or even watched is often an issue.  According …

Related Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Adopting Adaptive Courseware in First Year Online Math Course to Support STEM Retention

Description Approximately about half of students entering Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) change majors or leave college without completing a degree or certificate (Chen & Soldner, 2013). Researchers found that one of the main contributors for students to switch to non-STEM majors is the type of math courses taken in the first year (Chen …

Related Tags: , , , , ,

Create Accessible Narrated PowerPoint for Content Delivery Online

Description PowerPoint Presentations are often a staple of face-to-face classes. With the move to online courses, PowerPoints, originally used to accompany face-to-face lectures, were uploaded to online content. However, without the accompanying lectures, they are generally of little value to students. In order to ameliorate this problem, audio narrations were added as a supplement. However, …

Related Tags: , , , , ,

Assign Six Word Memoirs for Reflection and Synthesis

Description Similar to the six-word story from the flash fiction genre, the Six-Word Memoir is a writing genre for telling a personal story in six-words. In popular culture, it has become a global movement now featured in the book Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs: by Writers Famous and Obscure, on [in the …

Related Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Screencasts

Description Screencasting refers to as a digitally recorded playback of computer screen output which often contains audio narration (Udell, 2005). Faculty choose to use them to record portions of lectures to provide overview, describe procedures, present concepts, focus attention and elaborate content (Sugar, Brown & Luterbach, 2010). Here are a few examples of instructional uses …

Related Tags: , , , , , ,

Applying motivational design principles to create engaging online modules

Description In a classroom setting, levels of student engagement vary widely, but instructors can adjust the lesson based on the perceived level of student engagement. However, in an online environment, instructors cannot spontaneously prompt students to motivate their engagement. When developing asynchronous modules, using a motivational design model and appropriate technologies allows one to replicate …

Related Tags: , , , , , , ,

Use word clouds to enhance critical thinking

Description One of the major goals of higher education is to cultivate students’ critical thinking skills (Roth, 2010). In order to be prepared for the workplace and to be an informed citizen, students need to be able to base judgments, make decisions, and solve problems based on the careful critique of available evidence. Engagement, defined …

Related Tags: , , , , ,

Use word clouds for reflection and synthesis

Description Word clouds are those fun, visually interesting combinations of words that summarize a topic or idea. The size of each word in relation to the whole word cloud indicates that word’s prominence. (Typically, the larger the word, the more frequently it appeared in the source text. Word clouds can be seen in everyday life …

Related Tags: , , , , ,