Streamline Instruction Across Modalities

Description Traditional face-to-face education featuring evanescent content delivery, hands-on activities, and social learning has been the mainstay of education (Vygotsky, 1962). Blended and online options have become more prevalent as reliable internet connectivity and technology have increased, and, indeed, online education has strived to emulate face-to face qualities. However, engagement, motivation, and retention of students …

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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 …

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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 …

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Create Intentional Communities through Meaningful Student Introductions

Description Student introductions are a high-impact practice: they build community within the course, set the stage for more substantive forms of student-student and student-instructor engagement, and can reveal unknown issues or strengths on the part of students (Dolan, Kain, Reilly, & Bansal, 2017). Building community in online classes (Nelson & Goodson, 2018) through introductions helps …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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Use non-complex Excel based simulations to improve online student understanding of deterministic financial models

Description Numerous studies have found that students who use simulations to learn concepts then subsequently demonstrate higher test scores than students using traditional lecture and discussions to cover the same material. Thus, the research indicates that online students could benefit from properly designed simulations. (Porter, 2004) Individual instructors have two basic choices for obtaining simulations: …

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