Peer review badge Personalized Learning Design with Canvas MasteryPaths

Description Background Learning content is often presented to students in a variety of ways throughout an online or blended course, but this doesn’t necessarily always translate into them doing equally well on their assignments and assessments (Kizilcec & Halawa, 2015). For example, some students may skip a required reading, but watch a video, or may …

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Peer review badge Boosting Engagement in Research in a Synchronous Online Foreign Language Class: Using an E-Conference Format, Peer-Reviewing and Pressbooks

Description In the COVID new normal, many courses have changed modality or had to displace the face-to-face classroom in an e-campus. The problematic for Humanities courses that heavily rely on research and collaboration is how to redefine the connection between instructor and students, and how to create fruitful research collaboration among students in a delocalized …

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Peer review badge Set the Stage with a Start Here Section: Orient Students to Course Purpose, Structure, and Expectations

Description Meeting the needs of students in online courses is essential in today’s educational landscape. When asked about aspects of online courses that are important to them, students repeatedly indicate that features that help them feel comfortable with the structure, format, and expectations of the course are of utmost importance (Hixson, Buckenmeyer, & Barczyk, 2015; …

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Peer review badge Using Collaborative Exams to Reinforce and Deepen Learning

Description Shifting the passive classroom environment of a faculty lecturing and students note-taking to an interactive engaging learning environment has exposed many students to using polling such as clicker technology or online polling software.  In addition, many faculty have engaged Dr. Eric Mazur’s technique of polling (Lambert, 2012) which poses questions for students to answer …

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Peer review badge Facilitate the think-pair-share teaching strategy virtually with breakout rooms

Description With instruction shifting from face-to-face to online modalities, instructors at all levels are lecturing synchronously using video-conferencing platforms. As an unintended result, instructors and students alike have reported feeling overwhelmed and drained due to the amount of time they have spent on these platforms (Wiederhold, 2020). In fact, the term “Zoom fatigue” has been …

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Peer review badge Offering Assessment Options: Motivating Learners through Multiple Means of Action & Expression

Description One of the tenets of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is that of Multiple Means of Action and Expression. Far too often, faculty in higher education enact principles of UDL for the singular purpose of accessibility for learners with disabilities rather than looking at it as a framework of inclusivity for all.  It is …

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Peer review badge Use Self-Evaluation and Instructor Feedback in Group Discussions to Enhance Participation in Large-Enrollment Courses

Description Discussions in asynchronous online courses provide an opportunity for students to share their thoughts and learn from classmates in a fashion emulating in-class discussions. This allows students to contribute their thoughts and take time to respond to classmates’ comments. In a large enrollment online course, dividing the class into groups provides the opportunity for …

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Peer review badge Streamlining Placement Testing with an Adaptive, Branched Exam

Description Digital technologies are widely used in language teaching and testing (Finnerty, 2015; Meunier, 1994). The adaptive testing technologies especially offer rigor and convenience in language assessment (Rasskazova et al., 2017). The Canvas MasteryPaths feature allows instructors to easily adapt learning contents and assessments based on students’ performance. During UCF Global’s development of our online …

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Peer review badge Enhancing Competency-Based Education with Virtual Reality Simulation

Description Competency-based education (CBE) is an alternative modality of learning. Instead of courses, a CBE program is comprised of competencies and rigorous assessments. Students progress through the program by successfully passing competency assessments. CBE is a valuable option for non-traditional students who have work experience. With prior knowledge of a specific competency, a student may …

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Peer review badge Transitioning to Online Facilitation of Immersive VR Simulations

Description Education in nursing has evolved from traditional classroom and clinical rotations to integration of simulated experiences.  Simulated experiences that mirror clinical situations, are a pedagogical approach for enhancing knowledge, skills and self-confidence, thus positively impacting the learning process (Araújo et al., 2018).  There is a growing interest to integrate virtual reality (VR) in nursing …

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